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Prof Alan Paterson


Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3341

Teaching Interests

Alan teaches on the following undergraduate courses:

  • Law and the Legal Process 1
  • Law and the Legal Process 2
  • Legal Profession (Honours)

Biographical Summary

Alan Paterson, LLB (Edin), D.Phil (Oxon), Solicitor, FRSA, FRSE joined the Law School in 1984 as a Professor of Law. He previously taught at Edinburgh University from 1975. He is Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies and was formerly Head of Department for six years and Director of the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology. He teaches in the areas of legal services and access to justice, professional ethics, legal profession and the judiciary. His research has focused on the legal profession, access to justice, poverty legal services and the judiciary.


Alan is involved with the following administrative tasks:

  • Director of Centre for Professional Legal Studies

External Roles

Alan is Chair of the International Legal Aid Group, Chair of the Legal Services Group of Citizens Advice Scotland, , Vice-Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education , Past President of the Society of Legal Scholars and former Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools. Alan is Research Adviser to the Scottish Legal Aid Board.


  • Face to Face Legal Services and Their Alternatives: The Global Lessons

    Paterson, Alan (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Jan-2012 - 28-Feb-2014
  • The Last Law Lords

    Paterson, Alan (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2011 - 30-Jun-2013
  • The Law Lords Revisited

    Paterson, Alan (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2008 - 31-Dec-2009
  • Collaboration with College of Law

    Paterson, Alan (Principal Investigator)

    Period 22-Mar-2005 - 21-Mar-2008

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