Professor Andrew Francis

Professor Andrew Francis


I joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in January 2016, having previously been Professor and Head of the School of Law at Keele University.

I was appointed one of the first five Academic Fellows of Inner Temple in 2010, and became an Associate Academic Fellow in 2013.

My interests are in the areas of the legal profession and legal services, including legal education, and I have worked closely with the profession and other partners on widening participation projects.

I am currently Articles Editor for the journal Legal Ethics, have acted as an external advisor for a number of Law School validations and reviews and also serve as an External Examiner. In April 2018 I spent time at the University of California, Irvine Law School as a Visiting Scholar.

I am Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education and the School's Director of Admissions and Outreach.


  • Director of Admissions and Outreach
  • Director of CIRLE

Research interests

My broad research interests lie in the regulation and organisation of the legal profession, with particular interests in social mobility, legal education and access to justice.

Current work examines the interplay between professional and organisational change, with a particular focus on aging and generational change.

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Professional memberships

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Student education

Through my role as Director of CIRLE, I am directly involved in developing excellence in student education within the School, and externally, underpinned by reserch and scholarship undertaken by Centre members.

I have taught a wide range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Leeds and at other institutions. My teaching is generally in the areas of Foundations of Law, the legal profession and legal ethics. However, I also have substantial experience and interest in teaching Public Law and Discrimination Law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice
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