School of Law

Welcome to the School of Law. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about starting or continuing your studies.

Scroll to the section that applies to you – new student, returning student or postgraduate student. We’ve also included some helpful links at the bottom to direct you to anything else you might need.

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 opportunities where you can meet other students, staff and your academic personal tutor.  

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The university is committed to providing students with a meaningful on-campus experience, while ensuring that all students and staff remain safe. During semester 1 at least, 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 take place on campus (if safe to do so following Government guidance) and students will be required to attend these.  If this is not possible (perhaps due to self-isolation), a means of catching up will be provided.

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

You will meet your academic personal tutor during induction week, in person where it is safe to do so, and your academic personal tutor will make contact with you via e-mail and Microsoft Teams early in induction week 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.

Where can I go for support?

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

For programme-related queries: 

UG programme leaders:

BA Criminal Justice: Dr Suzanne Young s.young@leeds.ac.uk   

LLB Law:  Dr Priyasha Saksena p.saksena@leeds.ac.uk 

LLB Law (graduate programme): Dr George Zhou q.zhou@leeds.ac.uk

LLB Law with French/German/Hispanic Law: Dr Chloe Wallace c.j.wallace@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

Student Support Officer: James Johnston j.a.johnston@leeds.ac.uk

Student Support Officer: Charlotte Guest c.a.guest@leeds.ac.uk

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

Your first port of call for extra academic support should be your academic personal tutor. They will be able to guide you to the support service that is right for your particular issue. However, the school, faculty and university have a range of different support services to help you with whatever you need and your academic personal tutor can be the one to guide you there. Our Student Education Service team (lawstudents@leeds.ac.uk)  can also assist you with a range of issues, particularly administrative matters, and a good place to start with additional academic support is the Skills@Library team.

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 will attend programme talks when you start in September.

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 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 should make sure that you keep an eye out for and read communications from the school about these.

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 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.

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 Office365, which is available through your University account. You will need standard MS office including excel, word and powerpoint, as well asa computer and reliable access to the internet.

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

You will be able to access a range of resources and learning materials for your degree via the university’s Virtual Learning Environment – Minerva. This is the main hub of your learning and you will be able to access everything from your weekly lecture recordings to guided study tasks, seminar briefings and specific readings. You will also be able to access a range of materials to support your learning through the university’s extensive library collections, which can be accessed on campus and through our online library. More information on the library services can be found here.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

You will be instructed on whether you need to purchase core reading texts when you begin your modules in week 1, so don’t worry about that just yet.

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 

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

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

 A committee of School of Law students in second year and above will be working with staff to put on a number of events, and to provide more general support to all students. 

How does assessment work on my programme?

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 BA CJ&C programme will undertake a core study skills module in the first semester to equip them with necessary academic skills. 

All students on law programmes will undertake a Foundations of Law module in the first semester that includes substantive legal content as well as the development of core skills for effective study. 

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

I’m a returning student

How will my programme be delivered this year?

The university is committed to providing students with a meaningful on-campus experience, while ensuring that all students and staff remain safe. During semester one, most 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 take place on campus (if safe to do so following Government guidance) and students will be required to attend them.  If this is not possible (perhaps due to self-isolation), a means of catching up will be provided. You should already have been updated about your individual programme delivery via email from Dr Imogen Jones, the Director of Student Education in the School of Law.

How will my learning experience be different to last year?

It is currently planned that this year you will have more face-to-face, on campus activity than was possible during the 2020-21 academic year. As long as it is safe to do so, seminars will take place on campus. These will be supplemented by a range of other activities designed to help you develop a range of different skills. You will also be able to access a variety of different university services and study spaces across campus.

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

Your academic personal tutor will make contact with you via email or Microsoft Teams during induction week and will meet with you in week 1 or 2. However, if you need to speak to your academic personal tutor before teaching begins, do get in touch with them via email. If you have any further questions in the meantime, do get in touch with the Director of Student Support, Rachael O’Connor  (r.e.oconnor@leeds.ac.uk).

Where can I go for support?

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

For programme-related queries: 

UG programme leaders:

BA Criminal Justice:  Dr Suzanne Young s.young@leeds.ac.uk   

LLB Law:  Dr Priyasha Saksena p.saksena@leeds.ac.uk 

LLB Law (graduate programme): Dr George Zhou q.zhou@leeds.ac.uk

LLB Law with French/German/Hispanic Law: Dr Chloe Wallace c.j.wallace@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

Student Support Officer: James Johnston j.a.johnston@leeds.ac.uk

Student Support Officer: Charlotte Guest c.a.guest@leeds.ac.uk

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

Your academic personal tutor will be able to guide you to the support service that is right for your particular issue. However, the school, faculty and university have a range of different support services to help you with whatever you need and your academic personal tutor can be the one to guide you there. Our Student Education Service team (lawstudents@leeds.ac.uk) can also assist you with a range of issues, particularly administrative matters, and a good place to start with additional academic support is the Skills@Library team.

How will I find out more about my programme?

You can find information about your programme on our webpage or by contacting your specific programme leader.

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. 

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 wouldd advise you to ensure that you have Office365 installed, which is available through your University account. You will need standard MS office including excel, word and powerpoint in addition to a computer and reliable access to the internet.

Where can I access resources for my degree?  

As you did last year, you will be able to access a range of resources and learning materials for your degree via the university’s Virtual Learning Environment – Minerva. This is the main hub of your learning and you will be able to access everything from your weekly lecture recordings to guided study tasks, seminar briefings and specific readings. You will also be able to access a range of materials to support your learning through the university’s extensive library collections, which can be accessed on campus and through our online library. More information on the library services can be found here.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

You will be instructed on whether you need to purchase core reading texts when you begin your modules in week 1, so don’t worry about that just yet.

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 

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

Are there any peer mentoring schemes operating in my school?

A committee of School of Law students in second year and above will be working with staff to put on a number of events, and to provide more general support to all students. 

How does assessment work on my programme?

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. 

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

I’m a postgraduate 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.

How will my programme be delivered this year?

Your programmes will be delivered in a blended learning delivery model. This means that you will have some online lecture delivery supported by regular face-to-face seminars and in-person learning activities.

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 opportunities where you can meet other students, staff and be introduced to your academic personal tutor.  

Will I be required to attend face to face sessions?

The university is committed to providing students with a meaningful on-campus experience, while ensuring that all students and staff remain safe. During semester 1 at least, most 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 take place on campus (if safe to do so following Government guidance) and students will be required to attend if it is safe for them to do so.  If this is not possible (perhaps due to self-isolation), a means of catching up will be provided. You should already have been updated about this via your welcome communications.

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

You will meet your academic personal tutor during week 1, and your academic personal tutor will make contact with you via e-mail and Microsoft Teams during induction week 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.

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 Sean Butcher s.b.butcher@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 Ilaria Zavoli I.Zavoli@leeeds.ac.uk

LLM Intellectual Property Law: Dr Cesar Ramirez-Montes C.J.Ramirez-Montes@leeds.ac.uk

LLM Law and Social Justice: Dr Mitchell Travis m.travis@leeds.ac.uk

MSc Security, Conflict and Justice: Professor Conor O’Reilly c.oreilly@leeds.ac.uk

MSc Law and Finance: Dr Suren Gomtsyan S.Gomtsyan@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

Student Support Officer: James Johnston j.a.johnston@leeds.ac.uk

Student Support Officer: Charlotte Guest c.a.guest@leeds.ac.uk

Where do I turn if I need extra academic support?

Your first port of call for extra academic support should be your academic personal tutor. They will be able to guide you to the support service that is right for your particular issue. However, the school, faculty and university have a range of different support services to help you with whatever you need, and your academic personal tutor can be the one to guide you there. Our Student Education Service team (lawstudents@leeds.ac.uk)  can also assist you with a range of issues, particularly administrative matters, and a good place to start with additional academic support is the Skills@Library team.

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 September.

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 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. 

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

While we will provide a range of recorded and written welcome materials, you will also have a 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.

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’d advise you to install Office365, which is available through your University account. You will need standard MS office including excel, word and powerpoint, in addition to a computer and reliable access to the internet.

Where can I access resources for my studies?  

You will be able to access a range of resources and learning materials for your degree via the university’s Virtual Learning Environment – Minerva. This is the main hub of your learning and you will be able to access everything from your weekly lecture recordings to guided study tasks, seminar briefings and specific readings. You will also be able to access a range of materials to support your learning through the university’s extensive library collections, which can be accessed on campus and through our online library. More information on the library services can be found here.

Do I need to provide my core reading texts?  

You will be instructed on whether you need to purchase core reading texts when you begin your modules in week 1, so don’t worry about that just yet.

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 

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

How does assessment work on my programme?

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. 

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

Where can I find relevant career information for postgraduate students and where can I find opportunities for work to develop my career?

The School of Law has a two designated career support officers who work closely with all students to provide a range of experiences and opportunities to aid them in getting where they want to be. There is an academic Director of Employability, Dr Alex Batesmith, who is responsible for working with our career support officers to ensure that we provide you with new and exciting employability experiences. The university also has a fantastic central careers service which will provide a whole range of experiences (including work opportunities) for you to feel best prepared to progress to the career you want.

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