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Student Legal Services Education Center

Faculty of Law in Warsaw

Our Student Legal Services (SPP) are staffed with students of SWPS University’s Faculty of Law in Warsaw, who provide free legal counsel to persons unable to hire a legal professional. Students work under the supervision of legal professionals, specializing in various aspects of law. The services pertain to the Polish law and are provided in Polish.

Student Legal Services will resume its serivices on November 6, 2023.

Once again, our Student Legal Services have been ranked as a top Student Legal Aid Clinic in Poland, in the annual ranking by Rzeczpospolita. Read more   

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Scope
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Among the best Student Legal Services in Poland

Our Student Legal Services have been ranked as top student legal aid clinic, together with a few legal clinics from other Polish universities, in the annual ranking of Student Legal Services conducted by Rzeczpospolita, a leading Polish daily newspaper.

Free legal advice

If you need legal advice but you cannot afford services of an established legal firm, we are here to help you. Our Student Legal Services (SPP) are staffed with students of Faculty of Law in Warsaw, who provide free legal counsel to persons unable to hire a legal professional. Students work under the supervision of legal professionals and provide counsel in four different areas, including Labor Law, Civil Law, Business Law, and support for foreigners.

Online legal consultations

We have launched online legal counselling. Advice is provided by e-mail. If you require our services, please fill in a claim form provided below.

Code of conduct

All students advising clients at our Student Legal Services are bound by confidentiality on all matters pertaining to the submitted claim.
Review our Code of Conduct  

 

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News

Awards & Recognition11-07-2022

Our Student Legal Services maintain the leading position in Poland

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News08-03-2022

Student Legal Services support people arriving from Ukraine

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Awards & Recognition26-02-2021

Faculty of Law in Warsaw Joins European Law Faculties Association

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Awards & Recognition10-12-2020

Our Law Students Win ICC Int’l. Commercial Mediation Competition in Hong Kong

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Awards & Recognition20-05-2020

Our Law Students Gain Lex Silver Plus Certificates

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Awards & Recognition08-01-2020

Our Alumnus and Law Students Awarded at INADR Tournament

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Awards & Recognition08-07-2019

Our Law Students in Finals of CDRC VIENNA Competition

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Section supervisors

Antolak-Szymanski, Katarzyna supervisor of the Labor Law Section
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mediator, attorney-at-law
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Katarzyna Antolak-Szymanski
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Katarzyna Antolak-Szymanskimediator, attorney-at-law
Gwizdak, Jarosław Supervisor of the Support for Foreigners Section Sekcji
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Jarosław Gwizdak
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prawnik, aktywista, członek zarządu fundacji Instytut Prawa i Społeczeństwa INPRIS
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Jarosław Gwizdakprawnik, aktywista, członek zarządu fundacji Instytut Prawa i Społeczeństwa INPRIS
Horodyski, Dominik Supervisor of the Civil Law Section
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attorney at law
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Dominik Horodyski
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Dominik Horodyskiattorney-at-law
Kowalski, Dariusz Supervisor of the Business Strat-up Support Section
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lawyer, economist, attorney-at-law
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Dariusz Kowalski
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Dariusz Kowalskilawyer, economist, attorney-at-law

Sections

Our Student Legal Services provide counsel in four different areas including Labor Law, Civil Law, Finance and Economics Law, and Refugee Law.

Labor Law Section

Supervisor: Katarzyna Antolak-Szymanski, Ph.D.

  • responsibilities of employees and employers
  • employment discrimination: inequality and harassment in the workplace
  • special work-related cases, such as work place accidents, occupational diseases, telecommuting and teleworking
  • employees’ parental rights
  • establishing employment relationship/type of contract, in cases other than permanent employment contracts
  • hiring, employment termination, and employment contracts (changes, work conditions, remuneration)

Economics and Finance Law Section

Supervisor: Dariusz Kowalski, Ph.D.

  • establishing a business and deciding on a type of business enterprise
  • fundamental rights and responsibilities of entrepreneurs, including: company registration, introducing services and goods to the market, suspending business activities, etc.
  • business restrictions, for example business sectors requiring special licenses, permissions, certificates, and entry in registers
  • regulations related to company audits conducted by public administration bodies
  • main issues related to fair competition and the prevention of unfair market practices
  • obtaining public funds for entrepreneurship
  • applying for funding for business development: available sources of financing and financial reporting related to the size of business
  • rules and regulations concerning receiving public funds
  • supporting consumers in disputes with financial institutions
  • basic counselling concerning personal bankruptcy.

Refugee Law Section

Supervisor: Jarosław Gwizdak

The section closely collaborates with and supports the initiatives of a leading NGO responsible for refugee matters and gathers experience related to actual legal interventions.

  • providing legal opinions in precedence cases concerning refugee law Supporting refugee-related activities of the Association for Legal Intervention (or another NGO), by preparing the documentation, document analysis, and case analysis concerning refugee law
  • providing opinions, rooted in the Polish and international law, in cases concerning refugees
  • providing amicus curiae opinions or social organization statements in precedent cases concerning refugee law
  • Review and analysis of current judicial decisions concerning refugee law, issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CURIA) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

Civil Law Section

Supervisor: Dominik Horodyski, Ph.D.

  • civil contracts: provision of services, sale, loan, contracts of commission, lending agreements, and consumer agreements
  • civil liability, e.g. compensation for damages and redress
  • real estate law, e.g. property rental or lease, acquisitive prescription, annulment of joint ownership
  • legal aid for start-ups, including establishing and running a business (in cooperation with the Start-up Section)

How to obtain legal advice from SPP
information for clients

Student Legal Services are closed for the summer. We will reopen on November 6, 2023.

Who can become a client of Student Legal Services?

Our Student Legal Services provide legal aid to individuals and entrepreneurs, who cannot afford to pay for legal services of an advocate or an attorney at law, and who have not obtained any professional legal advice in a given case before.

We also provide legal aid services to community organizations, which submit legal problems related to the scope of their statutory mandate, and which have not obtained any professional legal advice in a given case before.

Application process and documents

To apply for legal aid provided by our Student Legal Services, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the submission form appropriate to your case
  2. Read the Rules and Regulations
  3. Read the information on providing legal advice:
  4. Sign a Statement of persons interested in obtaining legal services:
  5. Agree to the processing of personal data:

Case acceptance

Based on the statement, case file, and copies of documents submitted by a potential client, the supervisor of the appropriate section of Student Legal Services accepts or rejects a given case. If the case is accepted, the supervisor assigns a student advisor for the case, by entering their name in the case file.

Legal support provided to a client consists of a proposed resolution of the legal problem and preparation of draft procedural documents. The legal advice should be easy to understand for the client, and include all possible options of the legal resolution.

 

Student Legal Services are closed for the summer. We will reopen on November 6, 2023.

How to join Student Legal Services
information for students

Advantages of joining Student Legal Services

Students participate in the activities of the Student Legal Services, in the above-mentioned sections, as part of the SPP study module. Searching for solutions to actual legal problems helps them to improve their professional competencies and gain valuable practical experience, before they enter the job market.

Who can join Student Legal Services

Students can join Student Legal Services team if they study at SWPS University’s Faculty of Law in Warsaw, are at least in their fourth year of studies, and have completed subjects that are listed in the syllabus of the Student Legal Services module as prerequisites for working at one of the SPP’s sections. When appropriate, the Head of the Student Legal Services may allow third year law students to join the SPP, if the students demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge for providing legal counsel.

Graduates of SWPS University’s Faculty of Law in Warsaw may also join Student Legal Services if their application is approved by a supervisor of one of the Sections and the Dean of the Faculty of Law in Warsaw at SWPS University.

Requirements for students wishing to join SPP

To join Student Legal Services, you must:

  • submit an application to Student Legal Services and obtain approval of the Head of SPP
  • complete a mandatory training concerning the rules and regulations on providing legal consel on behalf of SPP
  • sign a student declaration and submit it to the Supervisor of a selected section of SPP

If you are interested in joining the SPP team, please contact the Head of Student Legal Services.

Contact us

Student Legal Services Education Center

Location

SWPS University
Faculty of Law in Warsaw
Chodakowska 19/31, room 211
03-815 Warsaw
Poland

+48 22 517 96 14



Team

Head of SPP, Supervisor of the Labor Law Section
Katarzyna Antolak-Szymanski
Ph.D. | Assistant Professor


Supervisor of the Foreigners Support Section
Jarosław Gwizdak


Supervisor of the Civil Law Section
Dominik Horodyski
Ph.D. | Assistant Professor


Supervisor of the Business Start-up Support Section Sekcji
Dariusz Kowalski
Ph.D. | Assistant Professor