Law schools dive into virtual reality experiences for their students

Jennifer Wondracek served as a panelist for the “Virtual Reality: Opportunities for Teaching and Using it in Law Practice” presentation at this year’s ABA Techshow along with  Ayyoub Ajmi, digital communications and learning initiatives librarian at University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. They spoke about the advances their respective institutions have made in bringing virtual reality to their students and colleagues.

According to Ajmi, trial advocacy classes at UMKC Law have been incorporating cameras that shoot videos with a 360-degree angle. He argued that these cameras are helping students self-assess their public speaking capacities better than ever.

“By introducing a camera with a 360-degree angle, I’m recording both the student as an attorney and the jury at the same time,” Ajmi said. “Later when they’re looking back, they can look at their own performance and communication and also see how the jury interacts with whatever they’ve been saying without having to rely on more than one camera device.”

Ajmi made it clear that although panoramic imaging has been around for quite a while, the proliferation of affordable cameras in the consumer market that implement it is an important step towards integrating total virtual reality into experiential law school courses such as trial advocacy. Read more.

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