Online Legal Education. Professor Walker developed and taught Hofstra Law’s first distance legal education course in the fall semester of 2014, entitled “Logic Skills for Legal Reasoning.” The course teaches the logic skills needed to analyze rule-based, policy-based and evidence-based reasoning, using annotated judicial decisions as examples and exercises, as well as using a “flipped classroom” course design in which exercises precede group discussion of problems. The goal is to eventually have the LLT Lab offer such online courses for training pre-law, J.D., and post-J.D. students in U.S.-style legal reasoning.
Starting in the fall semester of 2016, Professor Walker will offer a similar course on “Understanding Statutes and Regulations,” as part of the Law School’s online masters programs in health law. This course will focus on the logic skills needed to analyze rule-based and policy-based reasoning, using health-law statutes and regulations as examples and exercises.
Online Library of Reasoning Structures in Legal Texts (RSLT). In this collaboration with the Hofstra University Digital Research Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Digital Humanities, HyperStudio), the LLT Lab is using the Lab’s vaccine-injury compensation and medical malpractice data projects to develop a library of legal texts annotated for legal reasoning, for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in logic, rhetoric, pre-law, etc. The Lab has worked with the MIT personnel in upgrading MIT’s Annotation Studio framework to meet the needs of this project.