ELSA Helsinki

ELSA Helsinki is the ELSA Local Group for law students at the University of Helsinki (both in Helsinki and Vaasa units) and TLU.

ELSA Helsinki ry is part of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) connecting over 50 000 law students in Europe. ELSA Helsinki is the local ELSA group for law students studying in Helsinki (University of Helsinki, University of Tallinn Helsinki Campus) and Vaasa (University of Helsinki Vaasa Unit) and one of four ELSA local groups in Finland.

Our goal is to contribute to the academic and professional development of law students and to promote internationality as well as respect for human rights. In order to achieve this, we organise academic and professional events as well as fun social activities throughout the academic year both in Finnish and English!

ELSA – The European Law Students' Association

ELSA is an international organisation run by and for students. ELSA has more than 50 000 members coming from over 300 faculties of law. ELSA consists of ELSA International Board, National Groups (such as ELSA Finland) and Local Groups (such as ELSA Helsinki, ELSA Joensuu, ELSA Rovaniemi and ELSA Turku).

The activities organized by ELSA are divided into three key areas: Academic Activities provides many opportunities to practice important skills and explore legal career opportunities through excursions, moot court competitions and other academic events. Seminars & Conferences organises seminars and international events that provide opportunities to network and meet fellow students in Finland and abroad. STEP traineeships offer law students and young lawyers with valuable opportunities to work abroad.

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How to get involved?

Our events have as low threshold as possible for participating, and the easiest way to join our activities is to simply show up! Yearly we organise dozens of events such as study trips, excursions, seminars and competitions and promote the international possibilities ELSA has to offer. For some events the members of our association are prioritised, so you should join us in order to secure your participation. As a member of your ELSA Local Group, you are also entitled to the membership benefits of other Finnish ELSA groups. You can easily become a member by clicking the link below and purchasing your membership from our online store! You can also join our mailing list in order to keep up with current and upcoming activities!

A new board for the association is elected in spring and directors are recruited afterwards in order to assist the board with daily tasks. We also recruit students to organisational committees in order to organise individual projects such as our Negotiation Competition. If you are interested in participating, do not hesitate to apply! No prior experience is needed, only a can-do attitude!

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Contact details

ELSA Helsinki

PL 298, 00101 Helsinki


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Board of ELSA Helsinki 2019–2020

Thanks to our photographer Anu Rossi! You can find more of her photos in Instagram, @moioonanuphoto .

Niklas Alanen
Pinja Illman
Secretary General
Samuli Seppälä
Miko Mustonen
Vice President for Marketing
Pinja Lindvall
Vice President for Academic Activities
Daniel Odabasi
Vice President for Seminars & Conferences
Arttu Koski
Vice President for Student Trainee Exchange Programme


ELSA Helsinki grants subsidies to its members participating in certain national and international events, such as ELSA Law Schools or National/International Council Meetings. Active members can be granted a subsidy covering 50 percent of subsidy-eligible expenses based on the board's consideration, other members have a chance to get a subsidy covering 10 percent of said expenses. An active member is a member who has participated in organising events or participated in International or National Council Meetings, for example. The subsidy-eligible expenses are defined in the subsidies code of conduct of ELSA Helsinki. For further information, please contact board members.

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