Reader in Law

University of Sunderland - Business, Law & Tourism - Sunderland Law School

Location: Sunderland Campus
Hours per Week: 37
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Further details: Job Description    

Sunderland Law School is seeking to appoint a high-level scholar as a Reader in Law, with the possibility of a professorial appointment for the right candidate.

Sunderland Law School is a small, vibrant school with over 300 students studying our on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We offer a supportive and friendly environment for our staff and students alike; working in and amongst our students with an open-door policy, we pride ourselves on offering an unrivalled level of personal and pastoral support to our students.

The mainstay of our offering is our LLB, which has been offered since 2000. This programme is complemented by a suite of traditional LLM degrees which were joined in 2016 by our LLM Legal Practice LPC; the only LPC in England & Wales authorised by the SRA to assess competency in the Core Skills in a live client environment. Sunderland Student Law Clinic opened in 2013 and is now a full-service clinic accommodating 9 solicitors and 80 undergraduate and postgraduate students who offer advice and assistance to around 400 clients each year.

In addition to the dedicated suite of offices which accommodate our law clinic, Sunderland Law School students benefit from a bespoke mock court room and law library alongside a range of classroom environments which facilitate a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

The successful candidate will join Sunderland Law School at a pivotal moment as we adjust our curriculum both to prepare for the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and ensure our students have the opportunity to develop professional transferable skills and experience throughout our programmes. Sunderland Law School aims to diversify the ways our students can study our programmes by developing our offering to include part-time and distance learning opportunities including through our campuses in London and Hong Kong and other partner institutions.

As Head of the Centre for Legal Research the successful candidate will demonstrate a significant record of research outputs, preferably in the broad areas of legal education, legal practice or across the foundation areas of law. For a professorial appointment, a candidate should demonstrate experience in securing research income from such bodies as the research councils, European Union, charitable and scientific foundations, commercial enterprises, government or other sponsors.

The successful candidate will have experience in supervising postgraduate, doctoral and post doctoral dissertations, theses and research and in fostering a research culture amongst colleagues and students alike. Working with the Director of Clinical Legal Education the successful candidate will engage with and support research aimed at developing a ‘teaching law firm’ concept able to support students through their period of Qualifying Work Experience as part of the SQE whilst diversifying the Law School’s sources of income.

Karen Hadley Interim Academic Dean
0191 515 3435

Please note that this role is not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship in accordance with the Home Office Points Based Immigration System. Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website

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