The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit making organisation run by and for students and recent graduates, who are interested in achieving academic and personal excellence in addition to their legal or law-related studies at university.
ELSA aims at providing its members a platform to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones, to interact with fellow students and experienced practitioners from different states and legal systems around Europe, and to be equipped for a professional life in an international environment, through mutual understanding, intercultural cooperation and the large variety of activities and projects the Association offers.
Opportunities for Law Students through ELSA
ELSA has been increasing international understanding and co-operation between law students and young lawyers since its foundation. By developing cultural understanding and management skills of the students and by providing a select core of leadership potential to business, ELSA is a positive force for global development and understanding between law students with diverse national and cultural backgrounds. ELSA works on a European level, attracting students with an international mindset.
ELSA is commited to:
• Creating opportunities for exposure and interaction between law students and young lawyers of different cultures and nations;
• Complement the law students' theoretical education in law with practical business experience;
• Provide opportunities for law students and young lawyers to develop their management and teamwork skills in an internatioal environment;
• Make companies and law students more conscious and responsive to the economic, social and environmental development in their communities and in Europe and the impact of this development within law.
The members of the European law students' Association are open-minded, internationally oriented/targeted and multilingual and acquire a broader cultural understanding than other law students. They gain direct experiences with foreign legal systems and business practices through the wide range of activities and international cooperation of ELSA.