Students Staff

Academic Support: Information for Current students

Law clinic

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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.

Handbooks and important information



    School administration team


    • 5S.5.5, Law general office, Colchester Campus
    • 5S.5.27, Events and Communications team, Colchester Campus

    Opening hours

    Term time opening hours

    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10.00-16.00.
    • Wednesday: 10.00-12.45 only.

    Vacation opening hours

    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09.45-12.45.
    • Closed in the afternoons.

    Information on terms, exams and vacation periods can be found here.

Useful links

External law resources

    Student societies

    Essex prides itself on its active student societies, which help drive interdisciplinary collaboration between students of all specialisms. Law students are involved in a number of societies and the Law Society is one of the largest on campus. We are very proud that our membership includes both law and non-law students alike. Whatever your degree we want to help you towards achieving a successful career.


    The University of Essex website provides comprehensive guidance on all aspects of plagiarism (including examples). The advice given is straightforward and very accessible, there is also extensive information in our handbooks. You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with it early on in your studies. Most occurrences of plagiarism occur due to negligence, either because students are unclear about what it really means, or as a consequence of poor study skills. However, the responsibility for understanding what constitutes plagiarism and for avoiding it rests with YOU.

    Please look at the following webpages:

      Research ethics/ ethical approval process

      If you are planning to undertake a research project involving human participants then you must obtain ethical approval in advance, before starting data collection. This includes, for example, a project involving interviews (formal or informal), questionnaires, surveys, and tests, as well as personal data and records (such as criminal or administrative records). This applies to undergraduates performing research for coursework, Master’s students, PhD candidates, and staff. If you believe you need to obtain ethical approval please contact the relevant administrator for advice.

      More information, including the form you should fill out and the ethical guidelines, can be found on the Research & Enterprise Office governance webpage. Please note there are two different forms: one for taught students and one for PhD students and staff.

      Supplementary guidance

        Student surveys

        Several different surveys are conducted each year and we encourage all students to complete them as they provide us with valuable feedback and inform improvements that we make. Our School runs annual surveys for both individual modules and individual courses. There is also an annual University-wide student survey, as well as the National Student Survey.

frontrunners placements

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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.

Essex Interns

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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.

Human rights clinic

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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.

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.