Students Staff

About our School

Exploring justice, promoting human rights

At Essex we teach the law that matters. Consistent with our founding ethos, we are ‘freer, more daring and more experimental’ than a traditional law school. Your legal education has to be relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing society, so our approach is global in outlook, based on justice, and engaged with real-world problems.

Do justice to your career by studying at Essex.

A global legal education

We are actively engaged in debates about the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. Our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader. Through our research and through our work with the United Nations, governments, parliaments, human rights organisations and corporations all over the world, we bring a global outlook to our teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world. This community, combined with opportunities to study abroad during your time with us, ensures you graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts.

A legal education based on justice

At Essex we don’t just prepare you to become an outstanding legal professional. We stimulate your desire to pursue justice and equip you with the skills and knowledge to become an agent for change, whatever career path you choose.

Law affects every aspect of life, whether ours or the companies and organisations we rely on or are part of. Law does not exist in a vacuum. At Essex we take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach so that your legal education is enriched by drawing on insights from other disciplines and legal traditions.

A legal education for the real world

A number of our academics are also practitioners, so we recognise the importance of equipping you with the necessary skills to thrive in your future career. We combine a rigorous legal education with opportunities to gain valuable practical skills, through activities such as mooting or participating in our Model United Nations.

If you’re impatient for change and don’t want to wait for graduation to pursue justice, you can help the local community, and gain work experience, by applying your newly learnt skills at our Essex Law Clinic or Human Rights Clinic. There, you will have the opportunity to draft legal advice on real client problems alongside a qualified solicitor.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a wide range of fields, designed to be responsive to the ever-changing needs of the workplace, whether in law or beyond. We offer ‘qualifying’ degrees which allow you to proceed straight onto the professional stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. We are also home to the largest double-degree programme in the UK, with students qualifying to practise in both France and England and Wales.

Undergraduate courses


Our courses include ‘qualifying degrees’ that let you progress to the professional training required for solicitors and barristers. You can also combine law with human rights, philosophy or politics.

Masters courses

Student in classroom

Our LLM and MA courses are ideal for developing advanced expertise in human rights, commercial and public law, whether you are interested in professional practice or undertaking doctoral study.

Human Rights Centre

chalking steps

Our Human Rights Centre is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education. The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of its work.

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our staff work with the UN, governments, human rights organisations and corporations across the world. Find out more about their research and practice by reading their staff profiles.