European Law Students Association (ELSA)

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ELSA, the European Law Students’ Association is the largest organisation of aspiring lawyers in the world, with 50000+ members in 375 universities across 44 countries.

ELSA encourages aspiring lawyers (law or non-law students) to bridge theory and practice by offering a variety of opportunities in all areas of law.

Join now to become a member of the entire ELSA network. Make friends all over the world, broaden your horizons, and achieve your career goals!

What we offer;

  • Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP)
  • ELSA Summer/Winter International Law Schools
  • Legal Research Groups
  • Mooting
  • Debating
  • Negotiations
  • Essay Competitions
  • Institutional Visits
  • International Delegations

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Events fall under the ELSA key areas: Academic Activities (AA), Seminars & Conferences (S&C), and the Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP).


ELSA International Law School - A one week academic programme located at a European university of your choice. Select your ELSA Law School based on your legal interests. When: Summer/Winter.

John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition - Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Prize: Certificate- Launching date: 15th September 2020 Sign up for the John H Jackson mooting (deadline is the 8th of November):

European Human Rights MCC (EHRMCC) - Location: European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg). Prize: Traineeship at the ECHR- Launcing date: 22nd September 2020 Sign up for the Helga Pedersen mooting (deadline is the 3rd of November):

London Human Rights MCC (LHRMCC) - Location: London School of Economics (LSE). Prize: Cash or gift card.

Commercial Law MCC (COMMOOT) - Location: University College London (UCL). Prize: Mini pupillage at Maitland Chambers.

ELSA UK Negotiation Competition - Location: University of Bristol. Prize: Educational so no material benefits.

Essay Competitions - Amicus Essay Prize Competition on the death penalty. Prize: Work experience at the Amicus London office.

Legal Research Groups - Students and young lawyers across the network are selected as researchers for a given topic in a specified field of law with the aim to make their conclusions publicly and internationally accessible.

ELSA Law Review - Peer-reviewed journal containing articles from Law students all across Europe. Distributed to all 375 universities.


ELSA Delegations - Unique chance to become a part of international decision-making and to represent ELSA in front of leading world experts. Location: Across the world, including the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the International Trademark Association, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and more!

Institutional Visits - To be confirmed...


Paid work experience across the globe, available exclusively to ELSA members!

Opportunity offered bi-annually, with over 150 firms offering traineeships.

Traineeships last from 2 weeks to 2 years.

If not paid, accomodation provided free of charge.

Locations: Europe, USA, Pakistan, India, Dominican Republic, and more!

This is advantageous in that it allows you to diversify and internationalise your CV, as well as provide the platform for you to both learn new skills, and experience different jurisdictions. This is, in short, an experience of a lifetime!

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