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October 19, 2005

PLUGGED IN: UO Law ranks high in technology

PLUGGED IN: UO Law ranks high in technology

The law school placed fourth in a list of 50 “most wired” law schools, ranked by National Jurist in its January 2005 issue. The magazine for law students rated schools on their wireless network, number of network connections, laptop requirement, wired classrooms, classroom Internet use, computer exams, online career placement resources and the technology available in their courtrooms.

In June, Law Office Computing magazine interviewed Dennis Bishop, director of information and technology, for his take on the state of technology here at Oregon.

He said our law students are wired from the moment they are accepted until they become full-fledged lawyers.

“Students enjoy 100 percent wireless coverage within the law school, including our library, and even our outdoor courtyards in good weather,” he said. “We also have Ethernet jacks in every seat in every classroom and throughout the school for those who don’t want to use the wireless network.”

Bishop talked about the successful use of technology in the curriculum — using the example of a negotiation skills class during which student’s’ negotiation sessions are recorded and published on the web for review.  Because student response has been so positive, he said the school plans to integrate online video into other skills-based courses in the future.

“We are preparing our students for the law office of the future,” Bishop said. “Our primary goal to give our students a seamless technology experience during their academic career.”

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