Academic Activities

Academic Activities’ programmes and projects have the common aim of spreading information on legal topics and improving legal education in Europe. AA provides law students and young lawyers with opportunities of learning about other cultures in a spirit of critical dialogue and scientific cooperation and of being internationally minded and professionally skilled. AA puts ELSAs philosophy statement into practice.

Lawyers @ Work

L@W -excursions provide law students with an insight view into the legal profession, the opportunity to understand different career opportunities that are open to law students and the opportunity to meet experts in these various professions.

Other events

In addition to L@W -excursions, Academic Activities provide law students with different kinds of social events such as sitz parties, themed parties and other fun events. If you have some ideas or suggestions concerning excursions or events, please contact vpaa(at)



National Moot Court Competition

Since 2007, ELSA Finland has organized the National Moot Court Competition every year. Themes and legal subjects are different every year. Cases primarily concern Finnish law and legislation. Participants take part in the competition in teams that are comprised of 2-4 persons. The competition is held in autumn and the participants earn academic credit from the Faculty of Law. If you need any further information, please contact ELSA Finland

International Moot Court Competition

ELSA International organizes the ELSA Moot Court Competition every year which is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement system. The purpose of the competition is to enable law students to deepen their understanding of law and put their new skills into practice in an international environment. There are regional rounds worldwide and the best 20 teams will be qualified to participate in the Final Oral Round held at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva. The competition is open to all law students worldwide.

Also, ELSA International organizes a Europe-wide Moot Court Competition on the European Convention on Human Rights in co-operation with the Council of Europe to provide law students with practical experience on the field. The competition simulates the procedure of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights and the teams will examine a fictive case and draft written submissions for each party. The competition is open to all law students in ELSA Member Countries as well as Council of Europe Member Countries.

More information about International Moot Court Competitions is available on ELSA International’s website.


ELSA’s Essay Competitions prepare the participants for the specialized forms of written communication that are required within the legal profession. They are therefore an excellent opportunity to show your legal writing skills to potential employers. Competitions are virtually always held in co-operation with a law firm or institution and the co-operation partners also assess the participants’ essays.

National Essay Competition

ELSA Finland organizes the National Essay Competition every year. The competition is open to all law students studying in Finland. The awards have normally been an internship, iPads or law books.

ELSA International Essay Competition

ELSA International organizes essay competitions that are generally open to all ELSA members. You can find more information about the competition on ELSA International’s website.

If you need any further information about the Essay Competitions, please contact ELSA Finland’s Vice President Academic Activities