Two days ago, on the 25th of March, the second year students of the Grande Ecole du Droit were invited to EY’s offices in La Défense, as known as “Tour First”. We often go there but this time, and for the first time, we were received in a different type of room. That is not even really a room because that/it is truly a wide place. There are so many windows looking out onto the ceiling of Paris that it is hard to believe that we are really inside a room: this amazing place is “The Cube”. It is a real privilege to be in the Cube and that was the first time that students from the Grande Ecole du Droit were allowed (to enter it) in. This place is usually used to receive legal department’s managers from international companies.
The Cube @EY Société d’Avocats
I joined the Grande Ecole du Droit, in 2011. My first interest was to be able to follow courses both in law and english, because if I had already study English for a few years, law was all new to me. But the Grande Ecole du Droit is honestly far different and far better from what I expected. During the last three years, this selective program offers me the opportunities to learn about numerous law subject both in the civil and case law system, to attend seminars on comparative law, to meet law professional from various background. From my perspective, the main advantage offered by this program is the huge amount of information you’re provided with from both teachers and students. If information about the organization and requirements of a LL.M program is not easily available and understandable for an average law student, the Grande Ecole du Droit is exactly the opposite. From the year one, every students in the program is asked to think about what area of law he’s interest in, and then to select English speaking programs all over the world which he could join in his fourth year. The help and advice of LL.M alumni both teachers and law professionals make this part truly efficient, and I think that the application results from previous years show it.
The third year students with professionals and teachers at the Xmas Party – © Christophe Rabinovici
As a student of the “Grande Ecole du Droit”, I have taken part in numerous kinds of forums to present our training to potential future students and of course to their parents (because everyone knows that parents, even if they claim they let their child talk, are those who ask more questions).
Where did the idea came from?
During one of our common law classes at the Faculty our teachers from Luxembourg University told us they had students that reached the final of a moot court competition: the European law moot court. Since then I thought “how nice it would be to participate in such a competition”.
This explains why, while seeking informations on the universities for my LLM I pay particular attention on whether the universities I wanted to join were encouraging their student to participate to the European Law Moot Court. This was the case at the Leiden University.
Témoignage de Maxime François, 1ère promotion GED, LLM à Bristol (Angleterre) et actuellement en M2 CAMARC (Contentieux, Arbitrage et Modes Alternatifs de Règlement des Conflits) – Paris II Panthéon Assas
After the French A-Levels obtained in 2009 with Merits, I applied to the GED formation which has been just created. Being an internationalist altogether with abilities in English, I thought this could worth it even if I did not know anything about the law, but my adventurous side took over!
Maxime during his LLM Graduation ceremony
Work placements are particularly important during studies, especially if you are attending the “Grande Ecole du Droit” because we are supposed to do an LL.M during our fourth year of study. Attending an LL.M that early is a real stroke of luck because most students doing an LL.M are older. The LL.M is often seen as a “bonus” year, and students sometimes hesitate about doing it or not because they have already done five or six years of study. Our advantage compared to them is the fact that our LL.M is included in our further education, which means we do not loose a year in the field of our studies to do it because we are doing an LL.M while we are graduating a Master 1 in Business and Financial Law from the University Paris-Sud XI.
During the second year of study, it is vital to do a work placement during the summer holidays (if we pass our year without catching up) that are from the middle of May until the middle of September. During my Christmas holidays, I began to think about it. At the same time, an older student from the “Grande Ecole du Droit” published an advertisement explaining he was working with the AFJE (the “Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprise”) and that the communication department’s manager was looking for a trainee during the summer holidays. This job advertisement was aimed at students in their third our firth years of study. Nevertheless, Gunoi Choi (the student working with them) had spoken about the “Grande Ecole du Droit” during his meetings with the AFJE and it pleased them so much so that they agreed to recruit a second year student as a trainee.
If you are interested in our academic formation, if you believe that you or one of your students could suit what we are looking for or just if you want to know more about us:
This is the complete presentation of our academic formation. You can use it to explain what is the “Grande Ecole du Droit” both during a class or a presentation.
If you want us to be present, if you think it would be useful that a student or even a teacher (when it is possible) could be there, you can contact us and we will do all we can. We are always very glad to explain what we are doing in the “Grande Ecole du Droit” and it is always useful to help students find their most appropriate field of studies.
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During the second year in the “Grande Ecole du Droit”, there are a lot of courses that are either English courses or courses in English. Among these, we are attending the English class of Mr. Casset. This English course prepares us to the Franco-British chamber of commerce and industry exam.
Once in the “Grande Ecole du Droit”, you understand how important it is to improve your English, because of the truly international aspects of such an academic training. This course with Mr. Casset offers huge opportunities to the people who want to perfect their English training.
We had to read this book for our course of American constitutional law. It was one of the first books I have read in English. I have never found such a book, even in French! This book is very special, very interesting and very poignant. It is a true story which happened in the early 20th century in a southern United States still marked by racism. This is the story about a young woman raped, who assumes that the attacker is a black man. It is not anymore about finding the culprit but about pinning the blame at all costs on a black man. The story mingles political ambitions and the difficulties of the federal system of the United States at that time. The book explains perfectly how the ambitions of some can cause the death of another. Ed Johnson, a young black man, was arrested and immediately considered as the culprit. Despite evidences showing his innocence, judges did not believe him and he was soon considered as public enemy number one.
A course preparing us for the LLM, teacher : Miguel Gomes Ferreira
To begin with, what is an LL.M ? A Master of Laws (LL.M) is an advanced law degree open to those who already have a first law degree (or sometimes some equivalent qualifications). It is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. It is obtained by completing a one-year full-time program. Many law firms prefer job candidates with an LL.M. degree because it indicates that a lawyer has acquired advanced, specialized legal training, and is qualified to work in a multinational legal environment. LL.Ms are now offered in over 40 countries by over 300 schools. In fact, it is very difficult to get an exact count of the number of programmes or even the number of schools offering LL.Ms because new ones are constantly being created. LL.M is either for Americans who want to gain expertise in a specific field after a JD degree (tax law being the most common focus) or for foreign lawyers. Holding an LL.M from an American University make you eligible to sit the New York Bar examination.
Georgetown University, Washington