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As Legal Aid Diminishes in the UK, Should We Introduce Mandatory Pro Bono Work?

Ellie Lewns is currently studying her A-levels at Parkstone Grammar Sixth Form. “I am planning to go on to university next year to study Law and hope to eventually become a practising solicitor. I engaged in the OpenLearn course on ‘Pro Bono Work and Social Justice’ to further my knowledge in this area of law, as I particularly enjoy looking at charitable work and the reasons we often feel such a need to provide this help to those unable to access it independently.

18th November 2020
Pip Allen

Time to make Pro Bono Compulsory for Lawyers

Pip Allen is currently a second year Law and Sociology student at the University of Warwick. Pip was inspired to write this blog post after completing the Pro Bono and Social Justice online course, which has tied neatly in with her current work in an Exceptional Case Funding Clinic. Pip hopes to continue this line of work and in the future, go on to pursue a career in social welfare based areas of law. 

17th November 2020
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Open Justice Annual Report 2020 published

This report offers a summary of these pro bono and public engagement activities over the past 12 months and outlines their awards and research outputs.

29th October 2020
Dr Andrew Gilbert

On Wigs, Websites, Women and Whiteness

Dr Andrew Gilbert from the OU Law School shares his findings on 'Wigs, Websites, Women and Whiteness' in our latest blog post.

19th October 2020
Dona Mclachlan

Citizens Advice Volunteers and Why it Should be for You

Open Justice student Dona Mclachlan writes about her experiences as a Citizens Advice volunteer.

14th October 2020
Vera Potts, Law Student

Working as a Witness Service volunteer

In this guest post, law student Vera Potts reflects on her work as a Witness Service volunteer.

As a Witness Service Volunteer both prosecution and defence witnesses are supported at the criminal court through the process of giving evidence. Previously it included pre-trial visits to the courts for vulnerable intimated witnesses, however from April 2019, funding for pre-trial witnesses were devolved from the Ministry of Justice to the office of the mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

5th October 2020
Hugh McFaul Open Justice Centre Director

Hugh and the OU shortlisted in Times Higher Education Award

Hugh McFaul has been shortlisted in the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year category in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020. The OU has also been shortlisted for University of the Year in the annual awards which are recognising outstanding work and exceptional performance across the higher education sector for 2018-19.

11th September 2020
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OU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime join forces on learning

The Open University’s Open Justice Centre and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are continuing their partnership to deliver the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. E4J has been developed to prevent crime and promote lawfulness – by supplying integrity and ethics education resources for schools, colleges and universities around the world.

2nd September 2020
Royal Courts of Justice

Open University students join Freedom Law Clinic Race and Policing Forum project

Ten students from The Open University’s Open Justice Centre are taking part in a Freedom Law Clinic project exploring race and policing in the UK and the USA.

The project has been launched following recent events in the USA, namely the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent response. The incident inspired global debate and galvanised people worldwide who believe that the US justice system is racist.

2nd September 2020
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Open Justice and International Journal of Clinical Legal Education

Open Justice has been asked to edit a special issue of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education on clinical legal education in a pandemic. IJCLE is the pre-eminent international clinical legal education journal. This invitation comes after our successful ‘Taking CLE Online’ webinar and is further recognition of the ground breaking and sector leading work the centre has been doing on making opening up CLE to distance learners.

20th August 2020

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