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Anthony, D & Fong, C 2023, ‘Teaching Legal Research Subversively’, European Journal of Legal Education, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 137–159.

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European Journal of Legal Education


This article presents a novel approach to teaching the compulsory law subject Legal Research. It considers that while Legal Research is traditionally a non-substantive subject that does not explain the law, let alone question or critique the law, it can in fact be taught in a way that encourages law students to think critically about legal institutions and the broader social context that gives rise to them. The article explores ways to pursue such legal instruction, with reference to activities administered in a legal research subject at the Law and Justice Faculty of the University of [withheld for peer review], Australia. It concludes that the discipline of legal research presents valuable opportunities for providing law students with a deeper social education in the law.