Who can help | Law

Who can help

Knowing who is responsible for what in the Law school and the university can be really helpful.  We have collected some of the key contacts here, but you can also search the website for this information.

Academic Contacts

Your lecturer is normally the first person you would speak to if you have any concerns about academic matters. If that doesn't seem appropriate, or you're not comfortable doing so, the order of consultation is:

You are very welcome to approach the academic staff, although you should not expect that every academic will be available to you every minute. Teaching is only part of an academic’s job, so make an appointment or find out when an academic’s consulting hours are.

Student and Support Contacts

Of course, you might also ask your LawPLUS mentor or your Peer Tutor as a first step.

LawPLUS

All first year law students are encouraged to be involved in the mentoring programme, known as LawPLUS. Usually you will be asked to sign up for this on enrolment or as early as possible. This program runs through Semester 1 each year and aims to help new students settle into UNSW Law's unique and vibrant student culture.

Peer Mentoring and Tutoring

LawPLUS is different from the Peer Mentor and Tutor Program which is a support program for all first year students. The Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Program is free and it involves a group of four students meeting to have a first go at reading materials for class and to get support with skills for reading legal materials and doing legal analysis.  Almost half of all first year law students use this program so don’t be shy about it. You can sign up for it in Week 1 of session by filling in the forms on the glass wall of the Level 2 Law Building near Student Services. More infromation is available here.

UNSW Law Society

The UNSW Student Law Society (not to be confused with the NSW Law Society which is the state body) carries out many functions for students while they attend the Law School. They organise a range of social events including the annual Law Camp for first year students to make new friends. UNSW Law Society also hosts careers fairs and talks, professional skills competitions and prints a range of publications.

Faculty Information

For forms, course information and timetables

The Law School website for current students has links to timetables, courses and so on. Forms are available for download if you need to apply for Special Consideration, which is advisable if you have been ill or had a problem which is or has impacted on your course. 

 It is also usually available from Student Central in the Chancellery and from the Faculty office on Level 2 of the Law Building.

 

For administrative matters to do with your course or degree

The Student Services office on Level 2 can advise you about enrolment issues, special consideration, course clashes, timetabling and many other things. They are there for you to consult so you should feel free to talk to them.

If you are doing a combined degree the Law Office will not be able to advise you about matters such as prerequisites within your non-law degree. You will need to go to the relevant faculty office.

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre is the study skills support unit at the university which is open for all enrolled students. We offer individual consultations, academic skills courses for credit, workshops, online resources, small group consultations for postgraduates, and more Faculty-based programs. We also co-ordinate and teach a range of bridging and academic preparation programs. Our approach is to help students with the nuts and bolts of academic reading, writing, speaking, and researching. We help explain the rules of the game, and ways of playing, and then encourage you to develop these skills in your own writing.

For further information: http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au/