While waiting for the results of our final exams to be released, I am going to briefly try to sum up what I have learnt through these three years I have spent in the Grande Ecole du Droit and how it has changed me.
In a few weeks, my classmates and I are going to leave France and go all around the world in order to pursue an LL.M.. For sure, I can assert that it has been a long road before we could finally begin to think about what to bring or not in our suitcases and how to survive with (at least in most countries) the very different kind of food which is going to replace our fine “club sandwiches”.
This year’s GED3 students, leaving at the end of the summer for their LLM – © Christophe Rabinovici
Most of us are going to pursue our LL.M at the place they preferred and it makes it very clear that the Grande Ecole du Droit gives us the necessary ambition (craziness would you say?) to begin an adventure such as the one of searching an LL.M while only in our second year of studies. Of course, it was not that easy: many of us had to take the TOEFL twice or were anxious about the letters of recommendation. However, now that it has been done, I realize that this process is an important part of the work we have to do on ourselves before being ready to leave.
Judges may sit, parties’ lawyers may be prepared to start their argument because today’s contract law class will be dedicated to a mock trial of the famous Texaco v. Pennzoil case that took place in 1987.
Anne-Isabelle playing a witness
A mock trial is an act or imitation trial. It is similar to a moot court, but mock trials simulate lower-court trials, while moot courts simulate appellate court hearings. It is a famous exercise in the Anglo-American law school program and has now no mystery for the GED2 students.
At the beginning of the mock trial, the judges represented here by Marie, Mathieu, Jaze, Ines, Juliette and Melissa entered the courtroom and all the audience, the class, stood up. The trial session could begin.
Flora, Mai and Thanutsika (then abbreviated to “Thanu”) are second year students of the Grande Ecole du Droit. They accepted to answer our questions and to share with us their experience of becoming a GED student after medical studies.
Mai “Law was an evidence” – © Christophe Rabinovici
Why did you choose to study law after medicine?
Flora chose Law school after medicine because she needed “to join a degree course where there are a lot of different interesting courses yet remaining really general, not one specialty only”. She explains it was because she liked “the diversity of courses and the panel of choices in medicine studies”.
Mai said that she had always hesitated between law school and medical school. However, after a bachelor’s degree in science she thought medical school was the more obvious choice. But when medical school didn’t work out for her, she did not even hesitate to choose what to do next: “Law school was an evidence”.
Thanu explained: “At the end of the year, I thought of what I wanted to do after, and I realized that nothing really interested me in the field of science apart from medical school. I considered doing a degree in biology like many others after failing the competitive exam but I didn’t really see myself doing it and the job market wasn’t great. I asked the help of a guidance counselor when I realized that I needed to completely reconsider my future. I remembered that during med school, I followed a class on bioethics and initiation to law. It was really interesting and new for me, and I thought that it was worth trying. I also remembered a guidance test that I took in High school that guided me towards law studies. I always wanted to do long studies and I knew it was risky but I really wanted to try and I’m glad I did.”