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Mrs Liz Hardie

Profile summary

Professional biography

Liz is a senior lecturer in the law school.  She has worked for the law school since 2006, initially as an Associate Lecturer, from 2010 as a Student Experience Manager, from 2020 as Teaching Director and from 2023 as senior lecturer.  As Teaching Director she led the introduction of the OU's new LLB from 2021 - 2023.

She currently work as part of the Open Justice centre, which she has been invovled with since 2017. Liz  supervises students in the online law clinic.  She has also set up and leads the Open Justice online policy clinic, mediation clinic, law reform clinic and family law clinic.  She continues to tutor a variety of law modules.

Prior to joining the law school Liz was a practicing solicitor in the areas of family law and employment law.

Research interests

Liz is interested in the pedagogy of teaching, particularly teaching online.   She is currently carrying out research in online clinical legal education, online student support (including peer mentoring and encouraging a sense of belonging to an online academic community ) and the impact of Generative AI on teaching and learning.

Teaching interests

Liz is currently Module Team Chair of W360 Justice in Action and a member of the module team of W340 Law Society and Culture and W323 SQE: business law and dispute resolution.  As a tutor Liz has taught a variety of different modules including first year undergraduate introductory modules, second year and third year modules.  She currently tutors on W230 Family Law and W360 Justice in Action.  Liz leads a number of the student pro bono projects run by the Open Justice centre and is one of the supervising solicitors in the online law clinic.


"Training is Everything": How to Prepare Students for Policy Clinic Projects (2024-06-05)
Hardie, Liz
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (pp. 72-108)

ChatGPT, I have a legal question? The impact of Gen AI tools on law clinics and access to justice (2024-04-26)
Ryan, Francine and Hardie, Liz
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 31(1) (pp. 166-205)

Fostering a sense of belonging through online qualification events (2024)
Edwards, Carol and Hardie, Liz
Distance Education (pp. 1-19)

ChatGPT and the Future of Legal Education and Practice (2023)
Ajevski, Marjan; Barker, Kim; Gilbert, Andrew; Hardie, Liz and Ryan, Francine
The Law Teacher, 57(3) (pp. 352-364)

Setting up a Pilot Peer Mentoring Programme in the Online Environment (2021-06)
Edwards, Carol; Gregory, Lorraine and Hardie, Liz
Journal of Rights and Justice, 2 (pp. 7-17)

Taking Clinical Legal Education Online: Songs of Innocence and Experience (2020-12-11)
McFaul, Hugh; Hardie, Liz; Ryan, Francine; Lloyd Bright, Keren and Graffin, Neil
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 27(4) (pp. 6-38)

How to Offer Effective Pastoral Support in a Distance Learning Institution (2024-03-08)
Hardie, Liz and Ryan, Francine
In: Bleasdale, Lydia ed. How to Offer Effective Wellbeing Support to Law Students. How to guides (pp. 88-101)
ISBN : 978 1 80392 079 5 | Publisher : Edward Elgar

50 years of Clinical Legal Education: Looking Back to the Future (2020)
Hardie, Liz; Mcfaul, Hugh and Ryan, Francine
In: Claydon, Lisa; Derry, Caroline and Ajevski, Marjan eds. Law in Motion: 50 years of Legal Change (pp. 212-227)
ISBN : 978-1-4730-3148-7 | Publisher : The Open University Law School

Online legal education – sharing the OU experience (2020)
Hardie, Liz and Wesemann, Anne
In : Society of Legal Scholars Virtual Annual Conference (01/09/20-04/09/20, Exeter University, online)