Invitation to Serle Court’s Virtual Prospective Pupillage Evening 2021

Serle Court are delighted to announce that we will be hosting our second virtual Prospective Pupillage Evening from 6:30 PM on Tuesday, 9th November 2021.

The evening provides information about what to expect during the application process, life as a pupil at Serle Court and insights into careers at the Commercial Chancery Bar. This is a good opportunity for students to hear talks and meet barrister’s from Serle Court.

If you are wishing to undertake a commercial chancery pupillage and would like to attend please RSVP to April Fisher ( / 020 7242 6105).

Serle Court now participates in the online pupillage applicants’ scheme, The Pupillage Gateway. Applications must be made through The Pupillage Gateway.

Funding for innovative projects available – apply between 14 Oct and 11 Nov 2021

Do you have a project idea that could help Edinburgh students make the most of their time at the university? You could receive up to £5,000 to bring it to life.

Student Experience Grants open for student and staff applications between 14 October and 11 November.

Alumni (former students) and friends of the University make the Student Experiences Grants possible through their donations to the Edinburgh Fund. They have been helping students and staff do brilliant things for 10 years. Get to know some of the inspiring people and projects that have been supported:

The Student Experience Grants team would love to hear from you if you have any questions: email 

The Rise of ESG with Debevoise & Plimpton

The Edinburgh Commercial Law Society are delighted to host elite US firm Debevoise & Plimpton ( to deliver the next instalment in our Commercial Law Academy series.

Date: Monday 25th October 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online via Zoom (link shared via email on day of event)

Register for the event here.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues continue to rise to the top of the corporate agenda. These issues are set to dominate the next decade, as they become the focus of investors, policy programmes and regulation around the world.

Join the firm at this event, as they explore the impact of ESG issues upon the practice of commercial law. The presentation will give an overview of the increasing importance of ESG in the private equity industry and an in depth look at the role of a trainee in ESG-related transactions and cases.

The presenters will also cover the firm’s application process and top tips for a successful application.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to improve your commercial awareness, and meet lawyers from one of the world’s top law firms.

Upcoming IAD Workshops

Upcoming IAD UG Workshops:


TITLE: How to read and write critically

DATE AND TIME: 19th October 2021 (17:15 – 18:45)


DESCRIPTION: Do you want to take a more analytical approach? This workshop will introduce methods and tools to help you read and write critically and draw conclusions.


TITLE: Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Mendeley

DATE AND TIME: 20th October 2021 (12:10 – 13:00)


DESCRIPTION: This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students who would like to get help or advice for using Mendeley to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.


TITLE: Getting to grips with essay writing

DATE AND TIME: 27th October 2021 (13:30 – 15:00)


DESCRIPTION: This workshop is for students who are relatively new to academic writing or for students who would like to go back to basics and rethink their approach to essay writing assignments. It aims to help you understand what’s expected of you, build confidence in your approach to academic writing and help you begin to tackle essays more effectively.


TITLE: Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Zotero

DATE AND TIME: 28th October 2021 (13:10 – 14:00)


DESCRIPTION: This session is intended for all UG, PGT, PGR and Online Students who would like to get help or advice for using Zotero to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work.


TITLE: Using social media – managing your online identity

DATE AND TIME: 28th October 2021 (18:00 – 19:00)


DESCRIPTION: This short information session will focus on the importance of managing your digital footprint (online identity), including keeping safe online and creating an effective online identity for employability, meeting others, impact, or research purposes.


TITLE: Starting to think about dissertations and projects

DATE AND TIME: 03rd November 2021 (17:15 – 18:45)


DESCRIPTION: Moving from essays and assignments to larger based project work such as dissertations can often feel like a step into the unknown. This workshop will help to clarify dissertation/project expectations and provide practical strategies that you can use to optimise your dissertation experience.


More Workshop Information:

A full list of all semester one IAD UG Workshops can be found here:

Follow @IAD_StudyHub ( for notifications when workshops open for booking.

REGISTER NOW! – HRLA Careers Week: Monday 18 – Saturday 23 October 2021

REGISTER NOW! – HRLA Careers Week: Monday 18 – Saturday 23 October 2021

The best careers event of the year for budding human rights lawyers is back – and it’s bigger than ever before! This year, the careers event will span a whole week and will be held online via Zoom, so that as many people as possible can attend.

The event is aimed primarily at university students, recent graduates and those just starting out on a career in human rights law. Our sessions will address pathways to a career in human rights law, accessibility and diversity in the profession and current topical issues, including lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, how to be a campaigning human rights lawyer and working in a profession under threat.

The event will launch with a keynote speech from Adam Wagner on Monday 18 October 2021 (7pm), which will cover his own pathway to a career in human rights law, some of his ground-breaking work during the COVID-19 pandemic and his tips for aspiring human rights lawyers. Like all of our sessions, Adam’s speech will be followed by a Q&A session.

An indicative timetable can be found on the attached flyer and you can register for FREE here.

Make sure to also follow and regularly check our twitter accounts @HumanRightsLawA & @youngHRLA for updates.

Don’t miss out on what is sure to be one of the most informative and interesting weeks for aspiring human rights lawyers – register now!

The UK Centre for Animal Law is pleased to announce that the Cecilia Moot Competition will be running for the third year (2021-2022)

This moot is centered on the fascinating topic of animal law, an area of increasing importance. It provides candidates with the opportunity to exercise, in a challenging environment their advocacy and legal skills as well as their creative mindset, in arguing on what can be unprecedented points of law. Candidates will delve into the legal and ethical arguments surrounding animal law.

Here is a short video further explaining the objectives of the Moot  Competition


Get involved


National Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics – Event Announcement

We are delighted to announce that students from all UK universities can now take part in the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics essay competition. Entries from all graduate and undergraduate students (full and part-time) are welcomed, in the form of an essay of up to 2000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics.

Whilst all students are encouraged to take part, this will be particularly relevant to those studying philosophy, medicine and biological sciences, law, AI and data sciences.

The winner from each category will receive a prize of £300, and the runner up £100. Revised versions of the two winning essays will be considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics.

To enter, please submit essays by the end of Tuesday 15th February 2022 to Finalists will be notified on Tuesday 22nd February of selection. For more details about the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics see the competition webpage.


 Law Leaders and Student Legal Placements

The Edinburgh Award is distinct to the University of Edinburgh and has been developed to encourage and more formally recognise student achievement and learning from outside the formal curriculum.


  • The Award recognises students who take part in non-academic activities while studying at the University. It also encourages students to reflect on, and develop, the skills that can be gained through taking part in activities outwith their degree.


  • The experience of taking part in these activities combined with the ability to reflect on and actively develop your skills will stand you in good stead for the future, whatever that may be.


Students who successfully complete the Edinburgh Award will be invited to an exclusive end-of-Award event and will receive both a certificate of recognition from the University and an entry on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR – an expanded record of your achievements within the University).

The School of Law will be running two versions of the Award in 2021/22.

The first is the Student Legal Placements scheme and the second, the Student Law Leaders scheme.

Any student, currently undertaking extra-curricular legal work and in 3rd year, a Graduate LLB student, or above, may apply for entry to the Student Legal Placement scheme.

For Diploma student purposes, any student undertaking current legal placements by the time the Award sessions start, whether it be paid or otherwise, in a charity or firm, can apply to complete this Award.

Any student currently holding a position on a council, committee or society within the School of Law may apply to take part in the Law Leaders scheme.

Rebecca Samaras, Director of Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education, shall be the organiser for both these  Edinburgh Award versions.   If you wish to join either of the Awards, please email Clare Anderson at:  by 12 noon on Thursday 28th October 2021 and she will be in touch with details about the first of three mandatory sessions which will take place in November.

Further information can be found at:


Session Dates and Locations

Session 1:

  • Tuesday 16 Nov 5.15 – 6.45pm in 40GS_LG.08
  • Wednesday 17 Nov 2021 5.15 – 6.45pm in PL_1.19

Session 2:

  • Tuesday 25 Jan 5.15 – 6.45pm  Location TBC
  • Wed 26 Jan 5.15 – 6.45pm   Location TBC

Session 3:

  • Tues 8 Mar 5.15 – 6.45pm Location TBC
  • Wed 9 Mar 5.15 – 6.45pm Location TBC

Please confirm which date you can attend via this Doodle Poll.

The Edinburgh Student Law Review (ESLR) is seeking new applicants for various roles for the academic year 2021-2022.

The Edinburgh Student Law Review (ESLR) is seeking new applicants for various roles for the academic year 2021-2022. The ESLR was originally published in 2009 and was the first journal of its kind in Scotland. It is now produced annually, and is managed and written by students, giving a forum for law students to engage with current legal issues and debates. The roles within the ESLR offers an excellent opportunity for students within the Law School at the University of Edinburgh to broaden their experience, develop their skills, and take part in an exciting project and tradition of the Law School. For further details about the ESLR please refer to

Job Descriptions

We are recruiting externally for the following roles. Please read the role descriptions carefully before applying. The work of the ESLR begins in November, with a particularly busy period from February to April. In addition to the roles described below, we will also be recruiting Content Editors at a later date.

Publications Officers (1-2)
Publications Officers maintain and generate engaging content for the ESLR’s social media
presence (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn) and website.
Publications Officers Managers must have good social media skills and would ideally have
experience in promoting organisations on a digital platform. A good Publications Officer
should have experience engaging with diverse online audiences.
Reporting directly to the Editors-in-Chief.
Considered for ESLR Board Position upon application.

Finance Officers (1-2)
Finance Officers are responsible for maintaining the ESLR’s finances. They also source new
sponsorship for the ESLR and maintain positive ongoing relationships with our existing
Finance Officers must have good numeracy and communication skills. Ideally, they would
have experience in supervising financial accounts (for example as a society treasurer) or in
managing sponsorship for other organisations.
Reporting directly to the Editors-in-Chief.
Considered for ESLR Board Position upon application.

(Digital) Events Officer (1)
The Events Officer organises social events for the ESLR. They are also responsible for more
formal events such as the annual publication launch and skills training events for prospective
The Events Officer should have good communication and team-working skills. They should
have experience in managing events. The Events Officer should also be able to show initiative
in conceiving and planning events.
Reporting directly to the Editors-in-Chief.
Considered for ESLR Board Position upon application.

Copy Editors (~ 15)
The Copy Editors edit articles for publication in accordance with the style of the ESLR, as
well as ensure said articles are free of grammatical issues, etcetera. Copy Editors generally
edit two articles a year.
Content Editors should have strong language skills and be able to assess an article for its
consistency with the House Style. Content Editors should have good time management skills and must be able to complete work to a deadline.
Reporting to the Chief Copy Editors.

Blog Editors (1-2)
The Blog Editor edits blog posts for grammar, style, etcetera. They liaise with authors and the Managing Editors to produce the ESLR Blog. The Blog aims to post bi-weekly from
November of each academic year.
The Blog Editor should have strong language skills and experience with editing work for a
digital platform. The Blog Editor should have good time management skills and must be able to complete work to a deadline.

It is possible to apply for more than one position. The deadline for applications to all positions is 5pm on Monday 25 October 2021.
Please note this is a voluntary position with no financial compensation but the experience gained will be valuable for your future legal career.

Essential Criteria
Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:
• Be matriculated as a student in the Law School at the University of Edinburgh for academic year 2021-2022 (either part-time or full-time);
• Have excellent IT and organisational skills;
• Have advanced communication skills, both written and oral;
• Be able to work as part of a team whilst keeping to timescales.

Desirable Criteria
In addition to the Essential Criteria at section C above, it is desirable if applicants have previous experience that has prepared them for the role to which they apply. For example, this may relate to:
• Having previous experience as a member of the ESLR board;
• Having previous experience editing, reviewing or producing an academic or professional
• Relevant extracurricular activities relating to their undergraduate or postgraduate study within the Law School at the University of Edinburgh.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV along with a cover letter via email to the present Editors-inChief, Helena Wilson and Matthew Cleary, at Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 25 October 2021. We may conduct interviews as part of the process for some of the roles.
Informal enquires, to the present Editors-in-Chief, are welcome.

Helena Wilson & Matthew Cleary
13 October 2021

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