The Welcome Week Lecture for the 2018/2019 academic year will take place on Thursday, 13 September, at 11:00. The lecture will take place at Lecture Theatre B, at David Hume Tower (DHT). We look forward to meeting you there!
Dear exchange students, your LawPALS sessions are back! Our Student Leaders Peter and Jessica will be with you for the first five weeks of your semester and answer any questions that you may have about study, university life and Edinburgh in general!
Sessions will take place on every Tuesday 13:00-14:00 at G.05, 50 George Square. Note that the only exception will be the second session, which will be on 25th Thursday instead of Tuesday 23rd in the same room. You may find the programme outline here and if you have any inquiries, feel free to contact the LawPALS coordinator, Xiaoou, via LawPALS@ed.ac.uk.
Welcome to Edinburgh Law School!
The LawPALS Welcome Lecture 2017 will take place on 14th September at 11am in David Hume Tower Lecture Theatre C .
You will meet with your LawPALS leaders and group members, with whom you will have a campus tour after the lecture!
1. Role Details
Role title: Law Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (LawPALS) Student Leader
School/Support Department: Law
Unit (if applicable):
Supervisor: LawPALS Coordinator, who in turn reports to Director of Student Experience
Date: April 2017
2. Role Purpose
This role is primarily one of facilitation and Student Leaders work in pairs to lead groups of first year students in discussions around topics pertinent to the study of law, e.g how to write a legal essay.
The purpose of the LawPALS programme is to ease transition – academically and socially – into first year of the LLB, or alternatively into their first semester of studying law at Edinburgh Law School (in case of exchange students).
3. Main Responsibilities (% of time)
To facilitate group discussions surrounding the various elements of transition into the Edinburgh LLB. 40%
To attend meetings, promotional events and training as directed by the LawPALS Coordinator. 60%
Please note that these duties may vary based on student availability and that the percentage time is given only as a guide.
4. Planning and Organising
Within set topics, Student Leaders plan how to develop discussion within the LawPALS session. The LawPALS Coordinator will set the broad topics to be covered each week but discussion should be open to allow student questions to come forward. Each week throughout the duration of the programme Student Leaders send their group(s) of first year students an invitation to the upcoming session, outlining the topics to be covered that week.
5. Decision Making
Student Leaders have some discretion as to how to facilitate discussion within the group and to know what other topics to bring in.
6. Key Contacts/Relationships
Director of the Student Experience
Other Student Leaders
Undergraduate students assigned to the Student Leaders by LawPALS Coordinator
7. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Role
Experience of working within some sort of peer programme is an advantage in this role. Examples of leadership, team-working and partnership are excellent skills for a successful Student Leader and good communication skills are vital.
LawPALS groups of undergraduate students. Four-year LLB students are led by fellow four-year LLB students who are in their third or fourth year. Graduate LLB students are led by students who are in second year of the Graduate LLB. Exchange student groups are led by the LLB students who were previously on a year abroad.
9. Context and any other relevant information
The School of Law has approximately 75 academic staff and 35 support staff and the size of the undergraduate population in years one and two is approx. 480. The School has a Director of the Student Experience who is responsible for reviewing and enhancing the student journey in relation to academic issues, careers and more – including responsibility for the LawPALS programme.
Call for Applications
LawPALS Student Leaders 2017/18
About the role:
The purpose of the LawPALS programme is to provide first year students with the opportunity to join a peer assisted learning group and support their transition into Edinburgh Law School. Trained Student Leaders work in pairs to lead these groups to facilitate discussions around topics pertinent to the study of law, e.g. how to write a legal essay, finding legal resources, mooting. The time commitment includes one hour per week during semester one, two whole days of training on 7th and 8th of September, promotional events during the Welcome Week and leader meetings fortnightly throughout the first semester. These are paid positions remunerated in the form of a LawPALS Student Bursary, currently around £300. Further details of the payment will be communicated to successful candidates.
To be considered for this role, candidates must possess the following skills and experience:
- Currently enrolled in second or third year of their LLB (for 4-year LLB programme), or in the first year of their Grad LLB (for Graduate LLB programme).
- Good planning, team-working and communication skills.
- Have a positive attitude and flexible approach.
- Experience of working within a peer-based programme (for example buddying, mentoring, coaching) is an advantage in this role (desirable but not essential).
How to Apply:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your CV and two short paragraphs about why you would be a great Student Leader.
Please remember to include your matriculation number, and to notify us specifically which programme you are in, and if you are currently on a year abroad.
The deadline for applying is Wednesday 22 March at 5.00 pm, and interviews will take place in the week beginning 3 April.
Dear first or second year PhDs,
LawPALS, Edinburgh Law School’s Peer Assisted Learning Scheme, is recruiting! We are looking to appoint a student from the 2015/16 postgraduate student body to fulfil the role of Coordinator and lead the project under the supervision of the Director of Student Experience. The postholder would be expected to undertake some duties from May 2016 and during the summer in the run-up to the new academic year. LawPALS operates in semester one only but the duties of Coordinator are spread through the academic year. Please see job description (attached) for further information.
This is not a teaching post but it is an opportunity to develop leadership and student support skills, while gaining paid experience of developing and running an innovative scheme within the university.
Please note that the 180 hours limit noted in the job description (outlined below) includes all other paid roles at the university, such as teaching, research assistance and the like.
- Organising and running training for Student Leaders in the week prior to Welcome Week in September (with input and support from Director of Student Experience and other colleagues).
- Oversee promotion of the programme through the Student Leaders. Promotion includes promoting to incoming students before, during and after their arrival.
- Finalise programme of sessions for the year. This is concentrated in semester one for the majority of students.
- Coordinate booking of rooms for sessions.
- Support student leaders, including overseeing their progress and providing supplies as necessary.
- Oversee Student Leaders reporting of sessions in terms of attendance and monitoring.
- Be on campus during session times (1-2, Monday to Thursday, semester one) and be contactable by students during this time in case any issues arise.
- Liaise regularly with the Director of Student Experience.
- Organise and facilitate leaders’ meetings on a fortnightly basis.
- Oversee day-to-day enquiries about the programme.
- Maintain LawPALS webpage and coordinate Student Leaders running of the Facebook page for incoming students.
- Act as an initial point of contact for participants, academic staff and student leaders as necessary throughout the duration of appointment.
- Coordinate recruitment of student leaders during January/February.
- Report to Director of Student Experience.
- Write annual report for presentation at school meeting.
- Total at least 140 and at most 180 hours per year, spread over a year.
- February/March: recruitment and selection of new leaders.
- April: evaluation of programme.
- Late spring/summer: planning training and next academic year’s programme.
- September: Running training. Promotional events. Sessions start.
- September – November: Sessions run – Coordinator supports and meets fortnightly with Leaders.
- January – March: coordination of sessions for semester two only Exchange students.
- LLB (or equivalent from another jurisdiction) graduate enrolled on a postgraduate research (PhD) degree in the School of Law in 2016/17.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to easily interact with students and staff.
- Exemplary organisational and time management skills.
- Competent computing skills.
- Confident public speaker.
- Experience in managing and/or training.
- Experience as a student mentor or peer assisted learning leader;
- Tutoring experience.
This post is graded at Grade UE06 (£14.54 per hour) and current rates of pay can be viewed at: Applications should be sent to email@example.com and should consist of: · A short CV (maximum two pages) · A cover letter, which explains your previous experiences with peer assisted learning, and/or why would you like to be offered this post. Please also include the name of one referee, ideally your supervisor or other academic staff at the University of Edinburgh.
Deadline – 16 March 2016.
All informal inquiries should be addressed to the current coordinator Giedre Jokubauskaite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear first years and newly arriving exchange students,
You have now been allocated into one of the LawPALS groups. Find out who else is in your group, where your sessions will take place, also who are your student leaders.
Also, check out the profiles of your student leaders and do not hesitate to chat to them if you spot them around campus! They will also send you an email with further information about your sessions – feel free to ask them if you have any questions about your studies.
If for some reason you cannot find your name on any of the lists but you are currently enrolled in LLB programme at Edinburgh Law School, send us an email at email@example.com (with your matriculation number) and we will put you into one of the groups.
Dear First years,
your LawPALS groups will be announced during the week commencing 14 September 2015. You will then find out who are your student leaders, also when exactly are you going to meet with your group and where.
Dear First Year students,
you have now all been enrolled into a LawPALS programme, and allocated to a particular group.
Click here to find out your session times, also who are your student leaders.
We hope you enjoy your sessions, and we are also looking forward to meeting you all in person.
Dear First years,
here’s what you need to mark in your diaries for your freshers’ week:
we are running our Introductory LawPALS Lecture at 11am, 17 September (Thursday) at Appleton Tower LT 4.
It will be followed by a quick tour around campus, done in your small LawPALS groups, and with your Student Leaders sharing the most important tips of accessing tutorial rooms, libraries, etc.
Looking forward to meeting you all on Thursday.