Learning Through Archived Classes: An Invaluable Tool
The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) embraces modern technology that helps students learn and achieve academic and professional goals. In the past decades, there has been a significant increase in the use of various technologies in education generally and the instruction of law. Technology has allowed educational institutions at all levels to provide more techniques, options, and solutions for their students, including archived classes.
The California Desert Trial Academy opened in September 2012, offering a unique approach to legal education in the 21st Century. Co-Founder and Dean John Patrick Dolan, a distinguished legal advocate in his own right, had the vision to go beyond what law schools had done for over 100 years, utilizing technology and the internet to teach students more than just the substantive law.
Archives in an educational setting concentrate a substantial amount of knowledge in one centralized location with student access. An archiving system permits students to have access to complete video recordings of actual classroom lectures shortly after their completion. Today there are more resources available than ever before that benefit law students, including archived videos of every class and lecture.
The CDTA offers archived videos of all 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year classes, as well as pre-law videos. Students receive a password that allows them access to content. It’s no more difficult than that to have the semester’s first contracts class or last week’s intellectual property class on your computer screen in literally seconds.
One of the worst feelings a student may experience in a classroom is missing a certain point or concept that a professor especially emphasizes as important or difficult to comprehend. Perhaps it’s just a statement that the material will be tested on the final exam. A student would have to depend on the notes of fellow students to obtain this information.
Which of the following is preferable – listening to and interpreting what a professor says firsthand and then reducing it to writing, or obtaining a student’s secondhand interpretation of what the professor said? Most, if not all, law students would respond that the former is substantially preferable to the latter. Watching an archived class avoids this problematic issue entirely and permanently.
The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a 21st Century law school tailored to meet the needs of working people. Any lawyer must study and know the law. We believe that practical experience in tandem with legal knowledge is the best road to a successful, rewarding, and prosperous legal career. At CDTA, we train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys and trial advocates. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.