We are committed to creating a learning environment that provides students with a world class legal education while supporting broader development and wellbeing.
Getting your head around the style of teaching and learning at university and what is expected of you as a law student can take a bit of time. We have a range of resources to help with your transition:
Within Sydney Law School and across the University there are lots of opportunities for developing social and emotional skills as well as academic competencies. Taking some time to understand yourself, what’s important to you, and how to go about living a life you value, can have a powerful effect on wellbeing and motivation.
Below we have listed just a couple of examples of the opportunities available for broader skill development across the university:
Our Peer Mentoring Program will assist you in building social and academic networks through attending a range of events with the support of a senior student who acts as a mentor, and helps you settle in.
Mentors are usually senior students who work with a group of 5 to 10 mentees. We will try and match you with a mentor who is in a similar program of study (such as the LLB or JD).
The mentor will help you by:
How to join
You can join the Peer Mentoring Program at your orientation session. After the mini lectures, all students are invited to join a mentoring group. You will be taken on a tour of the Sydney Law School and have your first session with your mentor. There is no need to pre-register – just be there on the day.
If you miss the orientation session, come along to the Tug-of-War in Week 1. Introduce yourself to a mentor (who will be wearing a blue shirt with ‘Law Mentor’ printed on the back) and ask them any questions.
For more information about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studying at university can be stressful, and studying law is no exception. Some aspects of studying law at university that can be stressful include:
When you are a student at the University of Sydney, you have a range of health, wellbeing and support services available to you. These include child care, counselling and mental health support, disability support and emergencies and safety on campus.
People develop and achieve with the right combination of challenge and support. If you’re struggling, then don’t feel like you have to face the challenges of university life alone.
Make an appointment to speak to one of the Counsellors at Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The service is free for currently enrolled students, confidential (and in no way linked to your academic record), and located just across the footbridge over City Rd.
Our counsellors specialise in helping students build skills in order to manage the challenges that come with being a student (and a human)! Some things a CAPS counsellor will be able to help you with are managing worry, self-criticism and unrelenting high standards, low mood, relationships difficulties, strategies to help with ‘overthinking’, negative feeling, substance abuse, exam anxiety, procrastination, transitioning to university, loss and grief, and managing strong emotions.
Require immediate and urgent assistance? See the crisis and after hours contacts.
Experiencing a significant health concern? Contact the University Health Service or your local GP or medical centre.
The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) was formed in 1902. SULS assumed an important role in representing the interests and needs of students to the University, the Law School, the Union and the Student Representative Council (SRC). All law students are immediately members of SULS.
As well as arranging social events, mooting competitions and orientation activities for law students, the SULS also offers support for student learning and wellbeing including:
Founded in 2004, the Chinese Law Students Society (CLSS) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of student life at the university and providing its members with opportunities on a global scale.
The society aims to: