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 and fun 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 2019/20 OULS Elections are open – your chance to stand for election!

04th March, 2019

It has been another incredible year for the Open University Law Society! We have done everything from winning mooting competitions, providing great news and advice articles, fun social events, and supporting our members like never before. All good things must sadly come to an end though. As the sun sets on this committees year, the door is open for the […]


Has the UK lost control of its people? Knife crime at its highest since records began.

13th March, 2019

Switching on the TV used to be a way of waking up in the morning, GMTV or BBC Breakfast blasting in the background as we ran around making coffee and breakfast for the family. The News was all light entertainment, who got married in showbiz yesterday, and celebrations going on around the world today. So since when has it become […]


Tom Bingham Memorial Essay Prize 2019

12th March, 2019

The Rt Hon the Lord Bingham of Cornhill (1933-2010) was a British barrister and judge (pictured). He served as Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice and as Senior Lord of Appeal.  He had been described as ‘one of the world’s most acute legal minds’ and in 2011 his book The Rule of Law won the Orwell Prize for political […]


QED Law Revision Seminars

12th March, 2019

As your end of year exams approach you may be interested in attending some specialist Law Revision Seminars hosted by QED. They take place annually and are open to all law students at UK universities. Venue: University College London, Gower Street, London,WC1E 6EA Choice of dates: There are a choice of various subjects split over two weekends in April. You […]


No fault divorce consultation, a step in the right direction?

02nd January, 2019

In a day and age when it is no longer considered sinful to become divorced, the process of divorcing is a lengthy one that can be dragged out over many years. Getting a divorce can cause stress and anxiety not only to the parties directly involved but the families and children surrounding the relationship. When a marriage breaks down to […]


Pupillage applications and interviews: my advice

31st October, 2018

As prospective barristers, we are well accustomed to the health warning attached to pursuing a career at the Bar. With over 3,000 applicants for only ~400 pupillages annually, the competition is fierce and inevitable rejection cruel. Last year, I was able to secure pupillage at my preferred chambers. This article is my attempt to distil what I learned through the […]


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 […]


Inns of Court. What they are and will they benefit me?

13th October, 2018

Unless you have been in the circle or have done your research, the term ‘Inns of Court’ might seem somewhat daunting and confusing. Until I started studying the law I thought this was a posh word for a court house! How wrong could I be? In order to be called to the bar you must be a member of one […]


Arbitrary and international arbitration – one of the alternative dispute resolution

30th September, 2018

My dear colleagues I would like to return to my research about alternative dispute resolutions. This time I would like to introduce arbitrary as a potential solution in conflict situations. Personally, I think being familiar with arbitration it is very important especially for us law students. As we all think about our areas of specialisation and our graduate employment. Alternative dispute resolutions […]


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