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Dr Rachel Dunn, Course Director

Dr Rachel Dunn

Course Director

Rachel oversees the clinical and employability activities at Leeds Law School. She completed her PhD in 2017 which explored knowledge, skills and attributes developed in law clinics. Rachel continues to research legal education and is a specialist in animal law.

Rachel has two main research areas: Legal Education and Animal Law. Her work on Legal Education is mainly focused around Clinical Legal Education, in which she completed her PhD. The main focus of this research is the development of knowledge, skills and attributes in live client clinics and whether they can prepare students for day one training as a solicitor. Rachel has continued her research into legal education, focusing on areas such as the SQE and Qualifying Work Experience and the development of Policy Clinics.

Rachel also specialises in Animal Law, specifically the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Her current research is focused around s.10 Improvement Notices, their use, and whether they can be improved. Her other research projects and publications have focused on zoo licensing, pets in private accommodation and care homes, fur farming, animal experimentation and veganism.

Other research projects Rachel has been involved in include areas such as domestic abuse, with a particular focus on protection orders through the family court, and Youth Justice. Rachel uses various empirical research methods to collect data, including qualitative, quantitative, and visual methods.

Research Interests

Rachel’s current research in legal education explores Policy Clinics. Policy Clinics allow students to engage with empirical projects, with an aim to influence policy and/or law reform. Her research with Siobhan McConnell and Lyndsey Bengtsson focuses on skills development, social justice, and sustainability of Policy Clinics. She is a convenor of the CLEO Policy Clinic Network.

Rachel’s Animal Law research exploring enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, with a particular focus in s.10 Improvement Notices, has led her to work with a veterinary scientist to explore the use of a visual method in aiding the process of issuing and compliance with a notice. Her other research, specifically that of pets in private accommodation, is being used to provide evidence as to the necessary changes in legislation and how it can be done in a balanced way to both landlords and tenants.

Dr Rachel Dunn, Course Director