LawPALS Leader Role Description 2017

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
LawPALS Coordinator

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.


8. Dimensions
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.

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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 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.