Emma Jones

School of Law

Senior Lecturer in Law

LAW Emma Jones

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Emma Jones
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined the Law School in January 2020. I am currently teaching private law remedies and developing new modules on digital lawyering and lawtech. I am also acting Director of Student Welfare and Widening Participation. 

Prior to joining Sheffield, I worked at The Open University Law School for five years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer.  During my time there I was the director of my faculty’s scholarship centre and one of the founders of the Open Justice Centre. My last role was as Law School Teaching Director.  

Before moving into academia I was a solicitor in private practice, specialising in construction law. I also taught in the further education sector. 

My research interests focus on the role of emotions and wellbeing in legal education and the legal profession and I have conducted a range of empirical work on these topics, as well as writing from a theoretical perspective.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Accredited Mediator, Clear ADR

PhD, Keele University

PGCE in Post-compulsory Education and Training, Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration, Leeds Metropolitan University

MA in Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford

Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Trent University

BA (Joint Honours) in Politics and Contemporary History, University of Nottingham

Research interests

My research focuses on the role of emotions and wellbeing in legal education and the legal profession. 

In terms of legal education, I have written on multiple intelligences and the importance of emotion, and also conducted empirical research into the wellbeing of online distance learning law students. I am interested in wellbeing in higher education more widely and in 2019 I was a member of the research team for Student Minds’ University Mental Health Charter. 

In terms of the legal profession, I have written on the importance of emotional competence and conducted empirical work on wellbeing in legal practice. I lead the Fit for Law project, in partnership with the charity LawCare, which seeks to promote psychologically and emotionally healthier ways of working within law.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Legal education
  • The legal profession
  • Law and emotions
  • Law and wellbeing
  • Digital lawyering and law tech


Journal articles



The creation of digital resources on becoming a barrister 

Awarding Body:

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

People Involved:

Emma Jones, Neil Graffin



Amount (£):


Developing resources to enhance the wellbeing of legal professionals (Fit for Law)

Awarding Body:

LawCare Limited 

People Involved:

Emma Jones, Neil Graffin, Mathijs Lucassen, Rajvinder Samra



Amount (£):


Admission tutors’ perceptions of the role and purpose of the LLB

Awarding Body:

Legal Education Research Network  

People Involved:

Emma Jones



Amount (£):

Teaching interests

I believe that teaching and learning are not only cognitive experiences, but also involve emotions and feelings. It is therefore important that legal education is underpinned by a focus on inclusivity and wellbeing to create a safe and positive environment for students and educators to explore new, and often challenging, concepts. 

I also believe that learning should be as interactive and enjoyable as possible and seek to integrate a wide range of techniques and experiences into my teaching.

Teaching activities


  • LAW138 Remedies in Public Law
  • LAW31009 Digital Lawyering


  • LAW61004 Legal Tech and Lawyering in the Digital Age
Professional activities

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Trustee, Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Co-Convenor, Law and Emotion Stream,Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 
  • Co-Chair, UK Chapter, International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Co-founder, UK Law and Emotion Network
  • Secretary, Legal Education Research Network
  • Membership Secretary and Executive Committee Member, Association of Law Teachers
  • Member, Legal Education Committee, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (formerly Academic Fellow from 2016-2019)
  • Editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (2015-2019)
  • Keynote, Legal Education Section, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Exeter, 2020.
  • Invited panellist, International Bar Association Webinar, April 2020.
  • Invited panellist, LegalEdCon North, 2020.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Responses to Error’, University of Portsmouth, 2019.
  • Invited speaker, Legal Education Research Network, 2019.
  • Invited speaker, Legal Education Roundtable, CILEx Regulation, 2019.