The Christmas Party 2017

Bonjour à tous,

Je m’appelle Chloé, je suis étudiante en deuxième année à la Grande école du droit. Je voudrais vous donner une rétrospective d’un fabuleux événement qui s’est déroulé à la fin du premier semestre le 21 décembre 2017: la Christmas !

christmas 1
Discours de la première assistante du maire lors de la Christmas Party

Pour commencer, il est important de souligner que pour la première fois, la soirée annuelle de Noël s’est déroulée à l’ancienne mairie de Sceaux. L’endroit, beau et accueillant, était très approprié pour l’occasion.

les GED en LLMLes étudiants de LLM (Master of Laws), revenus pour les vacances de Noël et pour la Christmas, étaient des nôtres. C’était l’occasion pour nous, plus jeunes élèves, de s’informer sur leur expérience respective à l’étranger !

La première assistante du maire était notre invitée. Elle a donné un discours inspirant sur l’art et la littérature à Sceaux mais aussi sur les bénéfices que tire la ville à accueillir en son sein, une formation comme la Grande Ecole du Droit.

christmas 6

Des élèves de première année ont partagé leurs premières expériences au sein de notre formation, et ce fut un plaisir de constater qu’elles se sont senties très vite à l’aise au sein de leur promotion et de toute l’école, se confondant ainsi rapidement à nous autres pour former cette grande famille que nous sommes !

manon lagarde christmasvalentine labaume christmas
Discours de Manon Lagarde et Valentine Labaume sur leurs premières expériences à la GED

Par la suite, certains étudiants ont présenté les projets menés au cours de l’année au sein de l’Association de l’Ecole, comme par exemple la naissance de notre partenariat avec l’AFJE (Association française des juristes d’entreprise), qui paraît très prometteur.
En outre, nous avons assisté à une véritable mise en scène visant à souligner l’importance des liens inter générationnels à la Grande Ecole du Droit.

augustin de crécy et alexis corlay christmas

Pour finir, nous nous sommes réunis autour d’un buffet organisé par les élèves, ce qui fut l’occasion de parler et d’échanger entre étudiants, anciens et professeurs !

chloé nateghi et tancred Dlt christmasA titre personnel, j’ai sincèrement passé une excellente soirée et j’ai été agréablement surprise par l’organisation. Au vu des circonstances, l’évènement de la Christmas a dû se dérouler en dehors des locaux d’EY, pour autant les organisateurs ne se sont pas laissés déconcertés et ont, dans de brefs délais, permis de faire vivre la magie de Noël dans un nouvel endroit tout aussi féérique. L’ambiance était très différente de celle des années précédentes, moins formelle et plus spontanée, ce qui à mon sens s’inscrit dans un nouveau souffle pour la Grande Ecole du Droit.

christmas 4les anciens GED

Pour finir, j’ai eu l’occasion de contribuer à l’évènement, en apportant mon aide quant à la tenue du buffet. Ce fut l’occasion pour moi de me déplacer dans la salle afin de proposer à manger et des rafraichissements aux uns et aux autres. Ainsi, j’ai pu échanger quelques mots avec tout le monde et ce avec en toile de fond un duo de violons composé de deux étudiantes de l’école, ce qui a contribué à apporter cette touche féérique en cette période de fêtes de fin d’année.

christmas violons
Rose Pommeray et Claire-Emeline Auduc étudiantes en GED2 et violonistes

Nous étions tous réunis, les jeunes et les plus âgés, de France ou d’ailleurs, autour d’actions et de projets communs.

Merci à tous les participants et aux organisateurs pour cette prodigieuse soirée !

Chloé Nateghi (GED 2)

 

My first semester by Alice Carlioz

first semester 5

The days begin to lengthen again and the first semester comes to its end; at this time of the year, and at this point in our student lives, it is at last time to take a deep breath and look back at what can be considered as the beginning of a new part of our lives.
Indeed, following the frenzy of the exam period, time stands still, allowing us to rest, but moreover, to realise that these upcoming days might be the very first weekend of true tranquillity. Surprisingly, after such a long time of fulltime rush, always apprehending a test, a dead line, an exam, this “time out” leaves a surreal impression. And this feeling of having nothing to do immediately reminds us of a time past; yet, this past feels quite far away, and still, this new life can leave us with a feeling of incredulity.

As we took our first steps in the first year of law school, we quickly discovered that time is really precious, and the rare pauses valuable. Accustomed to having quiet moments during the years of high school, this first semester was very intense: between the standard training courses and the ones from the “Grande Ecole du Droit”, we literally always had something to do; the work-free moments of our days were very few, taking a day off could be risky, and even the holidays were busy since we had to study for the upcoming exams.

first-semester-3.jpg

Thus, these months have been filled with newness: lessons, conferences, meetings, debates… This newness took several forms and could be observed in many areas.
University, first and foremost, involves finding a new rhythm: the time spent on campus is up to the students, whether it be listening to the professors in the more or less crowded amphitheatre, quietly studying in the university’s library, or reviewing one’s lessons at the beloved cafeteria. We found out rather fast that if this independence is enjoyable, it is followed by more important responsibilities. The students study in a new environment, especially the amphitheatres, where the number of students is huge and intimidating compared to our previous small classrooms. In this way, the lessons are delivered as lectures, the students can’t participate actively, which is also new for us in. But the students’ questions are taken care of by teachers, during tutorials, in smaller groups.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Ultimately, first year students get to meet many new people: students from the same GED promotion, from the other university’s promotions, older students, former students, professors, etc; and, especially among the people from the Grande Ecole du droit, we feel like we can find a reliable friend in every one these encounters.

first semester 1GED1 students can rely on so much support from other members of the school, the encouragement coming from everyone is really a very precious help, significantly thanks to the tutoring system and the coaching project.

 

first semester 4

To be honest, the period of adaptation when starting university can be tough; the pressure encountered, especially toward the first (quite often not so good) grades, could have made the beginning of the school year rather hard on us; But thanks to the stimulating lessons, the caring professors, the kindness of older students and essentially thanks to the solidarity within the whole GED group, (or should I say the GED family), first year students such as myself are more motivated than ever. As apprehensiveness and nervousness diminish, impatience and thirst of knowledge increase, the main source of our interest in law studies, the determination to do our very best and to succeed can now flourish.

Alice Carlioz

 

 

The Business Law Class

We know that the Grande Ecole du Droit is in constant evolution. The content of the diploma is getting thicker as we go deeper into the practice of law and the discovery of large fields of studies. It happens early during the curriculum and I believe it is a chance. Several new classes were introduced this year, such as Financial analysis and Business law.

The business law class was built entirely by Professors Harris and Magnier last summer. Me and the other GED2 are the first ones to experience it – thus, we are sort of ‘pioneers’. I admit that to me, it has been a huge surprise. The class is divided between the two professors: while Professor Harris puts the focus on the vocabulary and the analysis of business law related articles, Professor Magnier studies business law cases with us, such as the BNP Paribas case or the Google case.

During the first semester we studied Globalisation, European Law with the impact of the ECJ, European Competition and Regulation, Business ethics and shareholders value. It was very interesting, and far more than a simple introduction to Business Law. The class gave us the keys and tools to understand the course in its globality. Moreover, because Business Law is one of the biggest assets of the Grande Ecole du Droit, I am convinced that discovering it throughout the second year is perfect timing. Thanks to that, we have the information we need to choose our anticipated Master courses in the best way. Therefore, it allows us to secure the coherence of out project.

We also had the opportunity and honour to have an alumnus (and now the co-director) of the Grande Ecole du droit give us an introduction to Tax law, which was absolutely awesome. Tax Law being one of the most interesting but also blurriest fields of law, it was great to have a short glimpse of what it is. We studied Google’s complex financial package, which was pretty hard to grasp, but it was thrilling to understand such complex concepts! I think we wouldn’t have understood it if the course had taken place at the beginning of the semester. It was perfectly fit in the rest of the course: every element is there to give us the understanding of Business law in general.

As I said, this new Business Law course is a real chance for us. As it is taught by great teachers, it is a true asset for the students and a great window to the Business world in a legal point of view. During the second semester, we will focus on multinationals and tax issues, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, intellectual property and environmental issues. These will be taught by our professors, but also by alumni or external teachers.

I can’t wait to discover those subjects with professors Harris and Magnier and I know that they will be very interesting and fulfilling.

Dorian Revillon d’Apreval, GED2