Legal Education Research Group

The Legal Education Research Group supports high-quality research and scholarship on legal education and is committed to developing legal education research as a discipline. To that end, we run the Legal Education Research Conference every two years. The highly successful event in 2017 gave rise to the book Imperatives of Legal Education Research (Routledge), edited by Ben Golder, Marina Nehme, Alex Steel and Prue Vines, which will be launched at the conference in November 2019.

The group’s members engage in legal education research both individually and together and they publish their research formally in journals and also by running workshops.

Upcoming event

Legal Education Research Conference: Teaching as a Subversive Activity 

27–28 November 2019 

What does it mean today to be a subversive law teacher? Are law students ripe for subversion?

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Teaching resources 

The Legal Education Research Group members have developed a range of resources for those seeking a greater understanding of legal education.

Law School Vibe blog

Law School Vibe blog is written by UNSW Law scholars and invited guests who have a special interest in legal education. Their objective is to share the challenges faced by contemporary law schools and in legal education and to look at how law schools, locally and internationally, are meetings these challenges. It contains reflections on the development of practices in the teaching of law, the development of legal scholarship generally, the administration of law schools, and provides and discusses the latest in legal education research. 

Smart Casual project 

The Smart Causal project is a collaboration of academics from five Australian law schools, including UNSW Law. With a grant from the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, it has produced a suite of professional development modules for sessional teachers of law. 

Read about Smart Casual.

Teaching Law video

This Engaging Law Students video showcases some of UNSW Law School’s best teaching practices. Topics include:

  • How do you describe your philosophy of and best practice in the teaching of law? (3:00) 
  • What strategies do you adopt to encourage class participation? (8:45) 
  • How does technology assist your teaching? (20:00) 
  • How do you shift student expectations? (29:25) 
  • Describe your personal style (37:45) 

Watch the video.


Mark Duffy, Lecturer

Jeni Engel, Senior Lecturer

Helen Gibbon, Senior Lecturer

Dr Cathy Sherry, Associate Professor 

Alex Steel, Professor 

Dr Svetlana Tyulkina, Senior Lecturer

Prue Vines, Professor