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Our Student group serves the interests of students in law, environmental science and any other discipline with relevance to environmental law. We aim to assist you to establish yourself within your area of practice, by enhancing your professional skills - through providing professional and social networking opportunities, continuing education and development and through supporting the aims of UKELA generally. You are welcome to participate in our activites and make the most of the very valuable opportunities such participation provides.

However, please note that we are unable to give specific advice about essays or careers.

Join Us!

If you want to join UKELA as a student it's only £15 and you have the chance to attend UKELA events free of charge or at low cost. You get to hear about all our events and competitions first - so do consider it if you're interested in Environmental Law. Our online membership form is below. If you would like to know more, get in touch with our student advisers, who will be delighted to chat to you about the opportunities we offer.

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Annual Careers Evening 2018

This year's annual UKELA Student Careers evening will be kindly hosted once again by Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, on Thursday 8th November, 6pm to 8.30pm.

We have a wide variety of advisers and speakers including solicitors, barristers, environmental groups and consultancies. It is an excellent opportunity not only to find out more about the field in which you are interested but to network and mix with like-minded people.

Refreshments are provided and entry is free but you will need to book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ukela-careers-evening-2018-tickets-49382229578

It is not a requirement to be a UKELA member in order to attend, so please tell anyone you think may be interested. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Advisor position - DEADLINE EXTENDED

We are now taking applications for the vacant student advisor position. Working alongside our other advisor, Lewis Hadler, the role involves:

· Advising UKELA’s Council on how to make our services relevant and accessible to student members throughout their education and professional development

· Working with student contributors on articles for our members’ journal, e-law

· Managing student mailings, maintaining mailing lists and social media posts to keep members up to date

· Maintaining the student section on the website

· Providing practical input on specific initiatives, such as our moot competitions and student bursary scheme

A full description of the role may be found below.

If you would like to be considered for this two-year role, please send a CV and succinct covering letter addressed to UKELA’s Operations Director, Alison Boyd via email (elly-mae@ukela.org). The deadline for applications is now midday on Monday 26 November 2018

Student Advisor advert 2018

Student Environmental Law Conference UKELA prize winner announced!

Yahya resizedWe are pleased to announce that the winner of this prize is Yahya Al-Qaq. His presentation at the Student Environmental Law Conference has earned him a year's free UKELA student membership. Yahya was born in Florida, USA, where he subsequently lived for several years. He currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel but is currently concluding his 3rd year of LLB studies at Cardiff University. He plans on pursuing a commercial-based LLM next year. Well done Yahya!

Events and Competitions


MOOT - The 2019 Moot Competition finals will be held in February 2019 (date tbc) at Kings College London. Details on the Moot problem and how to enter, along with how to book your training place, will soon be on our Moot Competition page

ESSAY - The 2019 essay, also known as article, competition question will be announced later in the year. Please see the Andrew Lees Essay Prize page for more details.

BURSARY - The Student Bursary Fund is intended to enable students to undertake a period of vocational placement (such as an internship or externship) in the field of environmental law. It is offered on a yearly basis, subject to funding being available. Please see the Student Bursary fund page for more details

SIMON BALL PRIZE - The Simon Ball prize for academic achievement is awarded to recognise and celebrate student achievement in the field of environmental law. This award is on hold at present.

Moot competition

Past moot competitions

past essay competitions


We run a wide range of events, the majority of which are free for students to attend. We sometimes charge a small deposit to secure your place, which is refunded on attendance. We also charge for attendance at some of our larger events such as the Annual Conference and Wild Law weekend. Some of our events are listed below, but take a look at our events page for more.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE - usually held in June or July, we offer a limited number of discounted student places

SEMINARS - held in the early evening in London and other cities, on hot topics, with free student places

CAREERS EVENING - this is held annually (usually November) in London and is free to attend

PIEL CONFERENCE - we are pleased to support the annual PIEL Conference organised by students. You may have seen our student advisers at the UKELA stand this year. The papers from the conference are now available.

You are also encouraged to join in with the activities of our Working Parties, Regional Groups and Devolved Administration groups, as well as our Special Interest groups such as Wild Law. Take a look at the relevant pages for more details.

Events calendar

How you can get involved

e-law Student Publication Opportunity

Interested in co-authoring a hot topic article with a environmental professional? We provide opportunities for students to publish their work in our members' journal, e-law, circulated to over 1400 practitioners.

Please submit a short (less than 500 words) abstract for consideration by email to one of our Student Advisers. If selected, your article should be written with the assistance of a practitioner in that field. Articles can be on the e-law issue theme or on any topic related to environmental law. Find out more about e-law.

WE OFFER a wide range of activities and events for students to get involved in which will help to develop your knowledge of and interest in environmental law. Becoming an active member of UKELA by attending events, participating in working parties and regional groups and volunteering to help with UKELA’s various charitable activities is a fantastic way to meet interesting people from a wide range of backgrounds that share your passion for the environment. Getting involved will also provide you with insight into the current issues facing environmental law and hopefully help to set you on your path to a career in environmental law.
Getting involved as a student volunteer is highly regarded in the very competitive legal job market.

WE RECEIVE a lot of enquiries about internships and work placements. As a small organisation without an office, we are rarely able to offer these ourselves. Any opportunities we do have will be advertised on our jobs page. However, many law firms, government bodies and NGOs do offer placements, so you are advised to apply directly (we can't supply a list). The Law Society website identifies firms which practise environmental law.

SECURING a placement or pupillage is competitive. Being a member of an organisation like UKELA will broaden your experience and knowledge, and also enhance your profile by providing networking opportunities with professionals working in relevant areas. It will also allow you to contribute to the development of environmental law as a volunteer through the groups and other activities.


We currently have one student adviser who bridges the gap between our student members and UKELA's senior management team. Their role includes keeping our Council up to date with student activity; keeping you informed about forthcoming competitions, opportunities and events via this page, Facebook and Twitter and promoting the benefits of membership to students across the UK. We will soon be recruiting a second student adviser.

LEWIS HADLER is currently a Legal Intern with Friends of the Earth. He graduated in law from Anglia Ruskin University in 2015 an then went on to work as a paralegal at Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law before completing the Bar exams in 2017. Lewis has been involved with UKELA since 2015, when he began volunteering as assistant editor of UKELA's e-law publication.

Student Advisers

We currently have one student adviser to UKELA's Council: Lewis Hadler. Read more about him under Contacts. We will shortly be advertising to recruit a second adviser.


Lewis Hadler

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