About European Law Students' Association (ELSA)
The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit making organisation run by and for students and recent graduates, who are interested in achieving academic and personal excellence in addition to their legal or law-related studies at university. ELSA aims at providing its members a platform to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones, to interact with fellow students and experienced practitioners from different states and legal systems around Europe, and to be equipped for a professional life in an international environment, through mutual understanding, intercultural cooperation and the large variety of activities and projects the Association offers.
Our vision is to create a just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity. ELSA Nottingham tries to achieve this vision in many ways. Our Refugee Project where volunteers can either teach English to refugees or give advice on minor legal issues ensures that people understand the importance of human dignity and equality on a whole. We respect the different cultures around us, and learn and benefit from them, as they do from us.
ELSA’s purpose is to contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers. ELSA Nottingham offers its students the chance to apply to summer and winter law schools. These law schools are designed to teach students about different areas of the law. ELSA Law Schools consist of approximately 20 hours of lectures, workshops and similar, in the theme of the main topic of the respective event. We should also note that ELSA Law Schools are open to everyone, irrespective of inter alia their ELSA membership and/or status of law student/lawyer. Successful applicants get to travel to the country of their choice to study their favored aspect of law. The academic programme is provided by leading experts in their respective field. The biggest advantage of an ELSA Law School is the combination of a theoretical view provided by professors and practical view provided by practitioners.
ELSA’s aim is to develop professional and student relations of an international nature in the field of Law, to prepare members for professional life in an international environment, to contribute to the exchange of scholarly experience and to stimulate mutual understanding and friendship on the principle of equality of all its members. We do this by providing opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific co-operation, by assisting law students and young lawyers to be internationally minded and professionally skilled and by encouraging law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society. ELSA Nottingham helps achieve this through granting students’ access to The Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) which provides work experience in the legal sector in a foreign jurisdiction. ELSA Nottingham is one of a kind in that it is the only law society that offers students legal work!
All in all, ELSA Nottingham encourages students to join in order to experience the chance of a lifetime! Attending summer/winter law schools, participating in STEP and more! All of which will definitely set your CV apart from others in the future.
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All of our clubs and societies are run by a committee.
A committee is a team of people that lead, organise and publicise a group within your Students’ Union.
It can be really rewarding as well as being a great way to gain experience and invaluable skills for your future career.