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You own your mind - be brave not perfect

VdA Academia Spring School 2023 15th Edition

The 15th Edition of VdA Academia Spring School 2023 took place on 3, 4 and 5 April at MH Atlântico Hotel, in Peniche.

VdA Academia Spring School is an inclusive training programme directed at Law students, which aims to develop the soft skills most highly valued by law firms, complementing the legal knowledge and hard skills acquired at university, and to contribute to the promotion of equal opportunities.

Under the motto You Own Your Mind - Be Brave, not Perfect, this 15th edition of the Spring School had a special focus on Mental Health and its importance to our emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Feeling good about ourselves and in our relations with others, being able to deal with adversities positively, being confident and not fearing the future are all essential to our Mental Health.

Raising awareness about the importance of caring for our Mind will contribute to a better quality of life for younger generations. As such, promoting greater literacy on these issues, their impacts and useful strategies were the key objectives of this year’s Spring School, where 100 students had also the opportunity to develop their skill set and learn more about the main challenges facing the legal sector, through practical workshops and inspiring talks that will help prepare them to enter the job market.

A video of this year's edition will be available soon.


Law students. 

The participants will be able to:

  • Develop the soft skills most valued by law firms, allowing for a smoother integration in the job market
  • Know how a law firm works and contact professionals
  • Increase your network
  • Be selected to perform a summer internship at VdA

The process consists of 3 stages:

  • Application period
  • Review and selection of applications
  • Formalization of registrations and assessment of the students selected

“VdA Academia Spring School has given me an innovative and very up-to-date perception of what a Lawyer’s real day-to-day is and the need to continually improve ourselves in order to achieve success. Because it is indeed a time when we realize the importance of soft skills and how to work with them, leaving our comfort zone.”

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 “I believe that Spring School is a very enriching experience at a personal and academic level, which helps us to develop the necessary tools to be a successful Lawyer. It allows a practical learning of "soft skills", a privileged contact with several professionals of a great Law Firm (mainly because they are not only Lawyers) and the contact with a new paradigm of the Profession".

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