School of Law

Welcome to the School of Law. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or continuing your studies. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need. If you are a returning student please scroll down to the ‘returning students’ section at the bottom of the page.

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, find your faculty welcome and induction information to help you get started.

I’m a new student 

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Keep an eye out for an email about registering at the University then follow the instructions in the email to complete the seven steps of registration.  

What does my induction timetable look like?

Your personal induction timetable will be shared with you prior to your arrival, but rest assured we have a whole range of activities organised to make you feel at home in the School of Law. There will be plenty of resources to help you settle-in to your school; including top tips from current staff and students about studying at university and how to get the most from your university experience, alongside a number of digital social events where you can meet other students, including support to help you manage the changes you will experience in undertaking postgraduate study.

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

Teaching activities with large numbers of students, such as lectures, will be held using digital technology. Small group face to face teaching, such as seminars, will only take place if safe to do so following Government guidance and students will only be required to attend if it is safe for them to do so. If this is not possible, digital alternatives will be provided. We are conscious that, in the circumstances, for a range of reasons some students may not be able to attend face-to face classes and so any face to face learning will also be offered in a digital format.

How will I meet my academic personal tutor? How will academic personal tutoring work?

Your academic personal tutor will make contact with you via e-mail and Microsoft Teams prior to term starting to introduce themselves. In addition to having the opportunity to meet with your academic personal tutor on a regular basis, you will receive an e-mail from the School with full details about the academic personal tutoring system, as well as a video from the Director of Student Support, Rachael O’Connor. These materials will explain how academic personal tutoring works and the benefits and opportunities of fully engaging with it from the start of your University life.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You can find information about your programme on our webpage. You will also be provided with a programme handbook during induction week and programme talks when you start in January.

Are there any societies I can join for the school/programme?

Leeds University Union is also planning welcome activities.

How will I get to know other students?

The School of Law is a thriving community – our community is one of the things we are most proud of, and we want this to continue to be a place where you feel at home. We recognise, indeed we are very clear that University is an experience that stretches far beyond the classroom, so we have built opportunities for you to get to know other students into each aspect of your programme. 

You will be asked to complete a short survey which we will use to match you up with other people who share your interests (think of it as a ready-made friendship group, rather than you having to find ‘your people’ by wading through lecture theatres or social events). You’ll then be able to decide how you – as a group – want to take that contact forward. For example, you might decide to form an online film group.

You will also get to know other students through your seminar groups: we’ve taken extra steps this year to make sure there are more opportunities for you to form friendships in those online settings. 

We will be able to evaluate other initiatives which we’re running with undergraduates during semester one: those which work well can then be rolled out to our postgraduate community when your courses formally start in January.

What welcome activities do you have planned to welcome me to the School of Law?

While we will provide a range of recorded and written welcome materials, you will also have a packed schedule of activities provided by the school during induction week to help you understand your programme and the school, locate the support services available to you, meet your academic personal tutor, and an opportunity to meet people from across the school and on your course. We will also be running digital social events throughout the year so you can meet other students and the staff that teach on your course

Are there any specialist software or systems that I need for my programme and where do I find out information about it? 

No, though we would advise you to install Office 365, which is available through your University account. You will need standard MS Office including Excel, Word and PowerPoint and a computer with reliable access to the internet. Once you have registered at the University you will need to access Minerva which is the University’s Portal and Virtual Learning Environment. You can find out how to navigate Minerva here

How will I have my say on my programme and school?

The student voice is very important to us and we hold regular staff:student forums where your representatives will feedback on your views and suggestions on the programme. You can also, of course, speak to your academic personal tutors and members of teaching staff at any point in your course. You can also contact the taught postgraduate tutor Dr Sarah Brown S.E.Brown@leeds.ac.uk

What is the role of course representatives and how do I volunteer?

Course representatives play an integral role by feeding back the views and experiences of students on the course. You can find out more about the role of course representatives on the Leeds University Union website. If you would like to volunteer to be a course representative, please contact lawstudents@leeds.ac.uk 

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules?

All modules ask for student feedback during and at the end through an anonymous feedback survey. We would also encourage you to let us know sooner rather than later if there are particular issues which you’re experiencing on the module – you don’t have to wait for the surveys to come out. If it’s something we can and need to fix, we would rather do it as soon as possible. In these circumstances we would ask that you either contact an appropriate member of staff or communicate with us via your course representatives. Feedback can be positive as well as constructive criticism. It is important that we hear what is going well as well as where we can improve.

How does assessment work on my programme and what support is provided with academic skills?

You will be assessed using a range of different methods on the programme. The number and types of assessments you have will vary between modules and your module handbooks will detail the assessment requirements. The leaders of each of your modules will explain how you will be assessed when you first join the module, and more guidance about what is expected for each assessment will be given as the time to complete it approaches. 

All students on the postgraduate programmes will undertake a compulsory research skills module appropriate to their programme in the first semester that includes the development of core skills for effective study. 

Additional academic skills support is provided through workshops and consultations conducted by Skills@Library

Where can I go for support?

For general student queries: Student Education Service: lawstudents@leeds.ac.uk         

For programme-related queries: 

PGT programme leaders:

Dr Anna Barker A.C.H.Barker@leeds.ac.uk

  • LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law
  • MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology

Dr George Zhou Q.Zhou@leeds.ac.uk 

  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Corporate Law
  • LLM International Banking and Finance Law
  • LLM International Trade Law 

LLM International Human Rights Law  Dr Ilias Trispiotis I.Trispiotis@leeds.ac.uk
LLM International Law and  Global Governance Dr Amrita Mukherjee A.Mukherjee@leeds.ac.uk
LLM Intellectual Property Law Dr Cesar Ramirez-Montes C.J.Ramirez-Montes
MSc Law and Finance Dr Suren Gomtsyan S.Gomtsyan@leeds.ac.uk

You can also contact the Taught Postgraduate Tutor Dr Sarah Brown s.e.brown@leeds.ac.uk

For student support queries: 

Director of Student Support: Rachael O'Connor r.e.oconnor@leeds.ac.uk
Deputy Director of Student Support (Disability and Mental Health):Dr Amanda Keeling a.keeling@leeds.ac.uk
Senior Education Support Officer: Max Broady m.e.broady@leeds.ac.uk
Student Support Officer: James Johnston j.a.johnston@leeds.ac.uk
Student Support Officer: Martha Clowes m.a.clowes@leeds.ac.uk

I’m a returning student

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Log in to Minerva and re-register with the University. The deadline to do this is 5th February 2021. Ensure that you have completed optional and discovery module enrolment, you can do this on Minerva.  

How will my programme be delivered this year?

Teaching activities with large numbers of students, such as lectures, will be held using digital technology. Small group face to face teaching, such as seminars, will only take place if safe to do so following Government guidance and students will only be required to attend if it is safe for them to do so. If this is not possible, digital alternatives will be provided. We are conscious that, in the circumstances, for a range of reasons some students may not be able to attend face-to face classes and so any face to face learning will also be offered in a digital format.

How will I have my say on my programme and school?

You can feedback to your course representatives or speak to your programme leader.

How will I be able to provide feedback on the delivery of my modules?

Please use the module feedback surveys or speak directly to your module leaders.

How will my learning experience be different to last year? 

The physical restrictions mean that there are changes to the delivery of teaching, but the School of Law will still ensure an excellent learning experience for all. 

Will I meet my academic personal tutor face to face?

Given the current uncertainty around the ability to conduct face-to-face meetings following government and University guidelines, we are working on the basis that academic personal tutor meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams.

Your academic personal tutor will be in touch with you prior to week 1 of semester 1 to arrange your first meeting of the year. You will also receive a video from the Director of Student Support, Rachael O’Connor, further explaining how tutoring will work in 20/21 and the benefits/opportunities of engaging with your tutor from the start of the year.

How will support be different from last year?

Our student support officers will still be on hand to offer support remotely.

Where can I go for support?

For general student queries: Student Education Service: lawstudents@leeds.ac.uk         

For programme-related queries: 

PGT programme leaders:

Dr Anna Barker A.C.H.Barker@leeds.ac.uk

  • LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law
  • MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology

Dr George Zhou Q.Zhou@leeds.ac.uk 

  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Corporate Law
  • LLM International Banking and Finance Law
  • LLM International Trade Law 

LLM International Human Rights Law  Dr Ilias Trispiotis I.Trispiotis@leeds.ac.uk
LLM International Law and  Global Governance Dr Amrita Mukherjee A.Mukherjee@leeds.ac.uk
LLM Intellectual Property Law Dr Cesar Ramirez-Montes C.J.Ramirez-Montes
MSc Law and Finance Dr Suren Gomtsyan S.Gomtsyan@leeds.ac.uk

You can also contact the Taught Postgraduate Tutor Dr Sarah Brown s.e.brown@leeds.ac.uk

For student support queries: 

Director of Student Support: Rachael O'Connor r.e.oconnor@leeds.ac.uk
Deputy Director of Student Support (Disability and Mental Health):Dr Amanda Keeling a.keeling@leeds.ac.uk
Senior Education Support Officer: Max Broady m.e.broady@leeds.ac.uk
Student Support Officer: James Johnston j.a.johnston@leeds.ac.uk
Student Support Officer: Martha Clowes m.a.clowes@leeds.ac.uk

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