Secretary General details the impressive and the upcoming
The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is a global network comprised of more than 41,000 law students and legal professions all around the globe. Our aim is to contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding, and to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers on an international level, all in the spirit of critical dialogue and academic co-operation.
We engage in active collaboration with other ELSA local groups such as our own, located in over 40 other countries, in order to provide a platform for the development of soft skills and professional and academic knowledge, in the form of events and activities held all around Europe.
Our Student Trainee Exchange Programme is a chance to get paid legal work experience abroad, whilst short-term summer law schools are a great way to deepen your academic knowledge in a niche area of the law. Institutional and Study visits, as well as delegations, can help you get acquainted with the international legal community and its functions.
We also offer our members the opportunity to participate in prestigious international competitions, such as the ELSA Moot Court Competition, and the Human Rights Moot Court Competition the finals of which are held in the ECtHR and WTO, respectively. We are currently in the process of forming a team whose participation fees will be fully covered by ELSA QM.
Founded last year, ELSA QM has already grown to be a large society within Queen Mary, with over 120 members having joined in the first three weeks of this academic year. We attribute our success to the exposure that we were able to receive, through representing our group at the Freshers’ Fair and holding separate introductory events for both undergraduate and postgraduate law students, where we outlined all that we will be offering for the following academic year.
Our social event also provided us with the opportunity to connect with our members directly, and we were very pleased to see the scope of diversity present amongst us. This will give us the opportunity to further our goals even more. For this reason, our next social will revolve precisely around this idea of an “International Café” where we will be able to share some ELSA spirit over a casual cup of tea or coffee.
All this means working closely with ERASMUS students and creating projects catered specifically to them, such as our Student Handbook; the first of its kind to be distributed by any ELSA group. It proved so popular that is was made available for all newcomers to Queen Mary, School of Law, through our society. We have also already set up an International ERASMUS Buddy Scheme program with which we aim to match current QM ERASMUS law students with law students from the respective EU universities, thus building a network from the very start of their course.
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