Forget “The Paper Chase” or even “Legally Blonde” — today’s law schools are dialing down the competition between students and deemphasizing the “sage on the stage.” Instead, schools have started to foster the kind of collaboration and group problem-solving that students will encounter in most law careers, with the goal of better situating them for the job market and their first law jobs.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) is one such school. The school invested $1.3 million to transform the ground floor of its law library into a new tech-enabled facility designed to help students learn to work together. At the heart of this new space is the Courtney Turner Trust Collaborative Technology Classroom. Known commonly as “the tech classroom” the area includes six 46-inch displays (at six workstations), a television, a ceiling-mounted projector, a Dell computer, eight Apple Mac minis and a large screen at the front of the classroom. The hardware is managed by a Crestron control system. Read more here.