Australian Legal Principles in Practice – Taking Reasoning and Research Seriously

  • Bryan Horrigan


The best lawyers are fully skilled lawyers. Fully skilled lawyers unify legal theory and legal practice, by integrating four key components of legal education - jurisprudence, substantive law (or "black letter" law), client-based work, and legal methodology (ie legal reasoning and research). In other words, lawyers cannot fully analyse law without enhanced skills in legal methodology, and they cannot fully appreciate important legal developments without appreciating their jurisprudential implications, their place within the body of Australian law, and their practical implications. Applied jurisprudence supplies the conceptual framework for the unification of legal theory and legal practice. Topical developments in legal areas as varied as High Court reasoning, pre-receivership contracts, and native title illuminate the value of this over-arching enterprise of applied jurisprudence and the need for fully skilled lawyers.
Oct 30, 1993
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HORRIGAN, Bryan. Australian Legal Principles in Practice – Taking Reasoning and Research Seriously. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 9, p. 159-182, oct. 1993. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi:
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