Mrs Charlotte Harrison
Employability and Enterprise Coordinator, Principal Lecturer
I gained my LL.B. at the University of Southampton and completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law, Guildford. I started my career in the City with Berwin Leighton Paisner and later worked for the Southampton offices of Shoosmiths and Clarke Willmott. During my time in practice, I specialised in commercial contracts, data protection law and Freedom of Information Act issues.
I joined the University in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer. Having previously acted as Admissions Tutor and Employability Coordinator, I was appointed as the Director of Quality and Curriculum (Associate Head) for the School of Law in February 2011. I took up my current role as Director of Clinical Legal Education & Employability in April 2015. In this role, I am responsible for the strategic development of the School of Law’s employability initiatives and experiential learning opportunities, including CLE and placements.
Since joining the University, I have taught and co-ordinated a number of undergraduate and postgraduate law units, including Contract Law, Research & Professional Development, English Legal System, Current Legal Issues, CILEX Level 6 Client Care Skills, and Legal Approach to Business. I have also taught Introduction to Business Law to non-law undergraduate students in the Faculty of Business and Law, and have designed and delivered master classes and taster sessions in Contract Law to MBA students and Part 3 Architecture students.
I have an MA Learning & Teaching from the University of Portsmouth. My dissertation was a case study exploring perceptions and reported confidence of Level 5 Law students in terms of career planning and readiness for the graduate recruitment market before and after engagement with a simulated recruitment process.
I am currently engaged in a longitudinal study of second year undergraduate Law students which explores the extent to which students’ self-perceived employability and confidence changes before, during and after engagement with a dedicated employability unit. The research also explores the impact those changes might have on students’ job search behaviours and career planning quality