Towards a taxonomy of legal education research

Kate Galloway, Melissa Castan, Alex Steel

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The nature of legal research is the subject of much discussion. Yet there is far less attention given to the place of legal education scholarship within the field of legal research more broadly. In this chapter, we make the claim that legal educational research might be regarded as an interdisciplinary contribution to legal research, and we embark on a project to recognise and chart the diversity of the scholarship of legal education. In doing so, we develop the first iteration of a taxonomy designed to make explicit the methods, approaches, purposes, and subjects of the scholarship of legal education as a reflection of the intersection of scholars’ discipline practices in both law and education, as both teachers and as researchers, as both lawyers and academics. Through description and theorization of legal education research by way of a taxonomy, we seek to substantiate the contribution of scholarship of legal education to the legal academy, and to law and legal practice, within an explicit research framework.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImperatives for Legal Education Research
Subtitle of host publicationThen, Now and Tomorrow
EditorsBen Golder, Marina Nehme, Alex Steel, Prue Vines
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780429426070
ISBN (Print)9781138387805
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameEmerging Legal Education


  • Legal Education
  • legal research
  • legal taxonomy

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