The current OULS Committee comprises 13 volunteer officers:
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Laurie will be commencing her third and final year of the LLB from September 2020.
She has had a successful time so far on her journey with the Open University. Laurie has won the Gary Slapper Moot, came second in the Open University Novice Moot and has got through to the final of BPP 'Advocate of the Year' competition.
Laurie currently works as a Cost Administrator at Ward & Rider Solicitors, However, she aspires to follow her childhood ambition of becoming a Barrister by the time her 7 year old Son goes to Senior School, showcasing to him, no matter your circumstances in life, with the right work ethic, he really can create any future he desires.
Laurie is keen to participate in Pro Bono work and works alongside the Open Justice team. She has most recently created an 'app' aiding access to justice for vulnerable people, who may not be able to achieve justice otherwise. Furthermore, Laurie is a LawMindMaps Editor, a McKenzie Friend and is on the Oxford University Press Student Law Panel, which all keeps her very busy.
In her spare time (what’s spare time?)..Laurie volunteers for a charity very close to her heart; Cardiac Risk in the Young and their sister charity, myheart, often public speaking to help showcase the charities initiatives and tell her story. Laurie also likes to keep fit and do crazy things like half marathons (dressed as a giant heart), wolf runs and escape rooms!
I commenced studying law in 2016, and have now completed my degree, with graduation in September. Postgraduate study in MSc. Legal Technology, alongside my LPC will commence in September. I will also be studying towards the New York State Bar Exam, which will assist in my aspiration to further my legal interests. An advocate of indigenous land rights, environmental standards, anti-corruption, human rights, and progressing equal opportunities within the legal, and judicial spheres for those from diverse, and socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Where possible, I will use my role as Vice-Chair to promote opportunities for all within the legal sector. This is my first elected role in any organisation, and I am keen to use the next year to further the ethos, and mandate of OULS, a tremendous asset to the faculty of law.
My career has spanned many business sectors, latterly concentrating on IT procurement, and contracts, implementing corporate data privacy standards including GDPR, compliance, and regulatory processes.
Outside legal interests, my great passion is rugby union, and after hanging up my boots, now avidly support Glasgow Warriors, and Edinburgh rugby and the Scottish national team. I reside in London, but have lived in Canada, Kenya, and Germany. I have never forgotten my humble beginnings, growing up in Scotland, and will use my lifelong experiences to assist others achieve their ambitions, particularly in law.
Mikko is moving onto his 3rd year next year, and is hoping to graduate in 2021. This is his first committee role, although during his previous studies he enjoyed being involved with the student’s union and faculty activities.
A bit of a degree hog, Mikko has a degree in Politics (MA), another one in Forensic Psychology (MSc) and is also a qualified accountant (ACMA).
He is looking forward to a career in law once he graduates – hopefully something away from finance and accounting.
For his law career, he likes to keep his options open, although is more interested in becoming a barrister than a solicitor at the moment.
Mikko currently lives in Fleet, Hampshire, having previously lived in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh.
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I am based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. I am currently in my third year of my Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and studying W203 and W330. After completion of my degree I would like to practice environmental law.
Although my back ground is financial and I have a qualification in CEFA, I have always wanted to study law. My 2 young daughters came along and with the support of my husband, they are my motivation to pursue the career i have always wanted to do.
In my spare time (not that I have much) i enjoy walking and exploring the countryside, photography, reading and I am a huge Disney fan!!
Victoria-Jayne graduated from the OU in 2018 with a 2:1 in law. After a break from studying and whilst awaiting to start her LPC at The University of Law, life took Victoria in a very different direction after a friend emailed her over a course for disabled journalists. Victoria was offered a National Lottery Scholarship to start a brand new venture as a founder member of the Academy of Disabled Journalists. She is now embarking on her Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism with the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
The course allows Victoria-Jayne to combine her editing work for the OULS with her assignments. However she thought her law days were on hold for a while until a 500 page book on Essential Law for Journalists dropped through her letterbox – it looks like the law will follow Victoria-Jayne wherever she goes!
Victoria-Jayne’s background is a vast one from a Walt Disney World expert for Virgin Holidays to owning her own business to performing at the Theatre Royal Windsor and Richmond Theatre.
After Victoria-Jayne’s health declined she found herself having to rely on a wheelchair to get about. This has made her passion soar and now wants to push the boundaries in to making not only the legal pathway more accessible but also the criminal Justice System. Getting in and out of court buildings, solicitors and even holding cells is not an easy feat and nothing can be changed if it is not challenged. She is now combining her journalism with her law degree to push for changes with her new blog Legally Powered!
Victoria-Jayne would like to thank everyone who voted for her once again to become News Editor. The continued support from the members is greatly appreciated and she hopes she can continue to do the society justice.
Victoria-Jayne’s passion comes from the saying ‘Carpe Diem’ and that is exactly what she is hoping to do. She hopes that with the help of the OULS, she
can show to students just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t shoot for the stars.
I started my LLB with the OU in 2017 and I’m currently studying W203, alongside raising my two young sons and working part-time.
I live in the Midlands with my husband, boys and the dog. I love reading, exploring, baking and the gym (to burn off all the things I eat that I’ve baked!).
My ultimate aim is to go to the Bar, preferably to do crime. I already knew I was mad, but wanting to do crime confirms it! Although I have heard whilst you don’t have to be mad to do crime, it certainly helps!’ .
Hi everyone my name is Ben Landy and I'm part of the news team. I'm currently working towards my LLB and will be starting my third year of study in October with the Open University.
Hello, I would like to thank all the members who voted for me in the position of StreetLaw Coordinator this year. I have been part of the committee for the past year in the position of Secretary.
I have just finished my LLB with the OU and beginning the BTC at BPP in September. Aside from studies, I enjoy running, yoga, hiking (basically anything active) and a lot of reading (when I actually have time). During my studies I have worked full time as a Litigation Executive in a PI firm in Manchester.
As highlighted in my nomination statement I have had an active role with the Open Justice Centre the past year in a variety of projects they have organised. As the position of StreetLaw Coordinator is new this year for the OULS I welcome any suggestions from members so that StreetLaw projects offered are accessible and relevant. I am wanting to expand the projects so watch this space!
I look forward to meeting all our budding StreetLawyers - whether that be in person or virtually!