OxILP wins court battle against former student

An aspiring lawyer has been dealt a bitter blow after a judge ruled in favour of the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OxILP) following her claim that the law school had failed to prepare her adequately for exams.

Maria Abramova, 28, who was represented by Oliver Hyams of Devereux Chambers, launched her case last month (February) claiming £100,000 from the law school after alleging that she now finds it psychologically difficult to take legal exams. 

Director of the OxILP Julie Brannan, said: “We’re extremely pleased with this judgment, which finds in favour of the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice on every point,”

“I have always had total confidence in the quality of the course. The continuing success of the vast majority of our students is testimony to the exceptional calibre of the teaching.”

Abramova graduated from the University of Oxford in 2004 with a 2:1 in law, and then began her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at OXILP with the aim to become a solicitor. She narrowly failed the LPC in 2005, and subsequently unsuccessfully attempted the New York Bar Exam.

The judgment was handed down by Mr Justice Burnett at the Royal Court of Justice today (18 March).

In his judgment he said: “The claimant was a witness who, in my judgment, was ready to blame anyone but herself for her misfortunes. She was inappropriately, and in my view without foundation, willing to make criticisms of those who taught her. It is abundantly clear that the teaching staff at OXILP were, without exception, well qualified and experienced.”