Welcome to the Open University Law Society


The Open University Law Society (OULS) is the official law society for the Open University. It is an active society and open to all.

The Society is run by both past and present students of the Open University. Our website offers information about the roots of the Society and our current committee, alongside the many benefits of becoming an OULS member and how to join.

The OULS is also passionate about developing its members’ advocacy skills through mooting. Our website contains a substantial amount of information relating to mooting, including what it is, how you can get involved and the events we run.

For the latest OULS news, be sure to browse the News and Articles section of our website. Additionally, you can join us on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you receive the latest information right to your newsfeed.

The OULS Constitution and Policies are also available to view in our “Documents” section.

Membership is just £5.00 per year. You can join or renew your membership here.

If you have any questions about the OULS, please contact us.

Latest Articles

Another year over, and a new one just begun!

01st January, 2017

As John Lennon so eloquently stated: “another year over, and a new one just begun”. As I nurse my prolonged hangover, and realise how much winter weight I have put on, I take a look back at OULS’ 2016, look to the future, and put out a taster of what is to come in 2017…   2016 January introduced the […]

A year of surprising decisions

01st January, 2017

The following article is courtesy of OULS member and W101 student, Anna Yates.   Having taken the decision to study law, not so long before the start of W101 this October, there was firm decisiveness about it. I did not expect decisiveness as compatible with my character. So this became a revelation leaving me with a sensation of a surprise. […]


31st December, 2016

#HumanRightsDay: A report by OULS Officer for Scotland Lidia Dancu for the JUSTICE Student Network   Human Rights Day Lecture As part of Human Rights Day 2016, JUSTICE hosted a lecture by the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC on fundamental rights and the prosecution of crime at the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh The event was chaired by the Honourable […]

Obituary: Professor Gary Slapper

31st December, 2016

We regret to inform our OULS members that Professor Gary Slapper sadly passed away on the 4th December 2016.  Gary Slapper’s role at the Open University’s law school cannot be overstated. As founder of the Open University Law School, author of the essential textbook The English Legal System, and the first Professor of Law at the Open University, Gary Slapper […]

OULS Christmas Party 2016

28th December, 2016

2016 drew to a close and whilst most businesses attended to the organisation of the usual festivities with overcooked turkey, unwanted secret Santa presents, and local teenage bands singing Slade on a small disco ball lit dance floor, it was down to the OULS to pull something extravagant out of the bag. This we did, in the form of the […]

ICLR Open University Mooting Competition 2017

24th December, 2016

  ICLR Open University Mooting Competition 2017 The OU Law School are pleased to announce that the 2017 Open University Law Society Mooting Competition is now open.  This year’s competition is sponsored by ICLR, and the Grand Final will for the first time be hosted at the UK Supreme Court, judged by UKSC Justice Lady Hale.  This is a unique […]

Tom Bingham Memorial Essay Prize 2017

30th November, 2016

Every year, the OULS and the OU Law School commemorate the Rt Hon the Lord Bingham of Cornhill (1933-2010), otherwise known as Tom Bingham, author of the infamous ‘Rule of Law’ that is a staple of all law student’s book collections. This annual commemoration is held in the form of a privately funded Essay Competition, to which the winner will […]

The LPC – ‘Priceless’!

23rd November, 2016

This month, the OULS News Team has taken a forage amongst the undergrowth of the law sector, seeking out the latest vacation scheme deadlines, advising the best ways to apply for positions within top law firms and given an insight into the ever changing UK political sphere. In light of Brexit and the competitiveness of top legal positions, we took […]

Vac Attack!

23rd November, 2016

If you’re a fresh-faced student starting out on your legal career path, you may have heard in hushed whispers students talking about vac schemes.  When are the deadlines? How do you apply? What should you do when you’re on one? You may have also noticed these whispers tend to be rather stressed. This is because, in the competitive employment market […]

The Curious Case of Article 50 – The ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘Where Next’ of the Article 50 Judgement

22nd November, 2016

R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin) In what can easily be described as the most important constitutional case of a generation, the High Court has issued a ruling that the Crown does not have the prerogative power to give notice pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union […]

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