What is ELSA ?

The European Law Students’ Association ELSA is the biggest independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization of law students and young lawyers.

ELSA was founded on 4th May 1981 in Vienna by students from Poland, Austria, Hungary and West Germany. Right now it has more than 30 000 active members: law students and young lawyers from 42 European countries. In Poland, ELSA is present in 15 cities where law faculties can be found: Białystok, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Olsztyn, Opole, Poznań, Rzeszów, Słubice, Szczecin, Toruń, Warszawa and Wrocław. More than 1000 Polish law students and young legal practitioners are its active members.


ELSA maintains and constantly fosters its relations with law students and young lawyers from all the continents and countries of the world, including the USA, Africa, South America and Japan. We cooperate with other students’ associations and also everyone who shares our ideas and goals. ELSA’s philosophy statement sets us a task to create “A just world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity”. We wish to develop understanding and respect of other people and legal cultures among our members.