Wanted: LawPALS Coordinator

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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.

Time commitment:

  • 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.
  • Self-motivated.
  • 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 lawpals@ed.ac.uk 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 lawpals@ed.ac.uk.

LawPALS groups 2015/16

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 lawpals@ed.ac.uk (with your matriculation number) and we will put you into one of the groups.

Team LawPALS



LawPALS group list 2014

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.

Best wishes,

LawPALS team

LawPALS during Welcome week

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.

Team LawPALS


LawPALS session outline for 2014/15 now published!

Dear First Year LLB students!

We have now uploaded the schedule of LawPALS sessions for the upcoming academic year.

You can have a look at it here.

What’s so new and different about it?

Well, for the first time we are intending to hold a separate session on exams in late November – to try and create space for some last minute advice, and to hopefully ease the stress of that first ever exam revision.

Also, there is a newly adapted schedule designed especially for those doing a Graduate LLB degree – we made it shorter and hopefully better adjusted to your needs (many thanks to all those who provided their feedback last year, and to our Grad LLB student leaders, Mikey and Chris, for putting it together!).

Training course for the Leaders

Dear Student Leaders,

this is just a brief reminder that the training course for both, new and returning student leaders, will be taking place 4-5 September 2014. It will last the full day on Thursday, and we should finish around 3pm on Friday. The programme will be sent out to you via email.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Regards, Gigi and Lindsay

Facebook group for incoming first year students – 2016 entry

If you were already offered a post at Edinburgh Law School, do join us for chat on Facebook:


We will accept your membership as soon as we can – just bear with us!

Once you’re in – do not hesitate to ask questions, share concerns, or start arranging meeting the people from your year…the group is there for you to exchange and share all the worries about your new life in Edinburgh. It is facilitated by our team of LawPALS leaders who are there to help you with your queries 24/7.

If you have not got a Facebook account and you would like any advice on your studies in Edinburgh (academic, social, practical…) – just email us on lawpals@ed.ac.uk. One of the student leaders will get back to you as soon as possible!

Welcome to new student leaders!

The LawPALS team for academic year 2014/15 had finally gathered up for their first meeting! We are excited to welcome 15 new leaders that are joining those 9 student leaders who are continuing with the programme from the last year. As always, our new leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and places, and have some amazing peer support experience to share. We will tell you more about it shortly, as we gather up everybody’s profiles and update our current student leaders’ page.

Finally, this is a great occasion to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the student leaders for all their amazing work last year! Well done guys!