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Using personas, vignettes, and diagrams in legal education

Williams, Clare (2022) Using personas, vignettes, and diagrams in legal education. In: Allbon, Emily and Perry-Kessaris, Amanda, eds. Design in Legal Education. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-367-07579-8. (doi:10.4324/9780429021411-4) (KAR id:93822)


Personas, vignettes, and visual technologies of narrative can help educators tell memorable and engaging stories about the law that both illustrate and interrogate theory and methods. In illustrating core concepts, these approaches can simplify complexity, reduce text fatigue, and create spaces for knowledge co-production. In interrogating legal theory, they can offer quick-access routes to sites where meaning is created and shared whilst simultaneously sidestepping some of the limitations of linguistic framing. This chapter shows how personas, vignettes, and visual approaches might be used in legal education, exploring “Academic Ann’s” dilemmas as she introduces her students to an area of methodological and theoretical complexity.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9780429021411-4
Projects: Beyond Embeddedness: Rethinking an Economic Sociology of Law
Additional information: Dr Williams gratefully acknowledges the support and funding of her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by ESRC-SeNSS.
Uncontrolled keywords: Persona, vignette, legal education, visualisation, visual, design
Subjects: K Law
L Education
N Visual Arts
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Clare Williams
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2022 06:54 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2024 09:22 UTC
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