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Dr Rachel Dunn

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School


Rachel Dunn is a Senior Lecturer, joining the Law School full-time in 2017. Prior to this, she completed a PhD in law, exploring clinical legal education and how it can develop the knowledge, skills and attributes which are necessary to start day one training as a solicitor. Rachel is an experienced researcher in the fields of legal education and animal law, using innovative methods to inform her work. Rachel supervises doctoral students in both of these areas. She also undertakes work in other areas such as domestic abuse and youth justice.  


Rachel is currently the Programme Leader for the M Law (Solicitors) Programme and works in the Policy Clinic in the Student Law Office, overseeing projects exploring animal law, environmental law and domestic abuse. She also teaches on a range of modules, including animal law, advocacy and English and European Legal Systems.


Rachel Dunn

Campus Address

CCE1 - Room 110

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Rachel's main research interest is animal law, specifically looking at animal welfare legislation. She has published on various issues, including fur farming, the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and whether veganism/vegetarianism should be a protected philosophical belief in employment law. She is currently working on the use of an Animal Welfare Assessment Grid as a tool to improve animal welfare under the Animal Welfare Act and as a legal tool for any subsequent proceedings. Rachel has also started to look at some aspects of conservation law and environmental more law generally. Her work is multi-disciplinary and is open to collaboration with those working in various fields, such as criminology and veterinary science.  

Rachel is interested in all aspects of legal education, including experiential learning, regulatory changes and innovative teaching methods. She regularly publishes in this area and shares her teaching practice more widely. 

She uses a variety of innovative methodologies, including visual methods, like Diamond Ranking, and draws inspiration from other disciplines to inform her work in law. This has led her to work on projects in youth justice and domestic abuse with colleagues in the Law School. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Policy Clinic at Northumbria University: Influencing Policy/Law Reform as an Effective Educational Tool for Students, Bengtsson, L., Dunn, R., McConnell, S. 30 Jun 2020, In: International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
  • Using legal policy and law reform as assessment, Dunn, R., Glancey, R. 31 Jul 2019, Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law, Canberra, Australian National University Press
  • Clinical Legal Education as Solicitor Qualifying Work Experience, Roper, V., Dunn, R., Kennedy, V. 24 Jun 2019, The Clinical Legal Education Handbook, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Clinical Legal Education as Qualifying Work Experience for Solicitors, Dunn, R., Roper, V., Kennedy, V. Oct 2018, In: Law Teacher

PGR Supervision

Siobhan McConnell The development of commercial awareness in law students seeking graduate employment. Start Date: 19/06/2019


  • Law PhD
  • Law LLB (Hons)
  • Bar Professional Training Course BPTC (MLaw) 2011

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