IALS Legal Education and the Pandemic: Presence, Proximity and Pedagogy

The academic year, and legal education “as usual”, endured an unexpected and unsettling upheaval in 2020.  The pandemic produced a steep learning curve for law teachers and students, forced to shift into virtual classroom mode.  In this seminar, Professor Shauna Van Praagh explores what she refers to as the “3 R’s” of remote legal education: resistance, reflection, and re-creation.  Resistance flows from an insistence on the importance of presence and proximity in legal education. Reflection underscores the importance of pausing to consider the “why” and “how” at a time educators rush to respond to the “what” of on-line tools.  Finally, re-creation suggests the potential for re-imagining active and interactive learning in law in ways that outlive any virus. This seminar is grounded in Professor Van Praagh’s experience of teaching a “Legal Education” course at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and as the initiator of a collection of pandemic-related essays by legal academics across Canada (Law and Learning in the Time of Pandemic: A Collage).

Speaker: Professor Shauna Van Praagh, McGill University’s Faculty of Law

Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, IALS Director

School of Advanced Study
Professor Shauna Van Praagh, McGill University’s Faculty of Law
Event date: 
Thursday, 29 October 2020 - 6:00pm