Jojo Lyall

Graduate Diploma in Law

Jojo Lyall

Once I’d decided to follow a career in law, I spent a year in Oxford building up contacts, and taking temporary jobs, first with the Oxfordshire County Council child protection department, and then with CAFCASS

Jojo Lyall graduated from Oxford University in 2006, after which she spent time working for Merrill Lynch in London as a Global Markets and Investment Banking Services specialist. Having decided to pursue a career as a solicitor, Jojo embarked on Oxford Brookes’ GDL course. Actively involved in the Brookes pro bono scheme, Jojo plans to stay at Brookes for the LPC and hopes to become a family law solicitor specialising in child law.

Once I’d decided to follow a career in law, I spent a year in Oxford building up contacts, and taking temporary jobs, first with the Oxfordshire County Council child protection department, and then with CAFCASS. My experience with these organisations meant I was perfectly placed to be able to introduce two new pro bono schemes to the Brookes programme. I am a coordinator for the Cafcass and Mediation Service pro bono projects, as well as being one of the university’s overall pro bono coordinators. I am also the Student Reporter and am on the GDL Social Committee.

Working with the pro bono scheme has been a great experience, and is extremely beneficial in allowing students to see how each organisation fits into the structure of the particular area of law in which they are involved. It’s been wonderful to see how keen law students are to help out organisations such as those we support.

I participated in the mooting competition which was really very good fun. I expected it to be hard work and very intimidating, but felt it was something I should do in order to improve my confidence in standing in front of a judge, talking calmly and intellectually whilst being questioned. It actually turned out to be very enjoyable, and my researching skills and understanding of legal arguments have improved as a result of the preparation I had to do. I would suggest all aspiring lawyers, regardless of their career plans, should get involved in the competition!

At Brookes anything you decide you’d like to do will be not only supported but also encouraged. At the very beginning of the year I spoke to one of my tutors about putting together a family law lecture from among my contacts in Oxford. As well as being incredibly supportive, he put me in touch with the right people at Brookes to help with the organisation. It was a great success, and that ability to put on a lecture at my own impetus is a freedom I don’t think would often be found at other universities. There is a very ‘can do’ attitude at Brookes which is very refreshing.

The diversity of Oxford is wonderful, there’s always something to do and so many interesting people to meet. There’s something for everyone if you’re willing to look to find it.