School of Law

Professor Andrew Francis

Professor of Law

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.

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.


 I teach a third year Jurisprudence option “Theorising the Profession” and have previously taught on modules on the Legal Profession, Public Law,  and English Legal Systems and Methods (Foundations)

PhD Supervision

I have supervised students studying the legal profession (including a project co-funded by Inner Temple). I am happy to supervise doctoral students in the following areas and am also very happy to discuss potential projects with individuals.

  • Regulation of the Legal Profession
  • Social Mobility and Diversity of the Legal Profession
  • Access to Justice
  • Legal Education

Key Publications


At the Edge of Law – Emergent and Divergent Models of Legal Professionalism (Ashgate, 2011). 224 pages

Journal Articles

‘Legal Education, Social Mobility and Employability: Possible Selves, Curriculum Intervention and the role of Legal Work Experience’ (2015) 42(2) Journal of Law and Society pp. 173-201

‘Access to legal work experience and its role in the (re)production of legal professional identity’ (with H. Sommerlad) (2009) 16(1) International Journal of the Legal Profession pp. 63-86

‘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

‘“I’m not one of those women’s libber type people but…” : gender, class and professional power within the third branch of the English legal profession’ (2006) 15(4) Social and Legal Studies pp.475-493

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to talk to the media on matters relating to the legal profession and legal services within my areas of expertise.

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