About

Your Law Students’ Society

The ANU Law Students’ Society (LSS) is the representative body for ANU law students, providing a wide range of social, educational and careers-oriented programs and events. With numerous publications, forums and events, the LSS is committed to strongly representing students’ interests and keeping them updated with developments in the legal profession. The LSS is an inclusive society. We are here to support you as a student and to make your Law School experience the best it can be. There are seven main portfolios in the LSS as outlined below. To contact the President directly, please email Dan Trevanion at lss@anu.edu.au.

Education

The Education Portfolio performs two key roles at the LSS. Firstly, the Education Portfolio works with the Australian Law Students’ Association, the ANU Students’ Association and the ANU College of Law to ensure students receive high-quality education. As the peak body for ANU law students, the LSS has representatives on many College of Law and University committees, and proudly represents the interests of students in these forums.

Secondly, the Education Portfolio hosts a range of services and events, including pre-exam tutorials and the online model answer guide. It is also responsible for gathering information from students on a range of issues, and holds Staff/Student Symposiums to provide students with the opportunity to discuss educational matters with academics.

If you have education issues, would like to sell us past exam papers, or have questions about appeals procedures please get in touch with Bryce Robinson at lsseducation@anu.edu.au

Events

The LSS social events are a great way to engage with the larger law student body. The LSS boasts a packed social calendar with something for every student. The largest of these events include, but are not limited to, our campus-wide anticipated and very popular Law Ball; O-Week Party, First Year Party, Pub Crawl, and LSS Sport. All first year students are also encouraged to attend “Survivor Torts” and the BBQ provided beforehand to mingle with their cohort and enjoy the benefits of an LSS helping academic hand. On top of this, look out for regular BBQs and social events with academic, career oriented and social justice flavours. We strive to accommodate JD, LLB, international and domestic students alike, and are always open to suggestions. The Events portfolio includes ‘LSS Volunteers’ who help organise and run our most popular events. Sign up!  Contact Eden Lim at lssevents@anu.edu.au

Careers

The careers portfolio provides students with information regarding career choices. The LSS publishes the annual Careers Guide, which includes sections on employment in the private and public sectors, as well as international, alternative, and volunteer opportunities. The Careers Fair, Non-Government & Government Careers Evening, Paralegal Information Session and Careers Cocktails allow students to speak with members of the profession from a range of areas. The LSS also publishes the annual Clerkship Guide and runs Graduate and Summer Clerk workshops. If you have questions about careers, or the careers services the LSS provides, please get in touch with Rachel Hao at lsscareers@anu.edu.au

Competitions

The LSS runs a series of competitions including Mooting, Witness Examination, Client Interview, Paper Presentation and Negotiation. These competitions provide a valuable educational and practical experience for law students. The winners of each tournament are sent to the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Conference in July to represent the ANU. The LSS runs these competitions at junior and senior levels, encouraging first time competitors to try out various competitions and develop their skills and confidence. Competitions are also a great way to socially engage with other law students, and all prospective competitors are encouraged to attend the Competitions Launch BBQ, which is held at the beginning of the year. We want to make ANU a strong national force in legal competitions, and it starts with every law student, with any level of experience, getting involved. Please contact Sorin Zota at lsscompetitions@anu.edu.au if interested.

Social Justice

The Social Justice portfolio was introduced in 2007 to enable the society to focus on issues of social justice at the ANU and in the broader community. The portfolio has held forums addressing human rights issues, world peace, and indigenous issues, with highly respected speakers in attendance. In 2016, the portfolio will once again hold the annual Women in Law Breakfast and the annual Social Justice Dinner. The portfolio in 2016 will also be looking to expand into providing opportunities for current law students to undertake work with community legal organisations. If you would like to be involved in the portfolio, any of the opportunities within it or are after more information about any of our policies please don’t hesitate to contact Daniel McNamara at lssjustice@anu.edu.au

Administration

The Administration portfolio oversees LSS membership, IT and publications. Administration is also responsible for the correspondence of the LSS, and for the meetings and elections. The LSS website and ‘ANU Law Student Society’ Facebook group and page will be regularly updated during the year and newsletters will be sent out to keep students informed. You are able to become a member of the LSS at any time during the year, but Market Day is the first and best opportunity that you have to do this. For questions about elections, memberships, incorporation or any other admin issues, please contact Tara Peramatukorn at lssadministration@anu.edu.au

Finance

The LSS undertakes an ongoing effort to obtain revenue from a variety of sponsors. It also receives generous support from the ANU College of Law. It is part of the LSS’ mission to promote our sponsors throughout the college and pass on the benefits we receive. This means providing students with quality services at the lowest possible prices. The LSS Card acts as a membership card as well as providing students with discounts at a range of hot spots around Canberra. For further details or if interested in sponsoring the LSS please contact Ellen Trevanion at lssfinance@anu.edu.au