About ELSA IE University.
Empowering law students through prestigious programs and support.
ELSA IE was founded in 2022 by Dane Chilton, Jorge Sanjuan, Dalya Droste, and Elizabeth Sanchez Chang, with a vision to create a dynamic and inclusive community of law students at IE Law School. In just one semester, ELSA IE has quickly emerged as one of the largest and most successful student organizations on campus, with a robust membership and impressive financial performance both domestically and internationally.
At ELSA IE, our core values are centered around fostering a supportive and collaborative community of legal scholars. We believe in promoting excellence in legal education and creating opportunities for students to expand their professional networks, enhance their practical skills, and engage with pressing legal issues. We are committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in all our endeavors.
Our organization is driven by a diverse and talented team of directors and board members, all of whom are dedicated to creating meaningful and impactful experiences for our members. From our Mock Trial Program to our Law Review, we strive to offer a broad range of opportunities for students to engage with the legal community and develop their skills.
At ELSA IE, we are proud to be a part of the larger ELSA network, which is the largest independent law student association in the world. Our organization is committed to collaborating with other ELSA chapters worldwide to promote international exchange and foster cross-cultural understanding among legal professionals.
The ELSA Story
The story of ELSA International begins in 1981 when a group of law students from Austria, Hungary, Poland, and West Germany met to discuss the idea of creating a platform for law students to connect across borders. In 1984, the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) was formally established, and it quickly expanded to include chapters in countries throughout Europe.
ELSA International has since grown into the largest independent law student association in the world, with over 50,000 members in more than 300 local and national groups across 44 countries. The organization is run entirely by law students, and its mission is to provide opportunities for students to engage with the legal community, develop their skills, and promote international exchange and understanding among legal professionals.
At ELSA International, the focus is on providing students with practical experience in the legal field. The organization offers a wide range of activities and programs, including moot court competitions, legal research and writing opportunities, study visits to international organizations and law firms, and workshops and seminars on various legal topics.
In addition to its focus on legal education, ELSA International is committed to promoting human rights and social justice. The organization has established several initiatives, including the Human Rights and Business Project, which aims to promote responsible business practices and human rights protection in the corporate sector, and the Diversity and Inclusion Project, which seeks to promote equal opportunities and combat discrimination in the legal profession.
Through its network of local and national groups, ELSA International has created a vibrant and diverse community of legal scholars, which continues to grow and thrive. The organization is dedicated to promoting excellence in legal education and fostering a supportive and collaborative community of legal professionals around the world.
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Our members stand out.
ELSA IE is constantly looking for high-level talent to join our program. Whether it is our Undergraduate Law Internships or our Law Review Publications, we always seek to find the highest level of talent.
ELSA Members have been accepted to or attended top universities across the globe, including Yale, King's College of London, Oxford, Northwestern, Duke Law, and many more, with hundreds of alumni from universities across the globe.
Members are given ample opportunities to boost their resumes, make professional connections, and set themselves up for success.
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