ELSA Aberdeen is a Local Group created for the benefit of students and alumni at the ancient University of Aberdeen. Currently, our University is recognised as one of the top 5 law schools in the United Kingdom. ELSA Aberdeen was the first Local Group in Scotland. Since the National Council Metting in Bristol, in October 2018 our Local Group holds the status of Member within the ELSA UK network.
In October we invited renowned career coach Gwyn Day to our university. Gwyn Day is an expert on graduate recruitment. He works with Oxford universities and coaches students on how to get an offer from top Law firms. In the seminar he taught us how to write applications, how to master interviews and gave us an insight into commercial awareness. A few lucky ones were able to engage in mock interviews with Gwyn Day, where our members were able to get thorough feedback on their performance.
Academic Activities (AA)
Law Quiz – Our Local Group prepared a Quiz Night for law students and staff. The participating teams were supposed to consist of all law-based societies at the University of Aberdeen. Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the event due to heavy snow.
Moot Court Competitions (MCC)
In 2018, representatives of the University of Aberdeen qualified to the finals of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competitions. The team was coached by Lucas Xi-Ming Fischer, and consisted of Diana Passinke (team captain), Harry Johnston, Thomas Mackie, and Benjamin Jones. We are very proud that our Local Group made it so far in this prestigious competition.
Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP)
As the deadline for the STEP programme was approaching, we invited our members, and any other students with interest in what ELSA has to offer, to a small information event. Our lovely Vice-presidents for STEP, Anna, prepared a small talk, followed by a question round.
Internal Management (IM)
This year we managed to regain a full membership of ELSA UK and no longer hold mere observer status. Our President, our Treasurer and our Vice-President for Marketing drove to Bristol to attend the National Council Meeting of ELSA UK. We were able to convince the other groups by our presentation and now have voting rights as a Local Group in the elections and in ELSA related matters. We also managed to get in contact with the Local Groups of Stirling and Glasgow, with whom we will be happy to collaborate with in any future events. We learned a lot in the workshops and plan to put our newly acquired knowledge to good use.