That’s me, that is, for 2011-12. I’m honoured.
The Open University Law Society has been pretty quiet for a few years now; I think it had in fact been moribund before last years’ committee got it going again. I’m glad to be be involved at the outset of this effectively new society — there are many ways in which a strong and active society can benefit OU law students. We suffer a number of significant challenges in terms of law–related extracurricular activities in comparison to traditional law students given the spread of OU law students throughout the UK.
There are some ways in which the society can directly help with extracurricular activities. Mooting is an obvious example, and one in which we should become much more active. Others, such as helping people with law–related volunteering and similar activities, are more difficult — but we should at least be able to act as a repository and conduit of information about activities that are particularly suitable for OU students.
We want to act as a method of making the Open University take heed of the concerns of law students. It’s good that the faculty is prepared to both listen and act at the moment — we aim to capitalise on this and enable students to have a powerful say in shaping the OU law degree.
The one thing we can’t do is anticipate every suggestion on how the society can help students with extracurricular activities and to make the OU law degree of even more value. And to that end, I’d love to hear from anyone with thoughts or suggestions. The committee are still finding their feet at the moment, but the sooner we hear from people the sooner we can collate a programme of work for us for the coming year.
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