This year marked for the Grande Ecole du Droit a key point in the evolution of the selection process of its future first-year students. Indeed, Professor Véronique Magnier, head of the course, decided to create a new step in this selection by setting up an admission day, where candidates would be auditioned. Thus, they would be selected, not only on the criterion of their academic results, but also thanks to their personality and their motivation. Encouraged by Professor Magnier, a small group of four second-year students took the gamble to organize this special day.
Professor Véronique Magnier, head of the “GED” © Christophe Rabinovici
Organization of the oral interviews day
Everything began when Erwann asked us if we would be motivated to organize this admission day in the context of the class «Gestion de Projet», taught by Maître Stephane Baller, partner lawyer at EY Société d’Avocats. Although we were aware that it would be far from easy to make the day perfect, we never expected such an amount of work for the preparation. Indeed, about 120 high-school pupils were expected to be auditioned. This meant a lot of preparation, mostly administrative procedures: renting classrooms and amphitheaters, opening access to the parking of the Faculty and mailing the convocations.
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.
As a Grande Ecole du Droit’s student, a chance was given to me to choose a Master subject while doing my last year of Bachelor degree. Without any doubt, I chose the one named “Droit des activités spatiales, des télécommunications et des médias” directed by Pr. Philippe Achilleas, who is also teaching in the GED course.
Claire Coutoula, writer of this article, recommends this course.
Concerning the form of this class it is obvious that it is totally different from the one taught in the GED track. In fact, it is popular enough to gather at least 100 students. That is to say that the class is less interactive, but there is still a possibility to interrupt the professor and to ask questions at the end.
At the moment, you must be wondering « What is she talking about? A transcript mission ?». Well, don’t worry this article is the answer to your questions.
Mélissa (in the middle) with Mathieu and Salomé, two other GED3 students, at an EY event – © Christophe Rabinovici
I was assigned to do this particular mission on behalf of my entire class. As you already know (or not, that’s not a shame!), the students of the « Grande Ecole du droit » are going abroad to study an LL.M during the 4th year of their education. In order to be accepted in the universities, we must, above all, work on our applications, which include the redaction of personal statements, résumés, letters of recommendation, transcripts etc.
As a former student within the GED and part of the first promotion that this double-diploma had, I truly believe in my abilities to give advice to those who would like to study this subject when being in their last year of the Bachelor program.
Maxime (left) with younger GED students (from left to right : Raphaël, Lucie, Alexis, Raphaëlle) at EY – Credits : Christophe Rabinovici
When you get into the 3rd year at the University, you should already have some solid basics on how the French law system is made: you had some teachings in civil law, administrative and constitutional law and even criminal law. The 3rd year is oriented so that you broaden your legal background on a larger scale by having European and International law modules. Part of it is the Public International law program in which you study how supra-national rules are incorporated within the French legal framework.
“Vaincre la Mucoviscidose” is an organization my family has always financially supported, yet never really been a part of: it is a five-decade-old organization whose aim is to fund cystic fibrosis research and help cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. In France, CF is the most common genetic disease: the number of CF patients is estimated at 6.800. When Me Stéphane Baller, co-director of our diploma and partner at EY Société d’avocats, encouraged us to build a project from scratch, I was glad to have the opportunity to encourage solidarity. Our Grande Ecole du Droit Degree is well known locally for the strong solidarity between “GEDy warriors” students (as our dear professor M. Einbinder calls us). Fellow students and dear friends joined me in this project: our team was born, and I will forever be grateful to Mai, Anne-Isabelle and Mayeul, for creating together a project so close to my heart.
Our team was easily brought together, yet you might not have bet a coin on us back in 2014: we are all very different (a blond violinist dreaming of Singapore, a Vietnamese Alumni President hooked on Harvey Specter from Suits, a ginger-beard fiscal specialist, and myself, a Media Law, cooking and shoe passionate). We all individually wanted to help an organization. Indeed, although you could consider our workload to be quite important, it is important for students to find time for other things, such as sport, music, cooking … Our “thing” for 2015 was the RunAssceaux project.
The place of the event : Parc de Sceaux
Our project was as follows.
Of course it is very important to have a prestigious law firm’s name on your resume. But before that, working in a small law firm could be a “plus” for your legal culture and your future legal practice. Therefore, here are the 5 main reasons why you should make your first internship in a small law firm:
Number 1: It is much easier to obtain an internship in a small law firm
Let’s speak the truth. When you are a second year student, no one trusts your legal skills. Instead, you may suggest making photocopies or legal secretary office for instance. Small law firms always need such services. As for me, at first, I had great difficulties to find a position in a law firm since I had no previous experience and no string pulling. As a consequence, I took my phone and rang all the lawyers in the phone book. After repeating at least 30 times the same introduction, a lawyer accepted to meet me for an interview. I was simply meant to be at legal secretary. But I did far more interesting things.
Mandy Tinot surrounded by three other GED students at an EY event – © Christophe Rabinovici
Between two essays at the law school’s library, Raphael Galvao, General Secretary of the AEGED (l’Association des Elèves et anciens élèves de la Grande Ecole du Droit) and second year student, granted us a little time, at the beginning of the second of semester, to answer our questions. Here is for you the transcription of this interview.
With his usual nonchalance, which in reality dissimulates a tremendous seriousness, the iconic Raphael answers our first question.
Raphaël (right) at an EY event – © Christophe Rabinovici
The 2014-2015 promotion of the Grande Ecole du Droit is mainly composed of people from the scientific branch in high school. Others are from the economic branch while the literature one is the less represented. How have these students discovered this very special curriculum ?
The usual process to access a school after the baccalauréat is APB (Admission Post-Bac). Many of us have discovered the GED through this process. APB is a huge website with many interesting formations but the choice is very broad. Only short periods of time are given to pupils to make a decisive choice. This is the case of Opale who was interested in learning French-English law and joined the GED, “without really knowing the prestige of the partnership with EY and the famous LLM”. She has discovered that the GED is more than just a French/English law training. Similarly Lucie and Salomé « explored the depths of APB » and went to the open day of the university “to seek information directly from students.”
The first year students of the ‘Grande Ecole du Droit’ at the 2014 Christmas Party – © Christophe Rabinovici
I joined the Grande Ecole du Droit, in 2011. My first interest was to be able to follow courses both in law and english, because if I had already study English for a few years, law was all new to me. But the Grande Ecole du Droit is honestly far different and far better from what I expected. During the last three years, this selective program offers me the opportunities to learn about numerous law subject both in the civil and case law system, to attend seminars on comparative law, to meet law professional from various background. From my perspective, the main advantage offered by this program is the huge amount of information you’re provided with from both teachers and students. If information about the organization and requirements of a LL.M program is not easily available and understandable for an average law student, the Grande Ecole du Droit is exactly the opposite. From the year one, every students in the program is asked to think about what area of law he’s interest in, and then to select English speaking programs all over the world which he could join in his fourth year. The help and advice of LL.M alumni both teachers and law professionals make this part truly efficient, and I think that the application results from previous years show it.
The third year students with professionals and teachers at the Xmas Party – © Christophe Rabinovici