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

The OULS Gary Slapper Memorial Mooting Finalists Revealed

14th October, 2018

  This year I have been given the pleasure of announcing the four finalists for the OULS internal Mooting Competition. Sarah Foster who after completing her LLM is now commencing the BPTC;  Sarah Couling currently in her third and final year of studying for her LLB; Harrie Austin-Jones who is a second year student and finally Elise Graham, Elise who […]


Should A & E receptionists owe a duty of care to patients?

14th October, 2018

  On Wednesday 10th October 2018, the judgement in a case involving a member of the public and an NHS trust, was finally brought to an end in the Supreme Court, with a decision that whilst not a landmark decision, definitely shouts home the important roles every person within the NHS plays.   The Facts In May 2010 the claimant […]


OULS Mooting Workshops 2018

19th August, 2018

The Open University Law Society is pleased to announce details of this year’s mooting workshops. The events are open to all OULS members and will be held in central London on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018, as well as central Edinburgh on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September. Details of a further mooting workshop expected to take place […]


Why you need to gain shadowing experience and how to get one!

30th July, 2018

Compas Chambers, Edinburgh

  My dear colleagues, I would like to encourage you seek out a shadowing experience at the very beginning of your legal studies. Not all Chambers publicise information about possibilities to get practical experience for law students. The Chamber that I personally recommend for students in Scotland is beautiful Compass Chamber, situated in The Faculty of Advocates Parliament House, Edinburgh, […]


Cryptocurrency and divorce

18th July, 2018

Last year, Catherine Howell (OULS  Reporter, 2016-2017) wrote about cryptocurrencies questioning their place in society and legislation. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Catherine explained that cryptocurrencies are  “a form of digital money which is currently not tied to any centrally regulatory body”.  Bitcoin, divorce and non-disclosure In the past, conversation on cryptocurrencies has been dominated by a focus on tech, criminals […]


Dates announced: OULS  internal mooting competition

04th July, 2018

The OULS Mooting team are pleased to announce the initial details of the OULS  internal mooting competition, now named The Gary Slapper Memorial Mooting Award.  The competition, which is open to all OULS members, has been renamed the Gary Slapper Memorial Mooting Award in honour of the late Gary Slapper Professor Gary Slapper 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the OU welcoming its […]


Lawyers in government

04th July, 2018

OU graduate, James Coupe, explains what life is life as a Government Legal Department trainee looks like and how his assessment day was structured. Day to day work as a GLD trainee What does the average day in the life of a Government Legal Department (GLD) trainee look like? Honestly, it changes all the time, and I know the experiences […]


The Secret Barrister, Barrister strikes and a £15 million pay out!

30th June, 2018

Criminal barristers have recently taken a vote and accepted a £15 million pay out from the government to stop strikes against the new Advocates Graduate Fee Scheme. To the lay person the offer on the table seems more than reasonable but when things are put into perspective is £15m really enough to right the wrong of our justice system. The […]


Third woman in history appointed to UK Supreme Court

28th June, 2018

The Supreme Court judges as of October 2017

Amongst the three judges appointed to the supreme court yesterday was Lady Justice Arden DBE, who becomes the third woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court judge since its creation in 2009.  Lady Arden will sit alongside Lady Hale, the first woman to be appointed to the role of President of the Supreme Court and the UK’s most senior […]


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 […]


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