Student Trainee Exchange Programme

It is now possible to apply to STEP until May 29 ! During the spring 2020 application period for STEP Traineeships, ELSA offers both “normal” on-site STEP Traineeship vacancies, which require physical presence throughout the Traineeship period, and online STEP Traineeship vacancies, which are done remotely from the Trainee’s home office.

National Board 2020/2021

We are delighted to announce that the board of ELSA Switzerland 2020/2021 has been elected ! The composition of the board is the following :

President : Suzan Candan

Secretary General : Basil Schaller 

Treasurer : Daniella Maron

VP Marketing : Michèle Stachowski

VP S&C : Dario Schönbächler

VP AA : Yuri van Steenwijk

VP STEP : Laszlo Csonka 

Happy Birthday ELSA !

Today, 4th of May 2020, marks the 39th birthday of ELSA ! In 1981, five law students from Austria, Hungary, Poland, and West Germany saw the need to promote international cooperation and mutual understanding among law students on both West and East Europe. ELSA was born and the first office was established in 1984.


If you are looking for an interesting website to visit during those challenging times you may be interested by the following : breaking.through, founded in 2018, publishes portraits of successful female legal professionals in personal interviews on its website. We aim to encourage young female lawyers to be ambitious and pursue the career of their dreams despite the oftentimes still fundamental lack of suitable role models. Since April 2020, breaking.through is now also established with its very own Swiss branch on

Lawyers @ work, Schellenberg Wittmer

On March 26 you will get the opportunity to visit Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich and get an insight of a lawyers’ life.

The event will start at 16:15 and will be followed by an Apéro riche. 

We are looking forward to your registration, which can be done via this link :…/1FAIpQLScb6vicoXvfaJRPLW…/viewform

Please note that in case of too many registrations priority will be given to ELSA members. 


The Swiss legal platform is a fantastic time-saver. 
It provides intelligent hyperlinks between laws and finally lets you work on them individually: Switch back and forth between laws efficiently using the cross-references and save tiresome research thanks to the Preview function, add personal notes to your law and highlight passages of interest with your virtual highlighter. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll soon be able to find relevant legal publications exactly where they make sense: right next to the article of the relevant statute. Have a look at and discover the LAWBRARY legal world.