iPads in Legal Learning (iLEGALL): mobile devices in professional legal learning.


  • Jonathan Bainbridge Northumbria University
  • Karen Counsell Glamorgan University
  • Freda Grealy Law Society of Ireland
  • Paul Maharg Australian National University
  • Joel Mills Northumbria University
  • Rory O'Boyle Northumbria University


iLEGALL is a mobile learning project that sets out to gather information about the potential use of mobile technologies in legal education.  The main hypothesis underpinning our project is that the barriers to an understanding and adoption of mobile technology in legal education, as in higher education generally, are not technical only but also social.  We further hypothesise that there are two causes: HE staff are uncertain how to design and implement such technologies; and there is currently too much institutional investment in replication of conventional modes of teaching through the unimaginative use of technologies such as institutional VLEs.  Our article analyses these hypotheses, exploring their effects in our project and on learning with mobile devices in three projects within three quite different locales and curricula at Northumbria University, Glamorgan University and the Law Society of Ireland.  We conclude with a discussion of the cultural, technical and educational issues arising from the project to date.  

Author Biographies

Jonathan Bainbridge, Northumbria University

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law & Business

Karen Counsell, Glamorgan University

Senior Lecturer, Law School

Freda Grealy, Law Society of Ireland

Solicitor, Diploma Manager, Law Society of Ireland

Paul Maharg, Australian National University

Professor of Law, Australian National University College of Law

Joel Mills, Northumbria University

Consultant, Northumbria University

Rory O'Boyle, Northumbria University

Lecturer, Faculty of Business & Law, Northumbria University






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