5 Reasons to study Law at Essex

Are you considering coming to the University of Essex to study Law? Here is a list of 5 reasons why you should study in the School of Law at the University of Essex.

1. Our Outstanding Reputation

  • We are ranked 22nd in the UK for Law and 76th in the world for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020; The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject, 2020)
  • University of Essex are also ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (Times Good University Guide 2019).

2. A Career Advantage

  • We offer qualifying law degrees (LLBs) which are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and accredited by the Bar Standards Board. Have a look at the LLB Law page for more information.
  • You can gain real life experience by working with our Essex Law Clinic. It gives you the chance to serve the community and to advise real clients, potentially for the whole duration of your course.
  • Over 80% of our School of Law students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within 6 months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017).

3. World-Renowned Academic Staff with An Outlook to Practice

Our students and staff attending a meeting European Public Law Organisation, Strasbourg.
  • Our lecturers often work with the United Nations, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
  • Dr Ahmed Shaheed, who works in the Law School and Human Rights Centre is current UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and Professor Lorna Woods has been involved with the recent Duty of Care Social Media reform.
  • The Digital Verification Unit based at our Human Rights Centre Clinic, gives students the opportunity to learn a range of techniques to verify open-source information and collect evidence that can be used to hold governments and companies to account. Their work also earned them a Times Higher Award 2019 for International Collaboration of the year, for their work with Amnesty Interational and six other universitys from around the world.
  • Our Human Right Centre identifies enduring and emerging human rights challenges and plays a leading role in responding to these through education, research and impact activities. In February 2010, Essex was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our work in advancing the legal and broader practice of international human rights.
Human Right Centre students and staff at the annual ‘Chalking of the Steps’ 2019

4. Outstanding Teaching and Array of Courses

  • We were awarded University of the Year by the Times Higher Education Awards 2018.
  • 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.

5. Vibrant, Interational and Diverse Community

  • With over 16,500 students from more than 140 countries, Essex is one of the most culturally diverse campus universities in the UK.
  • We offer a wide range of academic, career-focused and social events; such as The Internal Mooting Competition where students compete against each other with solicitors and barristers as the panellists.
  • Essex believes that everyone should have the opportunity to access higher education, whoever they are and wherever they’re from. We’re really proud to announce the launch of new scholarships for students who are refugees or seeking asylum or protection.
  • Essex is a campus University just one hour from London and Stansted Airport and set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland – which is even voted as one of the best greenland areas in the UK! Check out this video tour of our campus!
  • We have a dedicated Law Librarian and access to Law Trove.
  • From the departmentally-focused and culturally-based to the downright weird and wonderful (Harry Potter Society, anyone?), there’s an SU society for everyone. 
Our Colchester Campus, Wivehoe Park

For more information, visit our webpage https://www.essex.ac.uk/law

Don’t forget to check out our previous blog post on reasons why our SU is the best. Additionally, there are past blog posts explaining what law school assignments and lectures are like.

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