Welcome to the University of Aberdeen!

To help you settle in, you’ll find details of your School’s orientation, reading lists and information on blended learning below.

If your orientation information is not listed yet, please check back closer to your programme start date.

Key Contacts in School

Dr Susan Stokeld: Director of Teaching & Learning
Email:
susan.stokeld@abdn.ac.uk

 

Dr Justin Borg Barthet: LLB Coordinator
Email: jborgbarthet@abdn.ac.uk

 

Anne-Michelle Slater: Director LLM Programmes
Email: a.m.slater@abdn.ac.uk

 

Andrew Duncan: Director DPLP Programme
Email: andrew.duncan@abdn.ac.uk

 

Professor Roy Partain: Director: Post Graduate Research
Email: roy.partain@abdn.ac.uk

Postgraduate Taught

Orientation

There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as the LLM Coordinator. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students during Welcome Week in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime you should complete the University's Orientation programme.

    The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

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Support staff are available throughout the semester to provide guidance and answer questions and point students in the right direction should they have any queries or concerns.

For new students, details of our induction programme can be found here. You can also join our PGT Offer Holder Facebook Group. 

Blended Learning

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as seminars, may take place either on campus or online. All students will have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

LLM learning at Aberdeen Law School has traditionally been through small group teaching (seminars). This will continue online (via MyAberdeen) and in person for on campus students. In-person seminars may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required.

It will be augmented by a mix of recorded lectures, discussion boards and group chat.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

 

Assessment

There will be no LLM on campus examinations in the 1HS. Alternative ways to assess learning will be provided throughout each course. These may include essays, presentations, contribution to discussion boards and timed assessments online. It will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details will be provided on MyAberdeen.

Skills, mentoring and networking

The learning experience at the School of Law focuses on developing key skills throughout the LLM. Legal research, argument and writing is taught and developed throughout each programme.  All LLM courses will enable you to build and develop core skills in the Blended Learning environment. 

The University Mentoring Programme is available to LLM students, providing  6 months of specific legal career advice and guidance. 

The Law School continues to support student led initiatives including student events, mooting and networking (online and on campus as guidelines permit).

For students on the Professional Skills stream, a simulated practical workplace environment builds professional knowledge and skills in specific LLM programmes.

Undergraduate

Blended Learning

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. In the first semester of the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will be delivered online through MyAberdeen. Other teaching activities, such as tutorials and seminars may take place either on campus or online. We plan to offer opportunities for all students to have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

The teaching schedule will start on Monday 25th January and continue for 10 weeks through to Easter.  There will be a further 2 weeks after the Easter break.  

All lectures will be available online in MyAberdeen, and will be presented in short sections, rather than in one block. You will have opportunities to learn and apply your knowledge through formats such as quizzes, discussion boards and group chat. In-person tutorials, and seminars may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required. Students who are unable to join us on campus will be able to engage as active participants through a range of media on MyAberdeen. Each course will have a dedicated web space which will guide you through the learning process, as well as the opportunities for further engagement.

Reading Lists

Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website.

Prospective first year students may also wish to read some of the following materials:

 Studying Scots Law 5th edition (2016) Hector McQueen and Megan Dewart, Bloomsbury.

  • Chapter 4: The University Stage
  • Chapter 9: Lectures, Tutorials and Seminars
  • Chapter 10: Private Study

The Successful Law Student: An Insider’s Guide to Studying Law, (2018) Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones, OUP: useful for all students, but particularly for students who will be studying English Law

  • Chapter 3: Preparing for Success
  • Chapter 4: Starting Out at Law School
Assessment

No courses will be assessed by formal exams on campus in the first semester 2020/21. We are adjusting our examination methods with the agreement of relevant professional bodies, such as the Scottish Law Society. We will use alternative ways to assess your learning throughout the term. These may include essays, online exercises, and timed assessments online. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.

Skills, mentoring and networking

The learning experience at the School of Law focuses on developing key skills throughout your degree. From advocacy to reform-focused argument, each course will enable you to build and develop core skills in the Blended Learning environment. 

As ever, the School will also provide opportunities for you to engage with the legal profession through our virtual Law Careers Fair on 05 October 2020, as well as through our mentoring programme.

The School will continue to support various student-led initiatives. These may include virtual courts through the Mooting Society, a pro bono law clinic through Casus Omissus, report-writing through Lawyers Without Borders, compiling an academic journal through the AU Law Review, as well as a variety of learning and networking experiences offered by the AU Law Society, Aberdeen Student Parliament, European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), the Law Reform Society, and a range of societies which focus on specific areas of law.

Postgraduate Research

Orientation

As a PGR student you have the opportunity to attend a university wide orientation in addition to your school specific event.

Check back soon for information on your school induction programme.

Blended Learning

Our PhD in Law Programme remains fully functional and operational. We expect our campus to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. We remain in active contact with our students and we continue to hold training and social activities. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master ‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.

Skills, mentoring and networking

In 2020/21 our PhD programme will remain 100% active. We will be offering training programmes for all first, second and third-year PhD students. We are training our PhD advisers to work with new technologies to enable our programme to remain highly functional and resilient.

All of our PhD students, both on campus and online will continue to be fully supported and part of our global research programmes.

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

Blended Learning

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff such as the DPLP Coordinator. The School of Law will organise induction activities to introduce students to the programme and assist orientation.  As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

Blended learning means that there is a mix of online and in-person teaching activity. DPLP learning at Aberdeen Law School has traditionally been through small group teaching (seminars and may take place either on campus or online. Groupwork, presentations, advocacy exercises, report writing, and client communication exercises will be delivered online (via MyAberdeen) and on campus. In-person seminars may be in smaller groups than usual if physical distancing is required. These will be augmented by a mix of recorded podcasts, discussion boards and group chat. All students will have some in-person teaching time on campus each week, as Scottish Government guidelines allow.

Assessment

There will be no DPLP on campus examinations. Alternative ways to assess learning will be provided throughout each course. It will vary from course to course, and specific details will be provided.

Skills, mentoring and networking

The School will also provide opportunities for you to engage with the legal profession through our virtual Law Careers Fair on 05 October 2020, as well as through our Law specific mentoring programme.

External visits and presentations from the profession are a core part of the programme and will continue either on campus or online.