Do It Yourself: Organizing an Afterwork


© Ghisléna Ly

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.


© 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

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.


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)

Open Day JM 2017

Every year in our university is organized an open day, and this time we were on the other side of the stand. The open day is a great opportunity for us to present our diploma to the high schoolers, and to get recognition. It took place on a Saturday, like every year, on February 25th.

It does not take much time to prepare, we only need to know who comes to hold the stand, and when. The promotion team, in charge of the organization of the day, prepares the list. It is always a great pleasure for our students to come, because it feels so rewarding to make other people discover the diploma we are so proud to be part of. We want to recruit the best students, our next mates, so we take the task very seriously. We prepare ourselves to make a clean oral presentation, fast and efficient, ready to answer every question. We only have our brochure to support us. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., we are here to welcome every visitor. Let’s be honest, it is very tiring!

In the morning, our director, Pr. Veronique Magnier, was there to answer questions from parents and students. She was as glad as we were, and certainly even more, to see such enthusiasm. Also, there was a graduate student, Pierre Delassis, who helped us diversify the presentations. There were not only first year students : there were also second and third year students, this allowed us to give a more global point of view of the Grande Ecole du Droit, from different perspectives.


Dorian’s experience:

“For me, it was a very important and symbolic day. A year ago, I was a visitor, discovering the Grande Ecole du Droit for the very first time, asking questions, with stars in my eyes. Now, a year later, I am behind the stand and am presenting the diploma to the next generation. It felt so exciting! I met many interesting and interested young people, and even saw some students that I had already met in another presentation in a high school. This is what makes us happy, seeing very motivated students, willing to succeed. I will definitely be there next year!”

Katia’s experience:

“Last year I couldn’t come to the open day, so I had to find all the information and answers to my questions online, on the Grande Ecole du Droit website. Even though I found everything I wanted to know about the diploma without any problem, I felt like an internal point of view of the campus and the students was missing. So, when we were given the chance to take part in the organization of the event, I thought it was a very good opportunity to give students the point of view I didn’t get last year, when I was in their shoes. I tried to guide and inform them, to answer their questions about the classes, the student life, and the diploma the best way I could. Overall, I think it was a great experience, we got to meet many interesting and excited students, and I was pleased to give them advice on what could be awaiting them next year. I look forward to renewing the experience!”

We can both say that it was a great experience, it creates a first contact with the next generation of the Grande Ecole du Droit, and we can’t wait to meet them during the admission day.

Dorian Revillon d’Apreval and Katia Setbel, GED1

Why we chose financial market law

Tom Guélimi (GED 3)

Just like any third-year student at the Grande Ecole du Droit, I had to choose two courses of M1 in business law to study before leaving on my LL.M. During the first semester, I followed the international private law course (you can find Maxime François’s article on this course below) but this semester, I decided to go with financial law. Basically, it’s the law of the markets on which investment services are offered and operations take place. These are all under the control of a national entity, in France the AMF.

This area of the law has become particularly important and interesting after the financial crisis of 2007 because of all the efforts that were put in the regulation of the financial markets. But aside from the fact that this subject is fascinating and very stimulating intellectually, why should you chose this course for your second semester?

First of all, everyone starting in this class feel like they’re being spoken to in a completely different language which makes you at the same time very curious but also a little bit stressed about the final exam (an oral exam by the way, beware). Indeed, you will feel as if you were part of a special group allowed to understand how the world of finance works and the feeling of uneasiness actually quickly goes away after a couple of classes.

Second, the professor teaching financial law is amazing (in a good and a bad way, trust me). Professor Paclot often says “If you understand what I am saying, I must not have been clear enough”. He actually is quite clear most of the time and manages to make very complex situations or rules of law sound very simple. Even better, he does not hesitate to criticize the judicial decisions or the applying rules of law. However, you should not join this course if you do not like to participate because he might test you on your general knowledge from time to time.

Finally, this course, if you choose to accept it, can be a major asset in your academic background since very few students attend it (average of 20 students) and even fewer students have the chance to take this course during their third year. As I have mentioned before, this is a very complex and modern area of the law and it embraces a lot of fields of business law so it may become handy in your future career.

I hope I haven’t spoiled you anything and have left you curious enough to join the course. Good luck to you and may the law be with you.


© Christophe Rabinovici

Santiago Ramirez (GED 3)

I have to admit that selecting my Master 1 courses wasn’t an easy task for me. Indeed, when it comes to choosing courses, I believe that it’s essential to combine your personal tastes with a coherent academic project. During the first semester, I decided to study ‘Corporate Taxation Law’. It was a strategic decision, since ‘General Taxation Law’ is taught during the second semester of the third year of LL.B. As a result, at the end of my third year, I will benefit from a strong knowledge of French taxation law.

For the second semester, it was a much trickier question. I was eager to study almost every courses … However, I decided to discover the mysterious world of the financial markets. It was a logical choice. On one hand, I’ve always been interested in economy and finance. On the other hand, financial law isn’t taught in every French universities, and it’s an emerging subject in the legal field.

But Santiago, why should I choose financial law?!

Well, because you will understand the bases of a key sector of our modern economy.

Every day you hear about the results of the “CAC 40” or the “Down Jones“. Many companies around the world rely on financial markets in order to fund their activities. Since the financial crisis of 2007/2008, everyone has heard of ‘subprimes’, ‘swaps’ and other weird names of financial products. In France, the Kerviel scandal (which lead to an epic lawsuit), renewed the touchy debate surrounding the wrongdoings of the financial world. However, who understands anything of this whole mess?

The course of Financial Law, taught by Professor Y. Paclot, sheds some light on these issues. Financial law focuses on the regulation of both uses of financials services and the relationships between the protagonists who operate within this sector. It would be quite difficult to explain you in details what do we learn during these weekly classes, so I’d rather tell you why I don’t regret my choice.

This class enabled me to acquire a better comprehension of what are the financial markets, why do they exist, what are their functions, why are they essential, who are the key actors in this field, why regulation is a significant role for the states etc. Most importantly, it’s really interesting within a legal point of view to demystify what is seen by everyone as an evil and gloomy world. Studying financial law gives you the tools to develop your personal opinion on financial markets.

Moreover, Pr. Paclot perfectly handles its subject and explains tough principles in simple ways:

“You all know Canada Dry right? It almost tastes like alcohol, but it’s soda. Well, it’s the same thing with hedge funds. They are almost companies but they’re not: they don’t have a complete legal personnality”.

To finish this article which is getting way too long, I will be more academic. Financial law is a fascinating subject because it completely blends many legal areas. Every time we must refer to our knowledge in corporate law, constitutional law, public law, european law, criminal law, but also (and mainly) to general civil law. I would say that financial law is an advanced use of contract law and property law. Today, I realize why during my entire second year each one of my professors used to repeat that we will use contract law in every legal field. ‘Forward contracts’, ‘usufruit’, or ‘conditional obligations’ are legal notions that now make more sense to me.

At the end of the day, financial law is a complex course because we barely have expertise in finance, but also because this legal area uses other legal concepts with a much more technical approach. Nonetheless, it is probably what renders this subject exciting.

At the beginning of the semester, it was pretty funny and reassuring to see that the twenty fourth-year students of the Master 1 were as much lost and troubled as Tom and I felt. Unfortunately, I guess that the upcoming final exam will be less funny.

SantiaGuél (GED 3).

An afterwork on the “Building and Public Works” Sector

As a first-year student in the “Grande Ecole du Droit”, I am not very sure of what type of carrier I want. And because of the new environment, the courses, homework, etc., I don’t really have time to think about what I specifically want to do after university. Thankfully, the Students and Alumni’s association of the Grande Ecole du Droit (AEGED) is always here to set up events to help us figure out what we could do in the future. Last year the project “Afterworks+” was created. It consists in organising afterworks which aim at gathering professionals from a specific area of law in a conference, followed by a networking session around a buffet.


Dorian Revillon d’Apreval at an EY event © Audrey Ailloud

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The 2016 LLM Roadshow

We could sum up the «Grand Ecole du Droit» philosophy by the expression ‘the world is your oyster’, even though I personally prefer ‘the world is yours’. At least, that’s what comes to my mind when I think about all the universities in which the elders have studied.

As every «Grande Ecole du Droit» student, I have a dreamed destination for my LL.M. year. Throughout these past two years, we have all worked on our LL.M. projects, and things are now getting trickier when it comes to applications …


Santiago Ramirez at the LLM Roadshow © Christophe Rabinovici

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A new project: the GED1 tutoring program

This year, thanks to some motivated members of the association of the Grande Ecole du Droit (AEGED), the first year students benefited from a tutoring program. Indeed, every week during the first semester, a gathering was scheduled in order for the younger students to meet the previous generations and profit from their experience.

In those working sessions, various subjects were tackled. Most of the time, the first part of the class was more theoretical. Thus, the second-year students often explained technical or essential points that may not have been noticed or understood well enough. Then the attention was focused on methodology, which is what teachers need their students to acquire and apply rigorously. This part of the “class” was more practical since the first-year students talked about their personal difficulties regarding methodology and organization. The training session often ended with the second-year students sharing their best piece of advice to the younger and motivating them.

Adèle a new project

Adèle Raulin © Santiago Ramirez

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American Contract Law, an original and unique teaching

If you’re tired of the theoretical courses of French law schools, the course “American Contract Law” is made for you!


Professor Fred Einbinder © Christophe Rabinovici

Today’s topic is about Contract Law, or a very original course that makes the Grande Ecole du Droit so unique.

Indeed, during the second semester of our second year at the Grande Ecole du Droit, we attend classes of American contract law (in English of course) taught by the American Professor Einbinder, lawyer at the Illinois Bar. Through courses and also presentations given by students every week, Professor Einbinder gives us the opportunity to explore the nuances of American Contract Law and compare them with French Contract Law.

But what made this course so exciting for us, GED students — or as he likes to call us, “GEDi students” — was the mounting of a mock trial out of a very famous case in the United States on Mergers & Acquisitions: Texaco, Inc. v. Pennzoil Co.

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