How is society regulated? How can you change it?

Studying law enables you to understand and explore answers to these questions. 

Law affects all of our relationships: with other people, with shops, banks and companies, and with governments. We teach the law that matters, with a concern for the demands of justice and commerce. You learn to analyse the law and apply it in context, and you engage in mooting and negotiation, which is your chance to put knowledge into practice.

Why study here?
  • Our lecturers work with the UN, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
  • You gain work experience advising real clients through opportunities such as our Essex Law Clinic.
  • Over 80% of our students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017). 
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We offer a wide range of specialist taught courses


Our taught postgraduate courses offer specifically tailored LLM and MA degrees, drawing on our extensive experience of research and practice in human rights, commercial and business, trade law and EU commercial law.

Why study here?
  • Our staff work with business, organisations and governments, enabling you to learn from experienced lawyers.
  • We're ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018).
  • Examine legal theory while preparing for professional practice – gain skills needed for industry.
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We offer a progressive environment for PhD study. 

Our academic staff supervise across a wide 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.

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.
  • We're ranked among the Top 200 institutions in the world for law (QS 2018).
  • 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.
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