Welcome new Law students

Congratulations on earning your place here at Essex Law School. We hope you're excited about joining us! This page gives you some essential information about starting your course at Essex, plus details of how to find other information to help you.

Essential dates for your diary

  • Welcome Week activities start on campus the week commencing Monday 3 October 2016
  • Teaching on campus commences from Monday 10 October 2016
  • Information on Your first week (.pdf)
  • Information on terms, exams and vacation periods can be found here.
  • Student handbooks are available via our current student pages.

During Welcome Week you must complete Registration, so that you can start your course.

Your course

  • Study and contact hours per week

    During term time you will have 12 hours of timetabled events each week (lectures, classes and tutorials). A useful guideline is that you should expect to do two hours of personal study for every hour of contact time. You should also allow time for study out of term time.

    Postgraduates Only - Part-time option

    Our MA and LLM courses are offered on a full and part-time basis. This means you can do the course over 24months/ 2 years. You would be expected to attend 6 hours of timetabled events each week. Part-time students should note that teaching takes place on weekdays, during working hours.

  • Assessment

    Your student handbook will have information about your module assessment, however generally it's normally a combination of coursework or exams. Lots of useful information is also available via our current student pages.

  • Timetables

    Your personal timetable is available from early September, you can find out more by visiting the student timetable page.

  • Choosing your optional modules

    You can access eNROL to see if you have any modules you need to choose.

    The Module Directory is a good place to find out more about the modules that you might be considering. You should be aware that for some modules in other departments there is a limit to the number of students who can take the module. Therefore, it is a good idea to start looking at which modules might interest you now.

    When choosing your modules it's also important that you have a balanced workload across the two terms (for example 4 modules in each term).

  • Contact us

    • Course queries

      There are several people in our School who can help you if you have a question - the course director, module coordinator, the lecturers or your assigned personal tutor (whom you will meet during Welcome week). If you aren't sure who to speak to about a particular issue please feel free to visit the Law general office and speak to one of our administrators who will be happy to point you in the right direction.

      To discover more about our academic staff who will be part of your Essex experience, you can visit our profile pages.

    • Academic support and course administration

      If you feel like you need a bit more support, please come and speak to one of our administrators during our opening hours.

      School administration team

      • 5S.5.5, Law general office (both Education and Executive services teams are located here), Colchester Campus
      • 5S.5.27, Law events and communications team, Colchester Campus

      Office opening hours

      Term time opening hours

      • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 09.45-12.45 and 14.15-16.00.
      • Wednesday: 09.45-12.45 only.

      Vacation opening hours

      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09.45-12.45.
      • Closed in the afternoons.

    • Social media

      The answer is yes! Please feel free to follow us on one of the channels below, we are often active on social media however please direct questions about your course to one of the administrators based in the Education team.


    Finding your way around

    The University of Essex campus at Colchester is quite compact, so it doesn't take long to move between lectures, classes, the library and other facilities. Feel free to familiarise yourself with any teaching rooms you may have during welcome week as we all know the room numbering system can be quite confusing at times! The University has created an online map called 'Find your way' which is also available to download as an app for iPhone/iPad and Android.