The European Law Students’ Association or ELSA is an international, independent, non-political, and non-profit making association run by and for students and recent graduates. Founded in 1981, ELSA aspires to provide its members with a platform to develop and acquire new skills, interact with fellow students and experienced practitioners from various states and legal systems across Europe, and be prepared for a professional life in an international environment through mutual understanding, intercultural cooperation, and the wide range of activities and projects offered by the Association.    

ELSA connects and bridges law students with the professional world, while also supporting as the voice of approximately 70.000 law students across 432 law faculties in 43 countries. It is supported by the world's largest legal associations, including the International Lawyers' Association, the International Bar Association, the European Law Institute, the European Women Lawyers' Association, the Council of Bars and Law Societies in Europe, and the Council of Europe.     

Established in 2009, ELSA Tilburg is one of eight local groups in the Netherlands working to implement ELSA's vision and purpose on a local level.                             


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.


To develop professional and student relations of an international nature in the field of Law, to prepare members to professional life in an international environment, to contribute to the exchange of scholarly experience and to stimulate mutual understanding and friendship on the principle of equality of all its members.


By providing opportunities for law students and young lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific c0llaboration. By assisting law students and young lawyers to be internationally minded and professionally skilled. By encouraging law students and young lawyers to act for the good of society.

Why choose us?

Our international network encompasses more than 50,000 young lawyers and law students all over Europe!

Our ELSA Traineeships programme offers our members the opportunity to gain paid legal work experience in a foreign country. The unique chance to professionally engage with a foreign legal system helps our members set themselves aside in pursuing their legal careers

International Environment

Our ELSA Law Schools, Delegations & Moot Court Competitions give participants the opportunity to make contacts with people from all around the world. They provide a combination of academic, social and cultural experience.

Social Activities

Next to academic activities, competitions and lectures, ELSA Tilburg hosts parties, networking events and study trips to various destinations. Join to get to know your fellow members and be part of a thrilling community!

Work Experience