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The Open University Law School announces a partnership with Stowe Family Law Milton Keynes

The Open University Law School is delighted to announce a partnership with Stowe Family Law Milton Keynes, which specialises in divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and associated matters including financial settlements and arrangements for children. 

Coinciding with the opening of the Milton Keynes branch of Stowe Family Law, the law firm has agreed to sponsor The Open University Law School’s new optional family law module, which will start in February 2023.

The family law module is for second-year students and the module covers several areas of family law, in which Stowe specialises:

  • Breakdown of marriage and civil partnerships
  • Financial orders
  • Children - specifically parentage, parental responsibility, public law orders and private law orders

The best-performing student in the optional Family Law module will be awarded a prize from the firm, which will include either a cash sum to help with studies or work experience in the firm.

One of the key motivators for Stowe’s sponsorship of the module is to help future generations of lawyers understand what working as a family lawyer is like. The mindset and personal skills required to succeed differ from one area of the law to another, and it is sometimes difficult for students to try all areas of the law.

Stowe recommends that aspiring lawyers do pro bono work, volunteering, summer placements and whatever else they can to gain experience.

We are delighted to partner with Stowe to provide students on our new optional family law module with the opportunity of work experience in a family law legal practice.

As well as learning about family law on this module, students will be taught the skills required to practice family law. Having the opportunity to benefit from the experience of family law specialists at Stowe will enhance their learning and enable our students to gain valuable employability skills.

Liz Hardie
Teaching Director, The Open University Law School

It’s a pleasure to offer this award to an Open University student. As a firm, we are keen to give something back to future generations of lawyers and it’s great to be doing that with this highly regarded institution.

The award recognises outstanding achievement in the family law module, and the prize includes work experience at the firm’s newly opened Milton Keynes office.

Mira Gohil Patel
Partner, Stowe Family Law


The OU main campus is in Milton Keynes, however our students are supported to study at a distance, and so can and do reside across the UK.  The prize will offer an alternative for students who do not live near to Milton Keynes.

OU law students can gain pro bono experience through our award winning Open Justice centre.