Bratislava Practical Law Academy 2019

During the training, participants work together with our training team in an interactive, small-group setting that enables the most effective and practical teaching of legal skills. Particular focus is placed on planning a case strategy, written advocacy and oral advocacy.  This all occurs against the factual-legal backdrop of case studies involving aspects of EU instruments.

The Academy’s overall aim is to help legal professionals develop and improve their portfolio of core legal skills, and to improve their ability to utilise EU law for the benefit of their clients.

In the application form, please indicate whether you prefer to focus on a criminal or civil scenario. The core legal skills you develop will be identical, regardless of this choice, but your choice will influence the nature of EU instruments that feature in the case study.

The following core legal skills are emphasised during the Practical Law Academy:

Fact Analysis and Litigation Strategy Planning: At the core of any good lawyer’s skills portfolio are the abilities to analyse facts in a structured and detailed manner and to develop the most effectively litigation strategy. Our team of experienced litigators provide practical guidance on improving these skills.

Legal Writing:  The skill of legal writing is an essential component of every lawyer’s repertoire.  We provide training on the most effective methods for creating consistently good legal writing.

Oral Advocacy: Using the case scenarios, we develop participants’ abilities to apply consistently strong and structured argument advocacy.

Witness Handling: Applying the proven witness-handling techniques used in England and Wales, where oral testimony is very important, we provide practical training in the best techniques for witness handling in court litigation and arbitration.

EU Law Application: Using the case scenarios, we show how to effectively use and apply EU law for the ultimate benefit of clients.


The Academy is open to all trainee or practicing lawyers (not exceeding five years’ post qualification). Members of national judiciaries are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from across the European Union, as the training materials and substantive law issues are applicable in any EU Member State.


The fee for the 4-day training is EUR 160. An Earlybird fee of EUR 130 is applicable for registrations before 15 May. Please complete the application form and we will send an invoice with payment instructions. Applications are only complete once full payment is received.


Click on the “Apply” link opposite to complete the application form. Please indicate whether you wish to focus on a criminal or civil case study during the Academy.

About This Course

6-9 June 2019 

Small-group practical training

Hosted by The Slovak Bar Association and taking place at the Comenius University Bratislava

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Practical Law

The Practical Law Academy is co-financed by the 2016 Justice Programme of the European Union. The project is implemented by the Institute of Advanced Legal Skills, the Budapest Bar Association, the Czech Bar Association, the Finnish Bar Association and the University of Warsaw.