Providing free legal advice and guidance
The Open Justice Centre at The Open University Law School provides free legal advice and guidance to people and groups who may struggle to access appropriate legal support through other means.
Open Justice exists to provide a bridge between The Open University (OU) Law School and the community, and between students and the legal profession.
We seek to challenge our students to apply their legal knowledge and skills in a way that furthers the OU’s social justice mission by providing free legal advice, education and guidance to the public.
Our online clinic is run by Open University law students and supervised by qualified solicitors. It provides free legal advice on contract, tort, employment law and consumer issues.
Open University law students, under the supervision of Law School academics, provide both face-to-face and online sessions with schools, prisons and community groups on specific legal topics to help people understand their rights.
Open University law students can choose to take our Justice in Action (W360) module which involves undertaking a variety of Open Justice activities, as well as studying key underlying themes relating to social justice, professional identity and ethics and values.
Writings on law, pro bono and social justice
We have made imaginative use of education technologies to pioneer the use of experiential learning in open-access distance legal education and have developed a series of innovative pro bono projects in co-operation with community partners in prisons, schools, legal charities and courts across the UK.
The centre is award winning, in May 2019 we won the Best Legal Tech Contribution in the Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards and our concern for developing professionally focused experiential learning also led to an Open University Teaching Award for Excellence in Employability in 2019.