Peer Groups


Who is this for? First year LLB students
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What is LawPALS?

LawPALS is our Law Peer Assisted Learning Scheme. It aims to support the academic and social transition of first year LLB students from their prior learning into the LLB. All first-years are automatically assigned to a LawPALS group led advanced LLB students (Student Leaders). Groups meet weekly for an hour and discuss topics like Legal Research, Mooting and Approaching Legal Essays. The LawPALS Leaders are there to give you their insights and top tips for surviving - and making the most of! - your time at Edinburgh Law School.


How do I sign up?

Quite simply, you don’t need to! As an incoming first-year, you are automatically enrolled and details will be distributed during Welcome Week.  Your PALS Leader will email you to introduce themselves to you and tell you when and where your group meets, and you can meet them at the lecture during Welcome Week, too.  You can also email the LawPALS Coordinator, Xiaoou Zheng, at for more details.   (There are separate sessions for those on the four-year LLB, Graduate/Fast-track LLB, and Visiting/Exchange Students.  You will automatically be added to the relevant group so you do not need to take action.) 


Programme Outline

All the students will be invited to a LawPALS welcome lecture during the Freshers’ Week, and a Campus Tour will be led by your student leaders!


4 Year LLB Programme

Week 1   Law School Essentials

Week 2   Legal Research

Week 3   Approaching Legal Essays  

Week 4   Mooting

Week 5   Breaking Down Your Degree

Week 6   Improving Your Essays 

Week 7   Thinking About Exams

Week 8   Life After LawPALS

Week 11   Informal Q&A Session


2 Year LLB Programme

Week 1   Graduate LLB Essentials

Week 2   Career Planning in Law

Week 3   Legal Essays, Assessment and Feedback

Week 4   Mooting

Week 5   Study & Revising Techniques

Week 6   Life after Law a diploma in professional legal practice

Week 7   Life after Law a other countries & other professions


Exchange Student Programme

Week 1   Introduction to Edinburgh Law School

Week 2   Legal Resources

Week 3   Legal Essays

Week 4   Edinburgh Law School exams

Week 5   Wrap-Up Session



If you cannot find the information that you are looking for, please contact the Peer Learning & Support Team.