Karen Barton, Michael Hughes and Paul Maharg are currently at Franklin Pierce Law Center, in Concord, New Hampshire, working with John Garvey and others on SIMPLE. Karen and Paul have already worked with Franklin Pierce on the use of Standardized Clients in the training and assessment of students in interviewing. The students are on the Center’s innovative Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program. The Program is an alternative to the State’s regular Bar examination, and students are admitted upon successful completion of the Program.
On this visit to New Hampshire, we’re helping the Law Center to produce two simulations in SIMPLE – one in personal injury and one in civil litigation – but what’s really exciting about this initiative is that John is aiming to combine Standardized Clients with SIMPLE – a possible world-first… SCs will play key roles in SIMPLE simulations, eg as client or witnesses. What we’re doing is combining two proven methods of simulation to give students a much more immersive simulation experience, while enhancing the formative feedback given to students and retaining standards in summative assessments.
For further information on the Daniel Webster programme and use of Standardized Clients at Franklin Pierce, see John’s paper at SSRN.