The Center for American Law Studies at Warsaw University emerged from the vision of faculty members of the Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration and the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
The program offered by the Center is a one-year program. During each academic year the Center offers ten courses. The courses are specially designed and selected to give students the best understanding of the common law system and unique issues of the American legal system, and to introduce the legal issues and problems which may be the most common in the students’ future profession. Usually courses include topics such as: Intro to American Law, Constitutional Law, Torts, Legal Writing, Contacts, Business Law, ADR, and Professional Responsibility. Also other courses are taught in the program such as: Tax Law, Securities, Criminal law and Procedure, Property, Family Law, Environmental law, Securities, Intellectual Property.
The current British Law Centres retain their central administration in Warsaw. The Warsaw BLC has three resident tutors who also form part of the team of tutors who visit the other Polish and Central and Eastern European centres. Educational supervision comes from the members of the charity Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd and the Director and Deputy Director Course Director who are also a fundamental part of the teaching team.
The teaching structure is based upon a system of lectures and workbooks, supported by regular class teaching in the form of seminars (normally 12-15 persons) and tutorials (normally 6-8 persons). Lectures are provided in the Warsaw centre both by visiting academics from the University of Cambridge (the regular visitors over the years have included Prof. Catherine Barnard, Dr Okeoghene Odudu, Dr Mika Oldham, Prof. Richard Fentiman, and Dr Jonathan Morgan, as well as academics from other leading international universities including Professor Robert Burrell of University of Sheffield and Dr Dorota Leczykiewicz of the European University Institute), professional lectures from our commercial partners and by the resident Warsaw tutors.
The BLC course provides a one/ two year programme in which students are taught a number of the core subjects of the general English law degree – English legal system, criminal, contract, tort, and trusts before moving on in their second year to European Union.