This Site Has Been Retired

Please note that due to the transition to a new data management and website system by UNE Clubs and Societies the UNE LSS has a new website: http://unione.unelife.com.au/clubs/lss.
This website will be available for reference only; it will no longer be monitored or updated.

UNE LSS – 2016 First Year Guide

2016 First Year Guide


Welcome to your first year of Law Freshers!

In order to enjoy your time and excel at understanding the UNE School of Law and the LSS this is the guide for you!

The Fine Print Midyear 2015!

Hello hello and welcome to Trimester 2! Here is The Fine Print for 2015, updating you on what the LSS has been up to and what is planned for the Trimester ahead. Keep an eye out for our upcoming events! Have a read of our newsletter right here –> the fine print midyear 2015

2015 Cocktail Party


This year’s Annual Cocktail Party will be held at the Red Grapevine on Thursday 7 May 2015 from 7 pm.

We are very lucky to have the support of Magistrate Stafford, who will give a short address.

Ticket price is $30 which includes 3 cocktails, a selection of canapes and great company.

Head over to our shop to buy your tickets now!

2015 Academic Competitions

Academic competitions give you the opportunity to get some practical experience with feedback from practicing solicitors. This trimester, UNELSS is coordinating a Client Interviewing Competition and a Letter of Advice Competition, judged by UNE Alumni who are practicing as solicitors in the local area.  These competitions do not require completion of particular units or knowledge of a particular subject area, you are assessed on your ability to be able to communicate clearly and professionally with prospective clients. Because there is no particular knowledge required, we encourage all students to participate.


This competition involves pairs of competitors acting as solicitors and interviewing a client. It assesses competitors on their ability to establish and develop a relationship with clients quickly, understand the client’s situation, and extract relevant information from the client.

To Enter:

  1. Pick a partner
  2. Download and fill out the registration form and return it to lsociety@une.edu.au by 8 May 2015.
  3. You will receive a memo a week before the interview, explaining when and where your interview is, and giving you some idea as to the clients general enquiry (8 May 2015).
  4. Meet up with your partner to consider techniques,  questions to ask the client. You might like to peruse this video or this handbook to help you prepare.
  5. Show up to the interview on the 15 May 2015. We will communicate your allocated time to you closer to the date, using the email address you provide for registration.You will have half an hour to extract information from your client by building a rapport with them and asking key questions. Then you must reflect upon your interviewing techniques to the judges and tell them what the experience taught you, what you could’ve done better and where you thought you succeeded.


In this competition, you will receive a brief summary of a client’s legal problem. You are asked to formulate a letter of advice to the client communicating their legal position with respect to the issues raised in the client summary. Remember, although this is not dissimilar to a scenario question you might get in an assignment, here you will be judged on your ability to communicate with a non-legal audience in mind.

What you must do to enter;

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Download the letter of advice scenario and begin researching cases and legal criterion relevant to the scenario.
  3. Put your findings into a logical response in a letter form no more then 1500 words. This guide may be of assistance to you.
  4. Return your entry with your registration form to lsociety@une.edu.au by 4pm, 15 May 2015.


For further information contact Gemma Bryan at gbryan@myune.edu.au.

UNELSS First-Year Guide

Well, it’s that time again.  A new Trimester is here already.  The UNE Law Students’ Society would like to welcome back familiar faces, and extend a special welcome to all new students starting in 2015.

Are you new to studying Law?  Not sure where to start, or freaking out about what’s to come?  Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

Packed with useful articles, resources and tips, the UNELSS First-Year Guide to Law will help get you on track and keep you sane.

Download a copy of the Guide

And don’t forget, the UNE Law Students’ Society are always here for help and support.  Become a member or contact us today.

Happy studying!

Jessup Mooting Competition

Applications are now open for the Jessup Mooting Competition.

This is a great chance to learn some valuable skills and a great networking opportunity. It’s also not bad timing in that it’s over the summer break if you have elected not to study during Trimester 3.

If you would like to get involved, please have a look at the following documentation and send an email to us at lsociety@une.edu.au.

Those based in Armidale would probably be most beneficial, though we’ve got some capacity in external delivery so please don’t let your mode of delivery stop you from giving it a go. The School of Law will provide academic and financial assistance if we are able to field a team.

Download the Competition Information Guide HERE

AGM Notice & Call for Nominations

3 October 2014, 3pm in the UNELSS Office in the School of Law.

Financial members of UNE Law Students’ Society are invited to nominate for election to the executive committee of 2015.

Positions available are as follows:

  • President
  • Vice President (Education)
  • Vice President (Social)
  • Vice President (Externals)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • IT Officer
  • Marketing Officer
  • Publications Officer
  • Social Justice & Equity Officer
  • Sponsorship Officer

Off-campus students are welcome to apply.  Positions may be job-shared, subject to committee agreement.
For more information about any position, please email lsociety@une.edu.au.

Two other financial members must second each nomination (if you don’t know anyone, retiring exec members are happy to help)

Please email the following to the Returning Officer at UNELSSElections@gmail.com

  1. A short paragraph about yourself, the position you are nominating to, and the reasons people might like to vote for you
  2. A photo of yourself (recommended, but not essential)

Nominations are due by 5pm on 26 September 2014 
Voting will be available online before the AGM (details to follow), and in person at the AGM.

PLEASE NOTE:  you must be a paid full member to stand for the executive and to vote in this election. If you wish to run or vote in the election and are not a paid full member, please apply for membership and pay your membership fee ($10 for the life of your degree) via http://www.unelss.org/membership.

Careers Week Events

UNE Law Students' Society

UNELSS Upcoming Events

Careers Week, Kirby Visit and Gala Dinner!

Hi Students!

Welcome back to Trimester 2. The LSS has some great events coming up in the next couple of weeks which we are very excited about. We hope you are too!

Careers Week

After the success of last years event, this years Careers Week will be taking place week commencing 28th July, with the generous support of ANU Legal Workshop. We have some excellent speakers lined up including Adam Marshall MP, The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Local Magistrate Karen Stafford and quite a few more.

If you haven’t checked out the timetable, head over to the event page and put yourself down as attending. This way you can stay in the loop! We will be providing lunch on all days at 12pmand are looking forward to giving away some goodie bags. Be sure to get in quick, once they are gone, they’re gone. For external students we will be podcasting as many of the sessions as we can, and uploading for your viewing pleasure.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

The School of Law will be hosting a visit by Mr Kirby on 1st of August. Mr Kirby is a former High Court Justice and continues to make significant contributions to the community. Most recently he has led a commission of inquiry into human rights in North Korea. He will be speaking in LT1 on Friday 1st of August at 12pm. He is a warm and engaging speaker and we would encourage all students to attend.

We have it on good authority that Mr Kirby has allocated some additional time to talk specifically to law students. Register your interest on our event page and we will keep you in the loop!

Careers Week Gala Dinner

Careers Week Gala dinner will take place on Friday 1st of August. We will have in attendance Tiffany Davy who is a barrister practicing in Sydney at Edmond Barton Chambers.

Tickets are $30 for members, $40 for non members and the price includes a glass on arrival and a three course meal. It was a wonderful event last year and we are very much looking forward to sharing a meal and a laugh with you. Tickets are available in the LSS shop and we will also be selling tickets outside the library next week (21st July-25th July) from 11am-1pm. You can also buy tickets from us during Careers week. Don’t forget to check out the event page to stay in the loop.

Kind regards,

UNE Law Students’ Society

UNE School of Law’s collaboration with the Royal University of Bhutan



 Building upon UNE’s long established friendship and cooperation with the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), Professors Michael Stuckey and Mark Perry recently visited the Gaeddu College of Business Studies (RUB). The visit finalised the plans between the partners to co-teach law subjects using state-of-the-art technology. Students from both institutions will jointly participate in Intellectual Property and Tax classes later in 2014, making the most of shared expertise and strengthening their skills to operate effectively in a globalized world.

 UNE and RUB are working together to maximize the opportunities for their students to become competent and confident in law and business in a transnational world.

 UNE students who would like to visit Bhutan, and participate face-to-face learning about how the Bhutanese concept of gross national happiness articulates into the world of business and law, also have the chance to avail themselves of a generous offer by RUB to host short visits. UNE students who are interested in such an opportunity are advised to contact the office of the Head of School (Professor Stuckey) at hoslaw@une.edu.au

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