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    On 16th October 2015, at the Royal College of Surgeons’ premises, London, Sheffield University Law School hosted an event to launch and reflect on the implications of the findings of Paul Knepper’s research on how several BME men and women had achieved success in the legal profession and other law-related careers. Read More >>
  • Although not designed in any way to complement or follow on from LERN’s highly successful Symposium on ‘Perspectives on legal Education Research’ held on 23rd September 2015 at IALS the launch of the Special Edition of  Journal of Law and Society entitled Legal Life Writing: Marginalised Subjects and Sources certainly highlighted the value of one particular type of research. Two of our LERN contributors, David Sugarman and Rosemary Auchmuty, have made powerful contributions to this Special Edition. Both had extolled the value of  historical sources, including biography and other narratives at the LERN event, highlighting the consequences of the traditional neglect of some topics and some people from our understanding of law and legal education. At the launch of the Special Edition on 20th October 2015 at LSE this energy and new agenda was again keenly promoted. Read More >>
  • Something you might be interested in: Online LLM Legal Education at Nottingham Law School

    This new course is designed for anyone working in a legal education role, whether within a university, the private sector or the legal services sector, and allows students to ‘learn by doing’ in a flexible way which is tailored to their interests.  Students – who may be recruited from around the world - will develop their academic understanding and professional repertoire by working online, with experienced and challenging tutors, and with other students from a range of contexts, both similar and very dissimilar to their own. 

    The course will give participants a pioneering space to explore and develop theory and innovative practice; create momentum in development of research into legal education; obtain support for their work in design, delivery and evaluation; and encourage the development of legal education in all contexts and across multiple jurisdictions, including common law, civil law and hybrid models.  Students will be assessed on their practical work, enabling them to draw on literature and debate but also selecting what is relevant for their own objectives and projects, as well as on their contributions to online discussion boards for each of the modules.
    Completion of the course could be a stepping stone to academic advancement, professional self-confidence or to doctoral study in the field of legal education.

    Details of the course can be found on the Nottingham Law School website at:  Enquiries can also be made with Jane Ching, the course leader, at
  • You may also be interested in the following report concerning a Conference which considered Access to Justice and Legal Education where recent research and activities were 'centre stage'. Report by Professor Jane Ching.
  • Please do share some brief information about your current research by emailing titles and details to our administrator Diane Atherton, Law School, Keele University (
  • Report on the latest annual Society of Legal Scholars / British and Irish Association of Law Librarians Academic Law Library Survey now online

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