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Arthurs Report, Academic Legal Research, Curriculum, Legal Education, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


It is now more than two years since the publication of Law and Learning: The Report of The Consultative Group on Research and Education in Law to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, known to all legal academics as "the Arthurs Report". In that time the Canadian Bar Review has published one commentary on the Report and there have been a few comments in academic law journals, but the reaction in print is not commensurate with the importance of the Report or the interest in it among teachers and scholars of law in Canada generally and at the Dalhousie Law School in particular. Moreover, it is important not only to Canada's law faculties and the practicing legal profession but also to scholars in related disciplines, to the teachers and advisors of future law students and to those future law students themselves. All will do well to understand the implications of the Report, and their contributions would enrich any debate about its findings and recommendations.


Innis Christie's section of the article is titled "Is Academic Law in Bad Shape? Comments on Law and Learning".