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Dr Paul McKeown

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Paul McKeown is an Associate Professor and Director of the Student Law Office at Northumbria University.

He graduated from the University of Durham with LLB (Hons) in 2001.  Following successful completion of the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University, he undertook a training contract and was admitted as a solicitor on 1 September 2005.  Paul joined Northumbria University in 2007 as a solicitor tutor supervising students in the multi award winning Student Law Office.  He specialises in the areas of housing, employment and general civil litigation.

His research interests are in the field of clinical legal education, with the current focus on the development of values through clinical legal education.  Paul was awarded his PhD entitled 'We Don't Need No Thought Control: What is the Intent and Impact of Teaching Values in Clinical Legal Education" in 2020. He is member of the Legal Education and Professional Skills signature research group at Northumbria University.

Paul has been a board member of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) since its establishment in 2013.  He was elected President of ENCLE in 2019.

Paul McKeown

Campus Address

Northumbria Law School
Northumbria University
City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Clinical Legal Education and Professional Development

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A ‘Life-Style Choice’ or a Philosophical Belief?: The Argument for Veganism and Vegetarianism to be a Protected Philosophical Belief and the position in England and Wales, McKeown, P., Dunn, R. 1 Jul 2021, In: Liverpool Law Review
  • Linden Thomas and Nick Johnson (eds.), The Clinical Legal Education Handbook, University of London Press, London 2020, ss. 465., McKeown, P. 29 Dec 2020, In: BIAŁYSTOK LEGAL STUDIES
  • Can Social Justice Values be Taught Through Clinical Legal Education?, McKeown, P. 1 Apr 2018, Social Justice and Legal Education, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars
  • If we could instil social justice values through clinical legal education, should we?, McKeown, P., Hall, E. Jun 2018, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Pro bono: what's in it for law students? The students' perspective, McKeown, P. 3 Jul 2017, In: International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
  • Further Developing Street Law, McKeown, P., Morse, S. Mar 2016, The Legal Academic's Handbook, Basingstoke, Macmillan
  • Law student attitudes towards pro bono and voluntary work: The experience at Northumbria University, McKeown, P. 9 Feb 2015, In: International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
  • Litigants in Person: is there a role for Higher Education?, McKeown, P., Morse, S. Mar 2015, In: The Law Teacher
  • The European Network of Clinical Legal Education: The Spring Workshop 2015, Dunn, R., McKeown, P. 30 Nov 2015, In: International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
  • A model of clinic- assisting litigants in person, McKeown, P., Morse, S. 15 Jul 2014, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education 12th Annual Conference


  • Law PhD July 29 2020
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 11 2007
  • Law PGDip September 01 2002
  • Law LLB (Hons) October 01 1998
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2007
  • Solicitor Law Society 2002

Professional Activity

Rachel Dunn ‘The Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Considered Necessary to Start Legal Practice Competently and Whether Live Client Clinics Develop Them’ (PhD awarded/Northumbria University): Second Supervisor.

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