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date: 25 May 2020

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Legal academics are deeply involved in researching legal phenomena. Examining empirical research on legal education reveals a story of increasing sophistication in both the methods and the analysis used in this area. Due to different cultures of academic law, research into legal education finds that it is predominantly found in common law jurisdictions while there is very little research into legal education in civil law jurisdictions. Empirical research on legal education can be divided into three main categories: work on legal pedagogy, work on the legal academy as an institution, and work on the students and staff who populate law school. This article presents research studies to highlight each of these three categories. While the quantity of empirical research in legal education is not great, it is an area that has developed exponentially in recent years in terms of sophistication and rigor.

Keywords: legal academics, legal education, academic law, legal pedagogy, legal phenomena, cultures of academic law

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