Brian Putman

LLB Law, 2009

Brian Putman

The Brookes Law Society played a major part of my time at university. In my first year I worked alongside another student to secure a subsidy from the European Parliament

Brian Putman graduated with an LLB (Hons) in 2009. After 10 years in the workplace, he craved intellectual stimulation and embarked on a law degree at Brookes, where he became president of the student law society. Brian hopes to become a barrister practising at the Civil Bar.

I came to Brookes on the most superb July summer’s day. I took that as a sign; it just seemed like a fabulous place to spend three years.

The Brookes Law Society played a major part of my time at university. In my first year I worked alongside another student to secure a subsidy from the European Parliament, taking a party of 22 students on a tour and information briefing during an all expenses paid trip to Brussels.

In my second year I was Master of Moots, staging two 16 team knockout competitions as well as running three teams in national competitions. It provided a wonderful opportunity for students to network, and to see other universities and their facilities.

I was elected President of the Brookes Law Society and helped stage a series of career events at Brookes with the support of the Law Department. I also worked alongside the pro‐bono secretary to stage a showcase for two coach loads full of students involved in voluntary opportunities, supported by the Law Society at the House of Lords, by the invitation of Baroness Helena Kennedy.

Alongside excellent teaching, I received abundant extra‐curricular opportunities at Brookes and I truly believe I now have the skills and attributes to legitimately apply for an incredibly wide range of jobs. I don’t have to settle for “that’ll do”.

Oxford Brookes has given me the opportunity to meet a vast diversity of people. The looks on people’s faces tell you that Oxford is a place where they feel safe, well and perpetually comfortable, regardless of ethnicity, creed or colour.