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Ms Sarah Stirk


Sarah completed her LLB hons at Warwick University before studying for an LLM at the College of William and Mary in the US. Sarah then studied for and became the youngest person to qualify at the time as an Attorney in the State of Virginia and took up a post as a Criminal Defence Attorney. After several years of practice Sarah returned to the UK to cross qualify as a solicitor and work in Commercial Property Litigation. Before joining Liverpool John Moores, Sarah was worked as a teaching fellow at the University of Exeter.

Sarah’s main research interests lie in socio legal issues associated with access to Justice in the UK and USA. Sarah is currently pursuing a PhD which focuses on a comparative analysis of the problem of the jury as a democratic representation in ordinary criminal cases and the marginalisation of lay involvement in the criminal justice system.

Teaching: Module Leader for Employability and Business Skills on the LLB and Environmental Law on the LLM and Land on the GDL. Sarah is part of the teaching teams for Equity and Land on the LLB and GDL and Independent Learning and law and Mooting for the LLB and Legal Research on the LLM in LP.
Administrative: Member of the Law School Teaching and Learning and Employability Committees. Sarah also runs the OUP Mooting team with teams having has reached the Quarter and Semi Finals in recent years.

Sarah is admitted as an active member of the Virginia State Bar and the United States Court of Appeal for the 4th Circuit. Sarah is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, Society of Legal Scholars, United Kingdom Environmental Law Society, National Scholars Honours Society (US) and Liverpool Law Society, SLSA, SOLON, British Journal of Criminal Justice.

Sarah is the APSS Associate for the Leadership and Development Foundation.

Sarah is also an External for Land and Equity on the GDL at Nottingham Trent University.


2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCERT with distinction
2007, William and Mary Law School, USA, United States, LLM
2006, Warwick University, United Kingdom, LLB hons
University of Exeter, United Kingdom, PhD in progress

Academic appointments

Associate Leadership and Development Foundation APSS Faculty, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 2017 - present
External Examiner of the GDL, Law, Nottingham Trent University, 2014 - present
Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010 - present
Teaching Fellow, Law, University of Exeter, 2009 - 2010
Chief Examiner Introduction to Practice, CILEX, 2009 - present

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

The Impact of our “unique” Leadership Development Foundation Associate (LDFA) role at Liverpool John Moores University., Higher Education Leadership Forum 2018, Sheffield University, Panel Discussion 12/09/2018

From Retention to Employability - Can Reflection Help?, Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 13/06/2018

From retention to employability can reflection help, LJMU teaching and learning conference, Liverpool John Moores, Oral presentation 13/06/2018

Conference organisation:

A new employability model for the twenty-first century: the importance of social media and digital employability skills, Co-Covenor and organiser

Editorial boards:

UKLSA Student Law Review, Editor and then Editor in Chief


Fellow of the Higher education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

member, Virginia Bar Association

Admitted as member, National Scholars Honours Society, USA

Member, Virginia State Bar

member, SLSA

Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Other Professional Activity:

I chaired a session at the Professional Services Conference at LJMU in June 2017

Research Grants Awarded:

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, LJMU Case Study on how the creation of the new Leadership and Development Foundation Associate role demonstrates a pioneering approach to leadership development and change capability in Higher Education, Meriel Box and Mike Aiello, Grant value (£): £400

Higher Education Authority, ‘A new employability model for the twenty-first century: the importance of social media and digital employability skills, Dr Alison Lui, Grant value (£): 750, Duration of research project: 3 months

Teaching qualification:

PGCERT with distinction