The World's Largest Independent Law Students' Association

Our international network encompasses more than 70,000 young lawyers and law students.

What ELSA Offers


Work Experience

Our STEP programme offers our members the opportunity to gain paid legal work experience in a foreign country. The unique chance to professionally engage with a foreign legal system helps our members set themselves aside in pursuing their legal careers.

Learn about: STEP

Specialist Study

All throughout our network, we provide academic courses in collaboration with world-class scholars and legal industry leaders through seminars, conferences, and the international ELSA Law Schools.


Learn about: Seminars & Conferences

Diplomatic Exposure

ELSA offers its members the chance to represent us at the meetings of the world's largest diplomatic and intergovernmental organisations with which we have observer status. The Delegations experience is an unmatched opportunity for law students and lawyers pursuing careers in the diplomacy.

Learn about: ELSA Delegations

Published Work

We run a variety of projects offering law students and lawyers the chance to develop their legal writing skills and have their independent, extracurricular research published through our Legal Research Groups, Law Reviews and Essay Competitions.

Learn about: Academic Activities

More About ELSA


To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers.


A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.


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.


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. By encouraging law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.

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