ELSA Westminster

About

ELSA Westminster is the Local Group of ELSA UK for the students at the University of Westminster, and was founded in the year 2015. As of 2017, ELSA Westminster was voted as a Full-Member at the London NCM hosted by Queen-Mary University in collaboration with the University of Westminster.

Committee

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Activities

ELSA Westminster is located at the heart of central London where our committee members dedicate themselves in providing a series of Academic Activities, Seminars & Conferences and Social Events to promote ELSA to law students.

Through our elaborate social network, notable law firms and professors and alumni grace our hallways to provide insightful talks, challenging students and keeping them inspired within their legal journey. Moreover, we provide a series of trips such as, to the European Parliament in Brussels on top of commercial awareness seminars aiming and social events to entertain.

Our ultimate goal is to promote ELSA UK to our best ability and create a social network where students from other local Elsa groups are able to meet and connect.

Seminars & Conferences (S&C)

Commercial Awareness and Legal Risk Workshop with Denis Viskovich in January 2019

The aim of this workshop is to give students an exclusive insight into what it is like to work as an in house lawyer in a dynamic fast paced international banking/corporate environment – and how important commercial awareness and management of legal risk is in the commercial world. Practical examples will be given during the workshop to take into account different commercial realities and legal risks.

The insight given in the workshops is not something that can be read in the textbook and will provide students with a valuable real life view into this world should they be considering a future career in the corporate/banking environment. They will also assist students who are wanting to go into private practice to gain an insight into what their commercial clients want and expect of them. The workshop will be based on real life scenarios, which will improve student’s employability skills and understanding of how to deal with legal challenges and legal risks in the commercial world.

Applications, CV and Careers Workshop with Aspiring Solicitors in January 2019

Aspiring Solicitors will host an event at the Westminster Law School on how to write CV and Cover letter. During the session, tips and tricks will be shared to optimize and gain the best set of skills for a career in law. Furthermore, it will tackle interview questions allowing the candidates to stand out from the rest.

Academic Activities (AA)

International Study visits to the European Parliament in March 2019

The aim of the event is to inform the attending students of the available careers that they can have in the European union. It will inform them of the requirements that they need to meet to access these careers and also on how to do so and the process. It will prompt attendees that are interested in a career with the EU and working abroad, using different languages and meeting new people.

Visiting the Westminster Parliament in April 2019

A one-day visit will enable students to get a basic understanding and explore how the Whips in the House of Commons operate e.g. organisation, responsibilities, relationship with the House administration and relationships with and responsibilities of Members. In addition, it will give a brief explanation as to how the House of Commons operates, enabling students to learn about the work of the MP’s.

“Paths in International Law”

Since the aim of ELSA is to promote international connection and international law amongst the youth, we saw it befitting to have our first Academic panel event based on guiding students with regards to international law. It consisted of a panel of brilliant international lawyers from four different firms including a magic circle firm. The event was titled “paths in international law”, where our guests spoke about how they achieved in the legal world and specifically in international law. The speakers were able to offer advice to the young legal minds of the University of Westminster on what steps were best for them to take in order to be successful
international lawyers. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions to the panel directly which offered a more direct link between the panel and the students. Afterwards we had a networking session where students could ask questions to the lawyers on a more personal basis.

“Joint Event”

In order to promote ELSA we decided to host a joint event with the law society and the bar society of the University of Westminster. It was an opportunity for the members of the different societies to meet, collaborate and share resources. Many members of the law and bar society decided to join ELSA following the event.

Socials

Echoing the values of ELSA, at ELSA Westminster we want everyone who is part of the ELSA family to feel connected. Our very first event of the year was a social event where we invited all ELSA Westminster members to join us at International Students’ House, which is a resto/pub at the heart of central London that promotes international diversity. We thought the location would be befitting. The turnout was great and everyone had an opportunity to speak to each other. After the event our members increased and a great number of students showed a deeper interest in
ELSA after this event.

At ELSA Westminster we have plenty more ideas for the rest of the year and have an excited and dedicated team ready to put these ideas into actions. We hope that through these we will be able to further the ideals and values of ELSA.

Contact

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