Empirical Legal Education Research in Australia: 2000–2016
Imperatives for Legal Education: Then, Now and Tomorrow, Routledge 2019
34 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2020
Date Written: 2019
Recent decades have seen a growing understanding that legal education can be improved and informed by empirical analysis of curriculum design, teaching approaches, student learning strategies and broader contextual factors. However, access to that analysis has been impeded by a lack of broad awareness of its existence and difficulty in locating publications.
This chapter provides a review of empirically based studies into Australian legal education from 2000–2017. The analysis demonstrates a significant rise in empirically based publications and an increasing sophistication with empirical methods. The chapter highlights trends in subjects examined empirically, the most commonly used methods, and publications where such analyses are most commonly found.
In order to make this research more available, in appendixes the chapter also lists the full database of empirical legal research publications on which the analysis was based.
Keywords: empirical, legal education, teaching research
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