- Aberdeen Student Law Review
The Aberdeen Student Law Review (ASLR) is an academically peer-reviewed journal written and edited by students of the University of Aberdeen’s Law School. Only the second of its kind in Scotland, the purpose of the ASLR is to showcase the work of students and alumni of the University of Aberdeen, highlighting the many areas of law which are taught and researched at this institution.
If you have any questions in relation to the Aberdeen Student Law Review, or would like to subscribe for a printed copy of the journal, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Aberdeen Student Law Review
c/o School of Law
University of Aberdeen
Further information about the The Aberdeen Student Law Review is available here.
- Aberdeen Student Parliament
Aberdeen Student Parliament (ASP) is a student society at the University of Aberdeen. It is a replica of Westminster Parliament structured around the House of Commons. ASP allows students to debate in parliamentary settings and pass professionally drafted legislation. The aim of ASP is to encourage youth involvement in politics and teach legislation drafting skills. ASP provides the platform to enhance transferable skills in different areas. It gives the opportunity to become a part of the legislative branch or the Commons.
- The Commons is divided around political lines. It comprises of a Speaker, Prime minister, Party Leaders, and Party Members. One can become a member of existing party or make a separate political party, subject to a minimum of ten members.
- There is also a legislative branch. It drafts bills for the government in the Commons and also suggests reforms to the law commission. The legislative branch gives an exciting opportunity to students who want to develop a legal career
Further information is available here.
- AU Lawyers Without Borders
AU Lawyers without Borders is about furthering the efforts of our parent organisation to increase access to justice, rule of law and human rights by crossing borders to make a difference.
The society is split into two sections:
- Research division who help write legal reports on a variety of human rights issues for our parent organisation and international NGOs. Projects which have been completed by previous teams include Business and supply chain issues of human trafficking in Tanzania, Raising Awareness and Understanding of LGBTQI Issues in Nepal and Civic and Electoral Rights in Sierra Leone
- Events division who help with the organisation of our annual Human Rights Conference, alongside fundraising and socials. Previous HRC’s have been on Euthanasia, Burqa Ban and Refugee Protection.
Everyone is welcome to join either or both divisions.
Don’t hesitate to contact us via our Facebook page, Twitter: @AULWOB or Instagram: @aulwob
To find out more information about the parent organisation that we are linked to see their website.
- Casus Omissus: Aberdeen Law Project
The Aberdeen Law Project is the first purely student founded, led and operated law project in the United Kingdom. Our aims are threefold:
- To secure access to justice for the economically deprived;
- To provide students with practical experience under the supervision of practitioners;
- To increase opportunity by undertaking educational outreach projects.
We provide our members with the most unique opportunities; from defending real client matters in court to running employability classes at the local prison. Other than practical skills, the networking opportunities through ALP are endless; our supervisors range from QCs to commercial lawyers at the world's top law firms, and we also have close links with the legal profession. We look forward to receiving your application.
Further information is available here.
- Commercial Law Society
The Aberdeen University Commercial Law Society is the first law society at the University of Aberdeen fully focused on careers in the commercial world. We are unique in that our membership is open to any student of any discipline at the university, the reason being that nearly half of all training contracts are given to non-law students.
We hope to improve student's Commercial Awareness, as well as give them the best guidance for their future careers. We will do this by giving members access to the services of our Mentorship Team and our Competitions Team. With our mentorship team giving you application advice, by putting on events such as CV Clinics and Mock Interviews with the assistance of our sponsoring law firms. Our Competitions Team aim to improve your graduate employment prospects by putting on a variety of internal competitions sponsored by firms as well as being active in a variety of external competitions.
This year the CLS is proudly sponsored by:
- Brodies LLP
- Slaughter and May
- Pinsent Masons
- European Law Students' Association (ELSA)
The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) is the world's largest independent law student association with more than 38 000 members worldwide. ELSA offers law students a perfect platform to develop their existing skills, acquire new ones and meet fellow students and legal professionals throughout Europe. ‘ELSA Aberdeen’ is the first ELSA branch in Scotland, and we now have branches in Glasgow and Stirling.
We organise several events throughout the year, such as panel discussion groups led by members of staff, research talks on relevant legal issues throughout the year as well as Institutional trips to Scottish Courts based in Aberdeen, and Scotland throughout. Furthermore, we encourage and assist our members in participating in national and international events organised by ELSA UK and ELSA International. Those include:
- Mooting competitions (with prizes including prestigious internships in the EU institutions)
- Essay competitions (prizes including cash awards and publication of the essay)
- Research groups
- ELSA delegations (to institutions like WTO or UNCITRAL)
- ELSA Summer schools
- STEP (100 internships at the biggest law firms and institutions all over Europe, open exclusively to ELSA members via the Student Exchange Programme)
Get involved with ELSA Aberdeen to see more of the legal world and get the most out of the university experience, boost your CV and socialise with other enthusiastic law students.
For more information, click here.
- Law Society
Aberdeen University Law Society is one of the largest and most active societies on campus, with a wide selection of both social and educational trips and events.
Being a member of the Law Society and attending these events is an excellent way to meet people from your course in your own year or otherwise and make memories that you will remember for years.
The Law Society committee is made up of representatives from every year.
The Law Society’s events include:
- An inter-varsity sports trip
- A trip to the Court of Session in Edinburgh
- Careers talks
- Application workshops
- The Annual law ball
If you have any enquiries please contact our Facebook page here.
- Law Reform Society
The University of Aberdeen Law Reform Society aims to explore legal issues and produce an annual publication containing articles and group reports on these developing areas of the law. We hold talks from various high profile speakers. In our first year we have had the pleasure of hosting the Advocate general for Scotland, the Founder of fathers 4 Justice, an MP, a high profile criminal QC and representatives from organisations ranging from pressure groups to the faculty of advocates. We aim to host further talks in the near future and will be starting work on our second annual publication in November. The society has looked into topics such as cryptocurrencies, copyright law, tax reform, Brexit, criminal justice and many more. We have also held various drinks events and dinners and are able to offer members substantial discounts with our sponsors.
The society is a great way to develop legal research skills and get your work published so it is great for a CV. Members have found the society a valuable way to network with our contacts and secure work experience opportunities and talk about the law with some of the most notable legal and political minds in the country.
- Legal Research Society
The Law School benefits from an excellent Postgraduate Law Society, a student-led and student-run initiative that arranges social and academic events for research students throughout the year. Membership is open to all research LLM students and PhD students. More information here.
- Mooting Society
Any good lawyer must be able to construct an argument and then present and, where appropriate, defend it. That holds true whether you are in court, negotiating commercial transactions or simply rendering advice to a client. Mooting is all about the art of persuading. We would argue that mooting is an essential piece of a fulfilling, complete law degree and a fantastic head-start for gaining the skills necessary for a successful law career. Welcome to the Society and Aberdeen!
Further information is available here.