If you are interested in the environment and are studying law or environmental science, being a member of UKELA is an invaluable way to start your professional career. Enhance your professional skills, add to your CV and start building your own professional network. Follow the tabs at the top of the page to find out more about all these fantastic opportunities. 



Join us for just £15 a year (FREE if you’re studying an environmental law module or volunteering in an environmental law clinic) to:

  • Attend UKELA events free or at discounted rates
  • Hear about events and student competitions (Moot competition and Andrew Lees essay prize) first
  • Opportunity to apply for Student vocational bursary and Wildlife Law Bursary
  • A wealth of career  advice and events 
  • Access weekly newsletter and bi-monthly e-law and opportunity to co-author an article for publication
  • Access to members only materials and recorded events
  • Join the student networking group to meet other members and hear first about volunteering opportunities
  • Join the student’s Facebook group once you're a signed up member
  • Hear about opportunities to volunteer in working parties if you have an area of special interest
  • Gain the opportunity to apply to be a UKELA student adviser 
  • New for 2023 - a termly Student Newsletter - download Issue 1
  • New for 2023 - Mentoring scheme


UKELA Annual Conference – Speaker’s Corner

In recent years, we have offered students the opportunity to speak at our Annual Conference in the ‘Speaker’s Corner’ slot, a 10 minute platform to raise your profile speaking to all the conference delegates on any environmental topic you chose.  So, if there's an environmental issue that keeps you up at night or you have a passion or experience about the natural world you would like to share, keep your eyes peeled for news about when to apply for the 2023 Conference.   


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 1500 practitioners. Please submit a short (less than 500 words) abstract for consideration by email to our Student Advisors. 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. 



Student Advisers

Two student advisers are appointed for a period of two years to act as an interface between student members and UKELA's Council. They help ensure UKELA is as relevant and accessible to student members as possible. They keep Council up to date with student activity and keep student members informed about forthcoming competitions, volunteering opportunities and events via a student networking Google group and social media channels. New for 2023 they'll be producing a termly student newsletter!

We're delighted to confirm the appointment of two new advisers:

  • Rhys Gowen (Swansea University)
  • Zia Maxwell (BPP London)

Zia Maxwell

I studied International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at the University of Manchester, and am now doing the GDL at BPP Waterloo. I’m hoping to become a solicitor in environmental law and use law to protect the natural environment.

Rhys Gowen

I am currently studying the LPC at Swansea University. I have a passion for nature conservation and environmental protection. As such, I intend to practice as a solicitor where I can apply the law to enhance the natural environment.

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