Essex Street Law

Undergraduate study

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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.

Unique scheme for schools led by students

The first voluntary scheme of its kind in the country, our award-winning Street Law project gives second and third-year students the chance visit secondary schools to deliver thought provoking sessions on legal topics.

We aim to give pupils insights into the law in a fun and interactive way in order to help them understand its impact on their everyday lives. Street Law run interactive workshop's, designed depending on age group and needs. The topic areas are usually related to human rights and citizenship.

Mock trial day

Our volunteers organise mock trial competitions to give school pupils the chance to demonstrate the skills they have learnt during Essex Street Law sessions.

During the day, pupils take on the roles of barristers and even the defendant, getting a real taste of what happens in a courtroom.

School pupils can also talk to students about life at university and studying law.

Develop your skills

As a student, the project offers an invaluable opportunity to enhance the knowledge learnt on your course by organising mock trials, negotiations, mediations and debating.

You also develop an important understanding of how to engage the public with key legal issues in an accessible manner.

Working with community groups

There is also the opportunity, from time to time, to receive twenty credits for your community legal education activities. The Law and Community Engagement (LACE) module develops your awareness of community legal needs, and the role that lawyers can play in addressing them.

LACE is community-led, and directly addresses the legal needs of local citizens’ groups and business fora, who identify topics relating to law, democracy, consumer rights and business regulation on which they require generic legal advice.

Working in a team and under supervision you work with representatives of community groups to identify their problems. You then research the problem and make presentations to the groups on best practice in tackling them.

How to get involved

Students interested in joining in Essex Street Law or schools and community groups wanting to take part can email, Princess Menkiti-Udom, Essex Street Law Chair at pmenki@essex.ac.uk or contact us.

Law clinic

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Putting what you learn in lectures into practice is the best way to develop your legal skills. In our Essex Law Clinic you'll work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients on real issues.

Employability advice

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Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.