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A legal education with global reach

At Essex we teach the law that matters. We are freer, more daring and more experimental than many traditional law schools and our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader.

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.

We take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach so that your legal education is enriched by drawing on insights from other disciplines and legal traditions. Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world.

Many of our academics are also practitioners, so we recognise the importance of equipping you with the necessary skills to thrive in your future career. Our courses combine rigorous legal training with opportunities to develop practical expertise, preparing you to become an outstanding legal professional and giving you the skills and knowledge to be an agent for change, whatever your ambitions.

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Our Law courses are now in Clearing!

Learn about what Clearing is, how to contact and apply to us, and what life is like at the University of Essex.

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choose us?

85% of our law students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
Essex is ranked in top 100 for Law in the THE World University Rankings (2020)
University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
We are ranked 22nd in the UK for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
Gain practical experience with our Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Clinic
Work placement, internship and study abroad opportunities during your course
Leading research expertise across commercial law, public law, and human rights law
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UoTY winners 2018
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More talks and tasters

Join our free online webinars starting Monday 20 April and meet some of the lecturers and professors teaching on our courses. Watch our subject taster videos and hear from world-class academics talk about our range of different courses and subject areas, to see what Essex has to offer.

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"Join our vibrant learning community to develop as a scholar, practitioner, and advocate to help us build a stronger, fairer global society."
Professor Karen Hulme Head of School School of Law
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Our research

The School of Law has a global reputation for its research, particularly in the areas of commercial law, human rights law and practice, and public law. More than two-thirds of our research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the REF 2014.

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Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: +44 (0)1206 874810