The European Law Students' Association, ELSA, is an international, independent, non-political and non-profit-making organisation comprised and run by and for law students who are interested in academic and personal excellence in addition to their studies.
Being established in 1981, today ELSA is the world's largest law students' association of it's kind.
"A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity."
"To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers."
" Providing opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific co-operation.“
"Assisting law students and young lawyers to be internationally minded and professionally skilled.“
"Encouraging law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society."
The ELSA Network
The ELSA Network comprises of more than 30 000 members from nearly 300 law faculties in 42 countries across Europe.
This unique network is constantly growing and all of its elements are working for the aims and activities of ELSA.
ELSA‘s 300 university-based local groups and 42 national groups as well as the international board are entirely student-managed and administered. Similar to a small franchise, each group creates its own plan of operation in line with the overall goals of the association.
ELSA-activities comprise a large variety of academic and professional events that are organised to fulfill the vision of ELSA and in order to provide its members opportunities to enhance their skills and to interact with each other.
Through the three key areas which are Seminars & Conferences, Academic Activities and the Student Trainee Exchange Program, ELSA members acquire a broader cultural understanding and legal expertise.
Finally working in the ELSA-network prepares active members of ELSA for their professional life through international experience gained through the association.
ELSA's International Members Magazine "Synergy"
Distributed in over 10.000 copies at almost 300 faculties and institutions all over Europe, Synergy contains articles from partners, members, institutions and academics.
2011 is a very special year for ELSA as it marks the 30th anniversary of the association !
The European Law Students' Association - Belgium is one of ELSA's national groups.
Founded in 1986, ELSA Belgium is nowadays amongst the biggest and most active law students ' associations in our kingdom.
Local groups (…)
ELSA Belgium includes four local groups established in the law faculties of four major Belgian universities: Antwerp, Brussels, Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve.
Within the local groups, the number of members varies between fifty and five hundred students and they are all continually extending. Therefore, through the action of its local groups, ELSA Belgium has the potential of reaching thousands of law students all over the country.
Each year ELSA Belgium organizes a great number of various activities and events such as :
Seminars & Conferences
Debates & Moot court competitions
Training camps & Training weeks
Cocktails & Gala Balls
Through these activities, ELSA Belgium gives law students an unique opportunity to learn, acquire experience, meet new people and, of course, have fun !
The Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) makes it possible for law students and young lawyers to gain working experience abroad.
It is a trainee exchange programme that enables law students and young lawyers to gain first hand experience of the substantive and procedural law as well as the culture of another country. The traineeships are between two weeks and two years and can take place in any law related area. The employer sets up his requirements (particularly language and legal skills).
Before and during the traineeship, ELSA Belgium provides assistance with finding accommodation, applying for visas, when necessary and organising social events to involve the trainee in the daily life of the local community.
ELSA Belgium promotes the traineeships through its website which is frequently updated. STEP promotions are also made in the associations' newsletter. In consequence, the potential employers benefit from a substantial advertisement through the network.
Synopsis is the Members' Magazine of ELSA Belgium. It is a high profile, high quality, full colour publication, informing law students and young lawyers on topics of interest to them and the Association. This biannual publication, entirely in English, is the link between the National Board of ELSA Belgium and the Members.
With Synopsis, ELSA Belgium wants to contribute to the legal education of its members by publishing quality articles on legal topics. ELSA Belgium not only has the aim of distributing its magazine to its members, it will also be distributed among (recently graduated) lawyers and foreign students.
ELSA Belgium is currently working on the newest edition of Synopsis which will be published in the beginning of September. 1500 copies will be printed.
Partners & Partnership offers
ELSA Belgium is official partner of the Belgian Legal Awards
In order to operate correctly and consequently to be beneficial for law students, ELSA Belgium needs resources and therefore partners who could assist us in diverse manners. In addition to the financial support , our partners would also help students in their transition between the academic and the professional life.
Our partners will, of course, profit from this special relation. Effectively, in return ELSA Belgium offers series of products which will allow them to obtain more visibility in the major law faculties of the country and their image will go through our entire Network.
Partnership offers (…)
Here is concretely a non-exhaustive list of what we can offer you :
Your logo on our website ( www.elsabelgium.org ) ;
A whole page of advertisement in our Newsletter "Synopsis";
A participation in our STEP programs ;
A participation in our Recruitment days ;
Your name in every single electronic signature we use ;
Your colours in each advertisement material we use ;
Your name and logo on our event's posters and flyers ;
Your representatives in each one of our events ;
A reception in your office for students attending the events;
A presentation about your company in front of hundreds of students ;
Your banners in every workshop and at the reception desks;
Indirect advertisement with all the photos that students will put on social networks ;
Each partner can choose between a General partnership, a Project partnership and a Traineeship partnership with us.
A General partnership gives you the opportunity to be a part of all our activities.
A Project partnership allows you to support one or several particular events.
A Traineeship partnership makes it possible for you to participate in our STEP programmes.
Contact us and we can always make you an offer, sewed specially for you.
By supporting us, you allow our members to have the best extra-curricular activities in the field of law and to be better prepared for the professional life that awaits them.
In return you gain an extraordinary visibility in front of thousands of law students all around Belgium.
You should always keep in mind that today's students are your collaborators of tomorrow !
Contact ELSA Belgium 239, Boulevard Général Jacques B-1050 Brussels Belgium [email_address] Itsik Kricheli President [email_address] +32 485 056 013 Paula Matias VP Marketing vpmarketing@ elsabelgium.org +32 488 371 302 Boris De Vleeschouwer Director Marketing [email_address] +32 487 893 179 Nikolay Marinov Director Marketing [email_address] +32 485 456 373
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