Here is a working paper I wrote that looks at ways to increase online engagement between the public and legal professionals using gamification for the purpose of increasing access to justice. This is the last of the research and writing I have produced this year during my Stanford Law Fellowship. I hope someone out there takes this research and the case studies and puts the information to good use. The working paper will be refined and become part of a white paper series for the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services later in the year. I am open to suggestions and collecting other case studies for this paper.
I posted my other draft paper on Gamification in Law Firms a couple weeks ago. There is more work to be done in this area and it involves multidisciplinary collaboration. Hopefully these two papers will provide a good starting point for those interested in the actual development of gamification strategies within the legal profession – whether for access to justice or for internal improvement of the law firm environment.
Dr Dawn Watkins
I am just in the process of writing up the findings of research study that I have been running in England, to assess the legal understanding of children aged 8-11 years and to find out in particular how far, if at all, children perceive themselves to be empowered by law in their everyday lives. We have developed a game called Adventures with Lex that we’ve used as a research tool for this study; with a view to (eventually) creating a game that children can access directly, and which helps them learn about law as something that makes them strong; rather than as just a constraining force in their lives. I was given your name by a contact at the UK’s Legal Education Foundation, who attended the LSC TIG conference in the US recently. I have downloaded your working paper ‘Increasing Online Engagement between the Public and the Legal Profession with Gamification’ and look forward to reading this.
Best wishes, Dawn