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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
When I was growing up, owning a computer was a luxury, and I will never forget how lucky my brothers and I felt the day our Amstrad CPC 464 arrived.
We persuaded our parents that it was essential for us to have a computer as it would help with our studies. In reality, all we did was play games on it, although in our defence it wasnt possible to use it for much more (some of the games took 10 minutes to load).
These days, thanks to the internet, computers are an essential learning tool, with many law schools and firms embracing e-learning. The College of Law, for instance, is in the final stages of replacing all lectures with online tutorials.
When Lawyer2B.com first broke the news of the colleges plans to ditch lectures in favour of so-called i-tutorials in February 2006, I thought the idea was a little bit crazy.
Nineteen months later Im still sceptical, mainly because I would miss the social side of attending lectures and because Im not sure I would be disciplined enough to go through the i-tutorials. Slaughter and Mays head of training, who has written this weeks lead feature, however, argues that e-learning can be very effective if used in the right way.
When the College of Law surveyed its LPC students, the feedback on i-tutorials was mixed. As Lawyer2B.com reported last Wednesday (12 September), 47 per cent of students said they thought i-tutorials aided their learning and 35 per cent agreed with me and said they missed the social contact. Meanwhile, 26 per cent thought they were boring.
E-learning is never going to please everyone because people learn and study in different ways. But love it or hate, theres no going back.