Academic skills in legal education

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This entry considers academic legal skills, highlighting that they are focused on how to do things with legal materials and think critically about legal issues. It notes that legal reasoning is at the core of academic skills but that this is also contested. Digital and assessment literacy skills are also important academic skills. The entry notes that there is little consensus and the best way and best time to teach legal skills but that much skills teaching is focused on the first year of legal study whether that takes place in skills modules or as part of substantive law teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConcise encyclopaedia of legal education
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - May 2024


  • Skills
  • Academic Skills
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Digital Skills
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Education


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