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Human rights clinic
Our Human Rights Clinic gives you practical experience of working on real human rights issues alongside our experienced academics and allows you to take an active role in your own professional development.
It's in our DNA to teach and research law to make the world a
better place. So, at Essex, we encourage you take your legal
thinking beyond the classroom. Practical experience on your course
and through extracurricular activities develops your legal and
transferable skills, helping you to to stand out from the crowd,
whether your future lies in law or another field.
Work experience as part of your course
As part of your degree course, you can choose the final-year
LW237 Clinical Legal Education (Law Placement), which
provides an opportunity to work for several weeks in a legal
setting (in a law firm, in a company's in-house legal
department, or in the local council or Citizens Advice Bureau
Our 4-year course LLB Law with
enables you to gain 30 weeks of law-related placement work
experience as an integral part of your law degree, ensuring you
understand how law operates in practical settings.
- Volunteering at the Essex Law
Clinic allows you to work alongside practising solicitors to
offer legal advice to clients in Colchester, and Southend, at
legal help points in local courts, and to prisoners through the
independent charity Prisoners' Advice Service.
- Our University's Frontrunners
scheme gives you the chance to undertake paid work placement and
training opportunities across our campuses, assisting academic
departments and professional services teams with a variety of
- Become a human rights and law evangelist. Run by our student
Essex Street Law gives
you the chance to visit secondary schools to help pupils
understand law, human rights and how they have an impact on
their everyday lives.
- Our student-led commercial awareness initiative helps you
understand how law relates to the world of business.
- Mooting competitions give you the chance to argue
hypothetical points of law in front of a judge, helping to
develop legal research skills, oral presentation techniques, and
resilience under pressure.
- Additional extracurricular competitions include client
interviewing and negotiation.
- Sign up for a networking skills workshop. Networking is
important for law graduates across a wide range of sectors,
particularly in relation to client development.
- Using your experience to mentor other students is a great
way to develop your communication skills and we provide you with
training and opportunities to take on this responsibility.
- Completing an internship is a great way to
gain professional experience while you study.
We recognise the importance of networking. Throughout the year, there
are careers talks on campus by legal professionals working in a wide
range of roles and law firms offer opportunities to visit their
offices. We run an annual law careers fair that brings international, regional
and local law firms and other employers onto campus.
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for
information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.
Putting what you learn in lectures into practice is the best way to develop your legal skills. In our Essex
Law Clinic you'll work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients on real issues.
All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.