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Volume17
Year2008
TitleElectronics and the Future of Law Schools
Author(s)Eli M. Noam
First Page51
AbstractWe know all about it-the tremendous advances of the internet as a tool for research; the cheap and broad communication links; the sharing of information and data among researchers around the world; the loss of stifling organizational hierarchy; the impossibility of coercive governmental control; the replacement of crass commercialism by an ethic of community and sharing. Technology, it seems, has created a new set of tools for academic endeavors, strengthening and enriching the university and its component parts, including law schools.

Parts of this scenario will come true. But as one connects in new ways one also disconnects in old ways. Thus, many of the fundamental roles of universities in research and teaching will be superseded. And ironically, the challenge is not caused from outside the academy, but is being created by the university community itself- through its exponentially growing creation of information and knowledge; its pioneering of the internet; its advocacy of a sharing community of knowledge creators; and its competitiveness for status with other researchers and universities.