Society of Legal Scholars

Legal Education

The Legal Education Section provides a forum for members of the SLS and non-members, whether advanced or in the early stages of their academic careers, who have an interest in researching any aspect of teaching, learning and assessment in law to meet and to discuss ideas. It invites submission of papers concerned with a wide range of issues related to the subject matter of the Section, a range that covers the very philosophical foundation of legal education to the practicalities and best practices of teaching law at higher level. It aims to be inclusive and so contributions from any academic angle or point of view are welcomed. The Section meets annually at the SLS Conference and is a forum for debate, which is triggered by papers given by those interested in the topic. The emphasis is placed on work in progress, so there is plenty of opportunity for discussion, though final papers are, of course,also welcome.

Section Convenor

Caroline Strevens
University of Portsmouth


Further details on the Legal Education Section programme can be found on the Conference Website:


SLS Legal Education Section: Call for Papers/Panels for 2018 SLS Annual Conference at Queen Mary University of London
This is a call for papers and panels for the Legal Education section of the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference to be held at Queen Mary University of London from Tuesday 4th September – Friday 7th September.  This year’s theme is ‘Law in Troubled Times’.
The Legal Education section will meet in the second half of the conference on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September.
If you are also interested in delivering a paper or organising a panel, please submit your paper abstract or panel details by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 26th March.  All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts conference system which can be accessed using the following link – – and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section). If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact
I would welcome proposals for papers and panels on any issue relating to legal education, including those addressing this year’s conference theme.
Those wishing to present a paper should submit a title and abstract of around 300 words, whilst those wishing to propose a panel should submit a document outlining the theme and rationale for the panel and the names of the proposed speakers (who must have agreed to participate) and their abstracts.  Sessions are 90 minutes in length and so we recommend panels of three to four speakers, though the conference organisers reserve the right to add speakers to panels in the interests of balance and diversity.
As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible are able to present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference.  With this in mind, when you submit an abstract via Oxford Abstracts you will be asked to note if you are also responding to calls for papers or panels from other sections.
Please also note that the SLS offers a Best Paper Prize which can be awarded to academics at any stage of their career and which is open to those presenting papers individually or within a panel.  The Prize carries a £250 monetary award and the winning paper will, subject to the usual process of review and publisher’s conditions, appear in Legal Studies.  To be eligible:

  • speakers must be fully paid-up members of the SLS; Where a paper has more than one author, all authors eligible for membership of the Society under its rule 3 must be members. The decision as to eligibility of any co-authors will be taken by the Membership Secretary, whose decision will be final.
  • papers must not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes (as counted in Word);
  • papers must be uploaded to the paperbank by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 27th August; and
  • papers must not have been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication.
  • papers must have been accepted by a convenor in a subject section and an oral version of the paper must be presented at the Annual Conference.

I have also been asked to remind you that all speakers will need to book and pay to attend the conference and that they will need to register for the conference by the end of June in order to secure their place within the programme, though please do let me know if this is likely to pose any problems for you.  Booking information will be circulated in due course.

With best wishes,
Caroline Strevens