The LLM in Paris is an innovative Master of Laws programme, which is taught in English by Queen Mary academics with prestigious visiting lecturers.
Developed by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) this LLM will lead to a prestigious Queen Mary University of London qualification.
This course will provide you with in-depth immersion in commercial law from both comparative and international perspectives, within a common law framework. It will enable you to enhance your understanding of your own legal system, by giving you the tools to explore current commercial law issues from an international and comparative perspective. Ultimately, the course aims to better prepare contemporary lawyers for an increasingly globalised world.
One of the distinctive features of the LLM in Paris programme is its flexible structure, designed to enable you to complete the programme without having to interrupt your professional career. The taught elements are delivered in intensive daytime or evening classes, with the option to spread your studies over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).
We appreciate that for many students, improving their command of legal English is a vital part of undertaking an LLM and we have therefore incorporated legal English support throughout the course.
Read the LLM in Paris brochure and hear what leading lawyers and industry experts say about this course.
"The LLM in Paris is an innovative programme developed by experienced Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) academics, many of whom are also practitioners, to cater to students who are able to study full-time as well as to practitioners who would like to enhance their professional knowledge and career developments on a part-time basis. Leading to a prestigious University of London qualification, this course will provide you with in-depth immersion in commercial law from both comparative and international perspectives, within a common law framework. We appreciate that for many students, improving their command of legal English is a vital part of undertaking an LLM and we have therefore incorporated legal English support throughout the course." Academic Programme Director, Dr Maxi Scherer, MA, PhD (Paris Sorbonne), LLM (Cologne), Member of the Paris Bar, Solicitor in England and Wales.
The LLM Paris is taught in the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), in premises shared with the British Council in the 7th arrondissement, a short walk from the Champs Elysées in Paris, France.
We have arranged with the Paris Bar School to allow their students to validate the LLM as part of their training (PPI). For further details, contact the Bar School.
We also have an informal partnership with SciencesPo Law, a leading law school in Paris where many courses are taught in English. Students of the Queen Mary Paris LLM are able to attend certain lectures and seminars organised by the SciencesPo Law School, and vice versa. Assessment and core teaching for LLM students is still provided entirely by Queen Mary.
This programme will:
- Give the opportunity for lawyers of various nationalities, notably French and British, to work and study alongside each other.
- Allow students at the Paris Bar School (EFB) and early career lawyers the possibility to obtain an English LLM degree while being in Paris. Such a qualification is a great added value to any potential employer.
- Maximise your professional opportunities with an international and comparative focused LLM from a leading UK commercial law school.
- Enable practitioners to update and enhance their knowledge and understanding whilst continuing their employment.
Why study on the LLM in Paris?
The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary runs the LLM in Paris programme. Members of the academic team come to Paris to conduct teaching and the programme is managed to the same standards as in London.
- The Paris LLM includes a wide variety of modules of global legal relevance, which are taught by high profile CCLS academics and prominent guest lecturers.
- You will benefit from an in-depth immersion in a common law environment offered by an institution of outstanding international reputation.
- Many of the internationally recognised staff who teach on this programme act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally. The programme is attended by students of a wide variety of ages, nationalities and professional backgrounds – from those just starting out in their careers to those that have been practising for several years.
- We have dedicated law careers advisers who can provide support and advice to Paris students in the same manner as for London-based students, though often remotely.
- Many of our students undertake internships with Paris law firms.
- We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing course designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
- You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary in Paris and, upon graduating, join our extensive alumni network which includes more than 50 members of a Paris-based group.
At the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) premises in central Paris, students have access to a library, computing and printing facilities, as well as a café and space in which to meet up outside of classes. You will be able to access WiFi in all of these areas. The ULIP library, which looks out over the Esplanade des Invalides, holds a small number of the most prominent textbooks. You will also have access to local libraries, including the nearby Sciences Po law library.
Like all registered students at Queen Mary University of London Paris LLM students have easy access to a full range of electronic resources, including LexisNexis, Westlaw and a wide range of electronic journals.
If you decide to visit London you will have access to the main library sites in London, at Mile End, Lincoln's Inn Fields and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Library. These all have freely available WiFi and other computing facilities.
The School of Law attaches great importance to the provision of support, both academic and pastoral, to its students. It recognises that there is a need for students, especially those who have come from abroad, to be able to discuss their progress and any issues relating to their studies or stay in Paris during the academic year. The Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service offers support for emotional and personal difficulties, and helps with financial, legal and practical issues. The ULIP Student and Academic Services team can also offer on-site assistance.
The LLM in Paris programme has two start dates: January (you join in the spring semester) and September (you join in the autumn semester).
The LLM in Paris is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
You will study across both semesters - self-directed (with support via the online learning environment QMPlus) and in the classroom, and submit your dissertation at the end.
Autumn semester dates
- Induction and start of autumn semester: 12-14 September 2016
- Autumn semester ends: 16 December 2016
- Exam period: 9-13 January 2017
Spring / summer semester dates
- Induction and start of spring / summer semester: 23-25 January 2017
- Spring / summer semester ends: 30 June 2017
- Exam period: 24-28 July 2017
The taught elements of modules are generally delivered in the evenings or as intensive blocks over five days (usually with at least a weekend in the middle). The spread of your studies across the year will depend, in part, on your module choices.
Each module runs once per year, either in the autumn or the spring / summer semester. Dates for individual modules can be found on the Paris LLM module page
Dates for individual modules can be found on the LLM in Paris module list.
A module calendar is provided to all students with offers, which includes details of provisional exam dates, Critical Thinking and Writing in Law Classes, coursework and dissertation submission deadlines, and other information.
Students can opt for an LLM in International Business Law, which offers the full range of modules available on the Paris LLM programme, or a specialised LLM.
- Banking and Finance Law
- Energy and Natural Resources Law - NEW for 2016
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law
- You must take a total of 180 credits, consisting of either:
- Six modules, each worth 22.5 credits (total 135), 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits), a minimum of four modules must be from the specialist grouping, or
- Seven modules, each worth 22.5 credits (total 157.5), 7,500-word essay (22.5 credits), a minimum of five modules must be from the specialist grouping
View the LLM in Paris module descriptions
If you are a student of the Paris Bar School (EFB) you may complete the taught element of your studies within the Spring Term for validation as part of your training (PPI) from January to June. You are required to sit the relevant exams in July and remain a registered student, submitting your dissertations towards the end of the year in which you enrolled. In this way, you can complete your LLM in parallel with your Bar School commitments.
Induction and choosing your modules
We run three-day induction periods in Paris in both January and September, which include an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills, as well as introductions to careers, library resources, and the Critical Thinking and Writing in Law course.
It is a requirement that you attend the induction as it is a key time to meet fellow students and a number of staff from London, as well as ensure that you are all set for your studies ahead. You will also need to confirm your final module choices for the year by the last day of induction.
Distance Learning Option – Computer and Communications Law
In addition to completing your degree by attending taught modules in Paris, you have the option to gain credit towards your Paris LLM by taking three distance learning (DL) LLM modules, from the Distance Learning LLM in Computer and Communications Law, covering topics such as cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, cyber crime, communications law, media law.
If you wish to incorporate computer and communications DL modules you must choose three Distance Learning modules worth a total of 45 credits, which can also include the presentation module which forms part of the Annual Distance Learning Weekend. Read about the Distance Learning LLM in Computer and Communications Law.
LLM in Paris Programme Administrator
Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, University of London, Lincoln's Inn Fields Campus, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 882 7282
University of London Institute in Paris
9-11 rue Constantine
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 11 73 83
For more information:
September 2016 start: 30 June 2016
January 2017 start: 31 October 2016
Important note: To join the programme, applicants must allow enough time to meet both the academic and English language (if applicable) entry requirements and allow enough time to organise a visa (if applicable).
The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, normally of at least upper-second class honours (or equivalent).
We consider every application on a case-by-case basis and anticipate that some applicants will be practising lawyers who have qualified either in France or their home jurisdiction and will have legal work experience, which will also be taken into account.
Non-law graduates may be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience that directly relates to specialist LLM taught courses.
- Non-law graduates with good honours, that have also obtained the equivalent of good honours in CPE and Bar Finals/Legal Practice examinations, or passed the solicitors’ qualifying examination, may qualify.
- Law graduates with high 2.2 honours and at least five years professional legal experience may also qualify.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community of Queen Mary students in Paris. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website.
English language requirements
Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate that they meet the Queen Mary minimum English language entry requirements through a recognised English language qualification, namely IELTS, ILEC or the PTE Academic English Test.
Since test centres and test dates can often be booked up well in advance, we strongly recommend that students make contact with their preferred option in good time. The British Council is an example of a teaching and test centre with which students can register in order to take a test to demonstrate their English-language qualifications. Visit the British Council website for information regarding exam dates and requirements in Paris.
Please note that Queen Mary can also accept the internet-based TOEFL English language qualification for this programme. In this case, students are required to demonstrate an overall score of minimum 100, with 27 in writing (Listening 17, Reading 18, and Speaking 20).
Please further note that due to the start-dates of the Paris programme, it is not possible for students to take the pre-sessional English classes.
Learning and teachingAs a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.
You will learn through direct interaction with lecturers using a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including traditional and interactive lectures, small group teaching, seminar sessions, tutorials and e-learning. The taught element in Paris usually involves class sizes of no more than 30. The classes are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill both for career development and for preparing for the transition to working life.
Critical Thinking and Writing in Law
Paris LLM students benefit from English language support, as writing within a specific discipline at postgraduate level is a skill that needs acquiring. The Critical Thinking and Writing in Law course has hands-on workshops and online support that will allow you to deepen your understanding of the learning strategies required for postgraduate study, and which will help you to improve your research and writing skills, as well as provide you with the confidence necessary to meet the requirements and demands of the LLM. You will be given the opportunity to practise the skills required at LLM level, receive feedback on your performance, and critically reflect on your own work.
As well as remote support via email and the Online Learning Environment, there will be six full-day sessions in Paris which, if not a requirement of your offer, are strongly recommended.
Taught modules are usually assessed by unseen written examinations of 2.5 hours but, in certain cases other assessment methods may be used, such as in class presentations, or assessment entirely based on course essays. This is in addition to the compulsory dissertation.
All Paris LLM students have to carry out research to complete a dissertation of either 7,500 or 15,000 words. For this purpose they have access to a variety of legal resources and receive training on how to use them. An individual dissertation supervisor is allocated for each student.
Queen Mary University of London Academics teaching in Paris include:
- Dr Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law
- Dr Debbie De Girolamo, Senior Lecturer in Law
- Dr Gaetano Dimita, Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law
- Janet Dine, Professor of International Economic Development Law
- Dr Gail Evans, Reader in International Trade and Intellectual Property Law
- Norah Gallagher, Senior Lecturer in Energy and Natural Resources Law
- Dr Gabriel Gari, Senior Lecturer, International Economic Law
- Dr Andromachi Georgosouli, Lecturer in Banking and Financial Law and Regulation
- Remy Gerbay, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Research Fellow in Arbitration
- Dr Miriam Goldby, Senior Lecturer in Law
- Dr Raphael Heffron, Senior Lecturer in Energy and Natural Resources Law
- Lord Hoffmann, Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property Law
- Ioannis Kokkoris, Professor of Law and Economics
- Rosa Maria Lastra, Professor in International Financial and Monetary Law
- Duncan Matthews, Professor of Intellectual Property Law
- Sypros Maniatis, Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of CCLS
- Loukas Mistelis, Clive M Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration
- Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law and Professor of European Criminal Law
- David Musker, Professor of International Design Law
- Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Lecturer in Banking and Finance
- Philip Rawlings, The Roy Goode Professor of Commercial Law
- Dr Costanza Russo, Leverhulme Lecturer in Banking Law
- Dr Maxi Scherer, LLM Paris Academic Programme Director, Lecturer in International Arbitration and Energy
- Dr Noam Shemtov, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
- Uma Suthersanen, Professor of International Intellectual Property Law
- Guido Westkamp, Professor in Intellectual Property and Comparative Law
Visiting Professors and Guest Speakers include or have included among others:
- Carlos Bellorin, Principal Petroleum Analyst, IHS, Visiting Professor SciencesPo
- George A Bermann, Gellhorn Professor of Law & Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, Columbia University School of Law, Visiting Professor SciencesPo Law School
- Elena L Daly, Principal of EM Conseil, a Paris-based advisory firm
- Gillian Davies, Barrister, Hogarth Chambers, London
- Silke Goldberg, Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills
- Sir Roy Goode, Emeritus Professor of Law, Oxford University
- Dr Eva Lein, Herbert Smith Senior Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London
- Julian Lew QC, Professor and Honorary Fellow of the College, Head of School of International Arbitration
- Isabelle Michou, Partner, Herbert Smith, Paris
- Dr Dorit Samuel, Visiting Lecturer, Edinburgh University School of Law
- Linda Silberman, Martin Lipton Professor of Law, NYU Law School
- Michael Young, Partner, Allen & Overy, Paris
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year.
2015-16 LLM in Paris student (France)
As a trainee at the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, I found myself sneaking into an IP conference held at the court at the time. Up until then, my primary interest within Law was human rights. Yet, this conference enthralled me by exposing me to a dimension of human rights I had never before truly pondered upon, the role of patents in the human right to health. Specifically, I was captivated by a lecture given by Queen Mary's Professor Duncan Matthews.
Following this experience, Queen Mary was always on my radar. I knew that when the time was right I would go and learn from the leading intellectual property professors at QMUL. I applied for the QMUL LLM right out of my LLB in the UK but I deferred my place by one year after having also been accepted to do a Masters in Paris. When it was finally time to enter Queen Mary, I wasn't ready to leave Paris and move to London. The QMUL LLM Paris Programme was perfect for me. It allowed me to access everything I wanted from QMUL while remaining in Paris. Beyond this, the small scale of the programme meant that there was more direct contact with the professors who made their way to Paris every couple of weeks. This created a cosier atmosphere and made the whole experience more personal; I made friends for life.
The QMUL Paris team made the initiation process quick and easy. The flexible nature of the program, which focuses on intensive weeks, allowed me to experience IPin aprofessional context by working at a firm whilst following the rigorous theoretical lectures at QMUL. I even got the honour to write my LLM dissertation under Professor Matthews' supervision. Perhaps the most enriching experience was being selected to attend the EIPIN (European Intellectual Property Institutes Network) conferences in Maastricht and Munich.
Upon completing my LLM in Paris I enrolled in the Institut d'Etudes Judiciaires in order to prepare the French bar exam for September 2016. Alongside my classes I am currently completing a six month traineeship in the Intellectual property department of Allen and Overy LLP. Being part of the Queen Mary community has allowed me to flourish both personally and professionally.
Lucian Ilie, France
LLM in Paris (International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law) 2014, CCLS Scholarship, Lawyer
Having completed a joint bachelor programme at University of Toulouse and University College Dublin, I have benefited from a solid legal education in both common law and civil law legal systems. In addition, I have completed a Master’s degree in International and European Law at University of Toulouse which confirmed my resolve to pursue an international career path.
Since 2012 I am a fully qualified lawyer (Paris Bar) and I am practicing in EU competition law. In 2013 I decided to specialise also in International Arbitration by following at the same time an LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution and an extended internship in the Arbitration department of an international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery.
Queen Mary’s LLM in Paris was my first choice because it is the sole tailored LLM programme in Paris for working professionals. Moreover, Queen Mary has an excellent academic reputation, especially in the field of international arbitration with the School of International Arbitration. The courses taught during the LLM such as International Commercial Litigation, Investment Arbitration, Commercial Arbitration and Energy and Construction Disputes, allowed me to specialise and to gain an in-depth knowledge of different types of arbitration proceedings, particularly ICC and ICSID.
In addition, the internship gave me valuable experience in diverse arbitration proceedings while working directly with the partner in charge. This unique experience permitted me to see the practical significance of some of the issues that I studied within the LLM. Pursuing the LLM and practicing at the same time is not impossible but requires a real investment and a lot of energy!
I would like to conclude by saying that I am fully satisfied with my choice, particularly since this LLM gives us the opportunity to have an amazing education in a prestigious London University and at the same time the possibility to practice arbitration in Paris, the 'home' of international arbitration.
Gregor Tasič, Slovenia, Winner of the CCLS/AFJE/MWE Scholarship
LLM in Banking and Finance Law, LLM in Paris 2013
I graduated with honours at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana and obtained a title equivalent to a Master's degree. After finishing my studies I got an insight view in the judicial system through a traineeship at the Higher Court in Ljubljana, I worked for the European Parliament thanks to the Robert Schuman scholarship and I cooperated with a small local high-tech company. My most recent work experience is that of a legal adviser at the Legal Department of The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. I speak several foreign languages and I have been a Zois-scholarship holder, which is state funded scholarship for talented students, all throughout my high school and university education. In April 2013 when a new Slovenia’s Employment Relations Act has come into force, The New Employment relations Act Handbook was published and I participated in the project as one of the four co-authors.
Thanks to the bursary, offered by the Center for Commercial Law Studies, McDermott Will and Emery Law Firm and L'Association Française des Juristes d'Entreprise I am now able to fully concentrate on this unique LLM program, which matches perfectly my study and professional expectations. Moreover, it is organized by one of the best British universities and I am sure this formation will offer me quality in-depth knowledge in the specific fields of my interest. At the same time, it is of great importance, that the program is carried out in Paris and that the AFJE-CCLS-MWE bursary gives young professionals a chance not only to participate in the program, but to gain important work experience in French business and legal environment as well.
Ramunas Audzevicius, LLM, Partner, Motieka & Audzevicius, Lithuania
LLM in International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law, LLM in Paris 2013
Before choosing the Paris LLM at Queen Mary, I studied in a number of other universities which provided me with an opportunity to compare their educational programmes. I have graduated from Harvard Business School (PLDA) and obtained another LLM degree from Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. I also hold masters (MA) degrees from King's College and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, both part of University of London. I went to Vilnius University for my undergraduate degree in law.
Since my first years as a law student I have started working as a lawyer and enjoyed that to a great extent. My career started with in-house counsel jobs in a large agricultural company and a popular Lithuanian daily newspaper. Later, I joined the office of one of the most respectable attorneys in Lithuania, Kazimieras Motieka. In 2003, I became a partner and our professional law partnership changed the name to Motieka & Audzevicius. Since then, our firm grew from four team members to more than 40 at the moment and we are handling major disputes and deals in the region. I believe that the studies of our team members at the top universities has contributed a lot to our success.
Speaking specifically about the Paris LLM at Queen Mary, I noticed that it is the best tailored LLM programme for working professionals. Queen Mary was always very strong in training of dispute resolution lawyers. Renowned professors, well developed subjects, comfortble schedule, including the part-time study option, should be very attractive for everyone who needs to refresh their knowledge in international dispute settlement. Teaching is excellent and I am getting everything that I expected.
Dane Rimsevica, EFB Student
LLM in Intellectual Property Law, LLM in Paris 2013
Today an LLM is no longer a privilege but more of a requirement, particularly when applying for a job or internship at an international law firm. Queen Mary was my top choice because of its excellent reputation and high ranking, especially in the field of intellectual property. I had always wanted to have an LLM, but leaving Paris for a year did not correspond with my objective of becoming a French qualified lawyer.
After completing my Master's degree at Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas and becoming a Paris Bar School student I was very pleased to discover the Queen Mary Paris LLM.
Intellectual property is the area of law I am most interested in and I could not be more pleased with this program. The smaller number of students, compared with the classes in London, has given us a great opportunity to have a privileged contact with the teachers. The interaction in class is easy and allows you to gain more in-depth knowledge. There are a great number of different courses and they all have an international and comparative scope, which is very enriching.
The good relationship with the teachers, but also Queen Mary's collaboration with Sciences Po, gives us the possibility to attend many different conferences and events in Paris, London and elsewhere. In my opinion, the Paris LLM is a wonderful opportunity to have an amazing education in a prestigious London University and to spend some time in Paris, broadening your cultural experience!
Aliénor Kamara-Cavarroc, Avocat à la Cour, (Lawyer) France
LLM in International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law 2013, LLM in Paris
After studying civil law and common law in Assas then banking law in La Sorbonne, I became a lawyer in Paris without having had the opportunity to study arbitration law.
Then, after facing arbitration questions and cases in my career, I knew I would need to study arbitration law in order to obtain an overview of the topic. I had heard about the famous School of International Arbitration of Queen Mary; however I had neither the time nor the opportunity to go studying in England. Then I learned about the opening of the LLM in International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law from Queen Mary in Paris during the Avocat Campus and immediately decided to apply to it.
I am fully satisfied with my choice. Indeed the level and the quality of courses are amazingly high and instruction provided in the LLM is very practical. Also the possibility to interact and debate with professors is an undeniable asset. My expectations are really exceeded. I am convinced that this program, that enriches both my education and my practical knowledge, will be very well valued by my clients and colleagues.
On the other hand, it’s a great experience to meet and exchange with students from the whole world, half practitioners, half university students.
QMUL co-organises annual arbitration conference in Paris
27 November 2014