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.

LLM Roadshow
© Christophe Rabinovici

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.

Speech from Find your LLM’s creator  ©Christophe Rabinovici

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)

My first event at EY

I have to say it was pretty stressfvu d'EYul and quite intimidating to enter the “Tour First”, tallest skyscraper in La Défense. The EY offices are really awesome (especially at sunset) and so huge that I felt tiny! I wanted to make a good impression although I did not really know how to act. We were all well-dressed and quite impatient to discover this world.

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invitée rentrée EYThis year, thanks to the organization and Mr. Baller, two new things were introduced. First, in addition to the speeches of Mr. Baller, Pr. Magnier and Léa Jouannin (current president of the AEGED), a high school student was invited to speak. I was really impressed to see a 17-year-old girl standing in front of a whole crowd, speaking so easily. I would have been too shy to just think about doing that!

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Moreover, our parents were invited to join us for this event. I was really proud to show my father what I do – my mother was in India. Besides, seeing my father so captivated by my studies really encouraged me!
Indeed, Mr. Baller and Pr. Magnier presented the LLM and different destinations which made me dream. Moreover, Léa Jouannin outlined the association AEGED. The AEGED is really important and fosters links between different promotions of students, but it also enables us to know how to promote the school or how to create events like this one. professeur magnier et maître baller

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Furthermore, I really understood during this event that I am not a high school student anymore. I also understood that I am not only a first-year law student but also involved in EY afterworks, conferences and professional discussions. Indeed, the different speeches helped me to realize that I am now in the active life. The ‘Grande Ecole du Droit’ is not only a law school, it also means important events and meetings with professionals and students.

After the speeches, a cocktail was organized and enabled me to talk with students and parents. It was a good way to learn about the working life and discover other professions. I was really curious but quite shy at the beginning. It was difficult for me to talk with people I did not know. Hopefully, I could count on the other students and we helped each other – after all, we’re all in this together.

This event was very helpful to begin this year with more serenity. The presentation of the GED and the AEGED made me understand what I am going to do and what I will need to face. Each of us at our own level can help and support the association, and that is very motivating and rewarding. Besides, I know we can rely on the other students and on the teachers.

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To sum up, the start of the new university year at EY was important for me and motivated me! It was a really nice and helpful evening, and I am already waiting for the next one.

Agathe Ardisson (GED1)

L’Québec c’était bin l’fun.

On August, 1st 2017, I set foot on the Canadian ground for the first time.

First, I had to go through the immigration services in order to get my work visa. Like everywhere, going through customs is always complicated (talk to Elina Rougeau about it, she can tell you about that). However, what a surprise to realize that yes, some people really enjoy working at the immigration services and actually smile! This is not a lie: Canadian people are really nice.

Once I got my work visa, I had to go to Claudette’s. I didn’t know anything, I had found an accommodation randomly one week before; I had no guidebook, had not done any research about the city nor the place I was about to stay at for a month. After dragging my luggage without wheels (thanks Air France) for some ticanada 1me, I finally managed to find Claudette’s house: a typical Montreal condo.

I didn’t imagine what my meeting with Claudette would happen to be. This woman was simply amazing. Let me present you Claudette, 67 years old, climbed Mount Kilimandjaro when she was 60 and takes lectures about religion at university. What more can I say?

Since my internship started a week after my arrival, I had time to visit Montreal by riding my Bixi (Montreal’s Velibs). At the beginning, dealing with the Quebecker accent was pretty harsh. As an information, ‘slistes’ are nor slugs but cyclists. I think you have ‘pogné a touch’*: Canadian French is different, but you quickly get used to it. At some point, you actually end up talking just like them.

More seriously, this is an article about my internship so I’ll just stop pretending I’m part of some backpackers’ blog. I did my internship in a law office called Goudreau Gage Dubuc, specialized in IP/IT and located in the business center.

The first day of an internship is always stressful and that’s even more accurate when you do it abroad. I was surprised to see that my arrival had been well prepared. As soon as I arrived, there was a sign welcoming me, I had an office to myself and I could take as many coffees as I wanted. It was pure luxury.

The experience of doing an internship abroad is very educative. During my internship, I had a great autonomy. I won’t bore you with my missions of research on patentability, study on counterfeiting and writing of official letters.

To me, an internship abroad means above all living like an authentic inhabitant of the country or the city. It is easy to live in Montreal without ever having the chance to speak to an authentic Quebecker. My advice is then to run away from French people.

Ok, I’ll admit it, I saw French people. August 2017 in Montreal was like a reunion of students from the GED. But luckily, although Elina Rougeau and I lived as roommates for a few weeks, and I saw Adèle Raulin a lot, we did mecanada 2et Quebeckers.

When I think of Montreal, two things come to my mind: a French-style tradition and a multicultural city. I was lucky enough to live two kinds of experiences. Indeed, with Adèle who just started her LLM in Air & Space Law in McGill University, I discovered the North American atmosphere. I went to several McGill orientation events along with Adèle and I got to meet people from all over the world. This experience convinced me to apply to McGill for my LLM.

To finish, I got to live the Quebec experience with Elina. Thanks to road trips, amazing encounters with inhabitants from the village of St Prim and St Felicien or the ‘épluchette de blé d’Inde’*, I discovered the Quebecker way of life.

PS: I strongly recommend an internship in Québec where it is not necessary to do to it during two months to be paid.

* Pogné a touch: you got it
* Epluchette de blé d’Inde: corn

Jasmine Merdji-Larue

The Orientation Week-End

 

GED WEI 3As a new GED1, I was obviously thrilled about this orientation week end !

As I was getting on the coach at noon on Friday, my mind was full of several feelings : joy, excitement and curiosity.
I can tell that good vibes were already spreading in the bus on the ride to Blandouet-Mayenne. It allowed us, newcomers, to listen to some GED2 and GED3 telling funny stories about themselves and jokes. From that moment on, a bond was born between us and them.

When we arrived, we could not see our cottage because the older students urged everyone to close the curtains in the coach. At last, we got out one by one, and we were all starting to feel nervous. Indeed, we did not know whatever was the tricky situation the GED 2&3 had planned for us. We did not wait for too long though…GED WEI 1
After all the GED1 were tied up together, the GED2 and GED3 came from everywhere, throwing a strange mixture all over the place which was composed of milk, water and flour I assume (although I am not quite sure about the recipe). That was a cheerful welcome in the « Grande Ecole du Droit » and I thought that this week end started well.

I was not disappointed at all by the rest of the week end. I was very eager to discover my new classmates and the activities we did helped me to do so.
For instance, a bruising fight was organized which opposed 4 teams during these 2 days. It was so much fun!
We challenged in several games and this contributed to build a sense of unity and mutual support.

Last but not least, the meals and endless parties we shared all together were the moments I enjoyed the most. It was an opportunity to learn from the other promotions, to find out about their personalities and their experiences in la « Grande Ecole du Droit ». I also think that discovering my « godmother » in GED2, Claire, and my great godmother Lucille in GED 3 was a precious gift. They were both greatly cheerful and welcoming.

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In a nutshell, this week end was a rewarding experience which enabled us to strengthen the intergenerational link between all the members of the GED. It also gave us the opportunity to fit in and to become part of this caring group.

Eléonore Schmautz (GED1)

« Wir sind alle Berliner »

From May 9 to May 15 2017, the GED planted its flaged mur de berlin ghislenag in Berlin Kreuzberg, a central area of Berlin.

The decision of this year’s prom trip destination was subject to many discussions but the success of the experience is undeniable.

The GED2 and GED3, despite being used to travel by bus, decided the best option was to travel by plane, so we left Roissy CDG in the morning of the 9th of May. Once in Berlin, we rode buses by teams to go from the airport to the youth hostel. The place was sort of underground, with a view on the street and unmatching furniture. It made us feel instantly home.

As everyone was hungry from the journey, we quickly went down to discover what the street offered: kebabs and doners, vegetarian snacks, burgers… it tasted like a good start.                                                                                       © Ghislena Ly

Different groups got together to walk to the middle of the town (Berlin Mitte) and see The Wall Museum. The Berlin Wall stands still erected for us to see on hundreds of meters. The styles of the paintings are really diverse: some are colourful and express hope while others represent the traumatism of WWII.ged voyage a berlin ged 3

As wandering around the city seemed like a good way to get accustomed, some of us decided to go back to the youth hostel by walking. Some of us may have got lost, while others were discovering the German subway for the first time. Different teams and groups started their own discovering of the city. This organization followed us the next days, from Checkpoint Charlie to the Jewish Museum and to Schloss Sanssouci.

Organizing the nights was maybe the hardest part.

We often gathered around homemade meals in ged voyage a berlin 3ème photothe living room of the hostel. But when it was time to discover the nightlife, getting around 50 people in a club was harder than we had expected. In the end, the big group always had to split, but for the best. It enabled us to get to know each other, past the benches of Jean Monnet and the 27th floor of the tour First at EY.

I believe this trip was the great conclusion we needed after this ‘short but hard year’. It brought us closer, enabled us to party, discover historical places… and maybe think about our LLM destination?

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View of the hostel from an opposite building                       © Claire-Emeline Auduc

The last generation of GED acknowledges the team in charge of the organization, who did a great job and sets the bar high for next year!

 

Claire-Emeline Auduc (GED 2)

Admission Day : Chapter 2

Exactly one year ago, 28 of us were hopeful high school students, coming to Jean Monnet for the first time as candidates to the first GED Admission Auditions ever.
On Saturday, May the 20th 2017 the second edition of this admission day took place.
The previous team in charge of the organization had done a really good job, making the day a real success. Since the bar had been set so high, the main question was the following one: how could we welcome our future fellow students even better?

The task was given to a group of 2nd year students, led by Hortense Derrien (Ariane Edery, Blandine d’Humières, Flora Merret, Nina Ravine). Two first year students were added to this team (Mathis Aubry-Lallement, Claire-Emeline Auduc). All of them were granted the advice of the original team (Adrien Aing, Julien Blavot Goujon, Erwann Le Noac’h, Wassim Mokadem). This way, we could pursue what had already been accomplished last year. In addition, we were taking into account the former candidates’ ideas and remarks.

We started by making a clear list of what had to be done and how the day would be organized. Professor Magnier had selected the students who were to be auditioned from APB and we had to contact them and organize the auditions. Just like last year, the admission would be decided upon 2 auditions. One occurred in front of a “little” jury made of students whereas the other, more formal, was compounded of alumni and teachers. We were glad a lot of former GED students accepted to come. The grand jury was carried out by Pierre Delassis, representing the alumni.

Elaborating a running order required the exchange of several emails with the candidates because it often depended on their availabilities. The team took the time to make it perfect, which was necessary because we wanted to avoid any delay which would have jeopardized our all organization.

Sticking to the timetable was the main demand made by the GED1. Indeed, our goal for this year was basically to take the basis of last year work but with a little more organization.

Once we had the GED1’ opinions, we knew what was to be improved. For example, the “pre-coaching” set to put the candidates in the mood by explaining a few things before the actual auditions had to be kept because of how helpful it had been the previous year. We also decided to define roles for every student to occupy during the day: welcome the students, pre-coaching, visits, digital team, juries, bake sales… A major improvement was also the room specifically arranged to welcome the parents. GED students were always there to answer questions or simply discuss with them, which was appreciated.

Most of the parents appreciated the fact that they learnt about the course thanks to the talks given by Maitre Baller and Pierre Delassis in the amphitheater, and that they could also speak directly with the students.

[…] Once arrived, I was amazed by the great organization and most importantly by the kindness and helpfulness of the students. Answering all our questions, and really concerned about how it went. […] I also considered the exchange with the members of the jury as an instructive experience and fruitful discussion regarding the future of the course and what we can personally bring to it. In conclusion, it attracted me even more and confirmed me into thinking this is what I want to do later.
A candidate to the Grande Ecole du Droit.

Ged admission day  GED1 students discussing with candidates in the pre-coaching room.
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Another point we put a lot of thoughts in was the bake cake. Last year, a lunch had been prepared but not everyone was aware of it and it was somehow served a little late. This year, we decided to have everyone participate in the sale. In addition, the team made sandwiches in the morning. Almost everything was sold out and the remaining sandwiches were given to homeless people in the evening.

Among the different roles we had defined, one consisted in waiting at the station to guide the candidates towards the university. But we soon realized it was useless, the families being already informed thanks to the signs we had put the day before. It was satisfying to see we had thought of everything, even though it seemed excessive sometimes. The goal for next year is thus to find a balance to make the day even more dynamic.

As part of the creation of the “Journée des Oraux” in 2016, I was offered another chance to help find out the GED 1 of tomorrow thanks to my presence in the Selection Juries. Hence, I felt glad and very pleased to see that the big project my teammates and I left incomplete evolved into something really amazing, something that made our directors very proud and the students dreamy. Now, let’s hope that the next generation will also be glad to be part of the great adventure of La Grande Ecole du Droit!
– Julien Blavot-Goujon, member of the 2016 organization team

At the end of the day, the task left was maybe the most important. Maître Baller and the juries gathered in a room where they exchanged their views and finally, 30 names emerged.

We look forward to meeting them and we hope they enjoyed the experience as much as we did. See you next year!

Organizing this day was our way to contribute to developing the Grande Ecole du Droit. The general mobilization shows how committed every student is to improve the quality of our formation.
– Hortense Derrien, leader of the 2017 organization team

ged organisatPart of the organization team (Claire-Emeline Auduc, Mathis Aubry—Lallement, Hortense Derrien, Flora Merret, Léa Jouannin)

NB: we would like to thank the university, Professor Magnier, Maitre Baller, Pierre Delassis and all the students (former and current) for coming and being so effective.

 

Claire-Emeline Auduc (GED2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do It Yourself: Organizing an Afterwork

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A few weeks ago, a project I participated in, came true. Let me explain this amazing afterwork adventure.

At the beginning of April, I was asked to participate at the third edition of the Grande Ecole du Droit ‘s afterwork which was dedicated to intellectual property law and information technology law.

A small team of 6 students was already in place to organize it and I was very happy and honoured to join. When Mathilde and Hind (second year students) told me that I would ensure the event communication in all Parisian universities, to be honest I was a little dubious. Actually, one of my first thought was “oh my god how will I do it? “. However, I decided that I would not quit the project because the team trusted me and also because I couldn’t drop Ghislena, my team worker who had to share this event with me.

During the spring break, I took the bull by the horns and I started to speak of our afterwork to all my friends which are in Assas and Descartes universities. Thus, they included me on their Facebook groups and I was able post the event on their social networks. For universities I didn’t know anybody in, I contacted the administrator of the different law sections which were mentioned on Facebook and I exposed them our afterwork. Luckily, the majority of them replied and let me introduce our event on their facebook pages.

This mission was a true revelation for me. Indeed, I could discover that I really enjoyed contacting people and convincing them of the seriousness of this event.

In addition, by making the opening speech of the afterwork, I could see that I was able to speak in public even if I was very stressed out by the number of people who was listening to me.

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© Ghisléna Ly

Last Thursday, after weeks of hardwork, the afterwork on IP/IT law took place at EY Law Firm’s headquarters in La Défense. It was a real success, four professionals specialized in this field of activity were present and hosted the meeting. Moreover, many students coming from different Parisians universities were there.

At the end of the meeting, the guests told us that they enjoyed the afterwork and it was for us the most beautiful reward.

To conclude, this afterwork is the result of a great group cohesion and an incredible investment of all organizers. We are very thankful for EY Law Firm to have hosted this event.

For my first participation to an afterwork I will retain three words: work, happiness and discoveries.

Charline Antignac, First Year Student

Working with Transparency International France

A few days ago, I was reading the news and among all the titles, one in particular caught my attention: « The presidential candidates respond to the 11 recommendations made by the NGO Transparency International France. » Can you believe that students in second and third year of the Grande Ecole du Droit had participated in the elaboration of these recommendations?I was one of them and I can tell you that it was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever taken part in.

TIF2During the first semester, Professor Magnier offered some students the chance to work on a project with the French section of the German NGO Transparency International, known for leading the fight against corruption and driven by a vision of a world in which states, businesses, civil society and individuals in their daily lives would be spared with corruption in all its forms.

The issue of transparence already concerned my classmates and me, and I immediately knew that it was a great opportunity for us to embark in such a project. As I am a quite discreet student, I was not expecting to be responsible for the coordination of the mission. However, since I joined the Grande Ecole du Droit, I was confronted to a lot of opportunities that helped me grow and evolve. This experience was one of them.

For the upcoming presidential elections, Transparency international France launched a campaign in order to ask the candidates to commit to the 11 recommendations if they were elected. The recommendations of course dealt with the issue of public life transparence, therefore we particularly worked on the participation of citizens. We were asked to make a comparative study of the different legislations adopted by European countries, North America and even Asia, with Taiwan regarding two mains themes: the right of citizen petition and the mechanisms for citizen consultation prior to projects or bills. We were fortunate to work with Ms Bounaud, general delegate of Transparency International France, who is a great person with convictions.

After some long hours of research, I am proud to say that we met the challenge.

This experience has allowed us to gain a more concrete approach regarding the field of comparative law and the work with an NGO. Indeed, this mission has taught us the progress and shortcomings in this area between the countries studied. As citizens and law students, we were very proud to have been able to participate in this work, which was useful for the modernization of democratic life.

As you can imagine, we will of course continue to work with Transparency, in order to spread the issue of transparence that every societies have to overcome.

In this way, we invited Ms Bounaud during a conference where she presented the 11 presidential recommendations to the law students of our university. I assume they were quite interested about how we can improve the transparence of public life, especially on this time of presidential election in France.

We also had the chance to attend the yearly volunteers meeting. We were impressed by the number of new volunteers who wanted to join the association. As a matter of fact, they were mostly from law background such as law student, law teachers, former judge of the Cour de cassation but there were also people working in private sectors.

We realized that all these people wanted to improve the society as some of witnessed corruption during their work. We understood that corruption was an issue that society have to deal with, which is not only present in public life, but also in universities or private companies.

This meeting clearly motivated us to help Transparency in the new mission they have given us, consisting in developing information sheets about some concept of law for the general public. Being able to put into practice our legal knowledge to support a worthy cause is something that we are all proud of.

We are thankful to our director Professor Magnier and Ms Bounaud from T.I France for this amazing experience.

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We invite you to visit the website of Transparency international France: https://transparency-france.org/

The 11 recommendations to the presidential candidates: https://transparency-france.org/recommandations-presidentielle-2017/

The presidential candidates who responded to the 11 recommendations : https://transparency-france.org/project/23032017-transparenceethique-de-vie-publique-candidats-sengagent/

Don’t hesitate to support them!

Hind El Khalfi & Mathilde Floréan (GED2)

Our great tutoring experience

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Tali and Alice at the annual Grande Ecole du Droit’s Christmas Party in december 2016

From the point of view of the tutor (Alice, GED2)

How we met:

We were students at the same High School (Lycée Hoche, Versailles) but I was in the economic section and Tali was in the scientific section. When I was a first-year student at the Grande Ecole du Droit, I promoted the school in a meeting with High School students. I also posted a message on the High School’s Facebook Group, to give a greater visibility to our formation. Tali later contacted me, and I gladly answered her numerous questions! She finally decided that she wanted to apply and she was very motivated, and we could say that it is from this moment that I became her tutor.

What does this mentorship involves?

Being a mentor first started with helping my student apply to the Grande Ecole du droit. I gave her a lot of precious information about the school itself, for example about the courses, the teachers, the atmosphere… Then, we prepared her application form together: I reviewed her resume and her motivation letter several times, and I gave her valuable tips. She finally managed to be selected for the oral admission, which we also prepared carefully. In the end, she was admitted to the Grande Ecole de Droit, and I could not have been prouder!

Now that Tali is a student, my job is to help her the best I can in several ways: I answer her questions about the courses, I sometimes check her assignments to give her a second opinion, but I also reassure her when she needs an extra push!

What does the mentorship brings to me?

I definitely consider myself lucky to be a mentor of such an exceptional person as Tali. Not only is she my mentee, she also became my friend. We had common personal difficulties, and I have to say that she was a real mentor when I needed her! It is a very enriching and rewarding experience, because she also taught me how to be a pedagogic teacher.

Tali is also my privileged interlocutor when I need information about her promotion, and she allows me to keep up to date. For example, she helped a lot in my project management, which requires to be in direct contact with all the school promotions to collect information.


From the point of view of the tutored-student (Tali, GED1)

How we met:

During my terminale, I was very preoccupied with my scholarship orientation: I had a lot of interrogations, about whether or not going in a preparatory class, apply to Science Po, pursue law studies… so when I saw the Facebook post, which talked about this formation, that I have never heard about, I was very happy to be able to contact Alice. She responded to all my questions, and was very pleased to help me, even though we had never meet before. She helped me with the (very) complicated APB online platform, but also for the oral presentation, and I am sure that I owe her a lot for my admission to the Grande Ecole du Droit.

What does this mentorship involves:

When Alice presented the Grande Ecole du Droit, she gave me information about the courses, the teachers… and most importantly about the « spirit of family » which makes this formation so particular. When I heard that every student had a mentor, it appeared obvious that Alice was going to be mine. During the first semester, she helped me with the transition from high school to university, and I was very lucky to have her by my side. She gave valuable advice about my work method, and was a precious help for the first assignment. As early as the first weeks of class, I was able to organize my work and I was not lost at all in this new environment, which request a lot of autonomy and represent a big change compared to High School.

What brings to me:

Besides the work aspect, Alice became a real friend. During this year, she was always there for me when I was going through hard times at school, or even in my personal life. Alice and I had a lot more in common than just being members of the same university course, and I am very lucky to have her. I think that I can easily say that our mentorship fulfilled all the objectives that I was expecting from it, and I am very happy to think that I am going to spend one more year in the Grande Ecole du Droit with Alice.

The Economist Rapper

When I learnt that every second-year student from the Grande École du Droit would be following a new « Economy and Corporation management » course, taught by Jean-Philippe Denis, a renowned teacher, I must admit that I was rather skeptical at first. Indeed, I did not think it would be very useful for the law students that we are. Besides, as I did not like this subject when I was in high school, I feared that the course would be boring. And I was completely wrong.

GED2

All GED2, Véronique Magnier and Stéphane Baller   ©Christophe Rabinovici

Indeed, this course was not about calculating the GDP of a given country, or measuring the impact of an economic phenomenon on a given population, such as indebtedness. We had to think about abstract issues which are key to understand economy and its deep, yet hidden, relationship with law. We became aware that we were all part of a lot of different organizations: a friendship, our university, the economic market… You may wonder how is this statement related to economy and law, but the answer is very simple: it appears obvious that organizations are first imagined in abstracto. Once they are realized and “built”, it is up to the law, and to the rules it provides, to become their pillar and to ensure it does not collapse through regulations.

I can certainly understand that you might feel a little lost right now, as I was lost myself at the beginning of the class! However, this kind of conceptual elements are essential to understand how the “baby lawyers” that we are must deal with legal issues in our everyday life.

Now that I have made a little overview of the purely academic content of the course, I must talk about the most interesting part, which is… the professor and his innovative pedagogy! In order to give you an insight of his personality, I will give you a little fun fact : Professor Denis is very famous in France for having chosen a quote from the French rapper Booba as an exam subject (yes, a rap song as an exam)! In class, he frequently referred to French and American rappers, such as Jay-Z, to explain the notions, and he often showed us movies and videos to support his arguments. We understood that economy (and law) were absolutely everywhere, even in Hollywood movies. We were offered another way to perceive law and the world around us, and I think it is a real advantage of the GED.

The exam was very thrilling and stimulating as well. Professor Denis asked us to write a kind of article about the “Kerviel Case”, that we had to present in front of the class. Jérôme Kerviel was a trader accused of diverting funds from the “Société Générale”, who was discharged in September. In order to motivate us for this difficult task (and I assure you that it truly was), he told us that the best paper would be published on The Conversation, a real research website. You can imagine that it is much more rewarding than a good grade! And … I am quite proud to say that our group, composed of Ariane EDERY, Nina Ravine VA and I won!

This task was really challenging, perhaps the most difficult of the entire semester, but I thought it was extremely interesting to make us look at a case from another point of view.

Overall, although I was really doubtful at the beginning of the year, this course was the one I believe to be the most interesting and the most useful in the whole semester, as it helped us to form a legal reasoning in a totally different way from any other lecture, and any GED student should realize how lucky he is to have such a good teacher!

Timothée FORET (GED2)