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May 5, 2007

Should law schools be developing legal wikis?

Thanks to law.com, Robert Ambrogi's new piece, entitled "Legal Wikis Are Bound to Wow You," can be accessed here.  The article provides links to lots of legal wiki, and gets me thinking about whether law schools and law professors ought to actively embrace wikis for all sorts of collaborative legal projects.  Here is a snippet from the article that provides some background:

The key word in these experiments is collaboration and the engine driving them is a type of Web site known as a wiki, from the Hawaiian word for fast. A wiki allows any Web page visitor to easily add, remove or edit content. 

Editing can be done quickly from within a browser and without any special knowledge of authoring formats. A wiki's simplicity and ease of use make it an ideal tool for group projects. The first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, was written in 1994.  But it wasn't until recently that wikis saw broader use. No doubt, a driving force has been the best-known wiki -- the collaboratively written encyclopedia Wikipedia. Neither are wikis new to the legal profession.

Denver lawyer John DeBruyn has been experimenting with wikis as a tool for lawyer-to-lawyer collaboration since at least 1997. But in the legal world, as elsewhere, wikis have become more widely used in the last year or two.

I could readily imagine having a class project centered about building a wiki (my death penalty class blog this past semester has some wiki-like facets).  I also would readily approve a student independent study project that was wiki-centric, and I certainly could see student organizations and law reviews working on wikis as an integral part of their activities.

Posted by DAB.

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