Virtual Reality In Law Schools
Virtual reality seems like a far-off fantasy, yet it’s made its way into video games and now, law schools.
According to Harvard Law, virtual services will play a big influence on the economy of the next few decades, with virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality platforms becoming “as important as, if not more important than, the internet services of today in the lives of most consumers.”
The ABA Journal recently reported about advances being made at law schools that are bringing virtual reality into the classroom.
The Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory
At the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory is a newly-launched environment with high-powered virtual reality machines, such as drones that use 360-degree video cameras. Unlike the best drones for kids, begineers and pros these drones are more for pros and the professional use of them. The high clarity and the crip quality of image make it among the best drones and the user-friendly interface makes it extremely easy for even a beginner to use it.
Kenton Brice is the director of technology innovation at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Brice tells the ABA Journal that a number of practicing attorneys have already been implementing virtual reality to simulate real situations, such as evidence presentation.
Brice envisions virtual reality bringing the classroom learning experience to a new level, where there are 360-degree video depositions and virtual, remote courts. Currently, however, Brice notes that “we’re still trying to figure out student adoption…right now, it’s more on the faculty side trying to think through,” he tells the ABA Journal.
Public Speaking App
At the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, virtual reality is currently being tested in a public speaking app.
The eLearning Studios public speaking app will integrate virtual reality to help students prepare for advocacy tournaments.
“As attorneys, we all know courtrooms and boardrooms can be scary places…so that’s why my goal is to create a virtual courtroom for our students,” Jennifer Wondracek, director of legal educational technology at UNT Dallas College of Law, tells the ABA Journal.
At companies like Deloitte, similar app technology is being used to create virtual courtrooms. Wondracek recently received a $2,500 grant from the American Association of Law Libraries to fund the pilot of the app.
While virtual reality still has a long ways to go, these new developments paint a picture of what virtual legal education may soon look like.
Sources: ABA Journal, Harvard Law