Warsaw Practical Law Academy 2018

Academy participants will, together with our expert team, analyse a legal dispute and prepare to represent one of the litigating parties.  The Academy’s training scenarios are custom-designed and feature very realistic legal disputes, drafted by legal training experts. Participants can choose to work either on a civil law scenario or a criminal law scenario, depending upon their professional interests.

During the 4-day 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 the EU instruments discussed at the beginning of the Academy.

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.

Thursday 20 September

16.00 – 20.00: Panel discussion on the protection of data and the application of the Charter of Fundamental Freedoms in the V4 Member States

Friday 21 September

10.00-10.30: registration of participants for the Practical Law Academy

10.30-12.00: introduction to legal skills training

12.00-14.30: practical case analysis and closing speeches

14.30-15.30: break

15.30-18.30: delivering speeches in court and practising closing speeches

Saturday 22 September

10.00-13.00: introduction to witness handling and questioning techniques in litigation

13.00-14.30: lunch break

14.30-18.30: witness handling continued

Sunday 23 September

10.00-13.00: mock trial and practice of skills acquired

13.00-14.00: lunch break

14.00-18.30: mediation and the case scenario


The Academy is open to all trainee or practicing lawyers. 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 160 Euro. An early bird fee of 120 EURO applies until 30 August 2018. 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

Thursday 20 September – Sunday 23 September

4 Days’ training in English

30 Participants

Venue: University of Warsaw

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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.