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Frequently asked questions

Are you required to be an ELSA member in order to apply for an ELSA Law School?

ELSA Law Schools are available to both ELSA members and non-members. However, being an ELSA member is an advantage since you pay the special participation fee.

How much is the participation fee for ELSA Law School?

The height of the fee depends on your ELSA membership. ELSA members pay a special fee according to the country where they are an ELSA member. The participation fee for non-members is not regulated by ELSA International and is set by the organisers of each ELSA Law School.

How much is the maximum participation fee for an ELSA member from a non-favoured country?

The maximum participation fee for an ELSA member from a non-favoured country is € 350 for the first seven days of the law school. If the law school takes place for more than seven days, each additional day may cost up to a maximum of € 50.

How much is the maximum participation fee for an ELSA member from a favoured country?

The maximum participation fee for an ELSA member from a favoured country is € 315 for the first seven days of the law school. If the law school takes place for more than seven days, each additional day may cost up to a maximum of € 45.

Is the Organisation Committee allowed to ask me for more than the participation fee?

Yes, the Organisation Committee is allowed to ask you to pay for extra services provided, and events organised, by them. The fees for these services and events are limited to a maximum amount:

Gala ball or gala reception: € 50
Transfer from and to your point of arrival: € 30
Extra nights (outside of the official programme): € 45 per night.

Which countries are favoured and which countries are non-favoured?

The favoured countries are:
o Albania
o Armenia
o Azerbaijan
o Belarus
o Bosnia & Herzegovina
o Bulgaria
o Georgia
o Montenegro
o The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
o Romania
o Serbia
o Turkey
o Ukraine

All other countries are considered to be non-favoured. Being a member of an ELSA group located in a favoured country determines your participation fee, not the nationality of the applicant.

What is included in the participation fee?

The participation fee includes the following:
o The academic programme,
o the social programme,
o the cultural programme (e.g. sightseeing),
o accommodation during the summer school,
o breakfast every day (excluding the day of arrival),
o lunch every day (excluding the day of arrival or the day of departure),
o dinner every day (excluding the day of departure),
o transportation during the official programme of the ELSA law school
o Administrative costs.

When should I apply for a Summer ELSA Law School?

The application period for the Summer ELSA Law Schools opens on 08.03.2017 and closes at 23:59 CET on 23.04.2017.

An additional application period will be held to fill vacant spots after the regular application period has ended. This additional application period opens on 22.05.2017 and closes at 23:59 on 29.05.2017.

When should I apply for a Winter ELSA Law School?

The application period for ELSA Winter Law Schools depends on the organisers of the law school and will be posted to the relevant subsection of the website in due time.

Am I required to have some kind of knowledge about the topic of my ELSA Law School before signing up?

No, having prior knowledge is not required. However, one of the criteria for the selection procedure is the academic and professional background of the applicant. Therefore, having prior knowledge may be an advantage.

Will I be certified after participation?


A certificate of participation will be awarded to participants who have attended at least 85% of the academic programme.

How are the participants selected?

The participants are selected by the relevant Organising Committee of the ELSA Law School and will be chosen on the basis of their motivation letter and CV. Cultural diversity will also play a role during the selection process.