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.
THE ELSA NETWORK
ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) is an association of law students founded in 1981 in Vienna by a group of four students, divided by the Berlin Wall but united by the study of law. Since then, the association has grown exponentially and expanded its business, being currently represented in more than 300 universities in a universe of 42 countries.
The ELSA network consists of 50 000 law students and young lawyers. All law students and young lawyers can become members of ELSA. To do so, just contact your local group.
Destined to be law students and young lawyers, ELSA is an association that provides access to the activities organized by several local groups, including ELSA Summer Law Schools scattered throughout Europe, International Moot Court competitions in partnership with organizations such as the Council Europe and the World Trade Organization and work experience across Europe with the Student Trainee Exchange Progamme.
ELSA is also an UN and Council of Europe observer member and is considered the largest independent association of students in the world.
Mission: To contribute to legal education, foster mutual understanding and promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers.
Vision: A world based on respect for human dignity and cultural diversity.
ELSA is managed by the International Board, which oversees the operation of all the National Boards, spread trough the 42 different countries.
In Portugal, the National Board coordinates 9 local groups, present in 9 law schools all over the country.
Among these, ELSA UCP Porto.