One of its core aims is to support researchers, through a range of activities, including through its members providing advice and support for each other, such as by suggesting useful source materials, reading draft questionnaires, piloting them and looking over interview schedules.
More formally, LERN runs Workshops on a range of topics from ‘hands-on’ exploration of various research methods, developing research agendas, showcasing recently completed projects and generally debating research issues in legal education. We are also developing the website so as it is a useful resource for researchers. For example we will have data sources for information on both education generally and legal education in particular and we are increasingly publishing research reports and information about projects on different topics and using different methodologies. We are also developing the website so as it is a useful resource for researchers. For example we will have data sources for information on both education generally and legal education in particular and we are increasingly publishing research reports and information about projects on different topics and using different methodologies.
LERN’s active members are drawn from a variety of education institutions and they have a wide range of research interests from pre-university legal education, professional legal training and skills development, to researching student experiences, law teachers, teaching methods and looking at the context of legal education and education policy-making. A feature of the membership is its varied academic backgrounds, with some members having a strong education background. Members have a particular concern to explore current and sometimes controversial aspects of legal education and often invite ‘non-lawyers’ to contribute to our Workshops to provide a broader or comparative context.
Membership of LERN and participation in its activities is open to all interested in legal education research. Membership is free and an application form is available here
LERN is essentially a community of scholars concerned to promote, support and inform all aspects of legal education research.
Team LERN, launched officially at the LERN Symposium 2015, is a mentoring and collaborative initiative whereby members of LERN would help one another with helpful feedback and support so as to produce higher quality research outputting.
LERN is mainly supported by the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) and the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), especially in terms of their financial support for the Small Grants. It also receives support from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), the Law Publishers Association and the Oxford University Press.
LERN small research grants
For several years LERN has been awarding research funding to researchers wishing to undertake small scale studies in legal education. Do take a look and consider an application. Click this link to find out more information on LERN research grants.
The Legal Education Research Network (LERN) holds a number of workshops and events each year.
You can read our latest LERN updates in the News section. We also regularly post news on other relevant events and opportunities of potential interest.