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Speaker Biography

Dr Andrew Francis

Andrew’s research interests include the legal profession, legal education and access to justice, including diversity issues. In developing a series of articles on legal executives, he was responsible for the first major academic analysis of this neglected branch of the legal profession, which offers a part-time and flexible pathway to study for a legal qualification.

Recent research includes a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation (with Iain McDonald of the University of West England) exploring the experiences and aspirations of part-time law students. He is currently working on a UKCLE funded project (with Professor Hilary Sommerlad) which analyses the role that ‘legal work experience’ plays in both mediating access to the profession and in socialisation.

Andrew is currently working on a book project At the Edge of Law: Divergent and Emergent Models of Legal Professionalism to be published by Ashgate in 2011