Welcome to the Open University Law Society

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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

Walking for justice with the OULS

05th June, 2018

It was 2pm on Monday 21 May 2018 when it started to rain. I have no doubt that, like me,  all the people participating in the  14th annual,  London legal Walk thought as ‘oh bugger!’ Our team, met in a coffee shop to change into our tee shirts before taking on the 10Km walk. Our team comprised of the following OU […]


GDPR and your rights

25th May, 2018

GDPR… I can hear you groan already. You’re sick of the emails. We all are,  I might even be more sick of it than the average person given that my day job is in communications and marketing. I even have one client who refers to it as “Giant D****** Pain in the Rs” – he’s imaginative, I’ll give him that! […]


The rise of ‘Private’ Justice

11th May, 2018

On the 9th May 2018 the Private Prosecutors’ Association (PPA) was officially launched, arising from the fact that private prosecutions are becoming more frequent. The chair of the newly launched PPA highlighted the growth in private prosecutions, and called for a much needed code of conduct for prosecution providers. She said; “We anticipate further growth in this field, given the budget restraints faced […]


Obituary: Richard Murtagh 1980 – 2018

02nd May, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of OU LLB graduate (2012) and pupil barrister, Richard Murtagh. He is remembered by friend and former OULS chair Amy Woolfson. I was first introduced to Richard in early 2014. I was coming to the end of my LLB with the Open University and was considering studying an LLM at a […]


Negotiation for law students: Important sources for additional experience

30th April, 2018

No matter what stage of your studies you’re at, reading about negotiation is a smart idea. You also need to practice your negotiation skills regularly, even at the start of your legal studies. Each day you should focus on conversations where you listen to others whilst actively developing your own points of view and working to get the results you […]


UK intentions ‘patently’ clear – Unified Patent Court Agreement ratified on World IP Day

29th April, 2018

  In an announcement on the 26th April 2018, Minister for IP Sam Gyimah MP confirmed that the UK Government had ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement. This announcement coincided perfectly with World Intellectual Property Day 2018. This news means that eyes will now turn to legal challenges against the proposals in Germany, who are yet to ratify the agreement. […]


Is your brain like the Bermuda Triangle? How not to get lost in revision

20th April, 2018

Does information go into your head and never come out? Exam season is coming and many of us will be getting ready for the big day. People have all sorts of ways of learning and revising, and there is no right or wrong way. The best way is whichever way works for you! In my first year of my Open […]


Justice Delayed: Barristers strike affects murder hearing

05th April, 2018

  In reaction to underfunding arising from the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme, the Criminal Bar Association has lead strike action amongst barristers. 55% of its 4,000 members voted 90% in favour of industrial action. As a result, barristers are now refusing to take on legally aided cases, including serious criminal matters in the Crown court. Cases are already being affected, […]


OULS Committee 2018/19 Election Results

03rd April, 2018

Another year in the bag! First off let us thank you everyone who submitted nominations for this year’s OULS committee, and to all our candidates. It was an incredible year for the elections with some very tough decisions between excellent candidates! Here is the OULS committee that YOU have voted for! I hope you all join me in welcoming our […]


Mediation – the process that every law student should recognize

03rd April, 2018

My dear colleagues, do you have any idea what the mediation process involves? Mediation it is one of my interests because we all have feelings and thoughts. With the amount of people going to court, it provides an excellent tool for conflict resolution. Dr Boileau has shared his thoughts and research regarding the practice, theory and developments of mediation which […]


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