Student sues OXILP for £100,000

An aspiring lawyer is suing the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) for £100,000 after claiming that the law school staff failed to prepare her for the professional exams.

Maria Abramova, 28, who launched her case in the High Court in London, alleges that she now finds it psychologically difficult to take legal exams and believes the law school should take responsibility.

A spokesperson from OXILP said in a statement: “The Oxford Institute of Legal Practice’s service to students is rigorously scrutinised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and a system of external examiners,”

“At all times since 2004, the year Maria began her course, it has consistently been graded “very good” or as is the case now “Commendable” – the top grade. Of the 357 other students that studied that year more than 99% went on to pass the paper at the heart of the litigation.”

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 is being represented by Oliver Hyams of Devereux Chambers.

The law school is disputing the claim and the hearing continues.