Back to (con)textuality: using chat services to teach legal reasoning


  • Nicholas Gervassis Plymouth Law School
  • Panagia Voyatzis Plymouth Law School


This paper discusses the technology-enhanced learning (TEL) environment named indicatively the 'Virtual Court', a text-based learning platform designed to introduce law students to the general dynamics of legal reasoning, particularly the argumentative character and open texture of the law. In the first two parts of the paper we reflect on the theoretical background behind the TEL, its earlier implementation and the lessons for the future drawn from that experience. In the third part, we propose developing the Virtual Court TEL environment into a cross-platform software application (app) that could be utilised within any programme and course for teaching law.

Keywords: Simulation; legal reasoning; technology; mooting; legal education