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European Legal Studies

Online recruitment open till September 30th!

Our goal is not only to pass on knowledge and experience that will lead you to success. We want you to discover the fire of knowledge while studying with us, which will show you the way to satisfaction from what you are doing!

Following the decision of the Rector of the  Adam Mickiewicz University [Decision no. 486/2019/2020]  due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, in the academic year 2020/2021  there will be teaching and learning online for all the AMU students and therefore also ELS courses planned for the fall semester 2020/21 will be conducted online. The classes are scheduled to start on 15th October. Earlier that month 1st year students will be given preparatory classes in remote education provided by the University. The COVID-19 situation including  travel restrictions, will be monitored on day-to-day basis to allow appropriate decisions about the examinations at AMU in February.

 

What we teach?

Our program covers a wide range of subjects. It includes introduction to international law and international protection of human rights, regional cooperation in the Council of Europe, introduction to the European Union institutional framework and foundations of economic and social integration process in the European Union. Compulsory program also includes subjects important from the perspective of the development of data and knowledge economy, such as intellectual property in trade or data protection.

You will learn how European integration impacts law, economy and society. From the offer of our supplementary subjects, you can choose topics to develop your individual interests, deepening your knowledge of EU law, focusing on trade and business or the impact European integration has on citizens.

European Legal Studies with its complex program and language teaching offer, opens the gate for you to further studies in Europe, using the broad knowledge of the European law at home country institutions or setting your own business.

1st YEAR
2nd YEAR
3rd YEAR

1st YEAR (FALL):

Download course schedule for fall semester 2020/21

Introduction to Legal Science (30h)
Introduction to European Studies (30h)
Introduction to International Law (30h)
Philosophy of Law (30h)
Consitutionalism: European and International Perspectives  (30h)
Focus on the European Union (guest lectures) (5h)
Library & databank research (15h)
Sports (30h)

Supplementary modules (3 modules to choose) (90h):

  • Social Mobility (30h, e-learning)
  • Global Politics (30h)
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication (30h)
  • Polish language course (15h)
  • Foreign (non-EN) language course (45h)

 

1st YEAR (SPRING):

Institutions of the European Union (30h)
European International Organizations (30h)
Lawyers, Judges and European Legal Culture (in the area of Private Law) (30h)
European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (30h)
International Protection of Human Rights (30h)
Focus on the European Union (guest lectures) (5h)
English (30h)

Supplementary modules (3 modules to choose) (90h):

  • Fundamentals of Humanism and Humanity (30h)
  • Ethics in the Global World (30h)
  • Legal English (30h)
  • Polish language course (30h)
  • Foreign (non-EN) language course (30h)

2nd YEAR (FALL):

Cohesion Policy of the European Union  (15h)
Freedom of Establishment and Freedom to Provide Services in Poland (30h)
Freedom of Speech and its Limits in Law (30h)
Free Movement of Persons and the Migration Policy in the EU (30h)
Roman Foundations of Private Law (30h)
Focus on the European Union (guest lectures) (5h)
English (30h)

Supplementary modules (3 modules to choose) (90h):

  • Introduction to EU Criminal Law (30h)
  • Law and Religion in Europe (30h)
  • EU, USA and BRIC – New Global Implications (15h)
  • Legal English (30h)
  • Polish language course (30h)
  • Foreign (non-EN) language course (30h)

 

2nd YEAR (SPRING):

Finance and Financial Market Law of the EU (30h)
Elements of Family Law in the EU (30h)
European Legal Framework for Trading in Goods (30h)
Fundamentals of European Consumer Law (20h)
EU Environmental Law and Policy (30h)
Focus on the European Union (guest lectures) (5h)
Bachelor’s thesis seminar (30h)
English (30h)

Supplementary modules (3 modules to choose) (90h):

  • Food Law in the EU (30h)
  • Public Procurement Law (20h)
  • Direct Democracy: Theory and Practice. East and West European Experience (30h)
  • Legal English (30h)
  • Polish language course (30h)
  • Foreign (non-EN) language course (30h)

3rd YEAR (FALL):

Intellectual Property Law in Trade (30h)
European Company Law and Securities Regulations (30h)
Judicial Cooperation in the EU in Criminal Matters (30h)
European and Polish Agricultural Law (30h)
Fundamentals of European Competition Law (30h)
Focus on the European Union (guest lectures) (5h)
Bachelor’s thesis seminar (30h)
English (30h)

Supplementary modules (3 modules to choose) (90h):

  • Mergers and Acquisitions (30h)
  • EU Sectoral Law (Energy & Telecommunications) (30h)
  • Legal English (30h)
  • Polish language course (30h)
  • Foreign (non-EN) language course (30h)

 

3rd YEAR (SPRING):

International Private Law (30h)
Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters (15h)
Introduction to International Criminal Procedure (30h)
Data Protection and Privacy in the European Union (30h)
European Bioethics and Biolaw (30h)
Focus on the European Union (guest lectures) (5h)
Bachelor’s thesis seminar (30h)

Supplementary modules (3 modules to choose) (90h):

  • European Personal Law (30h)
  • European Identity: Social Attitudes and Political Ideologies (30h)
  • Patents, Innovation, Antitrust (30h)
  • Comparative Legilinguistics (15h)
  • Polish language course (30h)
  • Foreign (non-EN) language course (30h)

How we teach?

European legal system will be explained mostly during lectures, accompanied with presentations and discussions. During many lectures we aim at making our students active in problem solving and deepening the analysis of materials prepared at home. All lectures are in English. English is also a compulsory course, and language skills can be developed further in the framework of optional modules.

Students  also have an opportunity to enter into moderated debates, as well as trying a moot court or simulation of activities of bodies acting in the human rights area. Students analyze case studies  mostly from European courts, and  learn to write a complaint to the European Court of Human Right.

We organize lectures by visiting professors from different legal systems, as well as webinars. You will have a chance to finalize your interests in law  affecting business and society during bachelors seminars in smaller groups, up to 12 participants, where tutors will guide you through the process of writing bachelor thesis and conducting your own research

How to apply?

Our Team

ELS Coordinator

Prof. Katarzyna Klafkowska-Waśniowska

ELS Office

Katarzyna Hildebrandt-Wilk, MA

Marta Orchowska, MA

Lilianna Rusinek, MSc