The Oriel Law Society

The Oriel Law Society is open to all Orielenses who either studied or practice law.

The Oriel Law Society is open to any Orielensis who read Law or who now practices law in any capacity (irrespective of their degree subject). Membership costs a mere £20 per year, payable by standing order. The Society is run by a committee which includes both Orielenses and current undergraduate representatives. The current President of the Society is Mr Justice Lavender (a High Court Judge) and the Chairman is Hamish Lal (a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld).

The Oriel Law Society runs a number of events every year for the benefits of its members and current undergraduates. These include an annual lecture (held in College) by a distinguished speaker on a legal topic, and an black-tie annual dinner (generally held in College, although occasionally in London) in the autumn attended by both current undergraduates and Orielenses. As well as social/networking drinks events, the Society also runs a popular ‘Legal London Day’ for undergraduates reading law (and for any other undergraduate interested in a career in the law), which involves a visit to both a leading law firm and barristers’ chambers, and is intended to provide guidance and assistance for those deciding how to pursue a career in law, as well as a careers day aimed specifically at undergraduates reading degrees other than law.

Society events are also excellent networking opportunities for society members (who come from all parts of the legal profession, including solicitors in private practice, the Bar and in-house) as well as a great way to keep in touch with people from Oriel. The money from subscriptions is very important to us in organising those events, which subsidise the cost for undergraduates.

To join the Law Society please contact Hamish Lal or our Membership Secretary, Matthew Bool at Ashurst LLP, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London EC2A 2HA or by email at

To sign up to the Law Society Newsletter please contact our Membership Secretary If you wish to make a contribution to the Newsletter (which are always welcome), please contact Hamish Lal