Centre for Clinical Legal Education

As with other faculties of law in the Czech Republic, the aim of Faculty of Law Palacký University in Olomouc is to provide its graduates with a high-quality knowledge of law. It also emphasizes the ability of its graduates to instantly apply their knowledge in practice.

The Centre for Clinical Legal Education was formally established at the UP Faculty of Law in May 2008.

The scope of its activities includes:

  • ensuring methodological support for education with clinical and other practical methods;
  • organizing practical training of students;
  • organizing further education of university teachers regarding utilization of clinical and other practical teaching methods; and
  • providing the teaching of specified courses.

About Us

Vision

Looking to the future, our vision is to contribute to just society by educating responsible legal professionals, who promote equal access to justice, raise legal awareness and uphold the highest standards of professional values.

Mission

It is our mission to contribute to the excellence of law teaching and lifelong learning at the Law Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc by providing our students with practical, real-life opportunities in which they can apply the set of knowledge and skills acquired by studying law and use it to help underserved communities and individuals, while at the same time raising their self-awareness which shall serve as moral compass in their future career.

It is our mission to guide our students on their path to become socially responsible professionals who treat each of their clients with utmost respect and courtesy regardless of income, circumstances or life situation. Our Students Law Office and Street Law Program aim to raise public legal awareness and assist the underserved communities and individuals regarding legal issues that affect their lives.

Values

In our understanding, legal clinics, street law and other forms of practical legal education shall not just bridge the gap between theory and practice, but also motivate students to develop a sense of professionalism, ethics, social responsibility, and to promote democracy and rule of law. We teach our students not just to be outstanding lawyers, but in the first place to be good people and outstanding members of their professional and social community. After all, „how good a lawyer you are won’t be determined by how many rules you’ve learned; it will turn on how good person you are.“ (Dan M. Kahan, 2006)

Courses offered

Mandatory courses

Legal Skills Course (CPV/NKPD Kurz právnických dovedností)

Lecturers: Lucia Madleňáková, Zdeněk Konečný, Martin Škurek, Lukáš Slanina, Martina Grochová

Legal skills course is a mandatory course offered by the Centre for Clinical Legal Education to third years students of our Master Degree Programme. It aims to implement legal skills development into the curriculum and to prepare students for legal practice. The education is aimed at training of communication, presentation and analytical skills. It aims to develop skills important for all legal professions during legal studies. The course is based on interactive modern methods of education, active involvement of students, their individual work and exercise of acquired skills.

Professional Skills Course (CPV/KPRDO Kurz profesních dovedností)

Lecturers: Martina Grochová, Gabriela Leblochová, Miroslav Tichý

Professional Skills Course is a mandatory course offered by the Centre for Clinical Legal Education to first year students of our Bachelor Degree Programme “Law in Public Administration”. It aims to provide better understanding of the profession of an officer in public administration and to help the students to develop necessary skills as well as better understand the ethical aspects of an employment in the area of public administration. The students also familiarise with basic legal regulation in the area.

Active participation of students in lectures is emphasised. Extensive space is provided, in the course for application of the acquired knowledge and skills. Students participate in simulated activities such as a job interview, a communication with a superior and a subordinate or a communication with a client. Students learn to apply the “giving voice to values approach” developed by professor Mary C. Gentile.

Professional externship (CPV/OP Odborná praxe)

Lecturers: Lucia Madleňáková, external subjects

Optional courses

Students’ Legal Aid Office 1-4 (CPV/MSPP1, MSPP2, MSPP3, MSPP4 Studentská právní poradna 1-4)

Lecturers: Lucia Madleňáková, Maxim Tomoszek, Veronika Tomoszková, Marek Juráš, Zdeněk Kopečný, Petr Podrazil, Renáta Šínová, Iveta Talandová, Adam Talanda, Jan Grepl, Veronika Jansová, Martin Škurek, Ivana Zajíčková

In this course students provide legal advice to real clients under the supervison of experienced legal professionals. Students analyse different legal problems and apply knowledge acquired in substantive core courses as well as in different legal skills courses. An intensive weekend orientation workshop is organised at the beginning of each semester for students involved for the first year (MSPP1 Students Law Office 1)

Street Law 1-2 (CPV/MPKD, MPKD2 Právo pro každý den 1-2)

Lecturer: Lucia Madleňáková

Students taking this course become themselves teachers of law. The course is based on the proven fact that one learns the most when teaching someone else. By teaching basics of law in primary and secondary schools as well as NGOs, the students learn how to communicate often complex and hard to understand legal concepts to laics in a way comprehensible to them. Students, thus, learn to apply knowledge acquired in substantive core courses, they improve their legal skills including legal research or communication and presentation skills and, moreover, contribute to better understanding of law among laics

Street Law for French (CPV/ESLFF Street Law for French)

Lecturers: Martina Grochová, Leona Černá

Street Law for French is a French version of our general Street Law courses. The course was developed for French exchange students coming to Palacký University who will provide basic legal education for high school students learning French. Having regard to a demand of participating high school teachers a to knowledge of incoming university students, the courses in following areas will be offered: 1) international law (in particular human rights law), 2) European Union law and 3) basics of French legal system (in particular topics related to the State system, political system, constitutional law, eventually other topics as required by cooperating high schools). Foreign students will have the opportunity to discover and experiment with street law technics in seminars; they will also have the possibility to discuss their lesson plans. The course has a social dimension; the aim is to educate groups of high school students in law and, at the same time, help them improve their French. After completing the agreed number of courses, the high school students should be able to communicate and argument in French about legal issues and have an overview of the basics of French legal system, the country whose language they study. Through teaching, foreign students will learn how to convey to high school students legal issues that may be hard to understand and to present it to them in a more accessible way which will help them to develop new communication, argumentation and presentation skills in general. Students will, thus, acquire the ability to communicate legal information in an effective and understandable manner. They will also have the opportunity to look at their knowledge from a new, comparative perspective and they will be confronted with different, culturally conditioned, views of high school students on basic legal institutes.

Moot Court for High School Students 1-2 (CPV/NSSŘ1, NSSŘ 2 Simulované soudní řízení pro studenty středních škol 1-2)

Lecturer: Pavel Glos, Jan Kohl, Lucia Madleňáková

Students who wish to participate in the course must previously take any of Moot Court Competition courses proposed at the faculty.

Students enrolled in the “Moot Court for High School Students 1” draw up a fictional case and case-file suitable for the target group (high school students); the case should focus on a specific human rights issue. The students also prepare/review the competition rules and the code of ethics, they promote the competition and help to organise it.

Students enrolled in the “Moot Court for High School Students 2” coach a team of high school students who then participate in a Moot Court Competition, a simulation of proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights. They should prepare the high school students for both written and oral round of the competition, helping them to better understand law (in particular human rights and the European system of their protection) and to acquire their communication and presentation skills. The course also has a social dimension as it raises legal awareness in laic society.

Legal Skills Course (CPV/ELSC, MLSC Legal Skills Course)

Lecturers: Zdeněk Kopečný, Gabriela Leblochová, Martina Grochová

Legal Skills Course taught in English is a foreign language version of the mandatory Legal Skills Course. It is offered as an optional course to exchange students. It aims to implement legal skills development into the curriculum and to prepare students for legal practice. The education is aimed at training of communication, presentation and analytical skills. It aims to develop skills important for all legal profession and during legal studies. The course is based on interactive modern methods of education, active involvement of students, their individual work and exercise of acquired skills.

Legal Internship (CPV/PP Právní praxe)

Lecturers: Zdeněk Kopečný, Veronika Tomoszková, Marek Juráš, Veronika Jansová

The aim of the course is to enable students to experience supervised legal practice in a law firm or other similar workplace. Students acquire basic practical skills and experiences relevant for their future legal career. The core of the course lies in fulfilling tasks assigned by a supervisor and is supplemented by seminars on general topics (professional ethics for legal practice, administrative acts, including accounting of legal services, management of work and time in

legal practice, research - written oral presentation of a research summary, communication with a trainer), including a final evaluation and reflection of the acquired skills.

Skilled Internship at the Court (CPV/MOSS Odborná stáž na soudě)

Lecturers: Lucia Madleňáková, Renáta Šínová, external subjects

It is a specific optional course which consists of an internship which the student conducts at one of the Czech courts. The internship shall be at least one month long and may take place at any moment during the academic year, including summer vacation. The faculty provides any necessary cooperation.

Legal Information Systems (CPV/MCODE Vyhledávání právních informací)

Lecturers: Zdeněk Kopečný, external subjects

The proposed course aims to teach the students how to use all functions of the Codexis and ASPI information systems in an effective manner in order to resolve legal problems. Students learn how to work with the systems and to use its functions. In the second part of the course, students apply the acquired skills on practical case studies from various areas of law. The course is held in cooperation with experts on the Codexis and ASPI information systems.

Professional Ethics (CPV/MPE Profesní etika)

Lecturers: Maxim Tomoszek

In the course Professional Ethics students are introduced to basic principles of professional ethics and responsibilities in the Czech Republic. The course focuses on all legal professions. The course uses practical form of education based on active approach of students, solving case studies, discussions with practicing lawyers and individual student work so that graduates are well-prepared for model situations that are likely to occur in their practice. To complete the course, students submit written assignment – an interview with a practicing lawyer focusing on professional ethics accompanied by their own reflection.

Negotiation Techniques in Legal Practice (CPV/MTVPP Techniky vyjednávání v právní praxi)

Lecturers: Tomáš Philippi

The course should help students become familiar with the possibilities of real legal negotiation in various model situations in common legal practice. They learn to perceive each negotiating situation in its context, the correct consideration of which can substantially help to achieve the objective. They practically test limits of some legal and non-legal arguments to achieve a successful negotiation outcome. They learn how to become flexible in pursuing a goal. Students also learn a correct recognition of the achievable objective and how to asses an effective manner to achieve the best results, including a beneficial compromise.

Health Law (CPV/CKPP Zdravotnické právo)

Lecturers: Maxim Tomoszek

The course acquaints students with basic elements of medical law from the perspective of the patient. Interdisciplinarity of the course is ensured by the participation of students from various faculties of Palacký University. The course will be realized in a practical form based on active approach of students, solving case studies, controlled discussions and independent work of students so that they are prepared for model situations that may occur in practice. To obtain the colloquium, students have to attend the lessons and submit their part of the semester work.

Environmental Law Clinic (CPV/EPK-B Environmentální právní klinika)

Lecturers: Veronika Tomoszková

The aim of this course is to enable those students who are interested in Environmental Law to deepen their knowledge and skills necessary to solve the case studies and test out the application of relevant statutes from environmental law on real cases and case studies. Course consists of six intensive blocks of four hours.

Patient’s Rights Legal Clinic (CPV/MKPP Klinika práv pacienta)

Lecturers: Maxim Tomoszek

This course introduces students to basic elements of Medical Law in the Czech Republic from the patient's point of view. Interdisciplinarity of the course is provided by participation of students from other faculties of Palacký University. The course uses practical form of education based on active approach of students, solving case studies, managed discussions and individual student work so that graduates are well-prepared to model situations that are likely to occur in their practice. Practical element of the course consists of answering inquiries from the web-based advice service of League of Human Rights and semestral project dedicated to a practical issue.

Corporate Law Clinic (CPV/MKPPR Klinika korporátního práva)

Lecturers: Havel and partners attorneys

The aim of the course is to develop practical skills in the area of corporate law. After graduating from the clinic, students should have a broader overview of practical aspects in selected areas of commercial law, practically test their argumentation and negotiation skills, speaking skills, analytical thinking and solving the issue in a broader context, as their decisions will influence their future direction and ultimately the end result of their endeavour.

Students will be divided into two or three equally large groups before the classes start. Each group will be assigned an identification of the subject of the rights they embody, its characteristics, interests and objectives that these subjects should achieve in subsequent seminars. With this in mind, students should approach other seminars, in the case of theoretical seminars, to obtain information from the content of presentations and through their inquiries on how to achieve their goals and then realize their goals at practical seminars.

The course will be divided into three thematic blocks, which will be connected to each other by outputs and all will focus on corporate law in relation to a joint stock company. Each of these blocks will consist of a pair of seminars, the first of which is always theoretical (in the form of a lecture) and the second practical in the form of an interactive case study in which students should demonstrate their knowledge of the topic and apply them in simulating case.

The groups, which will represent the individual pre-determined corporate figures of the corporate business, will have a consultation at the HAVEL & PARTNERS premises before each practical seminar with a coach available to frame the group's progress in order to ensure the basic case axis. However, the coach will in no way devise on behalf of the group of solutions, on his part it will only be limited consultation assistance to maintain the meaning of the clinic.

Asylum Law Clinic 1+2 (CPV/MKUC, MKUC2 Právní klinika uprchlického a cizineckého práva 1+2)

Lecturers: Eva Zorková

The course focuses on both theoretical and practical aspects of asylum and immigration law. Within the practice students visit asylum centres, participate in legal counselling, search country of origin information, draft procedural documents. They may also participate in moot court competition dedicated to asylum and immigration law.

Human Rights Clinic (CPV/MLPK Lidskoprávní klinika)

Lecturers: Maxim Tomoszek

This course enables students to meet with human rights in practice on the international and national ground. Course is based on practical seminars stressing on individual students work. Students solve real problems, they have contact with clients, they take part in human rights nongovernmental organizations’ work, thy analyse matters for legislative and judicial purposes and search for legal information and literature.

Mediation Clinic (CPV/MMK Mediační klinika)

Lecturers: Lenka Holá

The aim of the course is to support and develop mediation knowledge and practical skills, to orient students in the main problems of combining law with informal dispute resolution and mediation in interdisciplinary cooperation. Students will be more comprehensively prepared for their own legal practice with the possibility of choosing the most appropriate procedure for solving the case. The course gives an overview of the possibilities of dispute resolution and creates a broader basis for effective performance of the profession.

Students in real cases will analyse the dispute in terms of its nature and intensity. On the basis of the set criteria they select a case suitable for mediation and practically mediate in comedy with or under the supervision of the teacher. Evaluation of activities and development self-reflection will be an important part of the course. The subject assumes close cooperation with the Student Legal Advisory Centre and regional mediation workplaces according to their specialization. By solving the conflicts of community members, the Mediation Clinic will contribute to fulfilling the third role of Palacký University as an actor in social development in the region.

Students will be able to establish a respectful and trustworthy relationship with clients, to orientate in their conflict situation and to plan appropriate procedure in the application of mediation according to the subject of the dispute and the needs and interests of the parties. They will learn to structure the mediation process and to lead it using especially the techniques of active listening and negotiation. They will acquire the skills of self-reflection and responsive reflection of clients and their needs in solving conflict situations. The course will contribute to the personal and professional development of the student

Antidiscrimination Clinic (CPV/NADK Antidiskriminační klinika)

Lecturer: Petra Melotíková

The primary aim of the course is to help students gain familiarity with the topic that overlaps several legal disciplines and provide them with a complex insight into the area of anti-discrimination law, a specific field of human rights protection. Students will work in small groups and together with the supervisor of the course they will be solving specific cases of discrimination behaviour with a direct influence on threat to individual rights and freedoms.

Our team

JUDr. Lucia Madleňáková, Ph.D.

Head of the Centre for Clinical Legal Education
Assistant Professor at the Department of Administrative and Financial Law

e-mail: lucia.madlenakova@upol.cz 

Lucia Madleňáková studied at the Faculty of Law, Palacký University where she obtained her Master’s Degree, her Doctoral Degree (JUDr; Doctor of Law) and her PhD. She specialises in administrative law, in particular in legal regulation of churches and freedom of religion, as well as in medical law. All of her submitted thesis concerned those topics and she published several monographies and research papers in the area. She is also a member of the Church Law Society.

Since 2006 when she got involved an European project on Introduction of practical methods in legal education, she focuses on legal clinics. In the framework of the cited project Lucia participated on the establishment of Students Legal Counselling Office and became lecturer of Legal Skills Course and Introduction to Legal Studies, as well as supervisor of Administrative Legal Clinic. The mentioned project was then followed by another one titled Lifelong Learning in Law. Within the second project, Lucia introduced at the Faculty of law of Palacký University a Street Law Programme which she guarantees ever since. She is a member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) and she regularly participates in conferences they organise.

Lucia also provides legal training for employees of the Probation and Mediation Service and of Regional Offices and she is also a registered attorney-at-law of the Czech Bar Association specialising in administrative law.

JUDr. Maxim Tomoszek, Ph.D.

Vice-Dean for Bachelor’s and Master’s Study Programmes
Assistant Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law

e-mail: maxim.tomoszek@upol.cz 

Maxim Tomoszek started teaching at Law Faculty of Palacký University in 2004. Between 2008 and 2016, he was the head of the Centre for Clinical Legal Education. Since 2016, he serves as vice-dean for education. He obtained a Ph.D. in constitutional law in 2012. During his engagement at Palacký, Maxim has been teaching constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, human rights, various human rights oriented legal clinics (human rights clinic, patients‘ rights clinic, asylum law clinic, anti-discrimination clinic), professional ethics, legal skills and regularly coaches moot court teams for national and international moot court competitions. Since 2018, he also cooperates with Czech Judicial Academy on ethical trainings for Czech judges and consulted on the commentary to Ethical Code of the Union of Judges.

Maxim has been regularly teaching abroad: In 2014, he was a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University, School of Law, in Lexington, Virginia, USA, teaching about protection of

fundamental rights in Europe. Since 2017, he teaches in the Master programme in Human Rights in Valencia; he conducted seminars on ethical issues related to students’ work in legal clinics at Warsaw University (2018) and University of Brescia (2019). Since 2017, he collaborates with four other European universities (Luxembourg, Brescia, Bucharest and Roma III) within the framework of the first Erasmus+ project dedicated to clinical legal education: Skills Transfer in Academia: A Renewed Strategy, where he is responsible for preparing the quality standards for legal clinics.

Maxim is dedicated to promoting clinical legal education on international level. Between 2013 and 2019, he was the president of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education, where he now serves as a treasurer. Since 2013, he represents Central and Eastern Europe in the steering committee of the Global Alliance for Justice Education.

He regularly presents at national and international conferences, and publishes about clinical legal education and professional ethics in the Czech Republic and abroad. He also regularly organizes conferences, workshops, trainings and other events related to clinical legal education.

JUDr. Veronika Tomoszková, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Law

Veronika Tomoszkova is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Law at the Palacky University School of Law in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2014 she was awarded a Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship to conduct research on environmental impact assessment at Washington and Lee University School of Law (Lexington, VA, U.S.).

Tomoszkova received her Master of Law degree from the Palacky University School of Law (Olomouc, Czech Republic), her J.D. from Westbohemian University School of Law (Pilsen, Czech Republic) and her Ph.D. from Charles University School of Law (Prague, Czech Republic). Besides her law degrees she also holds B.A. in Sports Management and Coaching from Palacky University School of Corporal Culture. In 2005-2006 Tomoszkova studied at the Johannes Kepler University School of Law in Linz, Austria and was awarded scholarship from AKTION Program Czech Republic – Austria to conduct comparative research on land use planning. In 2013 Tomoszkova was a short-term visiting professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law teaching an elective course on EU Environmental Law.

Her research interests include environmental planning, environmental impact assessment, and access to information, intersection of environmental rights and property rights, and land use planning in the Czech Republic, EU and in wider comparative context.

Tomoszkova specializes also on methodology of legal education with primary focus on skills development. Since 2006 she was actively involved in reestablishment of the first live-client clinic at the Palacky University School of Law which was originally founded in 1996 as a first legal clinic in Central and Eastern Europe with help of Hofstra University and Ford Foundation. In 2006 and 2010 she prepared two successful grant applications based on which the Palacky University School of Law received approximately $ 1 million from the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic to build a complex system of skills-oriented legal education program, including the legal clinics. In 2006-2009 and 2016-2019, she served as a Director of the Center for Clinical Legal Education of the Palacky University School of Law. She supervises administrative section of the Students Law Office (live-client clinic) and Environmental Law Clinic (policy clinic).

Tomoszkova is an elected member of the Academic Senate of the Palacky University (ASPU) and serves as a Chairwoman of the ASPU´s Legislative Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Czech Society for Environmental Law (www.cspzp.com). She is also a member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE, www.gaje.org) and European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE, www.encle.eu).

JUDr. Mgr. Zdeněk Kopečný

Zdeněk Kopečný got his master’s degree and his doctoral degree at the field of Criminal Law (JUDr.) at the Faculty of Law of Palacký University Olomouc. Apart from criminal law, Zdeněk specialises in misdemeanour legislation and teaching clinical courses and legal ethics at the Centre for Clinical Legal Education. Zdeněk also got a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Journalism together with International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. He got the second master’s degree in International and European Studies focusing on European Law at Palacký University Olomouc. Zdeněk also participates in teaching at University of the Third Age and is a lecturer of misdemeanour legislation for clerks of territorial self-governing units. He also teaches at the Department of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague as an external lecturer.

At the Centre for Clinical Legal Education, Zdeněk participates in teaching the following courses: Legal Skills Course, Students’ Legal Counselling Office, Criminal Law Clinic, Legal Information Systems and Legal Ethics. Zdeněk is also a member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) and attended three international conferences in Turkey, Mexico and Indonesia, organised by this alliance. In Indonesia, he was active in the Training of Trainers as a Facilitator. Also, he regularly attends conferences organised by the European Network of Clinical Legal Education.

Zdeněk is a registered attorney-at-law of the Czech Bar Association and is in charge of his legal office in Olomouc.

Mgr. Martina Grochová, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at the Centre for Clinical Legal Education

e-mail: martina.grochova@upol.cz 

Martina Grochová obtained her PhD in Constitutional Law in 2019 at the Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University where she defended her Doctoral Thesis titled Access to the New Forms of Parenthood as Part of the Right to Respect Family and Private Life. During her doctoral studies, she got involved in the teaching of skills-oriented courses and organising other extracurricular activities for students at Masaryk University. She coached the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition teams in Brno in academic years 2017/2018 and 2018/2019; in both years the teams ranked among top ten worldwide and in 2019 the MUNI team won the best written submission award. Martina also introduced in Brno the Street Law Moot Court Competition, a competition for high school students founded at the Faculty of Law of the Palacký University, as well as a clinical course Legal Aid for Victims of Crime. In 2014-2016 Martina was part of the organisation team of the national round of the Jessup Moot Court Competition and of the MjUNI workshop, a play-based human rights workshop for primary schools. Since 2014 she also assists with the organisation of the National Human Rights Moot Court Competition (Lidskoprávní Moot Court).

Martina believes in benefits of connecting academic and practical career and, thus, worked at the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the Judicial Academy. Those work experiences helped her to deepen and broaden her knowledge in the fields of her expertise – Human Rights and Children Rights – and enabled her to put her theoretical knowledge in a more practical context. In 2020 Martina got accepted to the University of Oxford MSt programme in International Human Rights Law, a part-time degree designed for young human rights professionals who wish to pursue advanced studies in international human rights. Martina is a member of the Czech Society for European and Comparative Law, the Global Alliance for Justice Education and the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. She is an expert guarantor of the Judicial Academy’s grant project on the access of vulnerable groups to justice. She gives lectures for the Judicial Academy both in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and presented in numerous domestic and international conferences. She publishes mainly in the area of Human Rights, Children Rights, Family Law and gender equality.

Events

Upcoming Events

STARS Final Conference - CANCELLED
4 December 2020 (TBC), Palacky University, Faculty of Law

STARS (Skills Transfers in Academia: a Renewed Strategy Enhancing Legal Clinics in the European Union) project is the first project focused on legal clinical education which is financed by European Commission in the framework of Erasmus+ programme.

Centre for Clinical Legal Education of the Palacky University, Faculty of Law will host a final conference which will summarise and end the project.

Recurring Events

Field workshop for students

The Centre for Clinical Legal Education regularly organizes a field weekend workshop for new and existing members of the SLAO before the beginning of the semester. During the weekend, students will get acquainted with the functioning of the SLAO and their duties. Every day, several teaching blocks are prepared for students, in which they get acquainted in an interactive way with the functioning of the SLAO and acquire the practical skills necessary for the provision of legal advice. There are also teambuilding activities. Students have the opportunity to meet their classmates and supervisors and prepare for the upcoming semester in the informal atmosphere of the weekend workshop.

Next workshop will take place during the weekend in February 2021 at Hotel Dlouhé stráně in Loučná nad Desnou.

Past Events

The STARS project: Skills Transfers In Academia: A Renewed Strategy Enhancing Legal Clinics in the European Union

In the past, students who worked for the SLAO for a long time had the opportunity to take part in the STARS program, in the framework of which a summer school in Luxembourg (Université du Luxembourg) and a winter school in Rome (Università degli Studi Roma Tre) were organized. These meetings were dedicated to sharing experience in clinical legal education and they were attended by students from five world universities - Université du Luxembourg, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Romanian-American University Bucharest and Palacký University in Olomouc. During the meetings, groups of students created across the universities addressed the assigned cases and then presented their solutions to other participants.

Climate Justice Pledge
18 November 2019

The Faculty of Law participated in an international event organized in order to contribute to education in the field of environmental protection. As part of this event, Jiří Beneš from the DUHA movement lectured on the amendment to the Forest Act, its reasons and impacts. Igor Hanečák from the Recyklator project prepared a workshop in which he demonstrated how new and useful things can be created from old things. Participants also had the opportunity to create their own bags for fruit and vegetables from old curtains.

Teaching Legal Ethics: A Workshop for Law Teachers
24 – 25 May 2019

Community Outreach Forum
22 February 2019

The event aimed to share information related to the Clinic of Law and Business with potential partners who could help us to attract suitable clients for the Office, i.e. especially people who are interested in starting a business, belong to disadvantaged groups in the labour market (e.g. people on parental leave, recent secondary school graduates without experience, seniors, etc. .) and would like to build their business on a solid legal basis. During the event, we managed to preliminarily agree on cooperation with People in Need, Maltese Aid, CzechInvest and other entities. Assistance with the promotion of the SLAO was then promised by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Olomouc.

12th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education - Clinics without borders
15 – 17 July 2014

The conference serves as a unique forum in which clinical educators from many jurisdictions come together to discuss all aspects of clinical teaching and learning, to learn from one another and to share best practice. The conference brought together academics, lawyers, students and social activists with an exciting mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, formal presentations and interactive workshop sessions. There were lots of opportunities for participation, collaboration and dialogue. The European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) which shielded the conference is a European-wide association established in 2013 with the main goal to promote clinical legal education in Europe. In order to achieve this goal, ENCLE supports exchange of information and networking, organises conferences, workshops and training sessions, raises funds to further promote clinics and communicates and cooperates with other entities in order to support the idea of clinical legal education in Europe. The significance of this latest development in the area of clinical legal education in Europe will be reflected in a special European stream within the conference.

Complex Law Teaching: Knowledge, Skills and Values
9 – 12 September 2012

Conference aimed to promote modern methods of legal education and to open up a discussion about various methods of practice-oriented law teaching in the European region. Many US law professors came to discuss European issues and to help us to find new possibilities in legal education.

Profesní etika právníků - Quo Vadis?
6 – 7 May 2011

This conference focused on starting debate on various issues regarding professional ethics of legal professions, with a special focus on judges.

Research and publications

In this section of our website you may find an overview of the selected publications of our team members, as well as information on our ongoing or past research projects.

Selected Publications

Madleňáková, L. Model lessons from around the world - Czech Republic. In Street law and Public Legal Education. Cape Town: Juta and Company Ltd. 2019

Madleňáková, L. Náhrada za ztrátu na výdělku po skončení pracovní neschopnosti – dvoukolejnost právní úpravy v o. z. a zák. práce [Compensation for loss of earnings after termination of incapacity for work – double-track of legal regulation in the civil code and labour code]. Bulletin advokacie. 1-2/2018.

Madleňáková, L. Reflexe povinného očkování v Evropě [Reflexion on Mandatory Vaccination in Europe]. Acta Iuridica Olomucensia. 1/2017.

Madleňáková, L. Tvrzený účastník – poškozený v řízení o správním deliktu s bližším zaměřením na řízení o přestupku [The claimed proceeding party - injured person in proceeding of administrative offence]. Správní právo. 7/2016.

Madleňáková, L. Církve a náboženské společnosti: správněprávní aspekty jejich vzniku a činnosti [Churches and religious societies: administrative aspects of their formation and activities]. Praha: Leges. 2014.

Tomoszek, M. The Growth of Legal Clinics in Europe – Faith and Hope, or Evidence and Hard Work? International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. 2014.

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Students’ Legal Aid Office

About Students’ Legal Aid Office

The SLAO is a practical teaching activity in which students of Law faculty of UP in Olomouc under the guidance of teachers and practising lawyers solve the real cases of clients who turn to the SLAO with a request to analyse their situation. The SLAO is intended primarily for those who cannot afford the services of a lawyer from a financial point of view. Students at the Faculty of Law of Palacký University within the framework of SLAO based on the experience they directly gain have the opportunity to develop professional skills, understanding the ethical aspects of the legal profession and apply knowledge in the context of real cases. They have the opportunity to get involved in solving a real case and work on it from the beginning to the end. They are in direct contact with the client, which is an irreplaceable experience for their future professional life.

The Office focuses on a wide range of legal issues, most often in the field of civil law, family law, executions and insolvencies. Supervisors who oversee the elaboration of a particular piece of legal advice are always experts in the field of law to which the particular case belongs.

The SLAO is further internally divided into several sections:

  • public law,
  • consumer law
  • civil law
  • inheritance law
  • labour law
  • insolvency and debt law

Information for Students

There is a selection procedure for the SLAO. Registration of students takes place via a form application, which is available on the electronic bulletin board in the winter and summer semesters, usually one month before the beginning of the semester. In addition to their success in the selection process, participation in a field orientation workshop is also a condition for admission, which takes place the weekend before the beginning of the semester or in the first week of the semester.

Information for Clients

How does it work?

The SLAO always accepts new cases several weeks a semester. The introductory interview with the client is conducted by the students themselves. At the beginning, they explain to the client how the SLAO works and what they may expect from it. They will also find out what problem the client is experiencing and whether this is a case that the SLAO is able to deal with. Subsequently, they will receive contact details and detailed information about the case from the client. They record all information in the file and take over the necessary documents from the client. The file is then submitted to the SLAO office. Then, it is assigned to a specific pair of students who work under the supervision of their supervisor. After the case is assigned to specific students, they contact the client by phone and agree with them on the next steps and the date of any further meeting, depending on the type and complexity of the case.

Students are supervised by supervisors throughout the whole case. They discuss the case with students, see if their legal analysis is going in the right direction and alert them to possible mistakes or professional sources where they could look for a solution. Before giving the written legal advice to the client, it shall always be approved by the supervisor. The handover of legal advice to the client takes place in person. In exceptional circumstances and upon appointment, students may send legal advice by post or electronically. The purpose of the legal advice is to provide a legal analysis of the case and to outline all possible ways of resolving it, including the possible risks. However, the choice of the solution and its implementation is up to the client. Students may prepare documents for submission, a letter or contract, but they cannot act on behalf of clients, so the client has to take any steps in the case himself/herself. Please consult as well the Rules of the Provision of Legal Aid (available in Czech only).

Contact us

E-mail: studentskapravniporadna@upol.cz 

Phone number: +420 585 637 616 

Address:
Students’ Legal Aid Office
Palacky University, Faculty of Law
tř. 17. listopadu 8
Olomouc 771 11
(building A, behind the gatehouse on the left)

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 4 pm

You may reach our office by trams no. 1, 5 or 7, the office is located near Envelopa stop.

Street Law

The key principle of Street Law is cooperation between a faculty of law and primary schools, high schools, public institutions and the non-profit sector. Law students supervised by university lecturers teach various seminars for the public. The aim is to convey basic understanding of law and values to general public as well as to help law students to talk about law in accessible and comprehensible manner with laic society.

The Centre for Clinical Legal Education currently offers several Street Law programmes to Master Degree students:

  1. Street Law 1 and 2: In this course students teach law in primary and secondary schools and high schools and in the NGOs as part of the mandatory courses – social sciences and civics.
  2. Street Law for French: Since autumn 2020 the Centre will also offer a French modification of the Street Law programme within which French speaking foreign students will teach basics of law in primary and secondary schools and high schools and in the NGOs as part of French classes.
  3. High School Moot Court Competition: It is a competition for high school students who take part under the supervision of law students in a simulated proceedings before the ECtHR (for further details see separate bookmark).

High School Moot Court Competition

About

International High School Moot Court is a competition for high school students which gives them a unique opportunity to have an experience how it feels to act as a legal representative. High school students compete in teams which consist of one to three members. Each of them is advised by a Master’s of Doctoral Student of our faculty. They first prepare written submissions and then participate in oral round before a panel of jurors (university lecturers, practitioners etc.). Students compete in two rounds – faculty round and international round which takes place at the Palacky University, Faculty of Law. The competition simulates proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights. The aim is to develop presentation, communication and argumentation skills of the students as well as to convey them basic values and understanding of the law.

The competition runs since 2013 when it was founded at the Palacky University Faculty of Law in Olomouc from the initiative of Lucia Madleňáková and her students involved in the Street Law programme. Currently students for faculties of law in Olomouc, Praha, Brno, Košice and Bratislava.

Detailed information for both high school and university students are available at the web page of the International High School Moot Court Competition.

News

The next edition will take place in academic year 2020/2021. Please follow the above cited web page for further details.

Contact

JUDr. Lucia Madleňáková, Ph.D.
Head of the Centre for Clinical Legal Education

lucia.madlenakova@upol.cz
+420 585 637 607

 

Irena Říhová
Students’ Legal Aid Office Manager

irena.rihova@upol.cz 
studentskapravniporadna@upol.cz 
+420 585 637 616
+420 585 637 512

 

Postal address

Centre for Clinical Legal Education

Palacký University, Faculty of Law
17. Listopadu 8 779 00 Olomouc
Czech Republic