About Us

Founded in 2009, VdA Academia is the first academy created by a law firm in Portugal and the only one certified by the DGERT in Legal, Management and Soft Skills training. We are part of a team with more than 100 certified trainers with different backgrounds, including Law, Psychology and Human Sciences and Engineering, and with both national and international experience.

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Our main goals are: (i) internal training for VdA lawyers and employees, through a training plan designed annually to align the professional development strategy with the firm's growth and sustainability objectives, as well as external training in national and international reference entities, (ii) training in legal and soft skills targeting Law Students, to prepare future generations for the profession and to identify talents, and (iii) executive training for clients and for the market in general, in cooperation with the practice areas and network offices.

Through VdA Legal Partners, VdA Academia has an international presence in Angola, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste. VdA Academia develops training programs designed to promote excellence and innovation in all these countries. 

VdA Academia's international presence also provides us with relevant knowledge of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (“OHADA”) legislation, allowing us to work in the 17 countries that joined OHADA, VdA Academia being present in 6 of those countries, namely Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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