ELSA Reading


ELSA Reading is the Local Group of ELSA for students studying at the University of Reading. At the XIX National Council Meeting of ELSA UK in Bristol, in October 2018, ELSA Reading was unanimously voted in as a full member of ELSA UK. ELSA Reading is affiliated with ELSA UK and ELSA International. This group is also affiliated with Reading University Students’ Union. 


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Seminars & Conferences (S&C)

Guided visit to Westminster Parliament:

Every year, the first ELSA Reading activity is the guided visit to Westminster Parliament. This is an opportunity for ELSA members but also for other law students, to discover how Westminster Parliament works. It is an informative tour in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords where attendants inter alia, learn about the Parliament’s history, the procedure required for a Bill to become an Act of Parliament and much about the Westminster Hall which is almost 1000 years old! Entrance to the general public is not permitted in the UK Parliament so this is a very unique and exciting opportunity for ELSA Reading!

Visit to the Crown Court at Reading:

Picture2A newly inserted activity in ELSA Reading’s list of activities is the visit to the Crown Court at Reading. The Crown Court is a criminal court and thus attendants might encounter cases involving murder, rape, paedophilia and more. This is an event organised exclusively for ELSA registered members. This is a great opportunity for all those who want to see the everyday procedures of trials in the Courts of England and Wales and how barristers deal with the law in a court. The past year, ELSA Reading members who attended had the great honour to meet a Crown court judge and ask her various questions.

ELSA Reading Trip abroad:

Picture4After an application process, ELSA Reading members and members of Reading’s Law Society are selected to attend the annual ‘ELSA Reading’ trip. Every year, ELSA Reading chooses the European destination; the requirement is that it needs to be a base of the European Union. Last year, we visited Strasbourg, in France, where we had the opportunity to visit three European institutions, namely the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. In the Council of Europe, we visited the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly and then we had a conference on the role of the Council in the European Political Landscape. In the European Parliament, we had a full guided tour which allowed the law students to gain in depth understanding of the difficulties and limitations involved in the working and running of the European Union. Lastly, in the European Court of Human Rights, we had the opportunity to attend the Grand Chamber’s case of Murtazaliyeva v. Russia which concerned Article Six of the European Convention. When concluded, we had arranged an informative and interactive meeting with the Cypriot Judge, Mr Serghides who explained to us the various functions of the Court. The trip offered a unique opportunity to the selected participants to visit and have guided tours in some of the most important European institutions, as well as the chance to stroll around the beautiful city of Strasbourg and create unforgettable memories with their colleagues!

Academic Activities (AA)

Debating Session:

This is a session organised exclusively for ELSA Reading members, who meet and debate a given motion. Last year, ELSA Reading members met and deliberated on the motion: “This House believes that euthanasia should be legal”.  Participants needed to research both for and against the given motion because they were randomly allocated on the day of the event to either in House ‘For’ or in House ‘Against’ (the motion). On the day, a specific debating procedure was followed and the event’s coordinator kept a record of the participants while debating. This record was given as feedback to the debaters at the end of the session and concerned the language and body-language used, how persuasive the debaters were while debating and how well-constructed their arguments were. This opportunity gives to the participants an amalgamation of benefits, including the ability to research cleverly rather than heavily, the ability to work within time limits and most importantly, the ability to use one’s most persuasive arguments which are backed up with statistics, cases, legislation and more.

Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP)

ELSA Reading strongly encourages its ELSA Reading members to apply for STEP because it is a unique opportunity which supplements the traineeship schemes of law firms, companies, banks, universities, public and private institutions, and provides suitable trainees with both short and long-term placements. Traineeships can last between 2 weeks and 2 years and it is an experience of working abroad in a law-related area, thus introducing them to a different legal system and enabling them to gain valuable professional experience. The ELSA Reading Vice-President for STEP strongly recommends members to contact her, so they can go through the application and credentials together, to ensure the member’s eligibility and send off the best possible application to increase the chances of being accepted.

Contact ELSA Reading

Contact ELSA Reading

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