The Legal Education Research Group is a team of UNSW Law & Justice scholars supporting high-quality research and scholarship in legal education.

We're committed to developing legal education research as a discipline. We engage in legal education research individually and collectively, publishing research formally in journals and by running workshops.

Every two years, we run the Legal Education Research Conference – a conference bringing together experts from around the world to discuss current issues and topics in legal education. This event led to the 2019 publication of the book Imperatives of Legal Education Research.

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 is written by UNSW Law & Justice 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 meeting 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. 

  • The Smart Causal project is a collaboration of academics from five Australian law schools, including UNSW Law & Justice. 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. 

  • The Engaging Law Students video showcases some of UNSW Law & Justice’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) 


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