such circumstances, both teachers and students have ownership of the programme and its vehicle. However, for this approach to be effective, it would necessarily require fewer students enrollment, and the use of modern teaching aids.
Information Technology in Legal Education
Developments and advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have had important impact on education and teaching and how it may be harnessed by law teachers. Elsewhere, the development and deployment of advanced computer assisted learning systems such as Law Courseware and IOLIS, have changed dramatically the way students learn, created vast opportunities and ease in information, storage, retrieval and dissemination and facilitated collaborative activities. 14 Briefly, some of the ICT platforms and possible uses are:
E-mail communication – Through it, resources and questions may be posted to students and obviate the necessity for them to physically go for such resources and their responses returned in like manner. The criticism is however made that, it removes the values derived from social contact among students and staff, as well as absence of face-to-face discussions, etc.
Diverse Electronic Discussion Forums – The forum such as Facebook enables participants pose questions and articulate view and as such are very much suitable for large class academic activity and even beyong the teachers and students.
Legal Data Bases – This is in use in many Law Schools across the world to access legal resources, most common of which are LEXISNEXIS and WESTLAW. Data bases house a huge amount of data and knowledge which are available for research for teaching and practice upon qualification as a lawyer.
14 JILT 1999 (3) – Abdul P. Learning in Cyberspace – http://www2/warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/jilt/1999_3/paliwala