Is Charles Nesson the William Shatner of academia? No one’s really sure why he’s still around, but we dare not question it. Nesson’s greatest hits are too many to detail here: Just know that the man they called “Billion Dollar Charlie” in A Civil Action, who boasted to students that he always smoked reefer before teaching, who once built a class around the O.J. Simpson case so successful Judge Ito asked his students for legal briefs … this man may have finally topped himself.
Nesson’s latest idea is so batshit insane, it just might work. He’s teaching a class through Second Life, the online 3-D social universe in which desperate people interact with other desperate people. (Which means, by definition, most law students already have accounts.) It’s like The Sims, but with moot court and office hours.
Here’s the genius promo video for the class. Note (as if they’re possible to miss) Nesson’s CHiPs-style motorcycle entrance, the absolutely stunning Christopher Walken speech patterns, and the fact that he’s lopped a minimum 40 years of aging off his digital persona. Daughter Rebecca Nesson makes an appearance as a butterfly — Jesus, just watch: