Legal problem solving with LEGO®

Marton Ribary, Antony Starza-Allen

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Abstract

This short piece introduces a working game designed for legal problem solving where students use LEGO® to create visual representations of legal analysis. We explain its structure and rationale which is based on the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and our own five-stage guided approach to problem solving in contract law. We comment on LEGO® models built by students during workshops exploring issues in contract law. In their feedback, students reported that the method helped them to understand con-tract law doctrine, navigate problem questions and think about their analysis of legal issues. We suggest that, with further investigation, the method can be a viable pedagogical technique to assist with the identification and understanding of a wide range of legal information, and to discern relevant connections between doctrine and fact patterns to achieve successful abstraction, application, and ultimately the construction of complex legal analysis. The method also builds confidence, social inter-action skills and reinforces competence in legal problem solving.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalThe Law Teacher
Early online date20 Jun 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • Contract law
  • Problem Solving
  • visual metaphor
  • playful learning
  • LEGO

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