The University of Gdańsk is situated along the southern shore of the Baltic Sea in so-called Tricity. It consists of Gdańsk with its history stretching back over a thousand years and magnificent monuments, Sopot - one of the most popular Polish resorts and Gdynia - the young sea port developing rapidly. The mixture of tradition and modernity, as well as multiculturalism and openness to new ideas are the characteristic features of Tricity.
The development strategy of the University of Gdańsk concentrates on the expansion within three campuses: Oliwa (the so-called Baltic Campus of the University of Gdańsk), Sopot and Gdynia. Faculty of Law and Administration is located in the first one, amongst Wita Stwosza Street, Grunwaldzka Street and Jana Bażyńskiego Street. Within the area of Baltic Campus of the University of Gdańsk there are also a few other faculties (like Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Philology, Faculty of History), Rector's Office, student hostels and the university junior staff hostel, as well as Main Library serving as scientific information centre. The construction of University Centre of Sport and Recreation is also planned within the campus.
It is quick and convenient to reach Baltic Campus of the University of Gdańsk from different city centres of Tricity Agglomeration using Urban Rapid Railway. The nearest stop is about 500 meters from the building of Faculty of Law and Administration. The campus can also be reached by public transport (trams and buses) from various districts in Gdańsk. People with own means of transport can use the attended car park and a few hundred parking places, which are free of charge and are located next to individual faculties.
The present building of Faculty of Law and Administration within Baltic Campus of the University of Gdańsk was finished in 2001. The floor surface of the building is 25,000m2. It provides both comfortable conditions for conducting classes and lectures, as well as participating in free time activities by the students.
In the building of Faculty of Law and Administration there are lecture halls with 400, 300, 200 and 150 seats, as well as classrooms (from 20 to 80 seats), which allow to carry out classes with over 2,000 students at the same time. The lecture halls are equipped with modern multimedia equipment. In the building of Faculty of Law and Administration there are also two moot courts (equipped as real ones, where simulations of court trials take place), seminar rooms, Law Library (Faculty's specialist library) and the ballistic laboratory.
There is also a shop, a bar, the café, the copy shop and ‘Arche' Legal Bookshop. Students have quiet study rooms and recreation rooms at their disposal. There is also a small hotel in the sectioned off part of the building of Faculty of Law and Administration. The hotel's offer includes accommodation in single rooms and double apartments (with bathrooms) with reasonable adjustments for the disabled. Guests visiting Faculty of Law and Administration frequently use the hotel.
The building of Faculty of Law and Administration is fully adjusted for the physically disabled. Without any problem students can reach all classrooms and lecture halls, as well as social rooms, shops and service points. Lifts are adopted for transportation of wheelchairs to all floors of the building. Numerous facilitations help hearing impaired students (special headphone sets in the lecture hall) and visually impaired students (marking with Braille tactile system, lift announcements). In 2006 Mayor of Gdańsk awarded to Faculty of Law and Administration the title for ‘Disability Friendly Place'.
There are almost 3,400 students who have taken up first and second cycle program at Faculty of Law and Administration. They are associated in numerous organizations and research circles. In particular, Students' Union Council representing interests of the majority of students should be mentioned, as well as European Law Students' Association, which is the biggest international non-political and non-profit organization open to students and young graduates of law. Its objective is the development of legal education, support of mutual understanding and back up of the feeling of social responsibility among its members.
There are student research circles (including two inter-faculty circles) at Faculty of Law and Administration. Legal Clinic is among them with its exceptional role. The associated students, under the content-related supervision of the academics, prepare legal opinions free of charge for people whose financial status makes it impossible to cover the costs of professional legal assistance. In this way Legal Clinic performs exceptionally important social mission. It also creates awareness among students of treating the legal profession in terms of public service.
When selecting the school of higher education it should be noted that the period of study does not only mean intensive work but also leisure time which should be spent in an interesting way. In this respect the location of Faculty of Law and Administration offers great possibilities. The University of Gdańsk is situated along the southern shore of the Baltic Sea. It consists of Gdańsk with its history stretching back over a thousand years and magnificent monuments, Sopot- one of the most popular Polish resorts and Gdynia - the young sea port developing rapidly. The mixture of tradition and modernity, as well as multiculturalism and openness to new ideas are the characteristic features of Tricity.
One can spend the free time in a variety of ways: the opera, the concert hall, theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, restaurants, pubs, clubs....People who like spending their free time in the open air can go walking in Oliwa Park, go kayaking among the monuments in the Old Town of Gdańsk, go windsurfing on the waters of the Puck Bay, go skiing from Łysa Mountain or just lie on one of many sandy beaches.
There are hundreds of various events in Tricity every year. Among them there is Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia, which belongs to the most popular ones - it was distinguished with European Festival Award twice in the category of Best Major Festival. There is also St. Dominic's Fair with its history going back to 1260. Artistic Festival of Academic Youth, the interdisciplinary festival gathering representatives of artistic student community is also worth mentioning.
Tricity offers sport fans possibilities of participation in matches and competitions of the most popular sport disciplines in Poland (football, speedway racing, volleyball, basketball, hockey, rugby). Some of they are held on sporting facilities of the highest world category. It is worth mentioning PGE Arena Gdańsk, one of the stadiums of the UEFA European Championship in 2012.
Tricity is also a perfect starting point for longer and shorter trips. Kashubia, called Polish Switzerland, the lake, forest and river district is located nearby, as well as gloomy Gothic castles of lower Powiśle and Hel Peninsula, one of the best places in Europe for practicing windsurfing. Offers of carriers (including low-cost carriers) from Gdańsk Airport encourage to spend a few days in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris or Rome. Visits by ferry to Sweden or Finland are also possible.
It is worth mentioning that apart from the University of Gdańsk there are also several other schools of higher education in Tricity, which contribute to the academic character of the whole agglomeration. At every turn one can meet interesting people from different places of Poland and the world.