Overview Legal Methods Courses Canada


University of Alberta, Edmonton
Jurisprudence: Advanced Legal Methods

University of Calgary, Calgary
Advanced Legal Research
Graduate Seminar in Legal Research and Methodology (see previous link)

British Columbia

Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops
Fundamental Legal Skills
Advanced Legal Research (see previous link)

University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Methodologies in Law and Policy

University of Victoria, Victoria
Graduate Seminar in Applied Legal Methodology


University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Legal Methods
Graduate Legal Research and Theory


University of Toronto, Toronto
Advanced Legal Research, Analysis and Writing


University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Legal Research and Writing


Overview Legal Methods Courses United Kingdom

University of Aberdeen
Legal Method
Introduction to Legal Theory

University of Birmingham
LLB Legal Skills and Methods

University of Cambridge
Legal Skills and Methodology

University of East Anglia – Norwich
Legal Method, Skills and Reasoning (1st year)
Voor elke LLM: Legal Skills and Reasoning (see example)

Edg Hill University – Ormskirk
Year One: Legal Methods and Systems
Year Three: Optional Course – Jurisprudence (see previous link)

University of Edinburgh
Legal Theory Research Group (for instance, a workshop The Methodology of Legal Philosophy was held by this group in 2015)
Undergraduate Course: Critical Legal Thinking (obligatory first year course)
Advanced Legal Methods (obligatory for the Honours programme)

University of Glasgow
Advanced Legal Methods 1A

University of Huddersfield
Professional Skills and Legal Method

University of Leeds
Year 2: Researching Law

Leeds Metropolitan University
English Legal System, method and Skills

University of Liverpool
English Legal System and Legal Skills

University of Londen
Legal System and method (in de link p. 17)

University of Manchester

University of Middlesex – Londen
Year 1: Legal Method

University of Newcastle
Legal Institutions and Method

University of Nottingham
Year One: Understandig Law

University of Oxford
Theory & Methods Course

Queen’s University Belfast
Juris Doctor Programma – Year 1: Legal Methods and Skills, Year 2: Research Methodologies
LLB Programma – Year 1: Legal Methods and Skills

University of Salford
Year 1: English Legal Process & Research Skills

University of Stirling
The Centre for Transnational Legal Methods
Legal Research Methods


Overview Legal Methods Courses United States of America


University of Alabama
Legal Research/Writing I
Legal Research Advanced


University of Alaska Anchorage – Anchorage
Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing


Arizona State University (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law)
Legal Method & Writing


Pepperdine University – Malibu
Legal Research and Writing

Santa Clara University – Santa Clara
Advanced Legal Research

University of Southern California – Los Angeles
Legal research


University of Colorado
Foundations of Legal Research
Advanced Legal Research


Yale – New Haven
Advanced Legal Research: Methods and Sources
Research Methods in American Legal History (see previous link)


University of Miami – Coral Gables
Legal Research Techniques


Emory University – Atlanta
Advanced Legal Research

Georgia State University – Atlanta
Research Methods in Law


Nothern Illinois University – DeKalb
Legal Methods

University of Chicago
Legal Research


University of Notre Dame – South Bend
Legal Research
LL.M. Legal Research, Writing & Analysis (see previous link)

Valparaiso University – Valparaiso
Legal Methods


University of Kansas – Lawrence
Lawyering Skills I
Topics in Advanced Legal Research (see previous link)
Legal Research (see previous link)


University of Louisville (Louis D. Brandeis School of Law)
Advanced Legal Research

New York

Columbia University
Legal Methods


Ohio Northern University
Legal Research and Writing I

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Advanced Legal Research: Methods & Applications


Oklahomoa City University School of Law
Legal Method: An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System and Reading for the Legal Profession


Drexel University College of Law
Legal Methods I & II


Texas A&M University School of Law
Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I & II

Washington DC
The George Washington University
Advanced Legal Research


Overview Legal Methods Courses the Netherlands

Universiteit Leiden
BA1: Methoden & Technieken van de Rechtswetenschap
Master Encyclopedie & Filosofie van het Recht: Privatissimum Rechtsmethodologie

Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)
BA1: Theorie en praktijk onderzoeksmethoden

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
BA1: Juridische Vaardigheden
Master Philosophy of Law and Government: Methoden van de Rechtswetenschap

Universiteit Utrecht
Geen vakken, wel een medewerker gespecialiseerd in rechtsfilosofie en rechtsmethodologie (prof. dr. Van Bockel)

Universiteit Tilburg
Research Master: Methods of Legal Research

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
BA1: Juridische Onderzoeksvaardigheden 1
BA2: Juridische Onderzoeksvaardigheden 2
Master Rechtswetenschappelijk Onderzoek: Wetenschapsleer

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
BA1 Academische Vaardigheden
Onderzoeksmaster Onderneming & Recht: Rechtsmethodologie
Onderzoeksmaster Publiekrecht: Rechtsmethodologie

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Researchmaster: Wetenschapsleer
Vak bij diverse masters: Legal Theory and Methods

Maastricht University
BA2: Onderzoeksmethoden



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Engaging Students

Bridging the gap between abstract law and concrete life events

Bald de Vries 

Imagining, hesitating, memorising through metaphors 

One thing that strikes me as a lecturer in law, is the distance between the abstract law and real-life events. Usually we present students with a set of facts, from which they have to distill the legal issue, translated into a question which they seek to answer based upon the law they study in the given course, be it contract law, administrative law or criminal law.

For students, the case study method, although based on facts, makes the law an abstract entity. There is a distance, indeed, and students merely engage in the legal analysis, not concerned with the correlation of law and life. We do not train students to bridge this gap and create in them a sense of empathy and ethical awareness when they engage in addressing legal questions. I say this, as law and legal problems stem from or based in real life trauma, of all sorts, chilling events.

It is this what struck me at the joined meeting of the Dutch Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Dutch Association for the Philosophy of Law, held on Friday 3 November in Utrecht. The theme of this meeting was in exploring new perspectives on active learning and teaching in legal education, from the perspective of jurisprudence and socio-legal studies.

The background to organising the theme is that the field of legal education is changing. On the one hand we see the development of new ‘supra’ legal programmes, in which law is combined with other disciplines, like economy, politics, philosophy and the like. On the other hand, we see new kinds of courses in existing programmes, such as courses like ‘law, society and justice’, or courses such as ‘perspectives on law’ and ‘ law and human behaviour’.

But what is striking, in my opinion, is that these developments see the study of law as instrumental and outward-looking, geared towards preparing students for practicing the law as an abstract entity. But this is insufficient. There is in inward looking aspect of the study of law. Indeed, these developments pose a variety of questions, pertaining to the status of ‘traditional’ jurisprudence and sociology of law courses. How can we engage students in thinking about the law fundamentally, both philosophically and sociologically? How to bridge the distance between the (perceived) abstract nature our disciplines and the imagination of our students?

Maksymilian del Mar addressed this fundamental question in a fundamental way, in his keynote address, setting the scene for the day. He stressed the importance of using metaphors and artefacts in order to allow the suspension of judgment. It enables, first, to submerge in the facts of a case and, second, to confront one’s prejudices and assumptions. This reflexivity strengthens, in the end, the legal judgment of students, as they realise the impact of law and the facts beneath it. It enables them to live the scenario the parties (real people) actually experienced.

This message translated in a variety of workshops in which lecturers showed how to engage and challenge students in thinking about law. Our Turkish guest lecturer, for example, confronts students with their prejudices about detainees in bringing them into contact with them. She uses the metaphor of the mirror first, challenging them to inspect what they see and don’t see in the mirror, before confronting them with prisoners - teaching them both. The task is to explore to see the person and consider whether justice is done, or not. In other words, what Gülriz Uygur points to is the importance of ethical responsibility and the ability to emphatise.

In a way, Uygur’s point relates to the importance of observation and imagination. Law has an impact on social life and social life has an impact on law. Our students should be aware, already in their studies, that they carry responsibility - that they will be engaged in making decisions that impact upon the lives of people. Our type of courses can open up our students and contribute to the inward looking aspect of studying law, call it Bildung.


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