&ranj and PLI win international award for serious game that shows the future of legal education
Posted By admin on Aug 03, 2016
Seattle, 02.08.2016 - Serious gaming company &ranj and their US client Practising Law Institute won an award for their groundbreaking work in legal education for professionals. Together they developed the first ‘serious game’ of its kind for attorneys. The Association for Continuing Legal Education granted the award due to the innovative, high-end and realistic learning experience.
Attorneys in the USA are obliged to gain yearly credits through legal training. Practising Law Institute (PLI) is one of the largest suppliers of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in the USA and a leader of the industry. They are working to change the legal education paradigm from passive, lecture-based learning to learning-by-doing. To attract the ‘lawyer of tomorrow’ they joined forces with &ranj to create the first serious game for the USA legal education market.
The Internal Investigation Game is an entertaining and immersive serious game in which attorney- players plan and conduct a corporate internal investigation as associates with a fictional law firm. This simulation, created with the assistance of leading experts, challenges attorney- players to perfect a variety of legal skills, including planning and conducting witness interviews, fact gathering and reporting findings to company management. Throughout the game, players are faced with increasingly difficult challenges. They are guided by a senior mentor providing constructive feedback when mistakes are made.
PLI did extensive pilot testing with potential customers and conducted a series of focus groups. The results were very positive. One of the testers commented: “The game presents a real- world scenario. It’s different from an in-class discussion or textbook indicating how to go about doing such an investigation, and instead, it felt as if I was performing a real investigation. The game also makes learning about investigation techniques quite fun and hands-on.”
PLI shows its progressivity by being the first supplier of legal education to experiment with this new learning method. The organisation is currently waiting for official approval of accreditation for the game. In the meantime both parties are continuing their cooperation by developing a second game for attorneys.