Student Leaders 2017/18 for Four Year LLB Programme

Stuart Dickie

Hi I’m Stuart and I am just about to enter my fourth 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

Hi, I’m Sam, I’m a fourth 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.


Mumbi Kiragu

Hi everyone! My name is Mumbi, a fourth 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!

James McQueen

Hi I’m James and I am currently in my fourth 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.

Andrew Manson

Hi everyone, I’m Andrew. I am currently entering into my fourth year of study on the Law LLB course. I’ve lived in Edinburgh my whole life and I decided to say here for University because it is such a fantastic city. Aside from my studies I am a keen rugby player and I have represented Scotland at age-grade level. I also enjoy travelling and I was fortunate enough to take part in an exchange program at McGill University, Montreal, during my third-year studies. Studying law at Edinburgh will provide you with excellent experiences both academically and socially with the highlight of the year being the Law Ball in springtime. The LawPALS team is here to help you fully acclimatize as well as make the most of the countless opportunities that will come your way. I look forward to meeting you in September.



Iona Bonaventura

Hello! My name is Iona and I’m a third year Law student from Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland. Moving from a small, rural school to study at Edinburgh University was a big shock to the system but I now consider this wonderful city to be my second home. The support and advice provided by LawPALS played a vital role in helping me adjust to this completely new environment and way of learning. I would love to give back what LawPALS has already given me so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! I’ve also really enjoyed getting involved with different Law School events and societies since coming to Edinburgh. This year I’m on the Law Students’ Council Committee as Vice President so will no doubt meet some of you at our welcome events in Freshers Week. The Law School is a very welcoming community and studying here will be a life changing experience – we look forward to you joining us in September!



Andrew Clark

Hey, I’m Andrew and I’m going into fourth year. I was brought up in Montrose but I’m glad to now call Edinburgh home; it’s a great place to live and study. I was also fortunate enough to study abroad in third year at McGill University in Montreal where I spent much of my time skiing, travelling, and butchering the French language. When I’m not in the library I spend my time playing the bagpipes competitively and I’m a clueless but enthusiastic member of the Law Hockey Team. It is more than possible to keep up your hobbies while studying if you manage your time properly. I am looking forward to meeting you all in September and I hope that you’ll enjoy studying at Edinburgh as much as I do.



Kirstin Bamford

Hi, I’m Kirstin and I am about to start my third year of the LLB! I’ve grown up in the countryside in East Lothian so can appreciate the change in lifestyle some student’s experience when starting university. Whilst studying law can be a challenge, the assistance LawPals gives, partnered with the vast array of opportunities within and beyond the law school, things are made a bit easier. I’m excited to face the challenges of Treasurer of the Law Student’s Council and look forward to meeting some of you at the various events the Council hosts – it’s a great way to meet people in your own year and older years. Outside the Law School, I have been a keen member of both the Athletics and Hares and Hounds Team so can certainly vouch for the importance of getting involved in as many aspects of university life as possible! I also compete internationally in eventing and so would hope to endorse the fact it is possible to juggle the pressures of studying law and other interests! I’m really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Law School in September! Regardless of how unnerving starting first year can be, I can guarantee you are going to meet so many great people!



Caitlin Wright

Hello all! I’m Caitlin and I’m going into my third year of the LLB. I’m from Haddington (just outside Edinburgh) so my opinion that Edinburgh is a great city to study may be biased. Outside of Law, I’m the Treasurer of the Modern Dance Society and work part-time for EUSA. The Law course is difficult but it is undoubtedly a worthwhile challenge. First year can be daunting but remember that everyone is in the same boat. The Law Society events and all the society taster events are the best way to make Edinburgh feel like home in no time!



Gemma Hayward

Hi I’m Gemma and I am just about to enter my third year of the 4 year LLB course here at Edinburgh University. I grew up in Perthshire but it is safe to say Edinburgh has become my home over the last 2 years; I could not be happier that I chose to study here! While at times studying Law can be challenging, it is incredibly rewarding – but achieving a balance between work and a social life is definitely a must to make the most of your time in Edinburgh. There are many opportunities to get involved in Law School events and societies throughout campus – though events such as the law school’s Party Bus and Mummies and Daddies are a definite must! While first year can be daunting, I made my closest friends through LawPALS and gained invaluable advice to get to grips with university, and we are all looking forward to helping you do the same this coming September!



Steph Tsang

Hi, I am Steph and I am a fourth year reading law and economics at Edinburgh. Having studied in England beforehand, I am one of the few from Hong Kong who decided to come to Scotland for my undergraduate studies in law, and I do not have regrets about this decision. Outside of my studies, I like traveling. I am also a peer mentor at the University’s Widening Participation Peer Mentoring Program and come this September, will be the Club Captain of the Badminton Club, thus will be recruiting new members who would like to be involved in the club’s volunteering program. Both the Law School and the University provide countless of opportunities and the best way to immerse yourself and settle in is to grab these opportunities and be involved in societies. This is because you get to meet so many new people and to make friends from across the University. I look forward to meeting you in September!



Elizabeth Holehouse

Hiya, I’m Beth and I’m about to start my fourth year of the LLB. I come from a small coastal town called Montrose so I have really tried to make the most of city life whilst in Edinburgh! It’s a great city and a great university to study at, especially the law school (although I’m probably biased!) There are so many fantastic societies and events to get involved with, both within the law school and beyond, that there really is something for everyone. You’ll meet some of the best people, be given great opportunities and have so much fun here. I’m looking forward to meeting you all in September!



Marcie Waugh

Hi! I’m Marcie, and I’m a third year student. As I’m from a small village in the countryside which mainly consists of farm animals and pensioners, the Edinburgh student life is a welcome change of scenery, but I know how hard it is to adjust to living in such a big city with new people! I love going to the gym to de-stress but often find myself on Princes Street after the library instead – retail therapy is my weakness. I hope you all enjoy the challenge of studying Law as much as I do and look forward to meeting you all in September!



Anna O’Donnell

Hi everyone, I’m Anna. I am currently in my third year studying law here at Edinburgh University. I’m originally from Falkirk, but Edinburgh has become an incredible second home to me. The law course here at Edinburgh is hard work but is so rewarding and enjoyable. The Law School provides a lot of opportunities for socialising and I would highly recommend attending some of the many social events the society puts on every year. Outside of my degree I work part-time and enjoy sport and theatre. Edinburgh is a fantastic choice, and I look forward to meeting you all in September.



Stuart McNicholas

Hi everyone, I’m Stuart and I am a 3rd year joint honours student studying Law and Accountancy (LLB). I am originally from Aberdeen but decided to move down to Edinburgh because I heard that the University and the city was fantastic and I have not been disappointed. While studying law at Edinburgh can be challenging at times, it is extremely worthwhile and you will all get a lot out of it. Outside of my degree, I play football for the University team and enjoy playing all types of sport in general. Choosing to study law at Edinburgh University was a great choice and I look forward to meeting you all in September!



Michael Malvenda

Hi, my name is Michael and I’m a third year studying law and international relations. I come from the windy city of Chicago in the US and am thrilled to be pursuing a law degree here in Edinburgh. The law has links to so many subjects and I encourage all newcomers to embrace the limitless possibilities when exploring the field. Though the studies can be at times overwhelming never forget what made you fascinated with law in the first place. Besides LawPALS, I am involved with the Edinburgh Political Union and various volunteering initiatives run by the University and the Law Society. Outside of Uni, I enjoy running, painting, travelling and taking part in the Edinburgh nightlife. I recommend trying to get as involved as possible with the law school, whether it be in societies or events, and to treasure this exciting opportunity. I look forward to meeting you all in September!



Rebecca Gray

Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca and I am a 4th year law student. I come from a small village near Glasgow and have loved my past three years in Edinburgh. It is an amazing city to study in, with so much to do and see packed into such a small space. The people at Edinburgh are lovely and there are so many incredible societies to get involved with. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and hope you are excited to start your University experience!


Katy Smith

Hi, my name is Katy and I am about to enter fourth year of the LLB. I am originally from Dunblane, a small town not too far from Edinburgh, which you may have heard of as it’s the home town of Andy Murray! I have loved living in Edinburgh for the past three years; both the university and the city are great, and I have met so many fantastic people, as I’m sure you will too. Outside of studies, I would recommend getting involved in as many sporting, social and academic activities as you can; I was a member of the University Cheerleading Team in second year and have been involved in the Law Students’ Council this year, both of which were really enjoyable! I’m looking forward to meeting you all in September!


Mallory Hornsby

Hey everyone, I’m Mallory! Welcome to your first year of Law School. I’m going into my third year of the LLB and hope you enjoy the challenge of studying Law as much as I have, it’s worth all the stress!! Outside of the law school, I’m part of the Hare and Hounds Running Club and enjoy going out for food and socialising. The Law School offers many different society events throughout the year, which are all a great way to meet new people and get to know people in your year and other years. We are here to help, and welcome you to the Law School and make you aware of all the many great opportunities the School has to offer. I look forward to meeting you all in September.



Jennifer Yook

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer, and I’m entering my third year of the LLB programme. I’m originally from South Korea but grew up in Malaysia. Even as a TCK, I encountered a few challenges settling into Edinburgh; but I am currently happy with where I am and would be more than happy to help you all through LawPALS. Law was not as I had anticipated, but I enjoy every moment of it! Aside from my studies, I enjoy playing the ukulele and reading whenever I can. As I made my first friend through LawPALS, I highly recommended attending all the sessions and making the most of it. Since we are all here to help, feel free to approach us with any questions you may have! I look forward to getting to know you all in September!


Damon Allan

Hi, my name is Damon and I am now in my 4th and final year of the LLB course. I come from Airdrie, in the middle of Scotland’s central belt, and having lived at home in first year and only moving east in second year, I have a varied experience of studying at university. Additionally, I spent my third year on one of the Law School’s exchange programmes at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, and now that I’ve returned home with a newfound appreciation, I can’t wait to get a group of new students enthused about studying law at Edinburgh. I know this new chapter may seem daunting, but LawPALS was very helpful for me during this transition, and so don’t be afraid to ask me any questions! The city, the university and the faculty have so much to offer and I hope to be able to help you get the most out of life at Edinburgh – whether it be academically, socially or with anything and everything else! I’m looking forward to meeting you all during Welcome Week!