Support for your Study
Need help with your studies? The UTAS Law School provides effective support in a variety of ways. From our nationally award winning ISSP program, to quality university services such as English Assist, you will have everything you need to succeed in your studies.
The International Student Support Program
The Law Faculty offers a unique and innovative support program for international students. The objectives of the International Students Support Program (ISSP) are to assist international students to achieve their full academic potential and to ensure that their time studying in Australia is memorable. The Faculty of Law has provided academic and pastoral support for international students since 1996. A staff coordinator and a team of dedicated tutors provide mentoring and supervision, a bridging program for new students, extra tutorials and social events. In 2008 this program won a National Award for Services Supporting Student Learning. This Award recognises learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education.
"The ISSP tutorials are my lifeline at the Law School. My grades (especially my distinctions) could not have been what the are if it was not for the ISSP."
Siti, final year student, Singapore
Bridging Program for all New Students
The Bridging Program is an intensive three day course. During this time students are introduced to staff and given a tour of the Law School and Law Library. Students also participate in a number of sessions relating to study skills, such as: critical thinking; participation in tutorials; how to find and use cases; writing and referencing.
For each compulsory subject in the law degree, additional tutorial assistance is provided to international students. A tutor is appointed for each subject (generally an academically strong undergraduate) who each week:
- Conducts a tutorial
- Is available for consultation
International students are expected to attend both mainstream tutorials and ISSP tutorials. Generally, the tutor will cover:
- The topics being conducted in the mainstream classes
- Preparation for assessment
- Provide general skills seminars in research, legal referencing and mooting
Mentoring and Supervision
Through a process of mentoring and supervising students, the ISSP's aim is to support and provide pastoral care to all international students. In addition to informal consultation with the international students and answering student queries, the coordinator liaises with international students for the purpose of:
- Checking on general well-being
- Providing assistance and referral in relation to legal and study skills
- Reviewing attendance at ISSP tutorials
The librarians at the Law Library may be of great assistance to students. Students are encouraged to speak to them at the counter or use the resources on the Law Library website.
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program is an academic support program, available to all students studying in selected units. PASS study groups are led by successful senior students.
They can be contacted on: +61 3 6226 2906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language Centre
Staff at the English Language Centre delivers English courses designed to meet the needs of international students by providing Direct Entry programs into UTAS degree courses and assisting in IELTS preparation. Location: Hytten Hall, French Street, Sandy Bay 7005
Telephone: +61 3 6226 2534
Facsimile: +61 3 6226 2525
Online Learning Resources UTAS
The online learning resource, MyLO, provides a range of quick-reference guides to help with: academic reading and writing; oral presentations; and exam preparation.