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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.

Our undergraduate courses combine rigorous legal training with opportunities to develop practical expertise, giving you the skills and knowledge for careers in law and beyond. Our approach is global in outlook, explores ideas of justice and reflects our commitment to providing a legal education that is relevant and responsive to the needs of a fast-moving legal landscape.

We offer qualifying law degrees (LLBs) that allow you to progress to the professional training stage to qualify as a legal professional. You can also combine your legal study with subjects such as human rights, politics and philosophy, or take a placement year or year abroad.

A global legal education

Our teaching is based on our extensive research expertise and practical experience, particularly in public law, commercial law and human rights, both in the UK and abroad. Your education is enhanced by our internationally diverse community and the breadth of insights this brings into global law and justice.

Our staff include legal practitioners who work with the United Nations, governments, human rights organisations and corporations around the world. Our Human Rights Centre is an international leader and we were the first university in the UK to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

A practical legal education

Developing skills and experience is vital for your professional career and we offer many opportunities to put your learning into practice. These include competitions in mooting, negotiation, mediation and client interviewing. You can work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients at our Essex Law Clinic, gain experience in commercial awareness with our Business and Legal Advice Clinic, as well as work on projects for key human rights organisations in our Human Rights Clinic.

Training and networking opportunities are also organised by our vibrant student-led societies. These include our Law Society and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students' Association (CSA).

Other opportunities include bringing law into the classroom with our award-winning Essex Street Law project, or joining our Human Rights Society, who run a series of activities including careers events, talks, film nights and campaigns. In addition our programme of Human Rights Centre seminars and Essex Transitional Justice Network lectures expand your knowledge of wider debates in legal research and practice.

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Watch LLB student Karin Frode talk about why she came to Essex and the additional development opportunities such as our Essex Law Clinic that helped her during her studies.

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Watch our videos to hear our students’ opinions of their study experience and see our staff talking about their latest ground-breaking research and what a legal education at Essex means.

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.

Human Rights Centre

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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.

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.