Three years at the Grande Ecole du Droit come to an end

While waiting for the results of our final exams to be released, I am going to briefly try to sum up what I have learnt through these three years I have spent in the Grande Ecole du Droit and how it has changed me.

In a few weeks, my classmates and I are going to leave France and go all around the world in order to pursue an LL.M.. For sure, I can assert that it has been a long road before we could finally begin to think about what to bring or not in our suitcases and how to survive with (at least in most countries) the very different kind of food which is going to replace our fine “club sandwiches”.

This year's GED3 students, leaving at the end of the summer for their LLM - © Christophe Rabinovici

This year’s GED3 students, leaving at the end of the summer for their LLM – © Christophe Rabinovici

Most of us are going to pursue our LL.M at the place they preferred and it makes it very clear that the Grande Ecole du Droit gives us the necessary ambition (craziness would you say?) to begin an adventure such as the one of searching an LL.M while only in our second year of studies. Of course, it was not that easy: many of us had to take the TOEFL twice or were anxious about the letters of recommendation. However, now that it has been done, I realize that this process is an important part of the work we have to do on ourselves before being ready to leave.

While speaking about next year with other people from my class, I realize we are all astonished that three years have already passed and that we are going to leave Jean Monnet very soon, while that is not such a pain. Indeed, we are all very happy to discover new places and new ways of being taught even if our professors in France were great and if we liked spending hours at “the Cabane” (the closest place to the faculty looking like a café). We are just so impatient to discover new cultures because that international opening is definitely part of the DNA of the Grande Ecole du Droit. And if it was not already the case before beginning to follow classes such as “International Comparative Law” or “Tort Law”, we now definitely all want to experience and live that so called international experience.

Our class was definitely very eclectic (and it is the same with the other promotions) and it is one of the most attractive features of the Grande Ecole du Droit. As a matter of fact, there is always somebody facing the same difficulties or interrogations than us. Moreover, being only twenty students out of a whole promotion of 400 third-year law students, we have proved on various occasions that we are a very tight-knight community and that there has always been somebody ready to help or explain something. I have to reckon that without the patience of many of my classmates, my three years of studies would have been a lot more difficult, so I need to thank them all!

But above all, throughout our three years spent studying law, we have learnt to think differently and to work much more efficiently (It seems that this moment when we were so stressed because of the baccalaureate is far from us, especially when we realize that we are not even able to count the number of pages we have to learn for the finals).

Avrile Floro at an EY event, now getting ready to leave for her American LLM - © Christophe Rabinovici

Avrile Floro at an EY event, now getting ready to leave for her American LLM – © Christophe Rabinovici

Even if I will not meet the newcomers of the Grande Ecole du Droit before the EY Xmas Party, I wish them good luck and would like to insist on the fact than even if some moments are going to be difficult (for sure) and not very funny, they will all be very proud of themselves when they will realize that they have gone through and that they are ready for new adventures abroad!

By Avrile Floro