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)





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)

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.


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)

Baby Lawyer and Pistol Enthusiastic

When I was asked to write an article for “Life in GED” after my participation to the France Pistol Shooting Championship, I did not know what I could say about it.

I could spend days discussing about my own discipline, as every passionate athlete, but it would not be of great interest for my fellow undergraduates.



I would rather share what it has brought to my everyday life. Michel Cacheux, a wonderful coach and former member of the French national Shooting Team, once told me that to succeed a high-level athlete has to keep in mind five elements: Rules, Mental, Physical fitness, Strategy and Tactics.

I find this analysis quite alike the requirements a student should bear in mind for the finals. Everyone has to abide by the same rules in order to participate. Every athlete should be in the best shape possible (yes, even in pistol shooting I assure you) and in a positive and lucid mental state to perform. Moreover, an athlete needs to be strategic, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses allows to have a lucid look on events occurring during a match and to fix what has to be fixed immediately. Finally, every athlete has little tricks that helps and reassures: drinking, munching, meditation… Every little tip providing some comfort may make all the difference in hard times.

But besides, being passionate is about having fun, push ambitions to the limits, always having faith and not being afraid to step back sometimes to reach the next level.

I am not the only passionate in the “Grande Ecole du Droit”, many of us have consuming passions. Some play music, some swim, some act, some even fight on a tatami! We all face the same joys, doubts and fears. We are all torn apart between our studies, our personal life and our passions.



How do we manage to conciliate everything? I am going to tell you a secret… It is impossible! We do the best we can, but we are only humans after all. Sometimes, choices must be made. That means cancelling an event with friends to finish an assignment because you had to attend a training session before a competition. That means having to train at night or having to space the practice sessions and finding ways to compensate such as mental visualization. That means sacrifices.

But it is all worth it. More than a passion, after 8 years of practice, pistol shooting has become a genuine necessity. Trainings evacuate stress and competitions provide thrilling sensations but above all, the people I have met have contributed in the making of the person I am today.


Claire Emeline AUDUC (GED1)

Through this article, I want to urge readers to believe in their dreams, no matter how hard it can be, as the song says, “ain’t no mountain high enough”.


My First Semester – Rose Pommeray

My name is Rose and I started at the Grande Ecole du Droit last fall. Before university, I lived in Oslo, Norway and at the end of high school I had no idea of what I wanted to do. It was very complicated to find information as I couldn’t visit the universities, go to conferences, I didn’t even have a guidance counsellor… I knew I wanted to study law, but I was looking for something a little more specific so I started looking on internet and on APB for a selective university course. For a long time, I planned entering a “classe préparatoire”, a double diploma in law and economy, law and philosophy, law and just something else… I ended up finding the Grande Ecole du Droit. I sent my application and got in after an oral examination through Skype with Pr. Magnier. I passed my baccalauréat and left Oslo at the end of June.


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University is a thousand miles from high school. In Oslo, we were 16 in my class and I arrived in September in an amphitheater full of people. Among other things, it changes the relationship you have with the teacher: I used to ask questions as soon as I didn’t understand something, the rhythm of the course was adapted to us… In a university course, you take notes, you can eventually ask a question during one of the two 10 minutes’ breaks but it stays very anonymous. I was quite frustrated about it at first, but the courses were so interesting and the teachers so good that I accepted it fast, but I was still very happy to start the Grande Ecole du Droit courses. As a selective diploma, we are only 30 to follow each Grande Ecole du Droit course and I enjoyed being in a class and interacting again with a teacher. Our American Law course for example is organized like a course in an American university: the teacher presents a topic and asks questions about it that we answer all together. Of course, you need to prepare the topic before going to class: University gives you a lot of autonomy, which is good but also very demanding. I have learned a lot these past few months and grown tremendously as a person. It takes a lot of organizing and responsibility to succeed at university. The Grande Ecole du Droit helped and helps me with this complicated aspect of university through the personal support we get from the older students (second and third year students). A tutoring system is set up each year when new students attend the Grande Ecole du Droit and we all get a tutor to whom we can ask specific questions about anything we struggle with in our studies. Second year students also offer to organise coaching sessions on methodology and different subjects first year students struggle with. This whole system is very reassuring and made the transition from high school far easier that it would have been if I had attended only a classic “licence de droit”.

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University is an infinite source of knowledge and we have very good and inspiring teachers at the Jean Monnet Faculty. However, courses are very theoretical and academic, and the only way to think about and try building our professional future is to find and attend Conferences, which often take place at the same time as our courses… University in general doesn’t provide help to look in the future and be ready for professional reality. This is a major asset of the Grande Ecole du Droit: we have a course called “Soft Skills and Professional Project” (delivered by a Partner from EY Law Firm, Stéphane Baller) which is all about preparing us for the future. I must confess it both stresses me and reassures me. It forces me to focus on my professional future, though being a vague and abstract notion, but I have learned so much in such a short period from Stéphane Baller that I think of the future more peacefully.

I have learned a lot throughout this Semester, and I’m very satisfied with the choice I made to attend the Jean Monnet faculty and the Grande Ecole du Droit. It can be difficult and stressful at times, but I am far more confident than I was six months ago and I am ready for this second semester.

Rose Pommeray

Nota Bene: If you want to apply, you will find the Grande Ecole du Droit on APB (Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Comparatives et Internationales, Faculté Jean Monnet, Université Paris XI).

A Christmassy night in La Défense

One of the many traditions at the “Grande Ecole du Droit” alongside September’s Welcome Presentation is the annual Christmas Party taking place at EY Law Firm’s headquarters in La Défense. Each year, the Christmas Party gathers all generations of the Grande Ecole du Droit’s students, as well as the program’s teachers and partners for a festive evening. The event is always a treat for the students after the first semester’s exams and a pleasant occasion to get together before the winter break. Unlike every previous Christmas Parties usually organized by the program’s founders Pr. Véronique Magnier and Me. Stéphane Baller, this year’s event was in the hands of motivated 2nd and 3rd year students. The main goal for us was to freshen up this traditional event as well as keep it entertaining for the audience. Challenge accepted.


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We decided to highlight the GED’s achievements in 2016 and thus, make it fully reflect on what has been a productive and innovative year. In fact, as well as being a perfect way to underline this year’s major events, choosing a retrospective dynamic for the evening allowed new students and alumni to catch a glimpse of the latest commitments of the student’s association, AEGED.

We first started our retrospective with the « Oral’s day », an innovation of the association which was set up in 2016. Among 1800 candidates and 150 eligible students, 30 would become the lucky ones and enter the GED, thanks to the four 2nd year students who organized this selection day. The purpose of the oral’s day, beyond recruiting interesting profiles, was getting to know those we would potentially “share our lives with” for the next couple of years.

From future GED students to freshly graduated ones, another novelty we decided to cast a light on that evening was the Graduation Ceremony. Indeed, this significant event was a key moment in the alumni’s lives: this never-done before ceremony meant a lot for former LL.M students as Locif Choulak recalled in his testimony. We looked back at the first ever ceremony of this kind at the GED as a rewarding night for those who successfully completed their LL.M and had just come back from their foreign universities all over the world.

During the event, we also wanted to present some students’ collaboration with TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL FRANCE which is part of TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, a worldwide movement driven by one vision: a world where States, firms, civil societies and individuals in their everyday life won’t be affected by any kind of corruption anymore. This mission was achieved by a group of dedicated students thanks to the legal clinic of Paris Saclay created by Pr. Magnier.

Therefore, not only was it an opportunity to shine the light on some of the GED’s most impressive work throughout the past year, but it was also a way to look into the program’s near future and upcoming projects.


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One of the major innovations this year alongside the “Oral’s day” is the AEGED mobile phone application. Created by 1st year student Benjamin Rathelot, the app allows us to have a quick overview of the association’s ongoing missions and coming events and is meant to ease our everyday access to crucial information. When introducing his creation to the audience at the Christmas party, Benjamin shared his desire to further the GED’s digital revolution and expand its visibility through innovative initiatives.

The association also has many projects for 2017 as Me. Baller mentioned in his closing intervention, starting with the exportation of some activities of the AEGED such as the methodological guidebook to write a dissertation and many more projects to come. But one prominent event that was announced by Me. Baller that night was our all new partnership with the European Companies Legal Association French Chapter (

Thanks to such a significant event we were once again proven that being part of the Grande Ecole du Droit is an exciting and rewarding adventure. We are very thankful for EY Law Firm to have considerably helped in the process of organizing the 2016 Christmas Party and look forward to the next one to be an ever more innovative and full of surprises event!

Camille Collos and Flora Merret

The First Graduation Ceremony of the Grande Ecole du Droit

The graduation ceremony took place at EY Société d’Avocats on October 21 2016. On that very evening, we saw our project come true.


The 2016 graduates © Audrey Ailloud

We wanted to organize a great ceremony that everyone, especially the graduates, would remember. We thought that it would be logical to reward the students after four years of hard-work at the Grande Ecole du Droit. To make this evening unforgettable, we decided to gather the family and friends of the graduates. We also invited all the Grande Ecole du Droit students and our teachers.

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The welcoming of a new “GEDeration”

Last year, we decided to build a team in order to start organising the huge orientation week-end! Once the team was constituted, we had one initial objective: finding the best place to welcome the new “Grande Ecole du Droit” students. After long hours of research, we finally found a perfect cottage located in the French countryside, two hours away from Paris. During the summer, several meetings were organised to plan all the activities and the way the week-end should progress. Continue reading

A flight to the Czech Republic


View from the observatory © Héloïse Vigouroux

In May, after a short but hard year, « Grande Ecole du Droit » students finally left laws and University benches to focus on their new travel destination: Prague. The trip, having been long organized by the « Student life Team » of the diploma’s association, had finally come, for the good of all.

Because of the demanding 22-hours bus trip of our last travel to Lisbon, the students of the Grande Ecole du Droit chose this time, with no hesitation, to travel by plane. Therefore, slightly over an hour after boarding, everybody landed on Czech territory, ready to discover a nice and well-located hostel, a not so bad weather and a wonderful city. Everything was in place for a great week to come.

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