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!

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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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American Law II: a must!

As a second year student at the Grande Ecole du Droit, one of the courses you will have during your second semester is American Law II, taught by Pauline Abadie. With a strong educational background in American law (she studied abroad with an Environmental law LL.M in San Francisco), Pauline Abadie has a different way of teaching from other French professors: she uses the Socratic method. This enables pupils from our diploma to speak, write, and think naturally in English.

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Pauline Abadie, our American Law professor at an EY event – © Christophe Rabinovici

The topics tackled during this semester are very varied. Readings have to be prepared for every lesson, and two or three pupils a week have to prepare presentations about a high-profile case linked to the topic. Here are a few of the topics studied: the Supreme Court of the United States, the equal protection clause, the death penalty, criminal procedure & the incorporation doctrine, the issue of the Guantanamo detainees …

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