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Is pro bono work absolutely essential to progress as a lawyer?

Pro Bono work is a feat most industry climbers have to face, but as a budding lawyer, how important is it to do ‘free work’?

27th October 2017

It’s time to modernise the UK’s road rules – but adding offences for cyclists is no place to start

In fact, there is a strong argument for a wider review, which overhauls the way that the law balances the rights of all road users

27th October 2017
Banksy’s Brexit mural.

Brexit, academic freedom and where the law stands on universities being quizzed about what they teach

It started with a letter. A seemingly simple request for information, sent by the Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris to university vice-chancellors.

26th October 2017

Legal Launch Pad programme open now

The Legal Launch Pad is a structured nine-month (January to September) intensive training, networking and mentoring programme open to those studying for a legal career. 

18th October 2017

Open Days at HMRC Solicitor’s Office, London

HMRC will host two open days in December. These events are for graduates and undergraduates who want to find out more about the work of lawyers and trainees in HMRC.

18th October 2017

Recently married or planning your wedding?

Academics from the OU and the University of Exeter are collaborating in a project to explore the vows, rituals, music and readings used in civil weddings.

20th September 2017
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If a brain can be caught lying, should we admit that evidence to court? Here’s what legal experts think

A man is charged with stealing a very distinctive blue diamond. The man claims never to have seen the diamond before. An expert is called to testify whether the brain responses exhibited by this man indicate he has seen the diamond before. The question is – should this information be used in court?

2nd August 2017
Is it any wonder they feel like bargaining chips? EPA

EU citizens proposal: a lawyer examines the detail

Great news has been issued by the good people of the British government to all those EU citizens living in the UK feeling uncertain about their future after Brexit – they could soon qualify for “settled status”. What they must do now, however, is wait.

27th June 2017
Theresa May allow EU citizens to stay – or she may not. EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

Still too many holes in Theresa May’s promise to EU citizens

A full year after the EU referendum, the British prime minister has finally issued a statement on the status of the 3m European citizens living in the UK. Now that a statement has finally been made, they are supposed to feel reassured.

23rd June 2017
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OU announces Law Students of the Year 2016

Cate Turner and Karie Matthews were presented with their awards for being the highest achieving students of 2016 by leading EU judge, Sir Nicholas Forwood QC, and Head of The Open University Law School, Paul Catley.

11th May 2017

Upcoming Events

Apr 18

The Open University Law School Symposium: Belonging

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:30 to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Citizenship and Governance Event Team

Sep 5

Critical Legal Conference 2018 Doctoral Workshop

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -

12:00 to 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Critical Legal Conference 2018 Team

Sep 6

Critical Legal Conference 2018 - Regeneration

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 09:00 to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 17:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Contact: Critical Legal Conference 2018 Team

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