Law v Students

Posted 8:19pm Sunday 5th May 2024 by Monty O’Rielly

Students often break the law. Common offences include drug use and distribution, disorderly conduct, theft, wilful damage to property, arson (à la couch burning), and pretty much every initiation that’s ended with a Proctor’s meeting. But when was the last time you thought of your Read more...

SOULS Resuming Relationship With Russell McVeagh

Posted 4:19pm Monday 24th July 2023 by Zak Rudin

The Society of Otago University Law Students (SOULS) have announced that they will resume their relationship with law firm Russell McVeagh. SOULS cut ties with the firm back in 2018 after multiple students - including one from Otago - raised allegations of sexual harassment.    The Read more...

Vape Laws: A Breath of Fresh Air?

Posted 9:56pm Tuesday 18th July 2023 by Anna Robertshawe

The other night, I found myself and my five flatmates talking about how bad vaping was and everything the government should be doing to address it – all while we passed around my friend’s big, blue, bubble-shaped vape filled with grape ice juice. “It’s liquid in your Read more...

How to Take Your Landlord to Court

Posted 9:58pm Tuesday 18th July 2023 by Zak Rudin

Dunedin’s rental rates are rising faster than any other university town in the country, but the quality of the homes is not exactly a sterling standard. Since people come and go every year, it can be easy for a property owner to neglect a home for years on end, always promising to do work for Read more...

Edinburgh Asks Students To Re-Sign by May, Backtracks

Posted 7:50pm Sunday 15th May 2022 by Quintin Jane

Edinburgh Realty was sending letters to students telling them to decide whether they would re-sign their flats in May. They were forced to backtrack after admitting that their demands violated the Residential Tenancies Act.  In the letter sent to tenants, Edinburgh Property Management asked Read more...

Te Ao Māori Becomes Compulsory In Law Degrees

Posted 3:47pm Sunday 16th May 2021 by Erin Gourley

Tikanga and te ao Māori will now be taught in all of the core papers of a law degree, after a unanimous vote on Friday 7 May by the Council of Legal Education. The Council of Legal Education sets the requirements for all LLB courses in Aotearoa.  President of Te Roopū Whai Read more...

Under Pressure: When competitive entry programmes take a toll on mental health

Posted 5:22pm Sunday 2nd May 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Every year, hundreds of students enrol in competitive entry programmes hoping to get a prestigious degree and achieve their big dreams. But the stress of these courses, which loom large in students’ futures, can take a toll on student mental health. Competitive entry is not the cause of mental Read more...

SOULS Raises $13000 for Relay for Life

Posted 2:30pm Monday 26th April 2021 by Erin Gourley

Law students have raised over $13,000 in their Relay for Life campaign, making them the largest contributor in the Otago region. The large amount of money has been made possible thanks to a collaboration between all the representative groups of law students. SOULS, Pride in Law Otago, Otago Asian Read more...

Community Law: Where Otago law students do something useful for once

Posted 12:27am Monday 19th April 2021 by Annabelle Vaughan

Sometimes as students we find ourselves in sticky, stressful situations. Whether it's tenancy troubles, uncertainty about contracts, or a dispute with an employer, we can sometimes feel out of our depth and unsure about where to go.  Luckily, Community Law Otago can assist with all of Read more...

Some Law Professors Teach You How To Talk to The Police

Posted 10:09pm Thursday 15th March 2018 by Colin Gavaghan

OUSA’s “UNI 101 2018 Guide to Student Life” advice [put together by Critic] on how to talk to the police includes the following: “Be honest. You’ve been stopped for a reason so lying to the cops won’t do you any favours. Fess up and apologise.” Not Read more...

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