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Ms Jill Alexander

Principal Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

Jill is a Principal Lecturer at the School of Law having joined Northumbria University in 1994. Jill is a dual qualified Scottish- English lawyer and prior to joining Northumbria University worked in leading commercial law firms where she specialised in commercial property.

Jill has been responsible for the design and development of numerous new modules and enhancement of existing modules using innovative learning and teaching methods as module tutor and programme director.  She teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the Faculty of Business and Law, including Property Law and Practice, Solicitors’ Accounts, Land Law and Key Skills for Employability.

Jill has extensive leadership experience across a range of different groups and has led on a number of Teaching and Learning initiatives as well as contributed across Departmental, Faculty and University committees. Jill has created and coordinated a flexible and wide-ranging employability strategy to support law students through their academic journey into the graduate market.

Jill is a Fellow of the HEA and an external examiner.

0191 227 4333

Professional Activity

Solicitor (non-practising).

Key Publications

Contributing Co-Editor of ‘Converyancing Practice’ for 17 years until 2016

Published books: ‘Rent Review’ by Blackstone Press and ‘Party Wall Act 1996’ by Northumbria Law Press.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I am currently working on a Professional Doctorate at Northumbria University. My research interrogates the perceived impact of clinical legal education on employability from alumni and employers’ perspectives. I work with Northumbria Law School graduates and their employers to capture each perspective to determine where perceptions diverge and overlap and what that tells us about access to the legal profession; the currency of the law degree and more broadly about the discourse of ‘graduateness’. This is a development of an existing academic debate about employability, which has hitherto focused on strategy and triage; my work extends into critical examination of the socio-economic and philosophical positioning of students, HEIs and employers.

I am also working on a collaborative longitudinal three-year learning and teaching research project with Sheffield and UCLAN universities on diversity in the legal profession.

Current/Recent Projects

Alexander, J. & Boothby, C. (2018) ‘Framing Clinical Legal Education at Northumbria Law School: Challenges Old and New’, German Journal of Legal Education, accepted for publication May 2018 (2018) GJLE Vol. 5.

McKee, T. Nir, R. Alexander, J. Griffiths, E. Hervey, T. (2018) “The Fairness Project: Doing what we can, where we are” Journal of International and Comparative Law, special edition on Legal Education eds. Professor Alan Reed and Professor Elaine Hall accepted for publication June 2018.

Jill is a member of LEAPS.


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