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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.

Our courses

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Essex is ranked 47th for Law in the THE World University Rankings (2018)
We are ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018)
Gain practical experience with our Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Clinic
Work placement, internship and study abroad opportunities during your course
University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
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Apply for a CHASE studentship

The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), is one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the AHRC in the UK and offers a world-leading environment for doctoral research and education.

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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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23 Nov 2018
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12 Oct 2018
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