Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills
The British Law Centre’s Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills is organised by a charity based at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law. It’s members include Lord Carnwath of the UK’s Supreme Court. Its Academic Committee is presided over by Professor Richard Fentiman, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University.
Participants of the Diploma course study core issues of English law (including contract law, tort, trusts and others) and build a portfolio of practical legal skills (including case management, legal writing, contract drafting, oral advocacy, debating, mooting, interview skills and others).
The Diploma is taught at the University of Wrocław by native-speaker lecturers who make 8 visits to Wrocław, especially to each the Diploma. Each study visit lasts for approximately 4 hours (bot including extra, voluntary events which participants can join if they wish). The course materials are prepared by experts in their respective fields, including academic staff from Cambridge University and other leading UK Universities. The materials and course teachers are also available at any time via a dedicated course website. All teaching is conducted in English in a practical and interactive manner.
The Diploma is aimed both at law students, practising lawyers and anyone who wishes to improve their English language and legal terminology. Whether you wish to practise as a lawyer or simply improve your written and spoken English whilst developing a range of other skills, the Diploma helps to make your career goals a reality.
The Diploma is well-recognised amongst legal employers and educational institutions, both in Poland and beyond. BLC graduates have already gone on to excel in a wide variety of professional ways, inter alia by working in most of the major international law firms and a variety of legal institutions – for example, Poland’s current Advocate General at the ECJ (Maciej Szpurnar) and judge at the EU’s General Court (Krystyna Kowalik-Bańczyk) are both BLC graduates.
The Diploma is a fee-paying course, but a reduced “earlybird” fee applies until 30th June. To find out more about the Diploma or to apply, please visit our website here. To contact us, please click here.
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Two separate fees are payable – one to the British Law Centre and one to Wrocław University. The fee payable depends upon the participant’s status (student/non-student) and the time of payment.
|Fees payable to British Law Centre||Fees payable to Wroclaw Uni|
|Student/Non-student status||Early-Bird fee (applies before 30th June)||Standard fee (applies after 30th June)||* The same fee is payable to UWr regardless of the payment date.|
|Full-time student*||525€||599€||Students pay a local fee of €157.50|
|Non-student||625€||699€||Non-students pay a local fee of €202.50|
It is possible to split fee payments into two equal instalments:
- Instalment 1 – to be paid by course commencement date in October 2019)
- Instalment 2 – to be paid by no later than 1st February 2020)
The draft teaching schedule for 2019-2020 is below. Teaching sessions will take place on Friday evenings and/or Saturday mornings (in order to make it easier for participants to attend). However, if (once recruitment has finished) it seems that the participants wish to organise the teaching schedule differently (i.e. different dates, different times), it may be possible to rearrange the draft schedule below accordingly.
|Date||Substantive Law||Legal Skill|
|19th – 20th October 2019||English Legal System||Fact Management in Litigation|
|16th – 17th November 2019||English Legal System||Oral advocacy|
|14th – 15th December 2019||Contract Law||Oral advocacy|
|18th – 19th January 2020||Contract Law||Contract Negotiations|
|15th – 16th February 2020||Contract Law||Contract Drafting|
|15th – 16th March 2020||Trusts||Contract Drafting|
|12th – 13th April 2020||Tort Law||Written Advocacy|
Legal Opinion Writing
|17th – 18th May 2020||Tort Law||CV and Interview Skills|
Points for attorneys-at-law (both OIRP and ORA)
Both Deans of OIRP and ORA agreed to reward attorneys-at-law participating in the Diploma programme with professional excellence points (punkty szkolenia zawodowego). The number of points granted by OIRP will be corresponding with the exact amount of hours of the whole programme (2 points per hour). The number granted by ORA will amount to 6 points for the meetings in 2019 and in the year 2020 successful completion of Diploma course will be considered as fulfillment of the professional excellence obligations for 2019 (they will be granted the required number of points in the year 2020).