Professor Stephen Levett
BA Politics (Dunelm), PGCE (Secondary Education), Solicitor, FHEA
Director of the Sustainability Clinic and Baroness Hale Law Clinic Supervisor
After initially training as a secondary school teacher and working abroad, Professor Levett retrained as a solicitor and joined the Government Legal Service in Whitehall. Here he handled litigation for government bodies ranging from the Prison Service to the Forestry Commission.
Deciding to return to teaching he joined the (now) University of Law where he set up and ran its first Student Law Clinic. He also instigated its first Streetlaw programmes, as well as a publicly funded legal literacy project based in South Yorkshire and partnerships with law firms and voluntary organisations.
Whilst at ULAW he held a variety of senior management posts including Deputy Director of its York Centre and Head of Business Development.
In 2012 he joined the University of Sunderland as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business. Law and Tourism with responsibility for programme development and student recruitment across the Faculty.
In 2016 Professor Levett was appointed Director of Clinical Legal Education at King's College London and was responsible for founding its first student legal clinic.
Since joining the University of York Professor Levett has directed his attention to raising awareness amongst students of the role law plays in the climate crisis. He organises an annual Global Day of Action for Climate Justice which sees law clinic students across the globe join together to focus on one climate crisis issue for one day. He is also the module designer of an interdisciplinary Climate Crisis Lab Module and is the first Director of the University of York Sustainability Clinic, a university-wide initiative and new module available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students.