Being part of a group

On September 18th 2015, the GED students gathered at the Tour First for the annual meeting with our partner EY. It was a new beginning that had a déjà vu feeling. For the older ones it was the start of another year and for the youngest, a smooth but enlightening way to discover a unique aspect of La Grande Ecole du Droit.

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A warm welcome to the first year GED students with a home-baked cake.

The GED is an ever-changing structure thanks to the arrival of new students : each year more and more undergraduates choose the GED among the innumerable possibilities of APB (Admission Post Bac). The GED is growing and so is the importance and the need to have a stronger and cohesive team spirit. In order to strengthen our group dynamic, we honored a tradition established by our seniors: organizing events to welcome and integrate the GED1.

In this logic, the well-known GED freshers’ day has significantly been lengthened to a freshers’ week-end from September 25th to 26th (also called the WEI). The WEI took place in the Aube. Far away from Sceaux and its academic atmosphere. It is a way to enjoy each other’s company before tackling the huge amount of work given by October. Cheerful atmosphere, obstacle races, songs,… a whole week-end to discover each other and to reassert the bonds between the different years of the GED. Some students of the Law and Economy courses of Assas were also there to dance and sing with us. It was not just an occasion to get to know each other but also a way to discover our students’ secret talents.

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GED students enjoying an activity during the WEI.

Then came freshers’ night that concluded this two weeks of integration.

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Some GED students at the first WEI.

The will to integrate new GED students can also be seen in our every day lives. We remain a group that shows everyday its cohesion. For instance, the tutorial system has been reinstated this year to enable dialogue between the different promotions of the GED.

Being part of group, feeling integrated… Here are some examples of goals that we want to achieve with success.

Information collected by Elise Wagner
Written by Juliette Tironneau

Everyone remembers their first time.

For the Grande Ecole du Droit, it was the weekend of September 25th. This first WEI (Integration Week-End) was not only a success from an organizational point of view but also regarding the welcoming atmosphere. The holiday cottage, located in the region of Aube, as well as the mean of transport (coach) had been booked by Manon Bourdin (a second year student).

The setting was perfect for a chilled-out stay: a river, a wood, horses (the cottage was actually an equestrian centre). To cut a long story short: nature was surrounding us. The Association’s bureau spared no expense on food, or at least no one was thirsty… “What do the people want? Bread and circuses”: well, the first year students were well served. Indeed, a lot of “traditional” activities were put in place such as: a beret, an obstacle course, a musical quiz, a dance show off…

However this WEI’s success is not only due to the effective integration of the freshers but also to the alliance the Grande Ecole du Droit and the Bi-cursus Droit-Economie of Assas. Few of them were with us, but still, a bunch of courageous students from the Parisian Law University came in order to celebrate the beginning of the school year (for students, any event is an excuse for celebration).

In the end, this year started in a very exciting way for everyone: the GED1 discovered their mates, the GED2 discovered their little protégés and the GED3 are enjoying their last time in France before living for their LL.M next year.

By Tom Guelimi

The Grande Ecole du Droit at the Lysias competition: a success story

The Lysias contest is a must at our law school; it is both a speaking contest and an advocacy one. First year students (L1) plead in civil law, while second year students (L2) plead in criminal law. The competition consists on four rounds. Candidates have six days to deal with a topic and write a pleading either as a prosecutor or as a lawyer. Then two candidates compete before a jury composed of lawyers, teachers and secretaries of the conference.

 So the first round is made up of some undergraduate students in first year and 24 students in second year, some of whom were selected for the quarterfinals. For the last rounds, the jury designates the best candidates: four for the semifinals and finally two for the final. And then it is time for La Grande Ecole du Droit to make its voice heard. Indeed, five GED 1 and six GED 2 participated in this contest: Lydia BELKADI Tom GUELIMI, Ingrid BRUYAS, Allison CLOZEL Flora BOILLAUT, Elena AUCLAIR, Clemence LAMY, Inés RODRIGUEZ, Pauline BALAIRE, Alexis CORLAY and Ayoko DEGBOEVI.

The subjects tackled by students often resumed famous cases like the Oscar Pistorius one, but revisited. In addition, riddled with puns, they naturally lend themselves to humor, the jury assesses the true legal coherence of the argument but the ability to laugh, surprise or excite the audience.

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The mock trial in American contract law class

On Friday the 11th of April, the whole class had to be at 8 :30 AM at the EY offices in Neuilly for our last seminar about the LLM preparation for this semester. So we were all dressed up on that day and this was a good thing since it was precisely the day that Mr Einbinder, Professor of American contract law, had chosen to organize us a mock trial in class in the afternoon. Students had been divided into four teams, and we had been given the summary of the Texaco v. Pennzoil case weeks ago. Each team was assigned its part to prepare, either the defendants, the claimant or the judges, and was supposed to be able to conduct an argument as in a real trial.

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The funny thing was that even on our way back from EY to the University, some of us were actually already arguing the case while still in the train, confronting their respective arguments and sometime getting carried away, before the mock trial had even begun ! That’s how much we were into the game ! Anyway we got to the classroom, rearranged the chairs and tables to make it look like a court room and I, as one the judges, opened the session.

It was the first time any of us ever took part to that exercise and it was awesome. We had our one chance to be a Harvey Specter for 2 and a half hours, it was very exciting to hear some expressions we had only heard in movies coming out of our own mouths. Plus it was also very interesting to implement all we had learn from Mr Einbinder about american contract law and use it to defeat the adverse party.

I had a unique and thrilling experience which hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to repeat, I am very thankful to the professor for that idea !

Joaquim Traoré – GED 2

PROJECT MANAGEMENT : LET’S ACT LIKE A PROFESSIONAL

During our second year at GED, we are lucky to profit from a really interesting partnership with the world known brand Ernst & Young. That partnership gives us the opportunity to attend a project management class with Maitre Baller, who is in charge of Partner-Marketing Enablement, Sourcing & Employer Brand at EY.

Besides the prestige of EY and our excellent teacher, the class offers us a really interesting program. Indeed, even though most of us have already been involved in an important project, we never had the opportunity to work with professional tools in a professional context. Thanks to that class, we will improve some skills and abilities that would be very useful in our future career.

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© Christophe Rabinovici
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Xmas Party 2013 @ EY Société d’avocats

On the 18th of december took place the third – and hopefully not the last – edition of the christmas party in Ernst & Young’s premises. This annual and hearty meeting was held by Mr. Baller which invited all GED classes from the L1 to the M2 to come and join him in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere despite the exams approaching for many.

The christmas party was of course the occasion to welcome back the students who had proudly left for their LLM all around the world. In this respect, each student concerned received their diploma from the hand of Veronique Magnier who, we could tell, was undoubtedly proud of her students.

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© Christophe Rabinovici

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Why I have chosen the Grande Ecole du Droit

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.

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The third year students with professionals and teachers at the Xmas Party – © Christophe Rabinovici

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He talks about the Grande Ecole du Droit and his LLM experience – Maxime François

Témoignage de Maxime François, 1ère promotion GED, LLM à Bristol (Angleterre) et actuellement en M2 CAMARC (Contentieux, Arbitrage et Modes Alternatifs de Règlement des Conflits) – Paris II Panthéon Assas

After the French A-Levels obtained in 2009 with Merits, I applied to the GED formation which has been just created. Being an internationalist altogether with abilities in English, I thought this could worth it even if I did not know anything about the law, but my adventurous side took over!

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Maxime during his LLM Graduation ceremony


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