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Application Details
Entrant Club(s):LAWSOC - The University of Canterbury Law Students’ Society
Entry completed by:Ana Pye
Club Role:President
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Academic Programme 2021
Name of event or initiative:LAWSOC Academics & Competitions
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

Throughout the year, LAWSOC runs comprehensive academic tutorials, workshops and law-style competitions for UC Law Students.

From private tutoring, exam tutorials, and assignment workshops, LAWSOC provides year-round academic support to students.

LAWSOC facilitates Mooting, Negotiation, Client Interviewing and Witness Examination competitions which allow students to put academics into practice.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

LAWSOC aims to provide a well-rounded varsity experience for Law Students at the University of Canterbury. Our Academic and Competition initiatives are paramount in achieving this. These ongoing initiatives work to allow students to reach their full academic potential.

Our competitions allow students to build their portfolio of successes and practice the real application of law. Competitors are given feedback by industry professionals and any student may watch the final of each competition.

Our tutorial service links tutors with tutees for any paper and our exam tutorials help hundreds of students alongside our tips and tricks workshops.

How did you make it happen?

LAWSOC works alongside Faculty to ensure tutorials are comprehensive. We facilitate competitions for students through the financial support and planning of NZLSA (New Zealand Law Students Association), which our President sits on the council of.

NZLSA provides sponsorship for us to facilitate each competition and LAWSOC partners with Chapman Tripp to run a junior negotiation competition - thus allowing 200-level students to give it a go! For each exam tutorial, faculty were consulted and lecturers/librarians participated in our workshops.

Sponsorship for both semesters of academic tutorials was secured. The College of Law and Lexis Nexis align with our educational aims.

How did you make it better?

Competition and Academics have always been a focus for LAWSOC.

In 2021 it was important to us that we grew devotion to this initiative through providing payment to our tutors. Due to the new partnership with Lexis Nexis - an international legal database company - we have been able to pay our exam tutors and also have many textbooks to give to students in attendance.

Our dedicated education and welfare officers ensure that private tutors are paid fairly by those who they assist. Many tutorship relationships continue throughout the year and become a source of income for students.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

LAWSOC aims for little or no waste to be produced from our tutorials and competitions.

We work online and provide documents to students via Google drives. We look to give away reusable items.

Ultimately, it is a fairly straightforward initiative to run sustainably. Members of our executive were in attendance for the club’s sustainability workshop and as a club, we are working to adhere to UC’s sustainable trends.

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