Our global outlook will help you tackle cross-cultural perspectives of law and justice around the world. You'll gain hands-on experience in our Law Clinics, advising real clients and acquiring practical skills in various areas, including copyright and trademark law, international environmental law, law and literature, and human rights.


Why Undergraduate Law at Essex?

At Essex, championing justice is at the core of what we do. We don't just talk about it – we dive right in. You’ll learn from academics making real world impact like Professor Lorna Woods who recently received special recognition in the House of Lords for her work on the Online Safety Bill and Dr Matthew Gillet, a member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Here, you'll master the art of dissecting and applying the law in real-world scenarios. Picture yourself in mooting (mock trials), client interviewing, and negotiating competitions, where you'll not only hone your skills but also prepare for the challenges of the legal field.

You have the chance to gain work experience in a legal setting advising real clients on real cases in our Law Clinic. Plus, we offer networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms. We’re proudly ranked 17th for promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (THE Impact Rankings 2023).

Now, let's talk about your future head-start. In your third year, dive into the industry with our work-based learning module. Picture yourself at a law firm or a local council, gaining invaluable experience. Sure, spots are coveted, but armed with the skills from our Law Clinic, you're set to shine. Ready to make your mark in the legal world? Essex is where justice meets opportunity.

You can also gain a further 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 you’ll be well placed to do so with experience from our Law Clinic.

Why study here?
  • Our lecturers work with the UN, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
  • Gain practical and professional legal skills in a range of areas such as mooting, advocacy, client-interviewing, mediation, and negotiation.
  • We are ranked 49th for Law in THE World University Rankings by subject 2024, which is 9th in the UK.

Career prospects

Law affects every part of our life from what we can post on social media and the complexities of buying a house, to international commerce and the protection of human rights. The legal sector is vast, and evolving at a rapid pace as it must also respond to the challenges we face as a society. Therefore, employers across a range of sectors will value law graduates who can show adaptability, resilience, and have a critical knowledge and understanding of the law in different contexts.

Explore the career opportunities Essex Law School can provide.

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“Letter writing, practical legal research, interviewing clients, note-taking and providing oral advice - these skills take years of practice and training. Partaking in work at the Essex Law Clinic gives such a great head start.”
Catherine Duggan LLB Law

Master your future legal profession

At Essex, 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, such as Professor Ahmed Shaheed, a UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief or Professor Lorna McGregor who has been working in partnership with the UN Human Rights Office to explore the impact of the use of digital technologies on human rights at bordersWe bring our expertise to our teaching to give you a truly industry-informed student experience.

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

Develop practical and professional legal skills in a range of areas such as mooting, advocacy, client-interviewing, mediation, and negotiation. Plus gain hands-on experience in our Law Clinics, advising real clients.

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.
  • We are ranked 49th for Law in THE World University Rankings by subject 2024, which is 9th in the UK.
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 and an LLM in International Trade Law and has since forged an impressive career.

Read more about Chad's career

Your progressive research environment

Within Essex Law School, we have 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 learn more about us and find a supervisor read our biographies and then use our research finder below.

We offer three different options for research study:

  • PhD Law (standard)
  • PhD Law (four-year PhD, with research and communication skills)
  • MPhil Law

Start your application with us

Explore our Law research by theme or your area of interest and find a supervisor that can support your through your studies. More information can be found about research degrees on our school pages. Our courses below will help guide you through the various research degree programmes we offer.

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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.
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