At the ANU College of Law we value collegiality and balance.

We are committed to helping you become part of that collegiality and to feel that you are known and supported as an individual student. Critical to this is forming relationships with staff and other students.

Come and Have a Talk (CHAT)

CHAT is a mentoring program that teams you up in groups with other first year students, two later year student mentors and one staff member. We encourage all first year law students to participate.

Once enrolled in a group, student mentors will contact your group to discuss a social get-together and also to answer any questions and issues that arise from starting your time as a law student. Staff mentors will be available to refer students to sources of support, give advice and assist with any academic or study related matters. There will also be CHAT social gatherings, coffee sessions and discussion sessions.

Embrace CHAT and it will enrich your experience at law school.

First year law student?

Navigating your way through the first semester of law school can be both exciting and daunting! Want an additional forum to connect with your fellow students? Want some advice from enthusiastic later year students who have done it before? Then Come and Have a Talk!

All first year law students are eligible to enrol in a CHAT group online. You can enrol in a group with a friend, or just sign up and then see what new students you meet in your group.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

The College's Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program is aimed at helping first-year law students to learn and practice foundational legal skills they will need for the rest of their law degree. PAL run weekly study sessions facilitated by later year law students which are held during Semester. This also gives students a chance to form relationships with and learn from older students as well as fellow first-year students.

Contact PAL on email,  T+ 61 2 6125 5588 or Facebook.

I like that the mentors are later-year students. I feel like they understand more about what we’re going through because they have been through exactly the same things a couple of years ago.

– First year student

I like how we get to talk to other students and discuss issues with them. I think that makes it easier to understand and makes the questions more interesting.

– First year student

It’s not as formal a learning environment as tutorials or lectures, so there’s more opportunity to ask questions that would have been inappropriate to ask in tutorials.

– First year student

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team