Northumbria Law School joins iPad revolution

Northumbria Law School is set to give iPads to its Legal Practice Course (LPC) students as part of a groundbreaking pilot research project exploring their use in professional legal education.

The venture will look at the new apple gizmo as a platform for teaching and learning as its popularity grows among legal practitioners.

Director of the LPC, Rebecca Mitchell, said: “I hope they [the iPads] make teaching and learning more engaging. We would hope that the student reaction is for them to make the course more enjoyable, interactive and more interesting.

“This is the direction that practices are going, and we want to see how well the devices will work in both legal education and professionally.”

The pilot project will kick off in September 2011 and will mainly run on the Business Law and Practice module on the LPC and explore how well adapted it is for legal skills work such as professional legal research and drafting.

The assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the iPad in legal drafting as well as the impact of mobile devices on collaborative drafting will also be looked at in partnership with Strathclyde University.

The law school is following Eversheds to see how the firm used the device after it rolled out a two-month iPad pilot announced in TheLawyer.com (June 30) with around 50 members of its senior staff testing the Apple gadget for its use in the legal profession.