Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Chicago-Kent Law Review

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

This article first defines the general concept of a "knowledge center," and then demonstrates that research laboratories in the sciences provide a concrete example of that concept. This article then applies both the general concept of a "knowledge center" and the scientific research paradigm to legal education in the digital age. Since the information explosion, which occurred as a result of widespread access to the Internet and the World Wide Web, law schools have increasingly employed online tools to disseminate their traditional knowledge products. Being a knowledge center in the digital age, however, also involves re-conceptualizing the forms of useful knowledge and developing digital tools for accomplishing new tasks. The Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology (LLT Lab) at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University provides an extended example of the new opportunities and tools available to law schools. The LLT Lab, however, provides only a few specific examples of how innovative law schools could function as knowledge centers in the digital age.

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