James Edward Lockyer, QC CD (born May 27, 1949 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian lawyer, law professor, and former politician.
Lockyer graduated with a BA degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick then earned his LLB at the University of New Brunswick. He went on to London, England to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, obtaining his LLM degree in 1976. Fluent in the French language, he obtained a DEA from the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1979.
After being admitted to the Barrister's Society of New Brunswick in September 1975, Lockyer practiced law with the Moncton law firm of Stewart & Cooper. In November 1977 he became the first full-time person hired by the Université de Moncton for its new Faculté de droit which was established to teach common law in French. Lockyer taught at the law school until June 1987. During this time he was named vice-dean and acting dean in 1983 and was Dean of the Faculté de droit from 1984 to 1987. After his career in provincial elected office (1987-1999) he returned to the law school in 2000 where he has taught full-time. His area of expertise is Civil Procedure, the Law of Sales and both Appellate and Trial Advocacy. Lockyer currently teaches trial advocacy to lawyers at Osgoode Hall Law School's annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop as well as to members of the Quebec Bar in its program "Techniques de plaidoirie" at the Université de Sherbrooke. Since 2008 he has been the Director of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program offered biannually to Atlantic Canadian lawyers at the Faculté de droit of the Université de Moncton. He is a visiting teacher of trial advocacy to students at the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend Indiana. In June 2008, Lockyer was named a recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers "Award of Merit" for his contribution to the teaching of trial advocacy.