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Recruitment for 2nd degree studies for the academic year 2023/2024

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[WA-UW] International Legal Communication

Organizational unit [WA-UW] University Warsaw
Field of studies International Legal Communication
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Admission limit 30
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address j.osiejewicz@uw.edu.pl
Required document
  • Higher education
There is currently no active phase.

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (17.08.2023 12:00 – 12.09.2023 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

The condition to admission to the list of students is to get at least half of the points that can be obtained from the exam or the interview, whereas the result must also qualify the candidate for the ranking list within the admission limit provided for the given registration round.

Basis of qualification:

Online qualification interview

Languages of conducting the qualification:


Exam range:

The recruitment process will be open to candidates with a Master's, Bachelor's, Engineering degree or equivalent, obtained in any field of study.

Recruitment for studies will be carried out in two stages:

1. based on submitted motivational letters in English, presenting: a description of the initial research project proposal, including the title, no more than 3,000 characters including spaces, containing a brief summary of the existing literature; the proposal should concern one of the three specialties offered as part of the studies; a proposal to disseminate the results of the research in question to a wider community; The following will be assessed: importance and adequacy of the research problem (0-20 points), coherence and logic of the argument (0-10 points), completeness of the description of the existing literature (0-10 points), quality of the proposal to disseminate research results, including the likelihood of its implementation (0-20 points). Failure to enclose a motivational letter in the IRK system until the end of the registration process disqualifies the candidate. The candidates who receive at least 20 points for the letter evaluation are qualified to the second stage.

2. based on an interview, aimed at assessing the candidate's predispositions, including the assessment of their academic, scientific, and professional achievements as well as communication skills and motivation to undertake studies. During the interview, general knowledge about the importance of communication in the legal sphere will be assessed (one general question about the candidate's interests, the other - about the importance and critical assessment of communication in the area of law-making, law application or the relationship between lawyers and laymen). The following will be assessed: argumentation skills, the level of understanding the problem, and communication skills - 0-20 points for each element of the conversation. The minimum number of points necessary to consider the interview as passed is 15 points. Failure to appear for the interview will result in disqualification of the candidate and awarding them with 0 points in the qualification procedure.

The maximum number of points to be obtained in the recruitment process is 100, with 60 points for stage 1 and 40 points for stage 2. The minimum points required for admission to studies is 60. Based on the results of the qualification procedure, the recruitment committee creates a ranking list that determines the order in which candidates are admitted to studies within the limit of places.

The number of points that can be obtained: 100.


Qualification interview: 20th of September, 2023, 2:00 p.m.

Announcement of results: 22nd of September, 2023

Reception of documents:

  • I round: 25th-26th of September, 2023
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 27th-28th of September, 2023


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by the candidates qualified for studies

Candidate from the Ukraine is exempted from the obligation of submitting legalization, apostille and sworn translation of high school/higher education diploma issued in foreign language. Candidate from the Ukraine submits regular translation of these documents. 

Limit of places available in this round of admission: 30