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Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills

Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills

Applications are open for the 2020/2021 edition of the British Law Centre’s Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills. It is a unique course organised by a charity based at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law. 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 a core group of experienced, native-speaker lecturers who make 8 visits to Wrocław, especially to teach the Diploma. Each study visit lasts for approximately 4 hours (not including attractive, voluntary events which BLC 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. Moreover, members and guests of the BLC include such distinguished lawyers as Lord Carnwath of the UK’s Supreme Court, as well as many other leading UK judges, practitioners and academics. BLC Academic Committee is presided over by Professor Richard Fentiman, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University from 2015-2018. 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, practicing 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 we are here 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 Szpunar) 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 “early bird” fee applies until 30th June. To find out more about the Diploma or to apply, please visit our website – . For any inquiries, please email Dr Krzysztof Garstka at .

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 CentreFees payable to Wroclaw Uni
Student/Non-student statusEarly-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-student625€699€Non-students pay a local fee of €202.50
 *Anyone registered as a full-time student at any Higher Education institution within the EU (inc. Ph.D students or anyone officially registered on ORA/OIRP aplikacja courses)

Fee instalments:

It is possible to split fee payments into two equal instalments:
  • Instalment 1 – to be paid by course commencement date in October 2020)
  • Instalment 2 – to be paid by no later than 1st February 2021)
NB. Anyone wishing to benefit from the reduced “early-bird fee” must pay at least the first instalment by 30th June 2020.

Teaching Schedule
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.
DateSubstantive LawLegal Skill
14 November 2020English Legal SystemFact Management in Litigation
5 December 2020English Legal SystemOral advocacy
19 January 2021Contract LawOral advocacy
Client Interviewing
6 February 2021Contract LawContract Negotiations
6 March 2021Contract LawContract Drafting
10 April 2021TrustsContract Drafting
7 May 2021Tort LawWritten Advocacy
Legal Opinion Writing
4 June 2021Tort LawCV 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 number of hours of the whole programme (2 points per hour). The number granted by ORA will amount to 6 points for the meetings in 2020 and in the year 2021 successful completion of Diploma course will be considered as fulfilment of the professional excellence obligations for 2020 (they will be granted the required number of points in the year 2021).


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