We could sum up the «Grand Ecole du Droit» philosophy by the expression ‘the world is your oyster’, even though I personally prefer ‘the world is yours’. At least, that’s what comes to my mind when I think about all the universities in which the elders have studied.
As every «Grande Ecole du Droit» student, I have a dreamed destination for my LL.M. year. Throughout these past two years, we have all worked on our LL.M. projects, and things are now getting trickier when it comes to applications …
Santiago Ramirez at the LLM Roadshow © Christophe Rabinovici
“Breath, relax, you have nothing to be nervous about”. Those are the first words the member of the admissions committee at Boston University (BU) told me when I called him for my interview. Indeed, as part of the LL.M application process, universities may require it as the final step before giving you their decision. The interview is supposed to last from 20 to 30 minutes and is described as a chance for the admission committee to learn about our interests and plans for study but is also an opportunity for us to ask all our questions.
Mai Le Van will be going to the United States next September in order to attend an LL.M. program – © Christophe Rabinovici
Last year, because I was doing my Business and Finance law Masters 1 by anticipation, just like every third-year student in the Grande Ecole du Droit, I had to choose one elective course each semester in Business and Finance law to complete the requirements of the Masters degree.
While I had chosen commercial law for the first semester, I wanted something really new for the second semester. I figured that competition law would be the one, given that I heard lots but did not know a thing about it. Let me just say that it was a great choice, I absolutely do not regret it and it helped me a lot during my LL.M !
Baya Hariche speaking at an EY event – © Christophe Rabinovici
The only negative point I remember about this course was its hours : we had class on Mondays from 5 to 8pm. Not a big deal when you love what you are doing, right ? That was not exactly my opinion at the time but let’s move to the teacher and the content of the class.
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.
Who am I ? This is the question that every student who attended the 4th edition of the LL.M Roadshow had in mind at the end of the conference.
Mai at the LLM Roadshow in 2015 © Milan Szypura
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.
Entering the premises of Ernst & Young was probably the moment when we all understood what were the privileges of our specific diploma.
In fact, what is different with being in the GED is actually the close contact and the direct familiarity that is offered to us with the professional framework that we are able to frequent regularly. Thus we often go to Ernst & Young to attend useful and gripping seminaries held by Mr. Baller in person.
© 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
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!
Maxime during his LLM Graduation ceremony
A course preparing us for the LLM, teacher : Miguel Gomes Ferreira
To begin with, what is an LL.M ? A Master of Laws (LL.M) is an advanced law degree open to those who already have a first law degree (or sometimes some equivalent qualifications). It is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. It is obtained by completing a one-year full-time program. Many law firms prefer job candidates with an LL.M. degree because it indicates that a lawyer has acquired advanced, specialized legal training, and is qualified to work in a multinational legal environment. LL.Ms are now offered in over 40 countries by over 300 schools. In fact, it is very difficult to get an exact count of the number of programmes or even the number of schools offering LL.Ms because new ones are constantly being created. LL.M is either for Americans who want to gain expertise in a specific field after a JD degree (tax law being the most common focus) or for foreign lawyers. Holding an LL.M from an American University make you eligible to sit the New York Bar examination.
Georgetown University, Washington