The OULS was formed in 2010 by a small group of dedicated Open University students. Their aim was to bring together students, academics, professionals and other people interested in the law, to discuss the law, to develop their legal skills and to raise the profile of Open University students in the legal sphere more widely.
The Society has gone from strength to strength each year since its inception. With a committee now comprising eleven officers (all of whom are either past or present OU students) and a membership of over 400 members, the Society offers an active and supportive community for its members.
The OULS regularly organises events, competitions and social meetings. In the 2016-2017 term, we held two mooting workshops, the ICLR Open University Mooting Competition, the annual Tom Bingham Essay Competition and many other social events. We also select and coach mooting teams who go on to represent the Open University in national mooting competitions around the country with a great degree of success.
All Officers on the OULS committee are volunteers and the Society is funded largely by membership fees (£5.00 per year, per member). Members are encouraged to get involved with the Society in any capacity, whether that be through attending our events, reading our newsletters, joining us on social media, or even joining our committee.