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.
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.
Events and Competitions
MOOT - The 2016 mooting competition has now closed for entries. Details for 2017 will be published towards the end of the year. Learn more about our winners.
ESSAY - The 2016 essay, also known as article, competition has now closed for entries. Details for 2017 will be published in the early part of next year. Meet our winner.
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.
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.
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.
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 have 2 student advisers who are here to bridge 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.
EMMA LUI is a paralegal in the Environment and Construction teams at LexisPSL. She was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 2015, having completed the BPTC at City Law School. She obtained her LLB from the University of Durham in 2011, and her LLM in Public and Environmental Law from University College London in 2014. Emma was previously a legal intern at ClientEarth working in EU Biodiversity Law, and has organised two Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK annual conferences. In addition to advising UKELA on student related issues, Emma is also a legal volunteer with the Free Representation Unit.
MARK DAVIES is currently studying the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law in London, having completed the Graduate Diploma in Law in Plymouth. He undertook his first degree at Warwick University reading Philosophy with Classical Civilisation. Before starting the Bar course Mark worked as a paralegal for Holman Fenwick Willan in Geneva and Bond Dickinson in Plymouth. In 2015 he also completed some pro bono work with the Environmental Law Foundation.