University of Manchester
The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) is the largest independent law students' association in the world, consisting of 44 National Groups across Europe and encompassing 69,000 members. The purpose of ELSA is to contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of law students and young lawyers. It does so through a wide range of international and national projects and an array of opportunities at a local (university) level. ELSA Manchester is one of the 23 Local Groups of ELSA United Kingdom, forming part of one of the largest and fastest developing National Groups, amounting to over 3,000 members. Members of ELSA benefit from the international focus of the association, which is reflected by the exclusive opportunities available for them to participate in, such as the Winter and Summer ELSA Law Schools - intensive courses in various fields of law (Maritime Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Law), with destinations across many European cities. Another exclusive opportunity for ELSA members is the Student Traineeship Exchange Programme, particularly aimed at penultimate and final year students as well as postgraduates.