Apply to be a Peer Tutor

2019-2020 Application Process

Second and Third Year JD students interested in becoming a Peer Tutor for 2019-2020 should apply by August 22, 2019.  Full application information is located below under How to Become a Peer Tutor.

What Is the Peer Tutor Program?

The Allard School of Law’s Peer Tutor program is an enhanced academic support program. The program matches first-year students with upper-year volunteers who provide guidance on study skills and learning strategies. In addition to one-on-one guidance, the peer tutors work closely with the Assistant Dean, Students to organize and present the first year series of academic success lectures on study skills, preparation and use of cans, and exam writing.

The Allard School of Law's Peer Tutor Program was honoured to be recognized by the Vice President, Students, with the 2014 Helen McCrae Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the student experience and learning environment at UBC.

Eligibility for the Peer Tutor Program

Students interested in being a peer tutor should be in second or third year of the JD program, completed first year Law studies at Allard Law, and be present at Allard Law for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students participating in a one-term clinic or exchange may still apply but should note their clinic/exchange participation in their cover letter.

Additionally, prospective tutors should have:

  • Excellent communication skills and a friendly and positive attitude;
  • A high level of academic achievement, particularly in first year courses, combined with excellent study skill habits;
  • A desire to assist first-year students and to contribute to the law school community through peer tutoring and mentoring; and
  • The ability to clearly and concisely explain concepts to their peers.

Previous experience with mentoring, tutoring or coaching (volunteer or paid) is an asset.


Peer tutors are appointed on a voluntary basis for the fall and winter terms of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Peer Tutors are expected to:

  • Provide a maximum of 4 hours of program involvement per week
    • Previous tutors note that the program time commitment is not onerous and is easily balanced with other commitments. They also note that the actual tutoring commitment is usually ~2 hours a week.
  • Maintain tutoring relationships with 5-8 student tutees throughout the year
  • Volunteer at 1-2 Academic Success Lectures per year
  • Attend semi-regular organization meetings with the other tutors; and
  • Provide assistance with creating and updating the Academic Success handouts

How to Become a Peer Tutor

Apply online through ACE by end of day Thursday, August 22, 2019. Please provide the following in your application: 

  1. a resume;
  2. a cover letter;
  3. Separate page indicating the name of your small group and providing a list of your first-year professors

Cover letters can be addressed to Assistant Dean Kaila Mikkelsen. Applicants should highlight any previous tutoring or mentoring experience in their cover letter.  The Assistant Dean has access to applicants’ academic records and will review them as part of the consideration process; do not send transcripts with your application.

The Peer Tutor recruitment process consists of 3 stages:

  • Review of candidate application materials (August).
  • Group interview between September 6-13 whereby candidates will be expected to give an oral presentation and participate in a group interview.
  • Once selected, tutors are required to attend 6-7 hours of mandatory training during the week of September 16.

Not all candidates will proceed to stage 2 or 3.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Assistant Dean Kaila Mikkelsen (