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Dr Emma Jones

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Teaching Director, Law
  • 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 and became a Senior Lecturer in October 2018.  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 secretary to 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 co-lead of the UK Law and Emotion Network. 

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 was thematic lead for critical and reflexive pedagogies in the Faculty of Business and Law's Centre for Knowledge in Organisations and Professions.  This was developed into the FBL Centre for Scholarship and Innovation.  Emma is currently Director of this Centre.

Teaching interests

Emma is currently Teaching Director for the Law School, with oversight of all areas of curriculum.  She previously worked on the law school's pro bono offering within the Law School's Open Justice Centre and remains a supervising solicitor within the Open Justice legal advice clinic.  Her other teaching interests include contract law, tort law, EU law, legal research methods and legal skills and she currently acts as an external examiners for several institutions in these areas.

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 co-Chair of the 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 the Fit for Law 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.


Dissolving the stiff upper lip: Opportunities and challenges for the mainstreaming of therapeutic jurisprudence in the United Kingdom (2019-03-01)
Jones, Emma and Kawalek, Anna
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 63 (pp. 76-84)
The world at their fingertips? The mental wellbeing of online distance-based law students (2019)
Jones, Emma; Samra, Rajvinder and Lucassen, Mathijs
The Law Teacher, 53(1) (pp. 49-69)
Fostering empathy in clinical teaching and learning environments: A unified approach (2019)
Samra, Rajvinder and Jones, Emma
Australian Journal of Clinical Education ((In Press))
Connectivity, confidentiality and confidence: Key issues in the provision of online pro bono activities (2018-09-05)
Jones, Emma; Ryan, Francine and Mcfaul, Hugh
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 25(2) (pp. 48-88)
Transforming legal education through emotions (2018-09)
Jones, Emma
Legal Studies, 38, Article 7(3) (pp. 450-479)
Making practice more affective: Emotional intelligence as a legal meta-competency (2018-05-15)
Jones, Emma
European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 24, Article 2(1)
Empathy: an essential element of legal practice or ‘never the twain shall meet’? (2018)
Westaby, Chalen and Jones, Emma
International Journal of the Legal Profession, 25(1) (pp. 107-124)
Affective or defective? Exploring the LETR’s characterisation of affect and its translation into practice (2018)
Jones, Emma Jane
The Law Teacher, 52(4) (pp. 478-489)
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)
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)
Emotion in the Law School: Transforming legal education through the passions (2019-08-23)
Jones, Emma
Legal Pedagogy
ISBN : 9781138555211 | Publisher : Routledge
Connectivity, socialization and identity formation. Exploring mental well-being in online distance learning law students (2019-07-19)
Jones, Emma
In: Field, Rachael and Strevens, Caroline eds. Educating for Well-Being in Law. Positive Professional Identities and Practice. Emerging Legal Education (pp. 103-116)
ISBN : 978-1-351-10440-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
“…You don’t pay £100,000 to a lawyer unless you care about something”. The role of emotion in contract law (2019)
Jones, Emma
In: Bandes, Susan; Temple, Kathryn; Kidd White, Emily and Madeira, Jody eds. Research Handbook of Law and Emotion((In Press))
Publisher : Edward Elgar
Introduction - Entanglements and entrapments in the law school: Legal education, change and relationality (2019)
Jones, Emma
In: Jones, Emma and Cownie, Fiona eds. Key Directions in Legal Education: National and International Perspectives. Legal pedagogy ((In Press))
Publisher : Routledge | Published : London and New York
Key Directions in Legal Education: National and International Perspectives (2019)
Jones, Emma and Cownie, Fiona eds.
Legal pedagogy
Publisher : Routledge (In Press) | Published : London and New York