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Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills

The British Law Centre’s Diploma in English Law and Practical Legal Skills is organised by a charity based at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law. It’s members include Lord Carnwath of the UK’s Supreme Court. Its Academic Committee is presided over by Professor Richard Fentiman, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University.

Participants of the Diploma course study core issues of English law (including contract law, tort, trusts and others) and build a portfolio of practical legal skills (including case management, legal writing, contract drafting, oral advocacy, debating, mooting, interview skills and others).

The Diploma is taught exclusively by native-speaking English lawyers during 8 study visits to Masaryk University (approximately once a month between October and May of any given academic year). Each study visit lasts for approximately 4 hours (not including extra, voluntary events which participants can join if they wish). The course materials are prepared by experts in their respective fields, including academic staff from Cambridge University and other leading UK Universities. The materials and course teachers are also available at any time via a dedicated course website. All teaching is conducted in English in a practical and interactive manner.

The Diploma is aimed both at law students, practising lawyers and anyone who wishes to improve their English language and legal terminology. Whether you wish to practise as a lawyer or simply improve your written and spoken English whilst developing a range of other skills, the Diploma helps to make your career goals a reality.

The Diploma is taught at multiple Universities throughout Central & Eastern Europe and is well-recognised amongst legal employers and educational institutions. BLC graduates have already gone on to excel in a wide variety of professional ways, inter alia by working in most of the major international law firms and a variety of legal institutions, including the European Court of Justice. Equally, BLC graduates have gone on to study/teach at variety of illustrious Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard or Yale.

The Diploma is a fee-paying course, but a reduced “earlybird” fee applies until 30th June. To find out more about the Diploma or to apply, please visit our website here and to apply for the course at Masaryk University, click here. To speak directly to the organisers, click here.

Course brochure: here


Two separate fees are payable – one to the British Law Centre and one to Masaryk University. The fee payable depends upon the participant’s status (student/non-student) and the time of payment.


Fees payable to British Law Centre

Student/Non-student status

Early-Bird fee (applies before 30th June)

Standard fee (applies after 30th June)

Full-time student*






 *Anyone registered as a full-time student at any Higher Education institution within the EU (inc. Ph.D students)

A local centre one-off administration fee: 100€

Fee instalments: 

It is possible to split fee payments into two equal instalments:

  • Instalment 1– to be paid by course commencement date in October 2018)
  • Instalment 2– to be paid by no later than 1st February 2019)

Anyone wishing to benefit from the reduced “early-bird fee” must pay at least the first instalment by 30th June 2018.

N.B. In addition, high-achieving Masaryk University Faculty of Law students can access scholarships of up to CZK 10,000 per aunumn (more details from the Local University contact). 

Teaching Schedule

The draft teaching schedule for 2018-2019 is below. Teaching sessions will take place during weekends in order to make it easier for participants to attend. However, if (once recruitment has finished) it seems that the participants wish to organise the teaching schedule differently (i.e. different dates, different times), it may be possible to rearrange the draft schedule below accordingly.


Substantive Law

Legal Skill

5th – 6th October 2018

English Legal System

Fact Management in Litigation

9th – 10th November 2018

English Legal System

Oral advocacy

7th – 8th December 2018

Contract Law

Oral advocacy

Client Interviewing

11th – 12th January 2019

Contract Law

Contract Negotiations

8th – 9th February 2019

Contract Law

Contract Drafting

1st – 2nd March 2019


Contract Drafting

5th – 6th April 2019

Tort Law

Written Advocacy

Legal Opinion Writing

10th – 11th May 2019

Tort Law

CV and Interview Skills