Student Leaders 2016/17 for Four Year LLB programme




Amrita Nayer

Hi everyone, my name is Amrita and I am a third year LLB Honours student from Uganda. As an international student I have found that Edinburgh is a beautiful city to study in as it is very picturesque and the people are friendly. I hope that LawPALS will be helpful to you in your first semester as Law School takes some getting used to! Law is an interesting degree and here at the university you have a great faculty to help you succeed in it. In my spare time I like to paint and am a part of the Muni Maini Breast Cancer Foundation. I look forward to meeting you all in September!









Elizabeth Connaughton
Elizabeth Connaughton


Hi, I’m Lizzie and I’m a fourth year student. I’m originally from Glasgow, and while I still argue that it’s the best city in Scotland, Edinburgh is definitely a close second! Outside of my degree, I’m involved with the Amnesty International Society, I do a lot of running and I spend time with my friends, enjoying Edinburgh’s amazing night life. Studying law is tough, but it’s definitely the best decision I’ve ever made – Edinburgh has so much to offer and you’re going to have an amazing time! Can’t wait to meet you all in September.








Sarah Couper
Sarah Couper

Hi everyone, I’m Sarah. I have just entered my fourth year studying LLB Law with Accountancy. I’m originally from Fife and have always known Edinburgh was the place for me! Edinburgh has so much to offer and there is never a dull moment. Alongside studying, I am actively involved in musical theatre and always find rehearsals a refreshing way to chill out. LAWpals is here to help you settle in and encourage you all to grab all the opportunities that come your way! I’m sure in no time, you will be having a ball!











Caitlin Hagart

My name is Caitlin Hagart and I’m a fourth year law student here at Edinburgh University. I have lived in Edinburgh all my life and I live at home, however for me there was no need to go afar for University- I thought Edinburgh was the best University for the subject and had so many opportunities for students. In my second year I was involved in the law society, and I would highly recommend taking part in their events as they are lots of fun, and it’s a great way to make lots of new friends in other years as well as your own year. For example by going to events such as the annual Law Ball and the black tie Burns Supper night. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and hope you’re excited to begin your University experience here!










Fraser McDonald
Fraser McDonald

Hi, I’m Fraser and I live just outside Edinburgh. I am in my fourth year of studying Law – a really scary thought! I have found my time here very enjoyable owing both to my studies and to the fantastic chances to get involved in exciting projects, societies and events. Through the University I have had the opportunity to travel to Canada to participate on a programme at the University of British Columbia and, at the time of writing this, look forward to studying for a short while at a University in India.  I suppose the point that I would like to make is that the University has a wealth of opportunities quite aside from your academic discipline: grab these opportunities with both hands! I look forward to seeing the new intake of first years in Old College and can’t wait to help and encourage as they embark upon their study of Law here at Edinburgh.








Ella McIntosh-Farrelly
Ella McIntosh-Farrelly

Hey guys, I’m Ella, currently a fourth year LLB student at Edinburgh Law School, originally from Australia, but currently call Aviemore my home. Edinburgh is the most amazing place to live as there are so many opportunities to get involved in the culture of the city. Obviously, Edinburgh Law School is the best school to be a part of! Studying law will be challenging but rewarding and you’ll soon realise that everyone starts their law degree on the same blank page. Also, there are plenty of social events to distract you and give you a chance to meet people from all years. Outside of law I really enjoy socialising in all of Edinburgh’s finest establishments, along with a bit of running, skiing and travelling. Look forward to meeting you all in September!








Danielle McLean
Danielle McLean

Hi guys, I’m Danielle and I am entering my fourth year of the LLB here at Edinburgh. Moving to Edinburgh to study from Dundee has been the best decision I have made, as it is such an amazing city! Law school can be tough; however all the hard work is worth it, as I imagine you all already know having got here in the first place! There are so many great people that you can meet at the university as it’s such an international place, and I’d definitely recommend getting involved in some of the many social activities on offer to make the most of your time here. A work/play balance is necessary to survive! I’m so excited for you all starting out on your journey and look forward to welcoming you to the university in September.









Durlav Nayak
Durlav Nayak

Hi, I’m Durlav and I’m a third year LLB student. I grew up in Hong Kong, and I am now enjoying the extremely beautiful city of Edinburgh. Law is a challenging degree but through LawPALS and other activities at University, the acclimatisation period is a lot more enjoyable. One activity at University I am personally involved in is the Muay Thai Society, which is an extremely effective method of dealing with stress. I am looking forward to meeting you all in September!











Connor Hourigan-Rae

Hi. My name’s Connor and I’m in my fourth year of the four year LLB programme. I’ve lived here in the capital for my whole life and since choosing to study here I’ve never looked back. The Old College has an esteemed reputation so well done for getting here! The University has a lot to offer – there is literally something for everyone in terms of sports, activities, causes and more. The city itself also has so much to offer in terms of culture, art, shopping and nightlife. Outside of studying law I work part-time, socialise with friends and keep fit. Although the LLB is challenging, finding a good balance between study and down time has always made things manageable. I definitely recommend attending the numerous social events that Law School has to offer such as Mummies and Daddies. Edinburgh is a great choice and I look forward to meeting you.










Shona Warwick
Shona Warwick

Hi there – I am Shona.  I am in my fourth year of my LLB here at Edinburgh, and I love it! I am originally from the Highlands (a tiny village called Stoer, on the far North West coast) but I am much more of a city girl and think Edinburgh is fantastic. Law is a lot of hard work, but it is important to do other things as well. I am the Captain of the law netball team this year and we always need players so would love for you to join in! I also enjoy cooking and volunteering with various different youth organisations. I would advise you all to be very sociable in first year so that you have plenty to do when relaxing from law. The law school runs some fantastic events such as Mummies and Daddies and the party bus so definitely get involved!










Ffion Williams

Hi guys, my name if Ffion Williams and I’m a third year law student here at Edinburgh. I’m originally from a small town in South Wales, which should explain the peculiar accent. I’m currently the President of the Welsh society and will be recruiting come September is there are any newbies! My time at Edinburgh has flown by; it truly has been an incredible experience. I find that getting involved with societies is the best way to settle in to university life. In my second year I was also involved in the Student Law Review here at Edinburgh, they have great undergraduate competitions for everyone to get involved with. The best advice I can give anyone starting at Edinburgh is just to get stuck in with societies because there’s a place for everyone here! I’m very excited to meet you all this September and looking forward to sharing the LawPAL experience with you!









Corinne Robinson


Hi I’m Corinne, a fourth year LLB student. I always wanted to come to Edinburgh University and it was definitely the right choice. I have had so many fantastic experiences like a Go Abroad trip to Iceland and studying at a university in Paris over summer. When I’m not in the library, I am involved in community volunteering, a couple of fun societies and am a EUSA representative for the Law School. There are so many amazing people and opportunities here- I know you will all have the best time. Looking forward to meeting you all soon!










Stuart Dickie

Hi I’m Stuart and I am just about to enter my third year of the 4 year LLB course here at Edinburgh University. I have lived in Edinburgh my entire life and definitely have no regrets over choosing to stay here for my years of studying. When I am able to find some free time from studying and work commitments my main interest is football, although I’ve more or less seen every sport going at some point. 1st year can be daunting at first due to the learning curve but the key is to stay calm and remember that everyone else is going through the same process. See you all in September!










Sam Thomson
Sam Thomson

Hi, I’m Sam, I’m a third year LLB student and I’ve lived in Edinburgh my whole life. I felt there was no need to leave this wonderful city which offers so much to see and do. The University provides you with various opportunities to get involved in all kinds of societies! Outside of studying, I work part time and enjoy playing 5 – a side football. One thing I would recommend is getting involved in the various events the Law School puts on such as the annual Law Ball which is a personal favourite of mine, it is great for meeting different people from across the law school.










Sara Hall
Sara Hall

Hi everyone, I’m Sara. I’m a fourth year LLB student from the Scottish Borders. I loved moving up to Edinburgh from the countryside and the city has so many fantastic sights and spots to take advantage of. Outside of studying, I’m involved with WaterAid Edinburgh and love to exploit any free time I have horse riding. I’d absolutely recommend getting involved with as many events and societies as possible, such as Mummies and Daddies. Its a great way to meet new people and have a break from your studies. Can’t wait to meet you all in September!









Sam Denison
Sam Denison


Hi guys, my name is Sam and I’m in third year. I’m from Halifax in West Yorkshire and I’m one of the few English students you are likely to find on our course. I have been particularly engaged with sports in the law school, playing for the intra-mural hockey and rugby teams which has led to me being elected to the Law Society as Sports Representative. Outside of the law school I am a member of the snow sports club and had previously been part of the University’s rowing squad. I look forward to welcoming you all to the school.









Prianca Passi
Prianca Passi

Hi everyone, I’m Prianca and I’m in my third year of the LLB. Having grown up in Dubai, moving to Edinburgh was a new and exciting change for me. The past two years have been a thrilling and greatly rewarding experience. Edinburgh is a vibrant city with something new happening everyday and no matter which part of the world you are from; you will definitely find a place where you belong. The Law degree can be challenging at times but it is important to strike a balance. The university has a great variety of sport and social societies where you can meet new people and make friends. Outside of law school, I have been involved with the South Asian society, Enactus and I’m greatly passionate about travelling and food-blogging. I would highly recommend attending all Law related social events and career fairs as it gives you a great opportunity to interact with other students and professionals within the field. Edinburgh Law School is a great choice and I look forward to meeting you all in September!








Mumbi Kiragu

Hi everyone! My name is Mumbi, a third year Law and International Relations student. I was born and raised in Kenya and have no regrets about my decision to study in Edinburgh. The city is very scenic and has some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Studying Law is demanding, but the rewards outweigh the challenges. The experience is definitely more enjoyable when you make the most of all the societies and events across campus. Outside law, I hold positions in societies such as UNICEF, African Prisons Project and enjoy Boxing with the amateur team. I look forward to meeting you all in September!








Jamila Archibald

Hey everyone! I’m Jamila and going into the fourth year of the LLB. I am originally from the capital of the highlands – Inverness! But now I call the capital of Scotland my home. Edinburgh is a fantastic place to live and do your law degree. So well done for getting here. When I’m not studying, I love exploring the city, going to the gym and cooking. Get yourself involved in as much different and exciting activities as possible. If you need any advice about the city or your new start at university we are always here to help! I’m very excited to meet you all.












Kanzanira Thorington

Hi, I’m Kiki and I am a fourth year LLB Law and International Relations student. I’m originally from Connecticut in the U.S. and I am very happy with my choice to study law at the University of Edinburgh. The city is vibrant and diverse and while studying at the Law School can be challenging it is still fun and interesting. The University has a lot to offer and I encourage everyone to get involved with societies and events both within and outside the Law School. Alongside studying, I am also a member of Edinburgh Political Union and am the Deputy Editor in Chief of Leviathan, the University’s Journal of Politics and International Relations. I look forward to meeting you all in September!









James McQueen

Hi I’m James and I am currently in my third year. Edinburgh born and bred, I decided not to go far for University and this wasn’t a mistake. Since first year I have been involved with the law society committee organising great events including the Law Ball and I would advise all incoming first years to attend as many events as they can as they are a great way to socialize with fellow law students. Outside of law my main interests are music and rugby and the university offers many clubs and societies that cater to these interests (as well as many others). I look forward to meeting you all in September and I know you will have as much fun at University as I am currently having.







Dana Taher


Hi everyone, my name is Dana and I’m in my 3rd year of the LLB degree. I was born and raised in Dubai, but I’m originally from Syria. I chose to move to Edinburgh and attend university here after visiting the city during a summer holiday – some people believe ‘love at first sight’ doesn’t exist, but I can tell you it does. I fell in love with Edinburgh the second I stepped off Waverley station. It’s beautiful, vibrant and simply amazing. On top of that, studying Law has been fantastic too. It has its challenges, but it’ll always leave you pleased and proud. This year, I decided to participate in the Law netball team, which I found extremely enjoyable, and as well as that, I applied to become a 3rd Year Representative for the Law School Council, which I successfully attained. There are several opportunities which I definitely recommend you trying out! Outside of university, I love to go hiking and explore Scotland, my favourite place being Loch Lomond. I also love playing sports, but at the same time, I love laying in bed and watching TV. I look forward to welcoming you all in September and if there’s anything you need, don’t be shy to ask!






Student Leaders 2016/17 for Two Year Graduate LLB programme




Thomas Lattimer

Hello 2016/2016 First Year (Graduate Entry) students. My name is Thomas and I am currently a second year LLB (Graduate Entry) student, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Before arriving at the University of Edinburgh, I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class) in Canadian Politics and Public Policy at St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, Canada). Congratulations on accepting your position at the Edinburgh Law School! You are embarking on an amazing experience which will offer a number of opportunities for academic, co-curricular and professional development. I myself have been involved in the Mooting Society, the Graduate Law Student Society, the Edinburgh Student Law Review, and have thoroughly enjoyed traversing Edinburgh’s geography while on various runs and hikes. Get ready to meet a cohort of students from a variety of academic backgrounds from throughout Scotland, the UK and across the globe. LawPALS is here to make your transition as seamless as possible and provide collaborative support about to expect, not only in your first year but throughout your degree. I am very much looking forward to the coming academic year – see you in September!







Izzy MacSwan

Hiya, I’m Izzy and I’m in the second year of my Grad Entry LLB. I’m originally from London and completed an undergraduate degree in history at the University of Leeds. I am one of the few who chose to migrate from England to Scotland to study the law, and I’m 100% sure I made the right choice. Edinburgh is a great city to live in, and Thomas and I are looking forward to getting to know all the grad newbies in September. Outside of the law, I really enjoy travelling- just before starting this course I spent a year in Japan!








Student Leaders 2016/17 for Incoming Exchange Students (both semesters)





Daniel Zakrzewski


Hi all, I am Daniel and I just came back from my exchange in Montreal. I am still in one piece and will be going into fourth year. I am one part of the most amazing exchange LawPALS team. Did you know that LawPALS was given a perfect score in our independent university survey? That is only one of the amazing facts you will come to know about the University and Edinburgh itself. I’d like to say welcome, and LawPALS and I’ll be there for you…









Rhona Goodarzi

Hi everyone, I’m Rhona and I’m about to enter my fourth year studying Law and French here at Edinburgh. |’ve just spent an amazing year studying abroad in Paris but I’m really looking forward to being back and getting involved in as many societies and opportunities within the university as I can. This is a brilliant way to meet new people as Edinburgh welcomes students from all over the world, many of whom are here for their whole degree, as well as Scots like myself! I look forward to meeting you all in September!











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