Celebrating success in the School of Law

25 May 2022

Two students in the Oxford Brookes moot court room

Throughout June, the School of Law is celebrating the success of both its students and staff members in a variety of national competitions, award schemes and a recent fundraising effort.

Brookes students reach semi-final

Good luck to J Ockenden and Robert Watt, who are both a Graduate Diploma Law students and have reached the grand-final day of the Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition. If the duo are successful in their semi-final on 23 June, they will contest the final on the same day.

Mooting is a simulated trial presided over by a judge, and to reach this stage, J and Robert won a quarter-final against London Metropolitan University. Oxford Brookes students have long-standing success in this competition, having won four times in the last ten years.

Future Legal Minds Award 2022

Matthew Johnson, a Graduate Diploma Law postgraduate student, is a finalist in a law essay writing competition and if successful, could be in for a chance to win £1,500, as well as securing a work experience placement.

Matthew is a finalist in the National Accident Helpline’s Future Legal Minds competition, which is one of the leading law essay competitions in the UK and the winners will be announced on 27 June. Good luck Matthew!

Law Teacher of the Year

Congratulations and good luck to Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in Law and University Teaching Fellow, who is “delighted and honoured” to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year competition.

The winner will be announced at the Oxford University Press ‘Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching’ conference on 22 June.

Oxford Legal Walk

On 16 May, a student and staff team from the Brookes School of Law took part in the Oxford Legal Walk, to raise funds for local legal charities which provide advice and guidance to vulnerable clients.

The Oxford Legal Walk has so far raised £12,000. You can make a donation to the Brookes School of Law team by visiting their fundraising page

Research Excellence Framework 2021 success

Finally, the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) found that 97% of research at Oxford Brookes was internationally recognised or higher. It also found that 70% was judged to be of ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality. The School of Law achieved outstanding results and you can find out more on the dedicated REF 2021 webpages.

You can also watch the recording of the recent REF 2021 results webinar