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International Legal Communication, full-time, second cycle

Code S2-ILC
Organizational unit Faculty of Applied Linguistics
Field of studies International Legal Communication
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 12
Admission limit 60
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address ikomendacka@uw.edu.pl
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Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (06.06.2024 00:00 – 08.07.2024 23:59)

1. Number of semesters: 4

2. Number of ECTS points necessary to complete studies at a given level: 120

3. The professional title awarded to graduates: master

4. Classes are held in a modern building at ul. Dobra 55, the seat of the Faculty of Applied Linguistics.

5. Area: humanities and social sciences

6. Disciplines

  1. in the field of humanities: linguistics (51%)
  2. in the field of social sciences: law (49%)

7. Language of the study: English

8. Unique features of the program:

The goals and concept of education in the 2nd degree course of studies "International Legal Communication" meet the requirements of the modern world, in particular the requirements accompanying the development of legal sciences and linguistics. One of the extremely current, global challenges is the need to provide recipients of the law with adequate legal information. International legal communication deals with these issues.

International Legal Communication focuses on international, supranational and transnational legal regimes in conjunction with linguistic elements of objective legal and legal reality, such as facts, events, phenomena, processes etc .; physical, mental or emotional actions and behavior; human creations, both physical and spiritual; human states, thoughts and feelings, images, mental constructs, etc., and linguistic statements expressing those thoughts, images, or mental constructs that relate to the formulation, expression and reconstruction of legal information carried by and communicated by legal regimes.

International legal communication takes place on three levels:

  • creation and shaping of law and related communication between entities that create and shape this law;
  • making the law public, i.e. informing recipients of the law about the content of the law and the rights and obligations arising therefrom;
  • advocacy, to the extent that lawyers process legally relevant information and communicate it to their clients (laymen) and other lawyers, including judges, respectively.

Consequently, teaching and research on international legal communication will be conducted in three specialties, in the following system:

  • 1st year students follow a joint program during the first two semesters of studies.
  • in the middle of the second semester, students submit a written declaration regarding the choice of specialty from the second year of studies:

1) "Design Thinking in Law" – a specialty focusing on the education of personnel dealing with research on the creation and shaping of law in the linguistic context, its conceptualization, terminology, textemics and logic;

2) "Transference of Legal Knowledge" - a specialty focusing on the training of staff involved in research on the social perception of legal information, in particular the simplification of this information and its anthropological and ethnographic aspects;

3) "Epistemology of Lawyering" – a specialty focusing on the education of personnel dealing with research on communication effectiveness in the field of advocacy.

An integral element of the studies are research workshops conducted with the participation of stakeholders and together with foreign research centers. Outstanding students will have the opportunity to study trips and participate in international scientific conferences. Graduates of this field of study will have unique, interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills predisposing them to continue their education at doctoral schools, and in the future - to research.

Detailed study program: here

9. Profile of the graduate

The studies educate specialists in international legal communication who - apart from conducting interdisciplinary scientific research individually or in research teams - can work as:

  • after completing the "Design Thinking in Law" specialty: specialist in law harmonization and global governance in state institutions and international organizations; manager or contractor in translation and terminology projects in the field of law; lawyer-linguist;
  • after completing the "Transference of Legal Knowledge" specialty: specialist in corporations and state institutions dealing with the preparation of legal information for the specific communication needs of its addressees; specialist in corporate social responsibility in corporations and social organizations; translator, proofreader, reviser and post-editor of legal texts;
  • after completing the "Epistemology of Lawyering" specialty: office customer service specialist; translator in a law firm; an interpreter in an alternative dispute resolution environment.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas

Candidates with a Master's, Bachelor's, Engineer's or equivalent diploma obtained in any field of study will be eligible for recruitment.

Recruitment for studies will be conducted on the basis of an interview to assess the candidate's predispositions, including the assessment of their academic, scientific and professional achievements, as well as communication skills and motivation to study.

During the interview, general knowledge on the importance of communication in the legal sphere will be assessed (one general question on the candidate's interests, the second - on the importance and critical assessment of communication in the field of law-making, law application or lawyer-non-lawyer relations). The following will be assessed: the ability to argue, the degree of understanding the problem and communication skills - 0-50 points. for each element of the conversation.

The minimum number of points necessary to consider the interview passed is 60 points. Failure to appear for the interview results in disqualification of the candidate and granting him 0 points in the qualification procedure.

The maximum number of points to be obtained in the recruitment process is 100, while the minimum number of points required for admission to studies is 60.

On the basis of the results of the qualification procedure, the admissions committee creates a ranking list, which determines the order in which candidates are admitted to studies within the limit of places.

Admission rules for candidates with foreign diplomas

The same rules apply as for candidates with a diploma obtained in Poland.

Checking the candidates' competence to undertake studies conducted in the English language

In the qualifying procedure for second-cycle studies conducted in English, candidates are required to submit a document recognized by the University of Warsaw confirming their knowledge of English at the level of at least B2.

In the absence of documents confirming the knowledge of English at the level of at least B2 (in accordance with the requirements set out in the general part of the recruitment resolution), the candidate's language competences will be checked during the interview for studies.

A positive result of the qualification procedure is tantamount to confirmation of the candidate's competence to study in English at the above-mentioned field of studies.

Confirmation by the recruitment committee of sufficient command of the English language is a condition for admitting the candidate to further recruitment procedure. Failure to reach the minimum number of points necessary to consider the interview passed results in disqualification of the candidate.

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Date of an interview: 16th of July, 2024

Announcement of results: 22nd of July, 2024

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 23rd-25th of July, 2024
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 26th, 29th of July, 2024
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 30th-31st of July, 2024
  • additional rounds will be announced in case of not fulfilling the limits



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Required documents

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