European Law Students' Association (ELSA)


The European Law Students' Association is here in London! A branch of the world's leading independent law association has been founded at Queen Mary.

ELSA is the world’s largest law students association and with more than 300 active members yearly in our university, ELSA QMUL is amongst the most dynamic ELSA groups in the United Kingdom as well as being the oldest established London group.


The European Law Students´ Association (ELSA) Queen Mary is part of the wider, international ELSA network that has at its core values of human dignity and cultural diversity.  The organisation strives to contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of students. Furthermore, it provides opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific co-operation, assisting them to be internationally minded and professionally skilled.


We are growing rapidly as a network and continually offer new events and programmes on the local, national and international levels. Our patron is Lady Hale of Richmond took up appointment as President of The Supreme Court in September 2017. Being a member of ELSA QMUL gives you access to the various global opportunities provided by ELSA, some of these are mentioned below, but there are so many it’s impossible to list them all!








The Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) is a paid work experience programme ranging from two-weeks to two-years in any law related area. STEP makes it possible for law students and young lawyers to gain working experience abroad. There are also ELSA delegates who are given the opportunity to sit next to national delegates and representatives of some of the most important NGOs and observe how decisions and policies are created at international level, deepening participants’ knowledge on the issues discussed.

Study Visits provide ELSA members with a possibility to visit ELSA groups in other countries and in return host groups at our university. As part of ELSA QMUL, our members can participate in law schools which ELSA International organises all over Europe. Each of the law schools is based on a different topic and based in different cities. They include a great academic program as well as an excellent social program. Besides the European law schools, ELSA provides the opportunity to visit those in China and in Dubai.

Our work is divided in four supporting areas: Marketing, Treasury, Vice-President and President and four key areas: Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP), Academic Activities, Seminars and Conferences and Moot Court Competitions.  As a member of ELSA QMUL, you will have access to all of our events, at the local, national and international level. 


Call for directors will open soon, so keep an eye out.. For regular updates check out our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you soon and at many society events in the future!

Please let us know if you have any questions about your membership.

With lots of ELSA love,


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