Thomson Reuters' goal for this program is to help ensure that law students are prepared to practice, including knowing how to successfully put research knowledge to work using Westlaw, one of the most widely used legal research tools. Combining that goal with Dashe’s understanding of how adults learn best and our holistic approach to designing for adult learners, we developed a skills-based microlearning solution that leads to a more successful transition for newly practicing lawyers.
To make the curriculum most engaging and relevant, we organized it according to a lawyer’s day in the life. Each microlearning lesson has just one learning objective focused on the task and skills being covered. We set these microlearning lessons in the context of real-life legal issues and used engaging visuals, animations, and storytelling to make the content come to life. For example, many recent graduates of law school are not well versed in how to track hours and charge clients for their work. Furthermore, many of these new lawyers entering the field need a better understanding of what case and statute research looked like “in the real world.”
In addition to preparing law students for practice, Thomson Reuters’ investment in this new prepare-to-practice skill building course also ensures their clients achieve higher return on their investments—both in the Westlaw tool and also their newly-hired lawyers. Working with clients like Thomson Reuters, Dashe understands that when users are provided the resources they need to accurately and fully use a system, there is a higher adoption, and, therefore, greater success and higher return on investment. That is exactly the case here.