Almost 600 sixth-form students were welcomed to the Law Faculty over three days, from 16-18 March, to learn about studying law at Oxford. Two invitations were issues to each sixth-form provider in the UK, resulting in approximately 350 different institutions sending students along to this year's open days.
The students were welcomed by Professor Timothy Endicott, Dean of the Faculty, and by second year undergraduate student representatives, who helped to organised and manage the open days. Jonathan Herring talked about the three-year undergraduate law programme, and John Cartwright spoke about the four year Law with Law Studies in Europe[linkme] programme, with other faculty members delivering taster lectures, talking through the admissions process and simulating an admissions interview.
The Faculty were delighted to welcome associates from Clifford Chance, and barristers from Essex Court, 3 Verulam Buildings, and Pump Court Tax Chambers to talk about careers in law as part of the day.The sixth-form students were also taken to lunch at an Oxford college, giving them a chance to talk to the student volunteers and to see some of Oxford.
Since the open days have proved so popular, and fill up so quickly, the Faculty is in the process of creating a virtual open day using film footage from this year's open days, which will hopefully be released on the Faculty website in early 2012, so that more prospective undergraduates will be able to access some of the information and presentations that feature in the open days.
The Faculty were grateful to all the student undergraduate helpers who gave their time to assist with the open days: Alice Sykes, Anish Patel, Caroline Daly, Eleanor Bramall, Fiona Foulkes, Hanna Nanda, Joshua Folkard, Mark Emerson, Nicolas Kokkinos, Sanel Susak, Sarah Tinley, Sean Mendelson, Sebastien Fivaz, Seema Kavi, and Sophie Small.
The open days were made possible this year by a generous donation from Clifford Chance.