We are freer, more daring and more experimental than many traditional law schools. Our approach is global in outlook, based on justice, and reflects our commitment to providing a legal education and carrying out research that is relevant and responsive to the demands of a changing society.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses combine rigorous legal training with opportunities to develop practical expertise. This prepares you to become an outstanding legal professional and gives you the skills and knowledge to be an agent for change, whatever your ambitions.

Why law at Essex?

Undergraduate study


Gain academic and practical expertise with our undergraduate courses. Understand and challenge what law and justice mean in the UK and beyond, and be prepared for a legal career in a globalised world.

Research-led education

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Our world-leading research tackles the most important and urgent issues affecting national and international law. It's at the centre of the undergraduate and postgraduate legal education we offer.

Human Rights Centre

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Our Human Rights Centre is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education. The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of its work.