Substantive law: We teach 9 subjects over the 2-year course, each of which is designed to familiarise you with different aspects of the English common law system. We place great emphasis on choosing subjects with which you are most likely to come into direct contact in your professional lives, especially commercial law subjects. For further details of the various modules see below.
Legal Skills Portfolio: We teach a range of legal skills during the various substantive law modules. These combine to form a skills portfolio which covers areas that have been identified as being lacking or under-developed amongst young lawyers in Poland. The range of skills includes: Case and Fact Management; Legal Writing; Oral Advocacy and Public Speaking; Mediation; Negotiation; Contract Drafting; Group Work and others.
As a BLC student, you will not only acquire substantive law knowledge and vocabulary, but also a wide range of key skills that help to improve your career prospects.
2017-2019 Diploma Syllabus
As a common-law legal system, English law is only as good as the legal practitioners who use it. The BLC diploma is unique in teaching substantive law through the medium of practical legal skills training. During the 2 years of the Diploma course, students develop skills including: case analysis; legal writing; debating; negotiation; advocacy and/or public speaking; mediation; contract drafting; analysing commercial disputes; trial preparation and others.
To monitor individual progress, each student receives a skills’ portfolio to record and analyse the nature of the various skills, the manner in which they were acquired and their personal level of skills-acquisition. The portfolio will be both a means of recording progress and assisting students during interviews at law firms where they can present the skills they acquired during the BLC diploma. Each student’s progress on their skills portfolio is discussed during regular, individual meetings with the BLC’s resident teaching team.
Year 1 subjects
English Legal System and legal skills
This module lasts for 6 weeks (3 lecture weeks, 3 class weeks). It teaches the foundations of the English common law system, in preparation for studying the course’s substantive law modules.
The practical legal skills taught during this module include: preparing written legal arguments; defending legal submissions; debating; preparing for a mock trial; and oral advocacy.
Contract Law and legal skills
This module lasts for 6 weeks (3 lecture weeks, 3 class weeks). It introduces students to key aspects of contract formation, contract terms, breach of contract and remedies. English contract law is the most commonly chosen applicable law in international commercial agreements, so it is a crucial area of knowledge for anyone involved in business transactions. Students complete the module by drafting of a sale of goods agreement and analysing real-life legal disputes.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: analysing commercial transactions and disputes; statutory interpretation; working with legal precedents; negotiating; and drafting contracts.
Criminal Law and legal skills
This module lasts for 2 weeks (1 lecture week, 1 class week). It introduces students to the criminal justice system of the England and Wales, to the rules of evidence and the standard of proof for various criminal offences. It will include students taking part in a simulated criminal trial, with students taking on the role of the defence and prosecution advocates.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: case and fact management; statutory interpretation; working with precedents; preparing for trial; witness handling and oral advocacy.
Tort Law and legal skills
This module lasts for 2 weeks (1 lecture week, 1 class week). It introduces students to non-contractual obligations in English law, with emphasis on the law of negligence. The module is assessed by means of analysing and providing legal advice to a client(s) who has suffered harm as a result of negligence.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: case and fact management; advising clients; analysing every-day legal problems; producing written legal analyses; and working with precedents.
Trusts Law and legal skills
This module lasts for 2 weeks (1 lecture week, 1 class week). It introduces students to the law of trusts, probably the most unique aspect of English law. It provides a foundational knowledge of the law of Equity, the elements of a trust and the use of trusts to determine ownership of property. Trusts are a particularly useful tool for those contemplating a career in wealth management.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: case and fact management; legal writing; working with precedents; and advising clients on trusts related issues.
Year 2 subjects
EU Law and legal skills
This module lasts for 4 weeks (2 lecture weeks, 2 class weeks). It focuses on how the English legal system has approached EU law, issues regarding BREXIT, as well as advanced elements of internal market law and competition law. Regardless of whether or not you have already studied EU law, the focus given to case-studies and resolving practical legal problems means that everyone will improve their existing EU law knowledge and skills.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: analysing the interaction between EU and national law; preparing to draft Article 267 TFEU references to the Court of Justice; and making oral and written submissions before the Court of Justice of the European Union. We also prepare students to represent the University of Warsaw at the Central and Eastern European Law Moot Competition.
Company Law and legal skills
This module lasts for 4 weeks (2 lecture weeks, 2 class weeks). It introduces students to the regulatory system underpinning companies and other enterprises in the UK. Students learn the rules of company formation, raising capital and corporate responsibility, as well as issues regarding directors’ authorisation to enter into contracts, directors’ duties and insolvency.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: analysing commercial documents and disputes; drafting company documentation; and advising on a range of commercial problems regularly encountered by companies.
Intellectual Property and legal skills
This module lasts for 4 weeks (2 lecture weeks, 2 class weeks). It introduces students to the commercially-important system of protecting IP rights: copyright, trademarks, confidential information and patents. Since IP protection is becoming an increasingly important aspects of commercial reality, it is an extremely useful subject to anyone involved in commercial affairs.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: case and fact management; statutory interpretation; working with precedents; and advising clients on how to best protect their intellectual property rights.
International Trade and legal skills
This module lasts for 4 weeks (2 lecture weeks, 2 class weeks). It introduces students to the law governing international sales and the transport of goods. It also covers the resolution of international trade disputes, including the conflict of law rules relating to contractual disputes in the UK and the EU. It includes INCOTERMS, carrier-liability treaties, banking law, the rules governing the financing of international trade and questions of applicable law and jurisdiction.
The practical legal skills acquired on this module include: analysing the interaction between international, EU and national law; statutory interpretation; working with precedents; and advising clients on the web of international rules which apply to international trade contracts. Students may also attend practical skills workshops at the offices of the BLC’s partner law firms.
Study the most important areas of English and EU law, with particular focus on commercially relevant issues. Familiarise yourself with the most common choice of governing law in international contracts.
We help you develop a wide-ranging skills portfolio and monitor your progress on an ongoing basis. The skills and experience you acquire will help you stay ahead of the pack in the race for employment.
Learning English law and developing your skills portfolio is about making you more employable. Our entire focus is on helping you achieve your dream career, wherever and whatever it may be.