School of Law

Undergraduate study

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Exploring justice, promoting human rights

Our undergraduate courses combine rigorous legal training with opportunities to develop practical expertise, giving you the skills and knowledge for careers in law and beyond.

Our approach is global in outlook, explores ideas of justice and reflects our commitment to providing a legal education that is relevant and responsive to the needs of a fast-moving legal landscape.

Our teaching is based on our extensive research expertise and practical experience, particularly in public law, commercial law and human rights, both in the UK and abroad. Your education is enhanced by our internationally diverse community and the breadth of insights this brings into global law and justice

We offer qualifying law degrees (LLBs) that allow you to progress to the professional training stage to qualify as a legal professional. You can also combine your legal study with subjects such as human rights, politics and philosophy, or take a placement year or year abroad.


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Why choose us?
  • Essex is ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018)
  • Over 80% of our School of Law students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017)
  • Gain practical experience with our Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Clinic
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So, what do we have to offer?

Opportunities to study abroad

Many of our undergraduate courses offer a study abroad option allowing you to spend a year at a partner university across the world, including in Europe, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. Study abroad takes place in the third-year of your degree before returning to Essex for your fourth year.

As well as being a fantastic experience, study abroad enhances your employability and widens your opportunities after graduation. A period of study abroad on your CV tells employers that you are mature, adaptable, organised and independent.

Although many of our partner universities teach in English, study abroad can also be an ideal opportunity to enhance existing language skills in addition to immersing yourself in a new cultural environment.

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“Learning from academics with international reputations as leaders in their fields was amazing. Being able to use the knowledge that I gained every day is a joy. My current position within the Treasury Solicitor's Department is extremely challenging, and I'm glad that I gained such a solid understanding of public law and human rights law; but a degree alone wouldn't have guaranteed me such an amazing job. Additional opportunities at Essex, such as gaining experience in the Essex Law Clinic, really help you stand out from the crowd.”
Chris Burge LLB Law