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Mrs Francine Ryan

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Law (Pro Bono Initiative)
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Law School
  • The Law School
  • f.m.ryan

Professional biography

Francine joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Law in November 2014.  She has worked as an Associate Lecturer on a variety of law modules since 2007.  

Francine's first degree was a LLB (Hons) in Law at the University of Lancaster.  She then went on to complete the LPC and qualified as a solicitor in 1996.  Whilst working as a solicitor, Francine completed a part time Masters in Law and a MSc in Management. Francine worked in practice for over 10 years as a senior solicitor handling complex litigation cases.

Francine is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and the Association of Law Teachers.

Research interests

Francine’s main areas of interest are legal education in particular online learning, and the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with vulnerable witnesses in serious sexual assault cases. She also has an interest in the role women have played in changing the law, which is reflected in a recent contribution discussing Caroline Norton to the ‘Dangerous Women’ project.

Teaching interests

Francine is currently working on developing the law school's pro bono offering- Open Justice.  Her previous teaching interests include English legal system, contract law, tort law, EU law, legal research methods and legal skills.

External collaborations

Francine is co-lead editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (the Journal of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association). 


A virtual law clinic: a realist evaluation of what works for whom, why, how and in what circumstances? (2019)
Ryan, Francine
The Law Teacher (Early access)
Connectivity, confidentiality and confidence: Key issues in the provision of online pro bono activities (2018-09-05)
Jones, Emma; Ryan, Francine and Mcfaul, Hugh
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 25(2) (pp. 48-88)
Clinical legal education in the United Kingdom: Origins, growth and the technological innovations and challenges of its future (2017-05)
Jones, Emma; Mcfaul, Hugh and Ryan, Francine
German Journal of Legal Education, 4 (pp. 107-136)