School of Polish and European Law
School of Polish and European Law is a structural unit of West Ukrainian National University, a joint Polish-Ukrainian project, the basis of which is the Cooperation Agreement between West Ukrainian National University and Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). This agreement provides for the functioning of the School, as well as the participation of the Universities in the organization of joint scientific conferences and seminars with the participation of teachers and students of both educational institutions; preparation of joint scientific publications; exchange of teachers, graduate and undergraduate students between universities; implementation of joint research projects involving teachers, researchers and students of both educational institutions. The School of Polish and European Law was established in 2001.
The Polish and European Law School was created to serve as an annual programme. The school year at the School starts, as a rule, in October, since the admission remains open throughout September. Students wishing to take part in this programme are asked to fill out a special application form, which is used to determine at what times students can attend the classes provided by the programme of the School of Polish and European Law. Student groups and classes are formed according to the processed personal information. Students of the School begin by studying the Polish legal terminology. Classes take place at a time that does not conflict with the main university schedule. It should be noted that the School of Polish and European Law is very popular among students. Every year about 150 people apply for participation in it. Upon completion of the language course, the students take an exam, the results of which determine whether they are admitted to the next stage – lectures and seminars on various areas of Polish and European law – that lasts from February to May each year. After each lecture course, students are tested. As a rule, there are 8-10 such courses in an academic year. Every year the School curriculum is supplemented with new relevant subjects. The thematic courses include: Public European Law, Economic European Law, Competition Law of the European Union, Constitutional Law, Civil Law (right of obligation, substantive law, tort law, legal rights, consumer rights), Civil Procedure, Public and Private Economic Law (law of business associations), Intellectual Property Law, Banking Law, Economic Analysis of Law.
The classes are conducted by teachers from the Law and Administration Faculty of Jagiellonian University, practicing notaries and lawyers, barristers of the National Depository of Securities and the Stock Exchange, human rights activists from the Helsinki Foundation (Warsaw), as well as specially invited professors and practitioners from Germany, Luxembourg, and the USA.
When the thematic lecture courses are over and the results of the general oral exam are in, the ranking of the students' academic excellence is published for all students of the School of Polish and European Law. The ranking takes into account the result for the language test, the total score obtained on the test results and the exam. Scholarships are awarded every year by the Polish side, usually from 6-month to 15-month scholarships, as well as possible annual scholarships. Students with the highest ranking receive a year scholarship to study at Jagiellonian University or a month-long internship in firms and organizations in Poland: notarial and law firms, human rights organizations, banks, insurance companies, commercial firms, or government agencies. Students are given the right to choose the place of internship. In order to maximize the benefits of internship, each trainee is appointed a supervisor. Individual internship programmes are developed by the Coordinating Centre for Schools of Foreign Law with the participation of trainees and their supervisors. The internship provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their theoretical knowledge, develop practical skills and gain valuable experience in the day-to-day operation of their chosen specialty. Since the School's establishment, more than 200 students have participated in the internships. Internships were conducted at such renowned institutions as Volkswagen Bank Polska, Comarch, Bank Slaski; law firms Kubas & Partners, Trapl, Konarski, Podrecki, SPCG, Cuczek and Maruta; National Securities Depository, Warsaw Stock Exchange, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, City Council of Krakow.
The School of Polish and European Law culminate in the annual scientific and practical international conference (seminar). This initiative acts as a platform for exchanging scientific and professional experience, as well as for networking and learning of the cultural values of our neighbours. The topics of the conference are determined by the Polish and Ukrainian parties each year.
The areas of activity of the School of Polish and European Law:
- scientific and educational events of a legal nature;
- integration of educational process, science and practice;
- training of specialists, using the achievements of scientific and technological progress and involving students in research work;
- scientific work in connection with the educational process within the activity of the centers of research creativity of youth;
- involvement of leading scientists and scholars in the educational process;
- classes on Polish legal terminology;
- lecture courses on Polish and European law;
- exams on various fields of Polish and European law;
- scientific research by doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, other academic staff of partner universities;
- scientific work in scientific groups and problem seminars;
- scientific and educational internships for graduates of the School of Polish and European Law.
Main objectives of the School of Polish and European Law:
- ensuring compliance with the terms of the Agreement on Cooperation between WUNU and Jagiellonian University;
- carrying out educational activities, which include educational, scientific, methodological and cultural activities;
- providing conditions for mastering the system of knowledge about the structure and content of Polish and European law;
- cultivating civic responsibility, patriotism, self-worth, atmosphere of friendliness and mutual assistance, respect in relations between employees and students of the School of Polish and European Law;
- realizing a person's need for intellectual, cultural and moral development;
- organizing and holding student scientific conferences and seminars together with the Polish partners;
- preparing joint scientific publications and conducting research in the field of Ukrainian, Polish and European law;
- exchanging teachers, graduate and undergraduate students working in the science and didactics between the two partner institutions;
- implementing joint research projects with the participation of teachers, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students of both educational institutions.
The School of Polish and European Law offers services in:
- learning of Polish legal terminology;
- studying the legal system of Poland and the European Union;
- participating in research on problematic aspects of Polish and European law;
- participating in joint scientific conferences and seminars organized by partner universities;
- obtaining a diploma of the School of Polish and European Law;
- studying at the Jagiellonian University;
- participating in internships in Polish companies and organizations: notary and law firms, human rights organizations, banks, insurance companies, commercial firms, government agencies.
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