The University of Essex celebrated 50 years of excellence in education and research in 2014. Founded to be daring and different, the University continues to challenge convention and conduct pioneering research. Placed in the top 20 UK universities for research quality, and having been awarded the best possible award of Gold in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, Essex is an international community for original thinkers. The University boasts of leading research expertise across commercial law, public law and human rights law. 

Research informs the University's teaching, providing a transformational living and learning experience which equips students with the skills, knowledge and curiosity to build successful careers. 100% of our international law graduates were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating according to the latest available data from 2015. With more than 14,000 students from 140 countries, Essex graduates develop a genuine world view. 

Essex is a campus-based university located within an hour from Central London, offering guaranteed on-campus accommodation and excellent study and leisure facilities.  

The Law School

Essex Law School is ‘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 the School's approach is global in outlook, based on justice, and engaged with real-world problems. Essex Law School is also home to the largest double-degree programme in the UK, with students qualifying to practise in both France and England and Wales. The School of Law is ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS 2014) and in the UK Top 20 for its research quality (REF 2014). 

Human Rights Centre

The Human Rights Centre at Essex is one of the oldest academic human rights centres in the world and enjoys a global reputation as a leader in the field of human rights research, practice, and education. Essex established the first graduate course in international human rights law in the UK in 1983. The Human Rights Centre was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of the University's work in advancing global human rights. Students are able to gain practical experience with the Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Clinic. Students are also able to take part in work placement, internship and study abroad opportunities during the course. 


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 stand out from the crowd, whether your future lies in law or another field. 

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.

For more information about applying to the University of Essex, please contact one of our Canada Law from Abroad Advisors

*Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.


Student population: about 15,000

Number of international students: 40%

City population: 180,000

Location: three campuses, all located within one hour of central London. The largest campus is located in a suburban setting in Colchester

Closest airports: London Stansted (1 hour), London Heathrow (2 hours)

Date of establishment:1964

Notable alumni:

  • Dr Oscar Arias Sanchez (Winner of Nobel Peace Prize and former President of Costa Rica)
  • Dr Rodolfo Neri Vela (Mexico’s first astronaut)
  • Daniel Libeskind (Renowned architect, master plan architect of World Trade Centre site)
  • Sir Christopher Pissarides (Winner of Nobel Prize for Economics)
  • Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP (First female Speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament)
2 Year LLB, University of Essex
The beginning of an adventure 

In September 2021 I left Vancouver for the UK to pursue my law degree at the University of Essex. The decision to choose Essex was an easy one given its international reputation in the human rights field which… Read more

Robin E.
2 Year LLB, University of Essex

My name is Robin and I am a Law Student (senior status program) in my first year at the University of Essex. I became aware of Canada Law From Abroad through a friend who was already a student and who had used their services. The moment I was… Read more

Sophia M.
3-year LLB, University of Essex

This non-profit organization connected me to an agent/representative which acted as more of a mentor towards my post-graduate studies than an agent. Canada Law from Abroad helped me every step of the way along my journey from graduating by BA… Read more

Sarfraz T.
2 Year LLB, University of Essex

I am very grateful of Canada law from abroad by creating a very authentic web office for those who are willing to pursue their dream through using the top advisor's help. 

I want to pay my best regards to ma'am Vivian, who was always… Read more

Kaitlyn-Anne M.
3-year LLB, University of Essex

Firstly, I would like to thank my advisor Vivian for her active role in my application process for law school. Vivian's perpetual support is the reason why I am accepted to a law school today. She is very knowledgeable about her work. She's aware… Read more

Adam M.
2 Year LLB, University of Essex

CLFA helped me to fulfill two dreams: that I would study law, and that I would study law in England. CLFA is a fantastic service–an absolute must if one has an interest in pursuing their legal studies in England. 

Their experienced… Read more

UK Law School Applications: The Reference Letter

Webinar : Continuously available
Universities you can meet:
University of Birmingham, Brunel University London, City, University of London, University of Dundee, University of Essex, University of Exeter, University of Kent, University of Leeds, Queen's University Belfast, University of Sussex, University of York
Asking for a reference letter can be very nerve-wracking for students!

An Evening with UK Law Schools

Event : Friday, 1 March 2024 - Fair (5:00-7:00pm ) and Alumni Mixer (7:00-9:00pm)
Universities you can meet:
University of Birmingham, Brunel University London, City, University of London, University of Dundee, University of Essex, University of Exeter, University of Kent, University of Leeds, Queen's University Belfast, University of Sussex, University of York
Entry is free and welcome to anyone interested studying in the UK, whether you have already applied or are just interested in more information! Registration can be found at the bottom of the page. 

The following scholarship opportunities exist for this university:

University Scholarships

The university has scholarships that all international students can apply for.


Fill out this form to get started. 
(The more details you provide, the better we can help!)

Request more information

Download prospectus

Need Help?
Send us a message