What empirical legal studies tell us about the legal profession

Date/time: Wednesday 20 March, 6-9pm
Venue: The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street
Booking: Places are limited, so we recommend that you register for the event now. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

This lecture is open to all, but will be of particular interest to law students, who are therefore invited to attend.

Law alumni, notable members of legal academe and the legal profession, and many others will be attending the event. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Legal research often involves the interpretation of statute and court judgments, in other words what the law is. However, the use of other empirical research techniques provides us with a means to examine how well the law and legal system are functioning, and to consider the make-up and working methods of the legal profession.

This lecture will focus on findings from a range of empirical studies with which Professor Webley has been involved and will explain what they tell us about the nature of the legal profession. Professor Webley will focus on findings that dispel some of the myths associated with legal practice as well as some that confirm firmly held views.

About Professor Lisa Webley

Professor Lisa Webley
 is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the University and is a member of its Centre for the Legal Profession and Legal Services. She teaches public law, family law and empirical research methods. Her research is predominantly empirical socio-legal research examining the legal profession and legal services, much of which has been funded by public bodies and institutional funders including: the European Commission, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Department for Trade and Industry, The Higher Education Academy, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Legal Services Board, the Legal Services Commission, and the Victoria Law Foundation Australia.

Her current research focus is on the education and training of lawyers, the influence of new models of legal practice on legal ethics, and the diversity of the legal profession.

 She holds a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London and has previously taught at Birkbeck College and the University of Exeter. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy. She has held visiting positions at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; the Victoria Law Foundation, Melbourne Australia; and at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA.

She is author of two text books: Legal Writing and Complete Public Law Text Cases & Materials (with Harriet Samuels).

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