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You're taught law that matters.

We care about justice and tackle it head-on. You learn to analyse the law and apply it in context. Our mooting, client interviewing and negotiating competitions put your knowledge into practice and prepare you for the real thing. You also have the chance to gain work experience in a legal setting advising real clients on real cases in our Law Clinic.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.


You can also gain a head-start in the industry and choose our work-based learning module at a law firm or a local council in your third year. Places are in high demand so you'll need to demonstrate your aptitude to firms, but that's what working in the legal world is all about, right? 

Recent law graduate wins prestigious scholarship, enabling him to train as a barrister

We're extremely proud of Kwame Taylor, who has successfully been awarded the prestigious H.R. Light Scholarship by the Middle Temple. Kwame went on to graduate in 2019 with an LLB Law with Philosophy, after admitting to having a  "blip" at A Levels, but made up for lost time as an undergraduate at Essex.

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Why study here?
  • Our lecturers work with the UN, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
  • You can gain work experience advising real clients through opportunities such as our Essex Law Clinic.
  • We are ranked 51st for Law in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, which is 13th in the UK.
Machela smiling for the camera on a sunny day.
"I heard about Coram Children's Legal Centre through the University. They were advertising a volunteering position. I initially started as a volunteer for the Child Law Advice Service and managed to get a permanent position with the company in the Education Law Team. A really good thing about Essex is that they are very dedicated to helping you find a career after your studies."
Machela Ama Boampong LLB LAW, 2016

Specifically tailored LLM and MA degrees

We specialise in commercial law and human rights law. We have extensive experience of research and practice in the field and many of our academics also work in advisory roles with the UK government, foreign governments and the UN. We bring our expertise to our teaching to give you a truly industry-informed student experience.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, for the 2020/21 academic year on the department pages.

Meet our academics

Our expertise covers everything from trade and maritime law, to business law and human rights law. Meet our academics by reading their biographies. 

Why study here?
  • Our staff work with business, organisations and governments, enabling you to learn from experienced lawyers.
  • You can volunteer and advise real clients in our Law Clinic and our Human Rights Clinic.
  • Our alumni span the globe and are at the heart of the theory and practice of law and human rights.
Chad Blackman
UN post for Essex Law School graduate

Law graduate Chad Blackman has been made Barbados' Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva. Ambassador Blackman graduated with an LLB in Law in 2014 and an LLM in International Trade Law in 2016 and has since forged an impressive career.

Read more about Chad's career

A progressive environment

Our School of Law is home to over 100 academic staff who are open to supervise a range of research areas. Our research examines the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. Our staff work with governments, human rights organisations and businesses across the world. Your supervisors support you with a perspective that is global, comparative and grounded in practical experience.

Expertise and supervision

We specialise in commercial and human rights law. To find out more about us read our biographies and then use our research finder to find a supervisor.

Why study here?
  • You are part of our active and diverse research community and have frequent opportunities to engage with the latest research among colleagues and staff.
  • Our alumni network spans the globe and is at the heart of the theory and practice of law and human rights.
  • Our PhD students organise their own annual conference. Getting involved gives you the opportunity to present and discuss your research among peers and academic staff.
Professor Sheldon Leader
Leading legal scholar celebrated

Professor Sheldon Leader is the director of Essex Business and Human Rights Project (EBHR) and a longstanding member of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. He is a leading voice in corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, and labour law. His work was celebrated at a conference dedicated to his work: Balancing Competing Rights: a conference in honour of Professor Sheldon Leader.

Read about Professor Leader's work

Research clusters

We have extensive expertise across the following research clusters, amongst others. These clusters provide a focus for critical debate, research collaboration and teaching innovation. Postgraduate research students can get involved in the Law and Technology and Human Rights clusters.

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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.