Welcome Week Event: Reckoning with Reparations

Title: Opening of the Academic Year Alumni LectureTime: Friday, 16 September 2022 –  5.30pmLocation:  Playfair Library, Old College

Join Law School alumni, staff, new and current students to listen to the discussion between distinguished Law School alumni Professor Eric Miller, Loyola Law School, and Professor Lesley McAra CBE FRSE, Edinburgh Law School.  This will be a chance to listen to policing and criminal law specialists, speak with alumni, and meet current staff and students.  The lecture will be held in the iconic Playfair Library, followed by a drinks reception.

The lecture will be on the topic of ‘Reckoning with Reparations’, and will be a discussion on why reparations is such a powerful idea both globally but also nationally and locally, and why it resonates here in Scotland.

Professor Eric Miller (LLB, 1991), Co-Director of Loyola Anti-Racism Center, is a policing and criminal law specialist who has been very active in debates about reparations for slavery and for the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots.  Professor Lesley McAra (MA Politics, 1981), Co-Director of The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, is a policing expert and the School’s Chair of Penology.  Professor McAra is the former Dean of Edinburgh Law School, the first woman to be appointed to the post.

Reparations has become a major means of demanding redress, advanced by different groups identified by race, nationality, and even sexual orientation. There are a variety of different ways of understanding the nature of reparations, and the political movements that use reparations to advance their objectives.

Litigation Traineeship commencing 1 September 2022

BTO Solicitors are currently seeking a trainee for a specialist litigation traineeship. The trainee will work within their various highly ranked Insurance Litigation teams. The role can be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow but time will be spent in both offices.

The role will encompass a variety of work including Personal Injury, Regulatory, Property & Product Liability litigation and Professional Negligence.  Advocacy training will also be given through their in-house Advocacy unit. The successful candidate will work along side their highly rated partners and their teams.

BTO is committed to the development of trainee lawyers and several of their partners started out there as trainees.

They value those who can demonstrate initiative, handle responsibility and work as part of a team.  In turn, trainees benefit from involvement in diverse cases from day one, being coached and mentored by some of the best in their fields.

If you are interested in applying for this traineeship, please complete and return the application form below to HR@bto.co.uk



The State of Affairs in the Political Triangle of Europe, the UK & Germany

Mr Miguel Berger, The German Ambassador to the United Kingdom, will give a short talk in English on the current state of affairs in the political triangle of Europe, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

The talk (10-15 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A (30 minutes), giving students and colleagues the opportunity to discuss these topical issues with the Ambassador.

Date and time
Mon, 18 July 2022

15:30 – 16:30 BST


G.04, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

50 George Square



Find out more and register:

Summer School IT Law and Legal Informatics 2022

Saarland University are organising a summer law school focusing on IT Law, it will be held in english in the city of Saarbrücken (Germany) and they are looking for international participants.

Renowned experts will offer an insight into highly topical research discussions in the areas of:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data and the Law
  • IT Security and Internet of Things
  • Legal Tech

For further info and details of how to apply please view their website here.

1-week paid work experience opportunity at Kennedys

Do you want to gain work experience at a leading law firm over the summer?

Kennedys is offering paid 1-week work experience opportunities in its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices between July and August. You’ll get insight into what a career in law entails and gain quality hands-on work experience that will support your ambitions.

Kennedys is committed to improving access to the legal profession and is keen to offer work experience to second or third year law students from underrepresented backgrounds, specifically socio-economically disadvantaged students and students from minority ethnic backgrounds. This scheme will help prepare talented students from underrepresented backgrounds for a career in the law.

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2022. This opportunity is open to 2nd and 3rd year students.

Further details here.

The Financial Services Lawyers Association has announced its annual essay competition and have asked for this to be circulated to students.

The title for this year’s competition is as follows:

Laundromat, police state or somewhere in between: has the correct balance been struck between anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, and anti-corruption aims on the one hand and the benefits of free enterprise and a global financial market on the other? If not, explain one legislative or regulatory change which could make a significant difference.

The purpose of the essay is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their studies to issues that are of particular relevance to the financial services industry and wider society.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words. The full competitions rules can be found on the FSLA website through the link below. Please submit your essay by Friday 15 July 2022 to essay@fsla.org.uk

Prizes will be presented at a reception hosted on a date to be confirmed. The Chris Stallard Memorial Prize (first prize) is £1,500 and an internship with the FCA. The runner up prize is £750. Third prize is £500. Entrants are not required to be FSLA members, though free membership is offered to all law students.

FLSA Essay competition rules 2022

Summer seminar on ‘Plurality at Last? Legal Internationalism beyond Eurocentrism and Patriarchy’ 

Please see below information regarding a summer seminar in Helsinki:

The Erik Castrén Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives are organising the annual Helsinki Summer Seminar on ‘Plurality at Last? Legal Internationalism beyond Eurocentrism and Patriarchy’ from 22-26 August 2022. The 33rd summer seminar is open to students, researchers and professionals.  

The seminar introduces participants to the diverse, contested and competing scholarly ideas about the role, function and promises of law that have oftentimes remained invisible in teaching international law. The seminar aims to bring these approaches challenging eurocentrism and patriarchalism to the forefront of thinking of the past and future of international law.  

The programme contains lectures and workshops by among others Christopher Gevers (UKZN School of Law), Magdalena Kmak (Åbo Akademi), Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki), Sari Kouvo (University of Gothenburg), Parvathi Menon (University of Helsinki), Lauri Mälksoo  (University of Tartu), Johanna Niemi (University of Helsinki), Pamela Slotte (Åbo Akadmi), Immi Tallgren (University of Helsinki), Reetta Toivanen (University of Helsinki) and Kaius Tuori (University of Helsinki).  

For programme and registration details see the Helsinki summer seminar website.   

Scholarships available

The Law School offers a range of different funding opportunities and awards to help current students and recent graduates with travel for development activities, further study and hardship circumstances.

Check them out here! Application forms are available from Law School reception or by contacting law@ed.ac.uk.

Opportunity to help set up award-winning charity initiative in Edinburgh

Raise is an award-winning student charity initiative which aims to change the way students think about charity, encouraging students to take a positive and deliberate approach towards giving. Nationally, they have raised over £385,000 for the Against Malaria Foundation in just 5 years by encouraging hundreds of students to celebrate the end of the academic year by making a personally significant donation to charity.

Now you have the chance to be part of bringing it here to Edinburgh this year! They are looking for a team of talented and passionate students (with skills and interest to work in areas such as leadership, sponsorship, publicity, events and fundraising) to set up and shape this exciting project, forming a founding committee this term. You’ll gain valuable skills across the board, make an impressive addition to your CV, and have the chance to set up an exciting project with the potential for huge long-term impact long after you’ve moved on.

The committee positions offer a range of time commitments, so please apply if you have any interest at all in the project! To browse the different roles available, click here.

Applications are accepted on THIS APPLICATION FORM until 1st July 2022. For more info on Raise, visit their website or watch this TEDx Talk ‘Rethinking Celebration: The Positive Case for Giving’. Any questions can be sent to raiseedinburgh@gmail.com

Addleshaw Goddard – training contract applications open

Addleshaw Goddard (AG) are a premium business law firm and provide a full range of commercial legal services to businesses.

AG offer a wide range of seats within our divisions across our offices, out 2-year training contracts cover four six-month seats.

If you’re ready to join AG, you can apply for one of our training contracts.

Applications for training contracts in Aberdeen starting in 2022 and 2023 are now open and will close on 31 May.

Applications for 2024 training contracts (Leeds, London, Manchester and Edinburgh/Glasgow) are now open and the closing date is 31 July.

More details about other opportunities from AG can be found on the Addleshaw Goddard opportunities page.

Information about opportunities from a number of leading law firms can be found on the Law School’s Career Opportunities page.

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