Jane is a qualified solicitor and the Professor of Professional Legal Education at Nottingham Law School, working with colleagues in the Centre for Legal Education, of which she is director.
She is also course leader of the Doctorate in Legal Practice and supervises PhD, EdD and DLegalPrac students working on projects in legal education, and with early career professionals in other disciplines. She works extensively with professional bodies and regulators, here and abroad, in reviewing and designing structures of legal education and training for the professions.
An inaugural lecture by Professor Jane Ching- 'The Judge and the Jedi: Language, Legal Power and Legal Learning'
On the 27 November 2013, Professor Jane Ching presented an inaugural lecture. The lecture examined ways in which lawyers use language to prescribe, describe, translate and persuade, as well as ways in which lawyers need to be alert to shades of word use and nuances of expression.
Jane qualified as a solicitor in 1990, working in private practice as a commercial and general litigation lawyer. She has also worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Spain.
Jane's PhD was on the learning of early career litigation solicitors. Jane has worked on projects for the Council for Licensed Conveyancers and Solicitors Regulation Authority (the paralegal aspects of the work-based learning pilot). In 2011-2012 she worked with the Tertiary Education Commission in Mauritius on a project to reform the vocational education programmes for solicitors, barristers and notaries in that country.
Between 2011 and 2013 she was also a member of the multi-institution research team which worked on the Legal Education and Training Review for England and Wales. In 2013-2014, with colleagues at NTU, IALS and ANU, she worked on a project for the Law Society of Hong Kong on the viability of a common entrance examination for intending solicitors in that country.
Jane's memberships are as follows:
- American Educational Research Association
- Association of Law Teachers
- British Educational Research Association
- Higher Educational Academy
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Society of Legal Scholars
She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; a Visiting Professor at the University of Limoges; and a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of the Legal Profession. She has contributed to the work of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre on the annual report for the UK to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
Sponsors and collaborators
- Bar Standards Board
- Council for Licensed Conveyancers
- ILEX Professional Standards
- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London)
- Law Society of Hong Kong
- Northumbria University
- Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Tertiary Education Commission of Mauritius
- University of Limoges
- University of Mauritius
- University of Nottingham
- University of Warwick
Jane has also worked with a number of law firms, reviewing, designing and delivering in-house education programmes for practitioners.
Jane regularly contributes articles and comments to the professional press. She can offer expertise on the education of legal practitioners, particularly post-classroom, and the regulation of legal education as well as on learning in the workplace and reflective learning.