Jennifer Waterhouse

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Jennifer Waterhouse BA, LLB, PGCert, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Law, Course Leader, LLM in Legal Professional Practice


I joined Sheffield Hallam in December 2017 and have more than ten years' experience working as both a practising solicitor and senior lecturer.


I graduated with a First in Politics from the University of Sheffield in 2007, before transferring to law by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, from which I graduated with a Distinction. I then spent several years as a solicitor at a global law firm, where I specialised in Employment Law and acted for a range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients. I advised clients on a variety of employment law issues, such as redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination and changes to terms and conditions of employment. I also conducted Employment Tribunal litigation and represented clients at tribunal.

I began my career in higher education in 2013 at Nottingham Trent University, where I taught a range of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

In 2017, I moved to Sheffield Hallam University. I am module leader for the Employment Law and Practice module (a final year undergraduate elective) and teach Constitutional Law too. I am also an Academic Supervisor to students on the department’s flagship Law in Practice module, in which our students are placed within legal settings throughout the region during their final year of undergraduate study, gaining real-life experience of legal practice and building their professional network. I have also taught on the Dispute Resolution in Tort and Commercial Law modules. I am the Year Tutor for our final year undergraduate students, akin to a ‘head of year’ role, looking after our third years and working with the wider course management team for law. 

Given my previous experience as a solicitor, I am particularly interested in the pedagogy of ‘applied learning’, i.e. the development of students’ practical (legal) skills, not just academic knowledge. I believe this is essential to students' education as it enables them to develop key graduate attributes, such as problem solving, team-working and an understanding of commercial awareness, which in turn increases their employability.


Courses taught: 

  • LLB Law
  • LLB Law and Criminology

Modules taught: 

  • UK Constitutional Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Law in Practice

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