Frequently Asked Questions

Your Studies

I want to change my tutorial group

You can request a change for your tutorial via the Timetabling Online Group change request form which can be found on LEARN.

If you have any questions regarding your timetable, please contact the central Timetabling team on timetabling@ed.ac.uk.

Please note that changes can only be made if there is space available in the group.

I want to change my course(s)

If you would like to change one of your Ordinary courses, you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

For any Honours course changes, please contact the Undergraduate Office direct on law.ugo@ed.ac.uk.

I want to change my degree

If you would like to change your degree programme, you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

College guidance on transferring degree programmes can be found here.

What courses can I take?
I want to leave University

If you would like to withdraw from your studies, you should contact your Personal Tutor or Law.SSO@ed.ac.uk in the first instance.

You will need to confirm in writing (via email) of your intention to withdraw from the University.

I’ve failed my exam(s)

If you have failed a course, you should contact Personal Tutor in the first instance.

If you were absent or failed an Ordinary exam, you will automatically be registered for the resit. You can find out when the resit exam diet runs via Student Administration website.

You should note that having to retake courses could have fee and visa implications.You can seek advice on visa implications from Edinburgh Global.

You are entitled to appeal any result or decision, appeals information can be found here

You can seek study advice and support from the Institute of Academic Development to help with your revision.

You might also want to consider finding out more about the Edinburgh Law School’s Peer Assisted Learning Scheme LawPALS

I’m not happy with my grade(s)

You are entitled to appeal any result or decision, and appeals information can be found here.  Please note that you cannot challenge academic judgement.

You can submit a script viewing request form which can be found on the Law UG Communities Learn page.

You should also look at the generic feedback which will be posted on Learn in the “assessments and feedback” folder for each course.

If you still have queries regarding your assessment following this, you can request a meeting with the Course Organiser.

I’ve missed my exam(s) or assessment deadline(s)

If you have missed an exam or an assessment, you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

You might also want to consider submitting Special Circumstances.

If you are experiencing difficulties, you might also want to consider contacting the Student Counselling Service.

If you think you might be entitled to Learning Adjustments, you should contact the Student Disability Service.

I think I will miss my exam(s) or assessment deadline(s)

If you think you are going to miss an exam or an assessment, you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

You might also want to consider submitting an extension request form, which can be found on the Law UG Communities page on Learn. Please note that you can only be given an extension up to a maximum of 7 days. If you think you will need a longer extension, you should consider submitting Special Circumstances.

If you are experiencing difficulties, you might also want to consider contacting the Student Counselling Service.

If you think you might be entitled to Learning Adjustments, you should contact the Student Disability Service.

I’ve missed / am going to miss my class(es)

If you are going to miss a class, or have missed a class, you can submit an absence form, which can be found on the Law UG Communities page on Learn.

If you are having difficulty attending classes, you should contact Law.SSO@ed.ac.uk.

I’m interested in studying abroad

You can find information about student exchanges here.

I’m studying abroad and have a problem

If you are studying abroad and are experiencing any problems, you can contact your Personal Tutor or Law.Exchanges@ed.ac.uk in the first instance.

The Edinburgh Global 'know before you go' guidance can be found here.

Your Health, Wellbeing and Sense of Community

I’m pregnant / need childcare assistance

You can find a list of support services on the sources of help pages.

You can also find information on the EUSA Advice Place Health and Wellbeing web pages.

I want to take a break from my studies

If you want to take a break from your studies, you might want to consider an Authorised Interruption of Studies. You should contact your Personal Tutor or Law.SSO@ed.ac.uk in the first instance if you are considering this.

If you want to take a break from your studies due to sporting commitments, you can find guidance on what is permitted in the Elite Athletes policy.

I’m experiencing financial difficulties

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you can find guidance on the EUSA Advice Place Money and Funding web pages.

You can also seek advice from the student finance web pages.

I am feeling lonely / suffering from low moods

If you are feeling lonely or suffering from low moods, there are a number of support services which may be able to help you.

You could try talking to the University Chaplaincy.

You can also take a look at The Big White Wall, which is an online mental health and wellbeing support website.

Why not try the Feeling Good app? I'ts a free Positive Mental Training app that helps you to relax and supports the development of your general wellbeing.

You could try joining LawPALS which is a peer assisted learning scheme run by the Law School.

To get involved in University social events and activities, there are many student societies which could help with this.

The Student Counselling Service and Student Disability Service might also be an option if you want to talk to someone about your difficulties or are seeking assistance with your studies.

My health and wellbeing is being affected by a long-standing problem or challenging situation

If your health and wellbeing is being affected by a long-standing problem or challenging situation, there are a number of support services which may be able to help you.

The Student Counselling Service and Student Disability Service might be able to help if you want to talk to someone about your difficulties, or are seeking assistance with your studies.

You can also speak to an adviser at the Advice Place.

You should also keep your Personal Tutor and Student Support Office informed if you are experiencing any difficulties.

I have been the victim of a crime

You should seek specialist advice from the Advice Place.

I am being harassed / have been subjected to inappropriate conduct

You should seek specialist advice from the Advice Place.

I have a problem relating to housing

You should seek specialist advice from the Advice Place.

LGBTQ+ advocates

In recognition of the importance the School places on Equality and Diversity, we have appointed three LGBTQ+ advocates (Professor Sharon Cowan, Dr Remus Valsan and Ms Tracy Noden). The job of LGBTQ+ advocates is to be a first point of contact for LGBTQ+ students who wish to raise or discuss issues they face because of their LGBTQ+ status with a dedicated member of staff outside their personal tutor relationship. It is important to note that the LGBTQ+ advocates are not there to replace personal tutors. If students with to discuss any of these matters with their personal tutor they should be able to do so. The advocates are also there to talk about any ideas or initiatives students might like to launch, and how the School could support this.

Please feel free to contact us at Law.LGBTQPlus@ed.ac.uk.

Your Future

I want help planning my career

The Careers Service can offer advice when planning your career.

I want advice on further study

The Careers Service can offer advice when planning further study.

You can also seek advice on Postgraduate study from the Postgraduate Office PG.Law@ed.ac.uk within the Law School.

Advice about becoming a solicitor in Scotland

See our Moving onto the Legal Profession page for advice on how to become a solicitor in Scotland

Advice about practising law elsewhere

Please see this Open Day presentation (PDF) for advice on practising Law outside of Scotland: