The UTS Law Students' Society (LSS) is the largest student-run society on campus. It provides a variety of services to all law students ranging from organising social events, educational seminars and mentoring programs, health and wellbeing initiatives, running legal competitions, providing careers information, writing legal and non-legal publications and representing the educational concerns of law students. An important part of this role is being a key communication channel between UTS: Law and the student body including representing student concerns to the Dean where necessary.
The UTS LSS communicates its various events, services, publications and competitions, as well as relevant activities of UTS:Law, to students through its website; social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter; free fortnightly e-newsletter, The Buzz, which students and staff can subscribe to via the UTS LSS website; and its 'subject tab' on UTS Online.
A council of student members, elected by law students in or around October each year, governs the UTS LSS. The council meets on a monthly basis throughout the year to review the activities of the UTS LSS and options for improvement and reform. Interest and input are encouraged from students, and many of the ideas acted upon originate from members of the UTS LSS.
Social functions are an important part of university life and the UTS LSS regularly organises functions for students. Popular events include the annual First Year Law Orientation Camp, First Year Law Drinks, Law Cruise, Law n’ Bowls, Speaker Series, Intervarsity Sports Day, Boot Camp, numerous other intervarsity events, informal barbecues and welcome lunches, and the highlight of the social calendar, Law Ball.
Services to members include:
- the Brennan Justice and Leadership Program, a joint social justice initiative with the Faculty of Law;
- junior and senior legal competitions such as Mooting, Client Interviewing, Negotiation, Witness Examination, Advice Writing and Paper Presentation;
- the Textbook Equity Scheme (a textbook loan program) for financially disadvantaged students;
- a Peer Mentoring Program for first-year students, a joint initiative with the Faculty of Law;
- the Advocates Mentoring Program for students wishing to pursue a career in advocacy;
- the Women's Mentoring Program;
- the Buddy Project, which pairs up first year students with older students from law school to ease their transition into university life;
- a regularly updated database of subject tutors;
- a regularly updated database of legal and social justice opportunities;
- affiliation with the Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA), including provision of all ALSA publications to students and sending a UTS delegation to the annual ALSA July Conference;
- a biannual academic publication, The Full Bench, containing student contributions;
- an introductory guide to Law School for new students, the Law School Manual;
- careers publications for graduate opportunities, including both the Careers Guide and the Clerkship Guide; and
- a Clerkship Seminar Series, Clerkship Networking Evening, Skills Workshops and a Careers Networking Evening.
Location and contact details
c/o Faculty of Law
PO Box 123 Broadway NSW 2007
Building 5, block A, level 1, room 8
City campus, Haymarket
cnr Quay St and Ultimo Rd
Haymarket NSW 2000
fax +61 2 9514 3427