CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours
This course consists of two main parts: (i) Legal Skills and (ii) Legal Actualities. The first part of the course will be devoted to developing various legal skills necessary in everyday work of practicing lawyers. One of the principle elements of the course will be for students to learn to draft the most widely used legal documents and receive practical feedback on their work. In order to prepare legal documents students will have to extensively apply legal research skills and navigate through Latvian legal landscape. During the course students will also receive practical guidance in selecting legal materials and arguments, as well as fine-tuning their position to best suit the interests of clients and present their ideas clearly and persuasively.
The second part begins with a short overview of the practical intertwining of EU and Latvian law, the course expands to more specific case analyses. We take a look at the impacts on EU law that occurred when Latvia joined the union, examining how CJEU court practice has been making a gradually larger impact in Latvian court decisions, and evaluate similar trends in other states. Next, the course examines the crisis, and how law was used in the context of Latvian banks - in comparison to other EU nations, before delving into the Brexit, almost Grexit and other actualities.