Our Student group is for all students studying law, environmental science and any other discipline with relevance to environmental law. We are here to help your as you start your professional career, by enhancing your professional skills and add to your CV. You will have the chance to participate in our activities and make the most of the very valuable opportunities such participation provides.

We are unable to give specific advice about essays or careers.

Join Us

Student membership is FREE to those studying an environmental law module and £15 for all others. This gives you a year's membership. You can attend UKELA events free of charge or at low cost. You will hear about all our events and competitions first too.  If you would like to know more, get in touch with our student advisers. You can also join our exclusive Facebook group once you are signed up as a member.

Student Advisers

We have student advisers who bridge the gap between our student members and UKELA's senior management team. They keep our Council up to date with student activity and keep you informed about forthcoming competitions, opportunities and events via this page and social media.


Student Vocational Bursary Scheme

We are now accepting applications for 2022! 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. Please see the Student Bursary fund page for more details

Andrew Lees Essay Prize

The 2022 competition is currently being judged; look out for the winning announcement later in May. Please see the Andrew Lees Essay Prize page for more details.

UKELA Annual Conference Week 2022 – Speaker’s Corner

We are delighted to offer once again the opportunity to speak at our Annual Conference in the ‘Speaker’s Corner’ slot.

Is there an environmental issue that keeps you up at night? Have you got a passion or experience about the natural world you would like to share? Does the opportunity to raise your professional profile at the UK’s leading environmental law conference appeal to you?

Then apply for our “Speaker’s Corner” slot for an exciting 10 minute platform to speak in front of the conference delegates on any environmental topic you wish.

We welcome the chance to hear new voices and fresh opinions on environmental issues, so this opportunity is limited to our student members. Preference will be given to those who have not spoken at previous conferences.  

For more information on how to apply, please download the application form  and send it to Louise Hotchkiss by 12 noon on Monday 16 May 2022.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Moot Competition


Details of our 2022 Moot Competition will be announced later this year. More details on our Moot Competition page



You are very welcome at all of our events. Find out what's coming up on our events page


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 1500 practitioners.

Please submit a short (less than 500 words) abstract for consideration by email to our Student Advisors. 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. 



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 website and social media. 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.

Student Advisers


Charlotte Simpson has been a member since 2018 and is delighted to be able to get involved in the amazing work of UKELA.  She studied Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation  at Anglia Ruskin University and has completed the GDL with ULaw, now studying the LLM LPC Online with them. She hopes to practice as a solicitor in Environmental Law. If you’re debating the law conversion or there is anything else you’d like to talk about, please get in touch


Contact Charlotte


For general information on environmental issues, visit our sister site Law and Your environment