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About ELSA.

Empowering law students through events, academics, and support.

ELSA aims at providing its members with a platform to develop their existing skills and acquire new ones, to interact with fellow students and experienced practitioners from different states and legal systems around Europe, and to be equipped for a professional life in an international environment, through mutual understanding, intercultural cooperation and the large variety of activities and projects the Association offers.

ELSA activities comprise a large variety of academic and professional events and projects that are organized to fulfill the vision of ELSA and in order to provide our members with opportunities to enhance their skills and interact with each other. Furthermore, ELSA provides law students opportunities to develop their skills through our traineeship program as well as through our publications. Finally working in the ELSA Network prepares active members of ELSA for their professional life through international experience gained through the association.

The 2023 Board of Directors

The ELSA Story

Five law students from Austria, Hungary, Poland, and West Germany founded ELSA in 1981. Today, ELSA is the world’s largest independent law students association and it is represented at nearly 300 law faculties in 43 countries across Europe with membership in excess of 40 000 students and young lawyers. ELSA provides opportunities for international exchange, diversified legal education, and personal professional development for law students and young lawyers.

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ELSA IE was founded 2013 by a group of postgraduate students, and was re-established in November 2022 by undergraduate student Dane Chilton.


Under the new leadership, ELSA IE University has grown tremendously to become one of the largest chapters of ELSA in Spain and abroad, offering a wide variety of events and academic enhancements.

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