Dalhousie Law Journal


legal research, Carleston University, legal education, legal history, Canada, legal writing


As part of its ongoing process of curriculum development, the Department of Law at Carleton University decided in 1988 that a compulsory course in legal research methods was long overdue in the B.A. Honours degree in Law. Fortified with interest nurtured by methodological debates in feminist scholarship,' experience devilling' for a barrister pending my call to the bar, and practice from instructing a course in legal research and writing while a graduate student, I set about developing the proposed course. No guidelines existed for such a course, beyond the logic that it should complement the socio-legal or legal studies focus of the Department.' To the best of my knowledge, no precedents existed in Canada. 4 In this paper, I reflect upon my questions and discoveries in the design and teaching of the initial course.