European Law Students' Association (ELSA) Nottingham

Finding accommodation? Searching for food during lunch break? Arranging your own social programme after sessions? Never. With ELSA Law Schools, everything is covered in participation fees. 

ELSA local groups organise Law Schools in different cities all over Europe, on a huge range of subjects, so all you have to do is select your dream destination and ideal topic! The academic programme is often composed of various 

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Mark Dawson

Participant in the Summer ELSA Law School on Aviation Law in Lisbon, Portugal 2017

"The ELSA UCP Summer Law School in Aviation Law was an unforgettable experience. Being able to meet people from 15 different countries was an incredible opportunity to meet other likeminded students who are as in interested in Aviation Law as I am. Walking around the old, cobbled streets of Lisbon during the day, visiting Sintra at the weekend and going on surfing lessons was also a great chance to be introduced to Lisbon, and I can definitely see myself going back in the future. 

The course itself was amazing - I was able to meet a former military ATC, pilots, CEOs of Airlines and lawyers from one of Portugal's leading law firms, Vieira de Almeida & Associates. All of the lectures were broadened my understanding and interest immensely, and the week culminated in a series of lectures on Drone Law and Space Law at VdA's offices in central Lisbon. 

The Summer School has inspired me to continue making opportunities available for all ELSA members and I can't wait to apply again next year!" 

Anna Tobutt

Participant in the Summer ELSA Law School on Competition Law in Nicosia, Cyprus 2017

"Taking part in the Summer ELSA Law School on Competition Law in Cyprus has been one of the best decisions of my experience at university so far. 

ELSA is known for connecting young, likeminded people across Europe, which was one of the main reasons why I joined the society. Although the academic programme lay at the heart of why I chose to take part in the SELS, it is what we did outside of the lecture theatres that taught me the most: I had the opportunity to learn about the legal systems, politics and culture of other European countries (something which I was never exposed to at school). I can now say various words in Greek and Czeck, and will hopefully be able to use these when visiting the friends that I made. The social programme meant that we learned about the local culture too, through a pirate ship cruise, trips to world famous bars and visits to the National Museum of Cyprus.

Having now taken part in a summer school, I can happily say that spending a week with ELSA members from throughout Europe will be one of the most unforgettable (though in some parts, hazy) weeks of your life!"

Gregores Phylaktou 

Participant in the Summer ELSA Law School on International Investment Law in Athens, Greece 2017

"Participating in the Summer Elsa Law School (SELS) on International Investment Law in Athens was a great experience. The team of ELSA Athens organized a great academic programme, which was carried out by inspiring lecturers, experts on their field. At the same time, the social programme introduced us to Athens’ nightlife, and provided us with the opportunity to visit one of the world’s most renowned monuments, the Parthenon. Overall, it was a great experience which was definitely worth it!"

Agata Daszko

Participant in the Summer ELSA Law School on Human Rights and Globalisation in Zadar, Croatia 2016

"I have never before been involved with ELSA before taking part in the Summer School however the Summer School has possibly been the highlight of my year, if not my whole academic experience in general.

The organising committee and the board of ELSA Zagreb has provided us with a range of first-class lecturers and just all-around some of the smartest and most insightful people I have ever came across. Ranging from a 2-star US army general/a legal advisor to the US army, to a lawyer for a Guantanamo prisoner and representatives from the UNHCR. Truth be told I came out of there with more questions than answers but also with a new found determination to seek the answers myself, and a re-born clarification that the law degree is really worth all of the hard work.

Of course the academic programme was not everything worth mentioning about the school; the people really made it so unforgettable. Whatever my expectations of my co-participants were they were exceeded tremendously. As cliche as it sounds I have formed friendships for life and I know no matter whether I go travelling in Italy, Finland, Norway, Belgium...etc I will always find someone to show me around, have a coffee with or to offer me a place to stay at, and I think these connections, this kind of network is why everyone should take part in an ELSA summer school at least once."


Kajal Mavji

Participant in the Summer ELSA Law School on Air Law and Terrorism in Aix-en-Provence, France 2016

"Prior to applying for the Summer Law School in Aix-en-Provence to study Air law and Terrorism, I didn’t really know much about ELSA. However, after spending a week in the South of France with a group of total strangers, listening to experts from a range of backgrounds talk about aviation law and the way in which the aviation world has changed over the last 20 years as a result of the rising threat of terrorism, as well as exploring the sights in Aix and Marseille, I caught the ELSA bug!

It was one of the most amazing weeks of my life, and I had the opportunity to meet a group of really great people from across Europe, who have now become some of my closest friends! The Organising Committee during Summer school was fantastic! They were all so friendly and helpful. They worked tirelessly to ensure we had a great time, and that everything ran smoothly. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and I would definitely recommend applying to take part in Summer Schools next time!"


Jessica Allen

Participant in the Summer ELSA Law School on International and European Environmental Law in Salerno, Italy 2015

"The most significant aspects of a summer ELSA law school are the projects and the people.

Through attending this SELS, I have been able to substantially increase my knowledge and awareness of environmental law issues in a far more effective way than if I were to research these topics on my own. The wealth and breadth of subjects covered, taught by world leading academics and practitioners, have informed my understanding of how the law interacts with environmental protection. For me personally, I am now seriously considering a taught Master’s degree in international law. I am also debating whether I would prefer to practise in the UK or internationally - with the hope of undertaking internships abroad.

More importantly, however, I was able to develop such rich friendships in such a short amount of time. I attended the SELS before my year abroad, which meant that I was able to hop around Europe during my year in Toulouse to meet my friends again and explore new cultures even after the SELS had ended. I made such amazing connections that I couldn't help but attend another one a year later in Zadar, Croatia!"



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