Course dates

Starting date, Monday 7 Oct 2019
10-5pm | 5 days

Course overview

An introduction to key legal principles, law in practice and successful navigation of the legal system to access justice – essential knowledge for all people wishing to have an understanding of the law, its application in practice and how to navigate the legal system.

Space donated by the Fondazione Bulgari

In three days I just got more knowledge about the English legal systems and procedure than taking a one year masters in another place (I took one year masters in the US). Thank you...!

The course enabled me to consider justice from a number of angles.

This course and the Psychology for Lawyers course, have also changed my views on how I manage my law firm. They have also made me completely change my PhD plan and have inspired me to focus on work that contributes to society.

 

Increasing importance of this knowledge

Law and justice systems affect all people, and knowledge in this area is becoming increasingly more essential as access to justice and equality are in deeper crisis – most people being unable to afford the justice system, and the current system not designed for people who cannot afford legal representation.

Strength of this course:

Designed by multi-jurisdiction trained lawyers with inter-disciplinary training and expertise (e.g. on mind influences on decision making, genetics) – this course brings together:

  • Knowledge on law and legal practices and procedures, including how the justice system works in practice.
  • Legal reasoning of courts in domestic and international disputes, how these differ in practice and how to use this knowledge in practice to minimise risks associated with using the justice system.
  • Knowledge from psychological sciences and how this knowledge can be applied to successfully navigate the legal system, including communicate with lawyers, minimise conscious and unconscious biases and other influences on the judges’ decisions.

The course is interactive and provides participants with opportunity to practice new skills.

The main elements of the course are:

Part 1 The Law and application in practice

  • Key legal principles of English law (e.g. in contracts, crime) and international law and procedure
  • English legal system in practice, and comparison with the US and other legal systems
  • Training of lawyers (barristers, solicitors and US attorneys) and how this has affected development of the law, as well as client representation
  • Access to the legal profession, and how this affects client representation and justice in general

Part 2 Navigating the Legal System to obtain justice

  • Understanding legal reasoning of judges and lawyers.
  • Reducing legal costs.
  • Dealing with ‘legalese’ (lawyers’ jargon) - in contracts and in court.
  • Understanding Court /litigation processes.
  • Resolving disputes in the context of contemporary realities of the legal system: unaffordability and inaccessibility of justice; and growing number of people self-representing in court disputes.
  • Using knowledge from Psychological Sciences to successfully communicate with lawyers, judges and other stakeholders of the legal system.

The major elements of the course are:

Part 1 The Law and application in practice
  • Key legal principles of English law
  • Understanding contracts
  • English legal system in practice, and comparison with the US and other legal systems
  • Training of lawyers (barristers, solicitors and US attorneys) and how this has affected development of the law, as well as client representation
  • Access to the legal profession, and how this affects client representation and justice in general
Part 2 Navigating the Legal System to obtain justice
  • Understanding legal reasoning of judges and lawyers
  • Reducing legal costs
  • Dealing with ‘legalese’ (lawyers’ jargon) - in contracts and in court
  • Understanding Court /litigation processes
  • Tips for successful communication with lawyers, judges and other stakeholders of the legal system

Is this course suitable for me?

This course is for everyone. Despite views or experience with the law, lawyers and the justice system, you will benefit from this course if you:

  • Wish to get an understanding of the field of law, legal practices, and the impact these have on individuals and society.
  • Are considering a career in law, and would like to make an informed decision, and to maximise benefits and enjoyment of the law degree
  • Deal, or plan to deal with lawyers,
  • Wish to learn how to navigate the legal system to maximise effectiveness, including minimising costs.

Tutoring

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English barrister and a New York State Attorney, with multidisciplinary training, including in Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences; with experience in legal pratice and teaching internationally, including in the UK, USA, the Russian Federation and the United Nations; with a track record of substantial work on equality and pro bono contributions; who also directs the ‘International Commercial Contracts and Negotiations’, ‘Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour’; and ‘Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour’ courses.

Fees

£750

Booking information

Discounts

  • 10% if you are taking two courses in consecutive weeks
  • 20% UK students
  • 25%Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA) 
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

Refund policy: See AIR main page

Starting date, Monday 7 Oct 2019
10-5pm | 5 days

Enquiries

If you have any questions about this course please contact air (@gold.ac.uk) or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

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Location

Senate House, University of London, Bloomsbury

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