LLM Convene Community

How do we find the capacity to relate meaningfully to all that 2020 represents?

Communing 2022 

This seminar series returns this term with another great line up of speakers providing practical help and a space to reflect on life on campus and beyond. Seminars are attended by Alumni Associates (AA) who provide peer support and targeted help. Join us for these conversations as we attempt to replicate friendship, mentoring and peer support online.  

We begin in week 3 with the second in  three part writing Master Class with Marina Benjamin (Two of three seminars) chaired by Dr Siva Thambisetty. Unless otherwise specified they run on Fridays 1-2.15pm 

Lent Term  Schedule


4 February 2022 1pm - 2.30pm [register here]

Exercising your voice in academic writing (Masterclass with Marina Benjamin)

Marina Benjamin is senior editor at Aeon magazine, consultant fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and creative writing tutor at Arvon. Along with Tina Pepler and novelist Anna Barker, Marina Benjamin runs True North and enterprise that works  with academic writers to find the narrative and voice in their work. She is a celebrated author of five books including her most recent memoirs Middlepause (2016) and Insomnia (2018). You can read more about her here: 

Sessions are open to 3rd year LLB full unit dissertation students, PhD students and all LLM students but registration is required.  

The final session in this series, "Editing Academic Writing", takes place on 4 March 2022, 1pm - 2.30pm.  [register here for 4 March event]  



11 February 2022 [register here]

The joys and challenges of working in international human rights law (tbc)

Dr Priya Pillai (International lawyer specialising in human rights, peace and conflict  and transitional justice. Head of secretariat at Asia  Justice Coalition) 

Rothna Begum (Sr Researcher, Woman’s Division Human Rights Watch and LSE LLM alumna)

Rothna leads research and advocacy on discrimination and violence against women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa region.  



18 February 2022   |    1pm - 2.15pm  


Resilience for sustained adversity

Ronan Harrington is Keynote Speaker and Client Partner at Tough Cookie, helping organisations address mental health, burnout and improve their mental resilience. 

Ronan will share the underlying factors that drive burnout and what resilience looks like when adversity doesn't let up. Ronan has an inspiring and moving story having experienced severe burnout from leading the Political Strategy for Extinction Rebellion, and now navigating ongoing chronic health issues. 



Friday 18 February 2022 – Sunday 20 February 2022

Student Weekend to Bath

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Thursday 3 March 2022   |   12.30pm-1.30pm   

Dean’s Lunch (LLM)

[further details will appear shortly]



11 March 2022  [register here]

AA led session on LSE Careers

Kirsty Whitlock, LSE Careers will speak on careers support at LSE and beyond



Wednesday 16 March 2022   |    6.00pm-10.00pm

LLM Annual Dinner

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18 March 2022   [register here]

What is the value of the sacred in our lives?

Elizabeth Oldfield in Conversation with James Walters, LSE Chaplain   

Elizabeth Oldfield is host of the Sacred podcast and former Director of Theos. She is an experienced leader, speaker, writer and podcast host with a passion for intelligent public engagement on issues of faith, identity, and healing our common life. 



25 March 2022   [register here]

AA led session: Preparing for exams