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Title of Paper: “The Role of ICT in Transforming Vocational Legal Education in Economically-Challenging Times– Can it be Done and How?” ” Theme: Promoting a Culture of Quality through Continuous Improvement of the Higher Education Sector

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Title of Paper: “The Role of ICT in Transforming Vocational Legal Education in Economically-Challenging Times– Can it be Done and How?””

Theme:Promoting a Culture of Quality through Continuous Improvement of the Higher Education Sector

Subtheme:ICT and Technological-Mediated Learning in Higher Education

Author: Michael Theodore LL.B., Tutor: Council of Legal Education.

Contact Details: Hugh Wooding Law School, PO Bag 323, Tunapuna, Trinidad, W.I., Tel: 1-868-662-5860/5838, Fax: 1-868 662-0927, Email: [email protected]


INTRODUCTION

Presented in an unconventional format for a conference on quality assurance;

Futuristic reflective journal entry of a young law graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS) ;

Premised on the assumption that the activities needed to create this reality have already started ;

Based on another paper in 2003 entitled “The Role of Information Technology in the Legal Profession and its Implications for Legal Education in the Caribbean”;


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Influence of media on choice of career: False

Comprehensive and informative nature of website: False

Narrative relating to domestic violence: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

3D Tour of law school, introduction to courses etc: False

Comprehensive nature of data mining: False

Information to start self-learning process: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Technology policy on laptops and provision of same: False

Existence and role of Alumni Association: False

eCommunications as policy and continuing practice in teaching/learning: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Option distance courses offered by other law schools: False

Curriculum reform with reference to civil law system: False

Use of simulation exercises and clinical orientation: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Use of multiple choice and automated assessment: False

Emphasis on group work: True

Cross-institution group projects: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Emphasis on participation vs attendance: False

Internal synergy between academic and clinical programmes: False

Dominant role of clinical programmes as ‘hub’ of teaching activity: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Integration of debating system and extra-curricular activities as part of recognised teaching/learning system: False

Mentorship programme: False

Technology-orientated nature of Legal Aid Clinic: False


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Community outreach programme of Legal Aid Clinic: False

Ability of graduates to contribute technologically to law practice: False

Parallel system of UK based vocational legal education: True

Lack of transparency and consultation with stakeholders: True


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Issues of quality assurance: True

Violation of international law: True

Restrictions on practice in other jurisdictions: True

Focus on physical systems vs ICT applications: True


FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF JOURNAL ENTRIES

Reform within the CLE of governance, administration and curriculum: False

Demonopolisation of CLE and expansion of programme to other TEIs: False

Role of TT government in reforming CLE: False

Impact of changes on overseas and institution of a part-time programme: False



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