Doctoral Studies in Law: From the Inside Out

Forthcoming in the Dalhousie Law Journal - Vol. 39 No. 1 (Spring 2016)

TLI Think! Paper 06/2016

38 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015 Last revised: 5 Feb 2016

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Dia Dabby

Département des sciences juridiques, UQÀM

Bethany Hastie

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Jocelyn Stacey

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

This article explores the purpose, structure and experience of doctoral studies in Canadian law schools. Relying on an auto-ethnographic methodology, where we draw on our personal experience as doctoral students, we identify three tensions in doctoral studies in law. We explore how these tensions — between practice/theory, structure/space, and supervisory/other relationships — emerge from the structure of doctoral studies in law and how they manifest themselves in the lived experience of doctoral students. We detail how these tensions are product of the ambiguous and underexplored nature of doctoral studies in law. By making these tensions explicit, we encourage doctoral students, law professors and administrators to reflect more critically on the place of doctoral studies in Canadian law schools.

Keywords: legal education, doctoral studies, legal methodology

Suggested Citation

Dabby, Dia and Hastie, Bethany and Stacey, Jocelyn, Doctoral Studies in Law: From the Inside Out (September 1, 2015). Forthcoming in the Dalhousie Law Journal - Vol. 39 No. 1 (Spring 2016), TLI Think! Paper 06/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702175

Dia Dabby

Département des sciences juridiques, UQÀM ( email )

Montreal, Quebec H3C 3P8
Canada

Bethany Hastie

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

Jocelyn Stacey (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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