The Group supports both empirical and theoretical enquiries into legal education, and runs a regular series of workshops on aspects of legal education.

Membership of the Group is open to all UNSW Law staff. Workshops are also open to any local or visiting academic colleagues.

Selected members

Lyria Bennett Moses: use of technology for assessment and feedback
Michael Handler: use of technology in formal exams and the use of digital repositories to share IP-related teaching resources across Australian law schools
Julian Laurens: assessment as learning; cognitive psychology and instruction; exploring de-structured knowledge sharing landscapes.
Justine Rogers: effective ethics education for the law degree and professional practice; theories of motivation, digital learning and wellbeing.
Alex Steel: assessment strategies, student approaches to learning, curriculum design, empirical legal education research
Amelia Thorpe: experiential and interdisciplinary approaches to legal education.

Teaching resources

The Legal Education Research Group members have developed a range of useful resources open to all those seeking a greater understanding of legal education.

Law School Vibe Blog

The LawSchoolVibe is a blog created by a group of UNSW Law scholars and invited guests who have a special interest in legal education, at UNSW Law School, in Sydney, at other Australian law schools, and overseas.

The blog objective is to share the challenges faced by contemporary law schools and in legal education and look at how law schools, locally and internationally, are meetings these challenges.  The blog contains reflections on the development of practices in the teaching of law, the development of legal scholarship generally, the administration of law schools, and provide and discuss the latest in legal education research.

View the blog here, or follow on Twitter: @lawschoolvibe

Smart Casual Online Professional Development Modules

The Smart Casual project was funded by a grant from the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. Smart Casual is a collaboration of academics from five Australian law schools, including UNSW Law, producing a suite of professional development modules for sessional teachers of law.

Engaging Law Students: Video Resource on teaching law at UNSW

Produced in 2009, this video resource showcases some of the best teaching practices of UNSW Law School. Watch online here.

Topic areas (and the time points in the video):

  • 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)