The increase in virtual, distance, and remote learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to law school faculty and students. But at the same time, increased virtual interactions provide us with a unique opportunity. In particular, increased virtual interactions allow us to test and stress students’ “virtual intelligence,” a suite of more intangible skills that also promotes lawyer effectiveness. These skills include traditional project management tasks and conventional social engagement, but on a heightened level given the challenges inherent in virtual interactions. Legal employers place these skills at a premium, yet at the same time report that graduating law students traditionally have been ill-equipped in these areas. By heading online, we can break the law school mold and create a more immersive, realistic, and challenging experience for our students—one that will make them more effective lawyers and better equip them for the practice of law.
Anita M. Singh,
From Crisis Springs Opportunity: Using Virtual Learning to Develop More Effective Lawyers,
St. Louis U. L.J.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.slu.edu/lj/vol65/iss3/12