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 22nd in the UK for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • 85% of our law students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
  • Gain practical experience with our Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Clinic

Undergraduate teaching and learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Will COVID-19 change the way my course is taught?

If for any reason you are unable to travel to campus to start the academic year, all teaching will be available virtually. This means that you can start, or continue, your programme off-campus, wherever you are, with full flexibility to transfer to on-campus learning as soon as you are able.

What will this mean for my learning experience?

For the 2020 academic year, we are focusing on ensuring that we are able to deliver a quality education and that your teaching and learning can continue if there is further disruption. Your learning experience will be supported through a variety of ways. In addition to lectures being delivered both online and on campus, you will also still have the ability to interact, ask questions, and engage in discussions, with your tutor and your classmates, regardless of whether you are attending your lectures online or on campus.

Your teaching will also be supported by digital tools such as Moodle, which will have advanced features including quizzes. You will also be able to access digital resources such as reading lists and textbooks. We have secured access to the full library of textbooks on LawTrove which will be available for you to use across all of your compulsory modules. They also cover a large range of optional modules and will mean that you do not need to purchase law textbooks.

At the start of your first year, you will also meet the lecturer who is assigned as your personal tutor. Your personal tutor is always there for you to discuss your academic progress or any other issues that affect you and your studies. For students unable to join us on campus, all these teaching and induction events will also be available online.

What will my broader student experience in the School and on campus be like?

You will be able to get involved in our full package of ‘social’ activities, professional skills-based activities, such as client-interviewing, negotiation and mooting competitions, and commercial awareness courses, as well as volunteering opportunities via the Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Centre Clinic.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved in welcome events to help you settle in, meet our staff and your peers and learn how make use of the library and other resources (both on campus and digitally).

We are running two series of speaker events; one is specific to human rights and one is based on a series of specialised topics (new ‘Law Matters’ Speaker Series). You will also have the opportunity to attend careers events and talks with inspirational speakers, and have speakers from the legal firms giving advice about work in the professions–through our dedicated careers modules for years 1 and 2.

To find out more about how courses will be delivered next year in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, what your student experience will involve and information on what to do if your situation changes, visit our homepage.

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Talks and tasters

Join our free online webinars starting Monday 20 April and meet some of the lecturers and professors who will be teaching on your course. Watch our 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 you. Don't miss out!

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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