A la découverte des nouveaux membres du bureau


Présidente : Tali Levy


TaliJe m’appelle Tali Levy, j’ai actuellement 19 ans et je suis en deuxième année à la Grande Ecole du Droit. Je viens du lycée Hoche de Versailles, et y ai passé un Bac S spécialité mathématiques.

Bien que beaucoup d’étudiants pensent que les études de droit ne correspondent pas aux bacheliers issus de S, je suis persuadée que cette filière m’a beaucoup apporté, et m’a permis d’acquérir de bonnes méthodes de travail qui me servent quotidiennement dans mes études de droit.

En dehors de ma vie étudiante à la Grande Ecole du Droit, j’aime également beaucoup sortir, voir des amis, faire du shopping… et je suis également membre des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Israélites de France, mouvement scout auquel je consacre beaucoup de mon temps libre.

Depuis le 1er février 2018, j’ai également la chance d’être la Présidente de l’AEGED. Je suis particulièrement fière de représenter l’association de notre diplôme, et suis extrêmement motivée pour cette année à venir, persuadée que nous réussirons à réaliser des projets à la hauteur de nos ambitions.

J’ai la chance d’avoir à mes cotés un bureau sur lequel je peux compter, et des chefs de pôle prêts à se dépasser pour faire rayonner notre diplôme, et offrir à tous les étudiants la vie étudiante dont ils rêvent!

Ces quelques semaines à la tête de l’AEGED ont été pleines de belles expériences, et je suis persuadée que cette année ne m’apportera que du positif.


Vice-Président : Mathis Aubry-Lallement


MatisEnthousiaste et déterminé, breton fier et bien mouillé, c’est avec l’ambition de devenir avocat que j’ai rejoint les bancs de la faculté.

Après une filière ES qui m’a permis de me découvrir un grand intérêt pour l’économie, c’est avec joie qu’au sein de la GED mon chemin se poursuit !

Basketteur hors des amphis, j’aborde mon poste de Vice-Président comme le meneur de jeu que je suis. Toujours en relation afin de mettre à exécution les instructions de Coach Tali, j’aspire à devenir celui grâce à qui le jeu se fluidifie.

Altruiste et informé, afin de vous motiver et de pouvoir au mieux vous conseiller, mon maître mot sera la spontanéité ! Attiré par ce poste pour la polyvalence de ses fonctions, je suis persuadé que sa pleine exploitation ne pourra se faire que dans la plus grande collaboration. Avec la volonté de vous permettre de profiter autant que moi de la vie associative, je vous enjoins à vous investir car je n’hésiterai jamais à faire la passe décisive !


Secrétaire Générale : Claire-Emeline Auduc


Claire-EmJ’ai obtenu mon bac ES à l’Institut Saint Dominique de Mortefontaine. Ayant vraiment découvert la GED lors de la première journée des oraux en 2016, j’ai immédiatement apprécié l’esprit d’entraide voire d’amitié qui semblait lier les étudiants de cette formation si singulière.

J’espère, par ce poste de secrétaire générale, pouvoir mettre les compétences précédemment développées par mes engagements associatifs au service de la GED.

Outre la gestion des formalités administratives, contribuer au rayonnement intérieur et extérieur de la formation, la faire évoluer, maintenir des liens étroits entre les promotions et alumni, travailler en collaboration avec tous les membres du bureau et des pôles sont autant d’objectifs que j’espère mettre en œuvre pour cette année à venir.


Trésorière : Roxane Tsiela


roxanneVenant d’une petite bourgade tranquille du 92, j’ai d’abord eu un bac S mention bien avant de choisir le droit. Pour me distraire, j’adore regarder des séries (How To get away with murder, Empire, Game of Thrones…) et j’aimerais également reprendre le sport et particulièrement l’athlétisme que je pratiquais autrefois.

Je souhaitais être trésorière car ce poste se rapproche de ce que je veux faire plus tard, c’est à dire travailler dans le secteur fiscal ou financier et parce que cela me plaît d’avoir des tâches aussi sensibles à effectuer. En effet, cela me permettrait de me responsabiliser plus rapidement.

Je suis donc heureuse d’avoir été élue et d’avoir la confiance de toute la Grande Ecole du Droit pour pouvoir mener cette mission à bien.


Pôle promotion : Dorian Revillon d’Apreval et Tom Bardoux


Dorian Revillon d’Apreval :

dorianJe m’appelle Dorian Revillon d’Apreval, je suis co-chef du Pôle Promotion avec Tom Bardoux. J’ai fait un baccalauréat ES, j’ai pratiqué le piano durant plusieurs années ainsi que différents sports, j’aime explorer différents domaines.

J’ai toujours aimé le pôle promotion justement pour ses missions variées, et j’y ai un attachement particulier du fait qu’il m’a permis de découvrir la GED durant les portes ouvertes et à travers la brochure.

Avec Tom, j’aimerais améliorer la visibilité de la GED en diversifiant nos supports de promotion afin d’atteindre un public toujours plus large de lycéens, ainsi que nous faire connaître encore mieux des professionnels du droit grâce à notre partenariat avec l’AFJE.

Je suis très enthousiaste en vue de cette année à l’AEGED, et donnerai le meilleur de moi-même pour accomplir le maximum de projets avec Tom.

Tom Bardoux :

TomIssu d’un baccalauréat littéraire, mon intérêt s’est toujours porté vers les activités culturelles. Les langues étrangères me passionnant, j’ai cherché depuis le collège à approfondir mes connaissances linguistiques en anglais et en espagnol.

Aujourd’hui, j’étudie durant mon temps libre le néerlandais. Le théâtre est également l’une de mes passions et jusqu’en terminale je faisais partie d’un club. Je continue cependant à assister à de nombreuses représentations.

Avec Dorian nous venons de reprendre le pôle promotion de l’association de la Grande Ecole du Droit. Nous chercherons à étendre la visibilité de la formation tant chez les professionnels que chez les étudiants. Il s’agit également de donner une image dynamique de notre école qui est en constante évolution.

Pour mettre en place nos objectifs, nous comptons faire participer toutes les générations aux missions proposées pour maintenir cet esprit de corps qui nous définit. Nous sommes très motivés et avec l’aide du bureau nous parviendrons à atteindre nos objectifs.


Pôle intergénérationnel : Pierre Ponsoda


 

pierreJe suis Pierre Ponsoda et ayant soufflé ma 20e bougie l’année dernière, vous comprendrez que j’ai fait un petit détour dans mes études avant d’atterrir à la faculté de Droit.

J’ai en effet eu la chance d’intégrer une école d’ingénieur (INSA Rouen) pendant 1 an, ce qui m’a permis de me familiariser avec la vie associative et notamment découvrir la chose la plus importante à mes yeux pour une formation : ses membres.

J’aurai donc le plaisir de reprendre la direction du pôle Intergénérationnel de la Grande Ecole du Droit.

C’est un pilier riche en ressources et en potentiel que j’ai la charge de valoriser au cours de cette année de mandat. L’objectif sera avant tout de réaliser un suivi concret et impliqué des missions dans lesquelles le pôle est investi, tout en incluant systématiquement un élève de première année afin de favoriser la transmission et l’efficacité du pôle pour les prochaines générations. L’expérience est formatrice, et je profiterai de cette opportunité pour enrichir nos camarades les plus jeunes.

Si les objectifs déjà identifiés sont à maintenir et à améliorer, il est certain que l’ensemble du pôle souhaite aller plus loin dans l’innovation associative à travers notamment la création de nouvelles missions. Une tête d’affiche : lier les promotions actuelles, sans perdre de vue les anciens, forts d’une expérience inestimable aux yeux des étudiants. Leur accessibilité passera avant tout par la création d’outils pour se connecter et l’encouragement tout au long de l’année des étudiants de la formation pour les contacter et ainsi les garder dans nos rangs.

Si l’on dit souvent que l’associatif permet de se familiariser avec les responsabilités professionnelles, le pôle intergénérationnel, je l’espère, en matérialisera la première porte. Pourtant, si la rigueur reste de principe, l’expérimentation associative doit avant tout rester un plaisir pour nos adhérents. C’est pourquoi j’estime que l’atmosphère étudiante ne doit pas disparaître.


Pôle digital : Ghislena Ly et Benjamin Rathelot


Ghislena Ly :

ghislenaPassionnée par la photographie et les montages vidéo, j’obtiens un bac en sciences économiques et sociales avant de rejoindre la formation. A côté de cela, j’étudie la langue chinoise depuis maintenant 10 ans et suis animée par la volonté de renforcer les relations économiques et commerciales franco-chinoises à l’issue de mes études.

J’assure en tant que co-chef du pôle digital avec Benjamin, la renommée et la communication de l’association sur les différents réseaux sociaux.

Mon principal rôle est de promouvoir les évènements organisés par la GED, qu’ils soient formels tels que les Afterworks, ou informels, comme les voyages de promo.
C’est à travers une vaste politique de communication animée par le développement de vidéos promotionnelles, représentatives d’un certain esprit de « Grande École » que j’entends m’investir dans le pôle.

Benjamin Rathelot :

Benjamin REn deuxième année à la GED, j’ai rejoint l’Ecole après un bac littéraire spécialité droit à Paris. Outre le droit, je pratique des arts martiaux et mène une aventure entrepreneuriale. Ayant repris la charge de chef de pôle avec Ghislena, je compte y apporter mon dévouement et expertise.

Développeur informatique depuis de nombreuses années, je me suis orienté vers une carrière juridique tout en souhaitant un jour pouvoir allier ces deux domaines qui tendent à se rejoindre de plus en plus. Prendre en charge le digital au sein de la GED, c’est déjà porter une première pierre à l’édifice. Au sein d’une équipe motivée, je suis certain que nous parviendrons à accomplir beaucoup.

Il s’agira pour le pôle de reprendre ses fonctions régaliennes telles que la gestion des réseaux sociaux, des sites, de la communication en ligne. Le pôle digital a toujours été au cœur de l’association, néanmoins ses activités peuvent être développées. En cela, nous avons décidé de mettre l’accent sur de nouveaux axes, tels que la formation et le graphisme.

Parce qu’il est important de former les futures générations de la GED à la reprise du pôle, mais aussi plus globalement parce qu’il peut être novateur pour la GED d’avoir la possibilité de monter en compétence sur le digital, nous allons œuvrer à cela en favorisant le transfert du savoir au sein du pôle pour ses activités (Photoshop, mise en page, gestion de site, montage vidéo…).

Afin de cibler plus globalement la formation dans son ensemble, nous mettrons en place des « ateliers de digitalisation » pour promouvoir un domaine qui est désormais essentiel même au sein des fonctions juridiques (bureautique, automatisation de tâches, développement).

Enfin, nous collaborerons avec le pôle promotion dans le cadre de notre mission « graphisme » afin de les décharger de la mise en page des documents promotionnels et en cela de leur permettre de se focaliser sur le contenu desdits documents.


Pôle vie étudiante : Katia Setbel et Paul Pironnet


Katia Setbel :

KatiaJe m’appelle Katia Setbel, j’ai 18 ans et je suis étudiante en deuxième année à la Grande Ecole du Droit. A l’école, quand on m’a demandé d’écrire ce que je voulais faire plus tard, j’ai répondu « du droit bancaire et financier ». Ils m’ont dit que je n’avais pas compris la question, je leur ai répondu qu’ils n’avaient pas compris la vie.

Lors de la désignation du nouveau bureau de l’AEGED, Paul Pironnet et moi avons été élus co-chefs de pôle Vie Etudiante.

Une vision commune nous a réunis, et c’est la tête pleine de projets pour l’avenir de ce pôle que nous reprenons le flambeau. En ce qui me concerne, j’aimerais que cette nouvelle année de bureau soit placée sous le signe de la collaboration. Je pense qu’il est important de travailler main dans la main, non seulement au sein même de notre pôle mais également avec les trois autres. Nos camarades des pôles intergénérationnel, promotion et digital nous serons en effet d’une aide précieuse, par exemple lors de l’organisation d’événements importants comme la Cérémonie de remise des diplômes et le LLM Roadshow.

Le pôle Vie Etudiante continuera d’assurer ses missions habituelles (voyage de promo, Weekend d’Intégration), mais j’aimerais faire en sorte d’organiser davantage de sorties, dîners et événements ponctuels, qui permettront de créer des liens étroits entre les différentes promotions. Enfin, j’aimerais pousser la collaboration au-delà des frontières de la Grande Ecole du Droit en multipliant les événements, conférences et soirées avec les autres associations de la faculté.

Paul Pironnet :

paulComme on dit chez moi, « je ne suis pas venu ici pour tondre les ouailles (mouton) ». Car oui, moi, je viens du Poitou, et on ne rigole pas avec le Poitou. Bref assez parlé du Poitou…revenons-en aux choses sérieuses.

Je suis actuellement en deuxième année à la Grande École du Droit et j’ai la chance d’être le 3ème Poitevin à venir conquérir le Droit ici même dans la Capitale (bon promis j’arrête). Si je suis à la GED c’est pour devenir avocat fiscaliste, et pour gagner beaucoup d’argent…mais ça, faut pas le dire…oups. Comme je l’ai écrit plus haut, je ne suis pas venu ici pour tondre les moutons.

En effet en tant que nouveau chef du pôle Vie Étudiante avec ma consœur Katia Setbel je compte bien ajouter une graine de province à ce pôle tenu depuis trop longtemps par des Parisiennes (même si on peut les remercier pour tout ce qu’elles ont fait).

Le pôle Vie Étudiante est souvent décrit comme le pôle du « chill »…mais non malheureux. Eh oui ce pôle a pour principale fonction comme son nom l’indique d’animer la vie étudiante de la Grande École du Droit, à travers des événements variés. En passant de la soirée en boite/bar, des restaurants au Fouquet’s, ou des événements plus « solennels » comme la cérémonie de remise des diplômes, la Christmas de l’école, ce pôle sait tout faire un peu comme un couteau suisse ou comme un Poitevin. Or pour être un couteau suisse, en plus d’être suisse, il faut être polyvalent, rigoureux, responsable et à l’écoute.

Je n’irai pas jusqu’à me revendiquer révolutionnaire (vous comprendrez pourquoi) mais je compte bien avec Katia Setbel apporter un nouveau rythme à ce pôle ; un rythme plus axé sur l’écoute, sur la collaboration, sur le renforcement des liens entre pôles, générations et élèves.

N’oublie pas. « La GED se divise en deux catégories : ceux qui font vivre la GED, et ceux qui vivent la GED. Toi tu dois la faire vivre ! »

Introduction de l’analyse financière à la GED : une entrée en la matière enrichissante

Cette année, la Grande école du droit s’est enrichie d’un nouveau cours destiné aux GED2 : l’analyse financière. L’introduction de cette matière est un vrai atout et apparaît comme une composante logique de notre formation tournée vers le droit des affaires. Le cours de business law nous offrait une approche, en anglais, du droit des affaires en général et en particulier, de toute la réglementation qui encadre les entreprises. L’économie et le management de l’entreprise nous permettait d’apprécier la façon dont sont gérées les entreprises et désormais, l’analyse financière nous permet progressivement d’appréhender et d’interpréter les résultats de leur activité.

Ce cours est dispensé par Mr Chikaoui, professeur agrégé d’économie et de gestion, qui nous a enseigné les bases de cette matière très pratique destinée à interpréter l’activité des sociétés. Ainsi, cette matière nous apprend à calculer les résultats des entreprises et à étudier les composantes de leurs bilans pour déterminer par exemple si l’entreprise est en déficit, en équilibre ou en excédent ; puis à comprendre les raisons de ces résultats, en conclure les solutions à adopter, et les techniques de financement à favoriser par exemple. Cette matière est particulièrement utile pour de jeunes affairistes en devenir car elle nous permet de comprendre les dessous des choix des entreprises, ce qui les motive, voire d’entrevoir la façon dont les techniques d’optimisation financière sont mises en place.

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Ainsi en pratique, l’analyse financière s’apparente à de la comptabilité d’entreprise, le tout dans une ambiance participative ou chacun donne et discute des résultats, ce qui permet de garder une dimension « ludique » et d’appréhender de manière agréable une matière qui au premier abord pourrait sembler complexe de par son nom barbare et les problématiques qu’elle aborde. En effet, l’approche qui nous est donnée de l’analyse financière est pratique, pertinente, ciblée sur les notions et points importants de la matière tout en restant adaptée à notre niveau.

Le cours d’analyse financière apparaît vraiment comme une plus-value conséquente pour notre diplôme car il permet l’extension de notre domaine de compétence, ce qui est particulièrement important pour tout juriste ouvert puisqu’un bon juriste va se distinguer par sa capacité à toucher à tout et appréhender des matières qui ne sont pas uniquement juridiques. En conclusion : l’analyse financière a fait une entrée réussie dans la GED par l’intérêt qu’elle a suscité et le plus qu’elle représente pour les élèves.

 

Zoé Paponneau (GED2)

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 !

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

The 2017 Graduation ceremony

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This is a hard time for us: the exam period has begun and we certainly need motivation to end the semester. That is what I will do today through writing about what we, GED students, all dream about: graduate from an LLM.

On the evening of the 27th October, we had the pleasure to be reunited at the 27th floor of the Tour First in La Defense for a very special moment, which every GED student dreams to be part of. Indeed, more than just being in one of the most breathtaking sight of the capital (which is still extremely weird for young students which have just left high school), we were celebrating the graduation of the alumni who had just come back from their LLM.

First of all, I have to say that it was pretty awkward for the new promotion to attend the event since we did not know the graduates (exception put aside), although it made us proud to be there with them. It was a happy moment but I still felt that it was the end of their GED experience, that it was probably the last time they’d be reunited and that they’d be taking different paths.

Although the newly graduated promotions had started different masters throughout the Paris area, they still looked glad to see each other and tell the stories and experiences they had brought back from their LLM.

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Me and my fellow GED 1 sat in the back of the room in order to let the graduates and their families enjoy the front seats. We watched the ceremony with passion and admiration as we wished we were them. Even if the LLM is far, the graduates gave us the envy to succeed in our studies so we can have the opportunity to live what they lived during their year abroad.

The ceremony began by the welcome speech of Mr. Baller, a tradition when the GED is gathered in La Defense. Then, the graduates received some words from the professor Magnier who has supported them from the very beginning of their formation.

Tali and Mathis, our two hosts for the night made an amazing job to give their great great godfatheRDM Tali et Mathisrs and godmothers (of the GED family) the ceremony they deserved. With this kind of seriousness due to the importance mixed with humour, our two hosts let us discover the experience of those who have crossed the same hardships we are dealing with right now (it was just a great comfort to see people who have reached the end of the path we are travelling on).

We had the pleasure to hear Mrs. Harris’ speermdd-mme-harris.jpgch in French which was very sweet and touching. She gave a kind word to each of the graduates. It was a bit disturbing to listen to her speaking French since we are used to her speaking exclusively English in class.

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To illustrate what was the Budapest promotion, a speech was delivered by two members of it. That gave us two different styles to show that the GED is composed of very different people united in a common purpose. I mean, this speech was very revealing of what we could consider being the GED spirit: a delicious combination of seriousness and fun. They shared with us every moment which has made their experience unforgettable.

It was very touching because they were one of the very first generations and it is thanks to them that we can live the GED experience as we do now: we are walking on the path they have paved for us, but yet they let us make our own experience.

The graduates transmitted us the feelings they have developed in 3 years together, the bounds which link them and the strong memories they have made. Stories of each year were told, a time of shared happiness before the moment they were all waiting for: the LLM. Even if they were far one from one another, they kept in touch, proving that the relationships we create in our formation help us to become the person we want to be.
Some of the graduates who had the opportunity to continue their studies abroad broadcast short but strongly emotional videos to share this moment with the others.

I believe that this touching speech has inspired every GED 1 and also the previous generations in the room at the moment.

The graduation happened between the different speeches. We had the chance to discover some of the most prestigious LLMs in the world, from Singapore to San Francisco with a stop in the UK and in Washington, DC. Each of the graduates was an invitation to outperform ourselves in order to ensure their work was being continued. It was stunning to see the diplomas they had received, even more for us newcomers who still see the LLM as a dream and not a reality. Diplomas were given by Professor Magnier. I think it is important to say it because it is a kind of accomplishment for her to see us graduating: that proves she accomplished her first mission which is to allow French student to graduate from the best law universities in the world in order to have the best masters and the best professional life we can imagine.

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RMDD PierreTo conclude this ceremony, we listened to the speech of our dear Pierre Delassis who knows the graduates quite well since he is 2 years older than them. He shared with us the difficulties to be part of the first years of the GED but also the great memories the alumni have created together. Short details were given and we realized how impressive our alumni were in the solar field. Every speech was more inspiring than the previous one and delighted, I thought we would be like them in a few years.

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During the cocktail which followed the ceremony, we had the opportunity to talk with the graduates. It was a bit awkward to disturb the moment they shared with their families but they seemed pleased to talk to us.

Anyway, it was a chance to learn a bit more about themselves and the LLM they made. Such exchanges are a good way to help new generations define their own projects and reinforce the bounds between the different promotions.

It is now our task to write our own story so that one day, we are able to tell it during our very own graduation ceremony.

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Guillaume Huan

 

How a five minutes break at la Grande Ecole du Droit changed my life – From Paris-Sud University to the University of Oregon

 

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  • The chance of an application, the work of the will

During the break in the lecture by Professor Harris, on another freezing December day about a year ago, my eyes froze on one of the innumerable posters which line the walls of the faculty. That day, it was not a poster offering me a job as an English speaking baby sitter but one with the serious label ‘French-American Fulbright commission’ which is known to offer a generous scholarship in different US universities. The list also mentioned the criteria to be eligible. What a bargain ?! usually, you get discouraged when you see you’re not eligible although the first sight of the poster had made you dreamt. But this time, I checked all the criteria and was delighted to see I matched them all ! I was thrilled and I must say I already pictured myself on the benches of a US campus, holding a Starbucks cup. I was ready to live the American dream.

After a period of a few weeks of application punctuated by the writing of the application form, an oral and in short, an intensive work, I received the mail of selection by a warm day of spring.

• An exceptional academic experience

The program is called “Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders from Europe”. The SUSI programs for Student Leaders from Europe last five weeks. The institutes consist in a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. In 2017, each Institute had up to 22 undergraduate students from all over Europe and included a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour. In 2017, the institutes were hosted by the University of Southern Carolina, the University of Oregon, and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on the topics of Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship, all respectively.

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The Institute I attended is the SUSI on Environmental Issues. It has allowed me to explore current themes in environmental studies, which included natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The program was interactive and experiential, with field trips to research facilities and opportunities for classroom discussion. The issues were explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. I had amazing opportunities to engage with policy makers, lawyers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the protection and management of the environment.

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During these five weeks, I developed a project around green tourism with some other participants. I had the honour of presenting this idea in Washington DC at the SUSI Review Ceremony. Now back in France, I intend to continue this project in team through the program “Les Entrepreuneuriales”, Paris-Saclay edition, for which our project application was successful.

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• An extraordinary human adventure

The 2017 Summer will probably remain my most important summer in my young adult life. I participated in a human experience that made me grow up, challenge my achievements, widen my field of vision and finally has allowed me to access new perceptions as well on my field of study that on the surrounding world. I came back to France, changed, with all the unforgettable moments I had in the United States, determined, ready to meet new challenges.

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What I remember, after 5 weeks of seminar, is that only one person, one project, one moment can change our lives forever. To change our mentality, our thinking, to force us to see under another angle everything, that we thought, that we knew and force us to ask ourselves the toughest questions: Who am I? Did I understand what happened? Do I want to lead this life?

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Link for 2018 SUSI’s Application: http://www.fulbright-france.org/fr/espace-bourses-USA/programmes/summer-institutes-student-leaders

Link for 2017 SUSI on Environmental Issues video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQd9mhqEf7w&t=179s

Benjamin Bienert (GED2)

Introduction to Tax Law : The Afterwork

Mathilde’s point of view

Eight o’ clock on a Friday night. While Parisian Ernst & Young lawyers discuss their plans for the weekend as they walk out of the elevator, I get in heading to the 27th floor.

The afterwork team, which I am part of, is holding a conference that night and the room is surprisingly full, but everything seems to be under control. In the organizing team’s mind, it is a mess though. We won the first round: our communication worked and the room is full. We are all hoping that the conference will go well. It is the occasion to answer all of the questions students may have about tax law but we mustn’t be too long.

The biggest challenge is thus that of the speakers, professional tax lawyers and directors who all came with different interests: sharing their experience or maybe find their next intern.

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Organizing such an event teaches many things and is a beautiful challenge right at the heart of the professional place. We got to organize ourselves as a team, distributing roles but then always referring to a leader. We got to contact some of the best professors and Masters directors and of course professionals whom we might meet again as lawyers in our careers.

As a consequence, it is very important to make a good first impression to them without taking the front of the scene: they are the ones we must hear from first. But planning this conference also brought some surprises. An odd issue came up, as to how we would thank the speakers for instance. I know it does not sound very important, but that’s a tough question. Eventually, we went for the classical chocolates, but I think Roxanne’s final picture is much more meaningful.

A great challenge was also that of the settling of the conference as it took place as The ‘Tour First’ where our partner Ernst & Young is headquartered. Being the highest skyscraper in ‘La Défense’, the access to the conference was very controlled and needed more logistics than usual.

The Grande Ecole du Droit is very lucky to be well surrounded by professionals and I think that all our guests were satisfied with the way EY and the GED welcomed them.

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As to conclude, I’d like to invite first-year students who like challenges to host events like this one and I would be interested in meeting students and professors from all Parisian universities, but also professionals to come and join the Afterwork team!

Juliette’s point of view

Having joined the Grande Ecole de Droit this year, during my second year of studying law, I am keen to catch up on all the activities and events the GED organises. What better way to learn than to actively participate in organising an afterwork evening!

While talking to my « marraine » (interestingly I cannot find an exact word to translate this word into English to reflect its true meaning!) I learned that the next Afterwork event would be dedicated to tax law. As this could be the area I would like to specialise in once qualified, I jumped on the occasion to help lead the organisation of the event.

Once I was told 150 people were expected at the evening and that I was due to speak in front of everyone I started feeling rather nervous….

Let me tell you about the evening itself. It was held in the offices of Ernst and Young at la Défense, and several professionals specialised in tax law were invited to speak about different aspects of Tax law. The objective was to allow students who still don’t know exactly which branch of law they wish to study to have a clearer idea of what tax law entails.

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We were very fortunate to hear presentations from:
• Pauline Biaggi, lawyer in transaction and tax services in EY society
• Lucie Thomas, international tax manager at Christian Dior
• Locif Choulak, Tax intern in CMS Bureau Francis Lefebre
• Francois Dutertre, tax director in Allianz France

They explained the reality of practising everyday tax law. In addition, a professor involved in teaching master degrees in law was there to explain his courses and what directors expect from students who would like to apply.

Following the presentations, students had the opportunity to ask their own questions to deep dive into particular subjects of interest. Thereafter, other students started asking very pertinent questions, in front of all the room, which was good as it allowed everyone to learn more together especially, as many students do not have the courage to ask questions in front of everybody.

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The evening ended with a cocktail, which was well attended. Discussions continued amongst the students and with the speakers. The evening was judged to be a success by many, it certainly gave an excellent overview of what to expect from a career in Tax law, and what courses are available. A big thank you is extended to everyone who took part, and enabled this evening to be as successful as it was.

Juliette Perrotin and Mathilde Thibault (GED2)

 

 

 

 

RunAssceaux 3.0 : “donnez votre soufflé à ceux qui en manquent”

 

On Sunday the 24th of September 2017, the second week of my first semester as a first-year law student ended, and assignments were already starting to pile up. And when it comes to school work, anxiety does not fail to follow, and neither does high expectancy of myself.

I could have stayed home, locked up in my room all day, in order to finish (and to be honest, start…) my civil law assignment, due on Tuesday; but I had something else planned for the morning. Indeed, on Sunday the 24th of September, the third edition of RunAssceaux took place. RunAssceaux is a project created by the Grande Ecole du Droit students, which aims at raising funds and support the charity Vaincre la Muscoviscidose (literally Overcome cystic fibrosis). The charity organised once again their annual race/run, the Virades de l’Espoir, in which several GED students participated, myself included.Runassceaux 1

It is thanks to this annual fundraising event that I discovered what cystic fibrosis exactly was. This life-shortening disease is a genetic disease that causes lung infections and, over time, limits the ability to breathe. Each year, families, friends, students and colleagues gather round and run together in an act of solidarity, to show their support and raise awareness about this little-known and yet life-threatening disease.

When I arrived at around 9 am at the Parc de Sceaux, it was crowded: you could feel the overall jovial mood, and we were blessed with a wonderful weather, which made the park itself even more lovely. I eventually spotted the other GED students: some came to run, and others came as volunteers (to make sure the event goes on smoothly). After taking a few pictures, we joined the other runners at the start line, and off we went on our 5-km run!Runassceaux 2

Since I have always lived near the Parc de Sceaux, I was already familiar with the race circuit (although I did discover a few passageways I didn’t know the existence of): among the trees, flowers and lakes, the Parc de Sceaux really is a pleasant place for a morning run. I am not particularly athletic, but I actually enjoy running (as long as I have my music with me): it allows me to clear my mind and I definitely feel much more energetic afterwards. It seems to me that taking some time off from studying and doing some sort of physical activity or hobby (making music in my case, for instance), makes you more productive in the end. Yet, students and actually people, generally speaking tend to neglect physical and mental health nowadays and I believe that’s a shame.

On the whole, I very much enjoyed taking part in this fundraising event. I did my work out of the week, and I received a medal (we actually all did). But more seriousIy, I am most importantly glad I was able to contribute to a good cause. This year, RunAssceaux collected 505€ (thanks to the contributors): this money entirely went to the charity, and I hope it will help create new treatments for the patients, improve their living conditions, and hopefully find a cure.

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Lizy KIM (GED1)

The 2017 LLM Roadshow

The 6th edition of the LLM Roadshow took place on Friday the 22nd of September. The LLM Roadshow is an annual event that takes place in Paris La Défense, which offers a great opportunity for 150 qualified students from different French law schools and universities to discover universities from all around the world, prepare and improve their LLM project.
The event is also an opportunity to gather university deans, alumni, and future LLM students in order to exchange and get direct information about the different LLM programs offered around the world.

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This event is particularly important for us, Grande Ecole du Droit students, as we must start thinking about where we want to go and which program we want to attend in our 2nd year, apply for an LLM during our 3rd year to finally be ready to leave in our 4th year. Thus, the sooner we get all the information we need to prepare a well thought project, the better.

Katia’s point of view:

The 6th edition of the LLM Roadshow was a new experience for me, on many levels.
This year, I got to attend the event for the first time, not only as a future LLM student, there to gather information about the universities of my choice, but also as a member of the organizing team. Indeed, during the summer, Claire Jacquot, Flora Merret (3rd year students) Dorian Revillon d’Apreval and I (2nd year students) were in charge of choosing the schools we would invite, contacting the deans and preparing the program of the event. At the beginning, Dorian and I were a bit lost in how we had to proceed exactly, but we got a lot of help from Claire and Flora who assisted us and clarified our different tasks, and especially from Professor Magnier and Maître Baller who helped us organize and coordinate everything. Step by step, we managed to organize a panel, write the invitations for the deans and draft the program of the evening together.

During the event, the speakers were divided into two different panels. One was composed of deans and people representing the five schools that were being introduced: Georgetown University, Queen Mary University, Chicago Kent College of Law, Cardozo School of Law and Tilburg University.Deans and professors from the foreign university

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The other panel was composed of former students of the Grande Ecole du Droit who had come back frstudent LLM roadshowom their LLM. Amongst them were Gaëlle Benoist from Honk-Kong, Mai Le Van from Georgetown, Clémence Lamy from UCL, Caroline Franquet from Leiden and Sandra Isabet, who wasn’t a student of the Grande Ecole du Droit but did her LLM in Uppsala.
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In my opinion, having two different panels was very helpful to clarify the vision each and every one of us had of the perfect LLM. The two panels allowed us to separate the information we got from each school, this way we could mentally organize our choices according to the different aspects presented in each LLM program. I personally didn’t know exactly which field I wanted to specialize in, or even which school I wanted to go to for my LLM, but the Roadshow helped me make realistic plans enlightened by concrete information given directly to us and in accordance with our multiple criteria and concerns.

Roxanne’s point of view:

The LLM Roadshow was a very important conference for me, I really couldn’t miss the occasion to know more about the schools I could potentially study at. I must admit that my mind was already made up when I went, my dream being to spend a year in Asia, precisely to study at Hong Kong University for my LLM. I was therefore very pleased to see that in the panel was Gaëlle Benoist, who was the first student of the Grande Ecole du Droit to go there. Nonetheless, I remained open-minded and wasn’t against a change of heart if one of the schools present there came to seduce me.

Before the schools’ presentations, a very helpful website called “FindYourLLM” was Find your LLM's directorintroduced to us. The website gives many details about the different fields and programs offered at the schools, their ranking, the tuition fees, etc. This is very important data in our quest for the perfect LLM. As for me, I know that I will definitely use this website if I come to be more uncertain about my destination or field of study.

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After that, the interventions were obviously all very interesting, the deans spoke about the different LLMs we could find at their school, the average marks required to be admitted (which
vary from one school to another), and the tuition fees for example, which are different aspects of an LLM that will determine our choice in the end. The student panel gave us information about the overall amount of money we would spend in a year, the daily life, and so on.

Finally, I have to say that this conference really helped me make up my mind about where I wanted to go. I know that at the end of the conference, some of my friends couldn’t wait to do their own research about the schools present at the event as they were starting to make serious plans for their LLM. I personally was very eager to ask all the questions I had in mind to Gaëlle, which I did during the following cocktail. By the end of the day I got all the information I needed, and it confirmed my first choice. Now I know more than ever that I want to study in Hong Kong and live what seems to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

 

Katia Setbel / Roxanne Tsiela (GED2)