In an age when everyone aspires to teach critical thinking skills in the classroom, what does it mean to be a subversive law teacher? Who or what might a subversive law teacher seek to subvert – the authority of the law, the university, their own authority as teachers, perhaps? Are law students ripe for subversion, agents of, or impediments to, subversion? Do they learn to ask critical questions? Responding to the provocation in the classic book Teaching as a Subversive Activity, by Postman and Weingartner, the idea that teaching could, or even should, be subversive still holds true today, and its premise is particularly relevant in the context of legal education. We therefore draw on this classic book to discuss, in the present volume, the consideration of research into legal education as lifetime learning, as creating meaning, as transformative and as developing world-changing thinking within the legal context. The volume offers research into classroom experiences and theoretical and historical interrogations of what it means to teach law subversively. Primarily aimed at legal educators and doctoral students in law planning careers as academics, its insights speak directly to tensions in higher education more broadly.

chapter 1|9 pages

An Introduction to Subversive Legal Education

ByHelen Gibbon, Ben Golder, Lucas Lixinski, Marina Nehme, Prue Vines

chapter 2|15 pages

A Visceral View of Subversion in Legal Education

Teaching and Research in Unusual Domains as a Methodology
ByPrue Vines

part Part I|75 pages

Subverting the Legal Educator's Toolbox

chapter 3|11 pages

Antithesis as Subversive Legal Education

Learning Justice Through Injustice in the Artwork of Sandro Botticelli
ByPaolo Moro

chapter 4|17 pages

Subversion and Perspectivism in Teaching Property Law

ByPeter D. Burdon

chapter 5|23 pages

Valuing our Differences

For the Sake of Adaptive Law Schools
ByKylie Fletcher

chapter 6|22 pages

Re-Thinking Assessment in Law

ByAlex Steel

part Part II|46 pages

Subverting the Higher Education Sector

chapter 8|20 pages

Hacking the Priestleys 1

ByKate Galloway, Melissa Castan, Alex Steel

part Part III|70 pages

Subverting Through Courses

chapter 9|21 pages

Value and Values in Higher Education

Some Reflections From the UK on the Subversive Dimensions of Historical Approaches in the Study of Law
BySarah Wilson

chapter 10|14 pages

Education for Citizenship and Social Justice

Students as Co-Creators
ByKellie Toole, Peter Burdon

chapter 11|15 pages

Unlearning Real Property Law

ByNicole Graham, Kate Galloway

chapter 12|18 pages

The Place of Politics in Teaching International Law

ByDorothea Anthony

part Part IV|19 pages

Subverting Pathways to the Profession

chapter 13|17 pages

Challenging BigLaw

Questioning the Dominant Discourse in Law Student Employment Aspirations
ByNick James, Kana Nakano