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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©Christophe Rabinovici

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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©Christophe Rabinovici

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 (http://www.ecla.org/)

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

My internship at Eversheds

On August 3rd I was entering the Eversheds LLP’s Parisian office to begin my internship. The opportunity of doing an internship in such a big firm was given to me thanks to one of the Principal Associates, one of my parents’ friend. As I am currently a third year law student, I was scared not to meet the expectations of Eversheds. Fortunately, as the days went on I was given the chance to discover a real insight of the every day routine of business lawyers.

Anne-Isabelle (second row, in the middle) enjoying her vacation with the GED in Lisbon (Portugal) before the internship - May 2015

Anne-Isabelle (second row, in the middle) enjoying her vacation with the GED in Lisbon (Portugal) before her internship – May 2015

I did my internship in the Corporate department of the firm. The first thought I had when I entered the offices was: “Well, Corporate department… Fine, but I have never really studied Corporate Law!” In fact, French law students only discover Corporate Law during their LLB. However no one but me seemed to worry about it.

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Meeting with young lawyers from Deprez & Guignot law firm

Each year in Feburary is held an open house event at the University of Jean Monnet Paris XI. It is the occasion for students to present and describe their university to highschool students and to their parents. This year, motivated pupils from the Grande Ecole du Droit once again had the chance to represent their diploma during the event.

It appears that many parents come to this open house event for it is the occasion to collect information on the university but also on the specific diplomas offered at the Law school.

The Grande Ecole du Droit students presenting our diploma to potential applicants

The Grande Ecole du Droit students presenting our diploma to potential applicants

Thus, during their presentations, some of the students met by sheer luck a parent who was greatly interested in the innovative concept proposed by the Grande Ecole du Droit. Very curious and enthusiastic about our diploma, he later admitted that he was himself an associate lawyer specialized in intellectual property and media law.

Obviously fond of the project into which we fit, Maître Fauchoux kindly offered us the possibility to meet professionals from his cabinet d’avocat in order to ask any question we had on the lawyer profession, which was still vague and abstract for many of us. The aim was to organize an informal meeting between GED students (from any year) and young lawyers from the cabinet to discuss more naturally with true professionals and freely ask questions.

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Top 5 of the reasons why you should make your first internship in a small law firm

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.

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Mandy Tinot surrounded by three other GED students at an EY event –  © Christophe Rabinovici

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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