ChartaCourse is a new tool from law professors that unpacks case books, and lays out interactive, visual concept maps of each law course’s content. It’s meant to replace case books. Rather than buy a book, students pay a subscription to access the courses and content.
The product is from Mark Edwards, Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
It includes cases, problems, media, news, and secondary sources to flesh out the legal concepts. It also allows for students to annotate and make small write-ups on the platform, so they have their commentary mixed in with what the professor has provided.
Law professors can remix existing content on ChartaCourse — taking away materials they won’t be teaching, and adding other sources into the mix.
This product resonates with my own findings about what the next generation of legal service tools will be. It incorporates many of the insights I’ve been finding for what good Legal User Experience is:
- It provides a wayfinder, that allows a user to see a birds-eye view of the content and tasks they’re supposed to be working through
- It takes a process-based approach, breaking up a legal undertaking (this time, learning the law), into discrete steps along a pathway
- It provides a dominant flow pathway for how to use the product, but then allows for some shortcuts & flexibility for those users who want a more customized experience