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Dr Emma Jones

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Law (Pro Bono Initiative)
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Law School
  • The Law School
  • e.j.jones

Professional biography

Emma joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Law in December 2014.  She has worked as an Associate Lecturer on a variety of law modules since 2006.  

Emma's first degree was a BA (Joint Hons) in Law and Politics.  She then went on to complete the LPC and qualified as a solicitor in 2001.  After several years working in construction law, Emma retrained as a teacher, completing a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She has since taught in both further and higher education.  She also has an MA in Politics and Contemporary History and a MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration and is an Accredited Mediator for civil and commercial disputes.

Emma is a member of the executive committee for the Association of Law Teachers, and joint acting general secretary for the Commonwealth Legal Education Association.  She is also a member of the Society of Legal Scholars' sub-committee on legal education and a member of the Legal Education Research Network steering group.  She is co-convenor of a stream on law and emotion (with John Stannard of Queen's University Belfast) at the Socio-Legal Studies Association's annual conference and they are developing a Law and Emotion Network for the UK. 

Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.  She is also an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Research interests

Emma completed her PhD thesis on the role of emotion in undergraduate legal education. Her main areas of interest are legal education, law and emotion, multiple intelligences and emotional intelligence, law and empathy, law student wellbeing and the role of emotion and wellbeing within the legal profession. 

Emma is thematic lead for critical and reflexive pedagogies in the Faculty of Business and Law's Centre for Knowledge in Organisations and Professions.

Teaching interests

Emma is scholarship lead for the Faculty of Business and Law.  She is also currently working on developing the law school's pro bono offering.  Her previous teaching interests include contract law, tort law, EU law, legal research methods and legal skills.

Impact and engagement

Emma is a member of the advisory group for the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream project and a member of the advisory council for the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence.  She is working with a small group of academics across the UK to create a UK Chapter of this Society.

Emma has also written a range of blogs for a number sites relating to her research interests and contributes regular pieces for Lawyer Monthly

External collaborations

Emma is currently leading a project with the UK charity, LawCare, to develop online resources to promote emotionally and psychologically healthy practices within the legal profession.

Emma is co-lead editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (the Journal of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association). 

Emma is currently organising two sessions (with members from a variety of countries) for the International Congress of Law and Mental Health in Rome 2019.  She was recently an invited speaker at the University of Utrecht Legal Masters Conference.

Publications

Mapping the emotional journey of teaching (2017-09-18)
Jones, Emma
Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL), 9(3) (pp. 275-294)
Empathy: an essential element of legal practice or ‘never the twain shall meet’? (2017-08-09)
Westaby, Chalen and Jones, Emma
International Journal of the Legal Profession ((Early Access))
Clinical legal education in the United Kingdom: Origins, growth and the technological innovations and challenges of its future (2017-05)
Jones, Emma; Mcfaul, Hugh and Ryan, Francine
German Journal of Legal Education, 4 (pp. 107-136)
One size fits all? Multiple intelligences and legal education (2017)
Jones, Emma
Law Teacher, 51(1) (pp. 56-68)