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Presented at CASLIN 2008, June 15-19, 2008.


In 2008, it comes as no surprise that new knowledge technologies have had a significant impact upon the field of legal education as well. While many opportunities have been explored and some of them seized, there also remain a number of hurdles to the full utilization of the new possibilities. Cornell Law School, one of the top legal education institutions in the United States, is widely recognized for the academic excellence of its faculty and students as well as for the innovative approach to legal teaching and research. The significant share of this recognition originates from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute, with its pioneering achievements in using technology in various applications, playing a leading role in redefining legal education and scholarship through the medium of the World Wide Web. The law school is also known for its exemplary IT infrastructure and support services on all levels, as well as for the law library and its cutting edge services and technology utilization initiatives. Results of a recent study about the impact of the new knowledge technologies upon faculty, students, IT professionals, librarians and administrators at the Cornell Law School reveal that while there has been a significant change in legal scholarship, research and writing habits, models, and practices, there are many opportunities yet to be seized in integrating new technology into the curriculum as well as into enhancing the range and structure of advanced teaching methods and collaborative coursework, which are greatly influenced by individual faculty preferences. Additionally, the study indicates that there is much room for the library to take initiative, in close collaboration with other stakeholders (i.e., Law School administrators, the IT department and the Legal Information Institute), in guiding the Law School’s strategic initiatives and endeavors for expanding and developing knowledge technologies in the reconfiguring landscapes of national and global legal education.

Date of Authorship for this Version

July 2008


Knowledge technology