Legal Education and Professional Practice

Benefiting from and utilising inter-disciplinary methodologies (sociological, historical, cultural etc.), scholars working within this group have produced leading theoretical work, which has led to direct engagement with key policy-makers such as the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society. Scholars in this group have projects planned or in progress on Canadian Legal Academics, diversity in the legal profession, and the role and purpose of legal education. This group includes those with a broader engagement in professional practice, including work specifically addressing sentencing issues.

Scholars within interests in these areas include:

Professor Tony Bradney
Professor Fiona Cownie
Dr Andrew Francis
Dr Jane Krishnadas
Professor Martin Wasik

Key recent and forthcoming publications include:


  • Bradney, A. "Stakeholders in the University Law School"; in F Cownie (ed) Stakeholders and the University Law School Hart Publishing (2010) pp 225-246
  • Bradney, A. "Micropolitics and the Preservation of Academic Autonomy in British University Law Schools" (2009) 3 Canadian Legal Education Annual Review/Revue de l'enseignment de droit au Canada pp 115-131
  • Cownie, F. (2009) "Teaching, professional identity and academic lawyers: Canada and England- a comparative perspective" Canadian Legal Education Annual Review (in press)
  • Cownie, F. (ed) (2009) Stakeholders in the Law School Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • Francis, A. At the Edge of Law: Emergent and Divergent Models of Legal Professionalism (Ashgate, forthcoming 2011).
  • Francis, A. (2009)"After Dark and Out in the Cold: part-time law students and the myth of 'equivalency'" (with I.McDonald) (2009) 36(2) Journal of Law and Society pp.220-47
  • Harding, Francis and Krishnadas - Law in Action: integrating social justice issues into the curriculum using clinical legal education (
  • Wasik, M. "Sentencing guidelines in England and Wales: state of the art?" [2008] Criminal Law Review 253-263.


Members of LEAPP, present widely nationally and internationally on funded research, which seeks to demonstrate research excellence with a high policy impact and relevance. Recent examples of this engagement include the research workshop organised by Dr Francis and hosted at the Legal Services Board on the 10th June 2010 - see further, and Dr Francis'work with STEP, see

Professors Bradney and Cownie play a leading role in the international legal education community, particularly through their work in the Legal Education Research Group of the Working Group on the Legal Professions, which is affiliated to the International Sociology Association.

We would be interesting in hearing from any prospective post-graduate student interested in pursuing work in these areas of interest.