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LLM (Master of Law) in Paris

M2Q5 full-time and M2Q6 part-time

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Aims of programme

The Queen Mary LLM in Paris provides in-depth immersion in a common law environment with an exceptionally wide range of modules taught in English by distinguished Queen Mary faculty members. One of the distinctive features of the Paris LLM is the flexible structure of courses designed to enable students with working or other commitments to complete the programme on a part time basis without having to interrupt their professional career.

The programme also seeks to broaden and deepen students' understanding of their own legal systems by giving them the opportunity and the tools with which to explore current commercial law issues from an international and comparative perspective. Ultimately, the programme aims to better prepare contemporary lawyers for practising the legal profession in an increasingly globalised world.

Queen Mary University of London and University of London Institute in Paris

Queen Mary University of London has a long standing academic partnership with the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and both institutions benefit from this collaboration, which brings the expertise of Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) within the School of Law to the heart of Paris.

Since its establishment in 1980, the CCLS has become one of the leading institutions for commercial law in the world. Building upon the success of the our London based LLM Programme, the Paris LLM is an innovative postgraduate course that offers the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialised areas of commercial law, including banking and finance, intellectual property, international dispute resolution and economic law.

Who is the course aimed at?

The programme is designed to be attractive to practitioners and students based in Paris, who are seeking to develop expertise in a niche area, and also possibly wanting to satisfy continuing education requirements, but do not have the time to study full-time in London. It is possible that practitioners based outside of Paris but with regular meetings in Paris may consider the programme.

University of London Institute in Paris building
University of London Institute in Paris

Location

The LLM Paris is taught in the University of London Institute in Paris, in premises which, shared with the British Council, overlook the Esplanade des Invalides in the 7th arrondissement, a five minute walk from the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées in Paris, France.

Partnerships

We have arranged with the Paris Bar School to allow their students to validate the LLM as part of their training (PPI), if they join the January intake. For further details please 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.

Programme structure

The programme has two start dates in January (Spring Term) and September (Autumn Term) and can be taken on a full or part-time basis. As a rule students who enrol on the programme on a full-time basis are expected to complete within one year and those who enrol part-time are expected to complete in two years. In exceptional circumstances, part time students can complete the programme in up to four years.

Depending on module availability, it is possible to attend the necessary number of modules within the Spring Term. For instance, students from the Paris Bar School (EFB) can validate the LLM as part of their training (PPI) from January to June.

The term dates are as follows:

January 2015 Intake

  • Induction - 19-21 January 2015
  • Exam period - 20-24 July 2015

September 2015 Intake

  • Induction - 7-9 September 2015
  • Autumn Term ends - 11 December 2015
  • Exam period - 4-8 Jan 2016
  • Spring/Summer Term ends - 24 June 2015

Students can choose one of the following four LLM programmes:

  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

  • LLM in International Business Law

  • LLM in International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law

  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Students 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

Module information

Queen Mary University of London Academics teaching in Paris include:

Visiting Professors and Guest Speakers include or have included among others:

  • 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
  • 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
  • David Musker, Partner, RGC Jenkins & Co
  • 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
The Paris LLM includes a wide variety of modules of global legal relevance, which will be taught by high profile CCLS academics and prominent guest lecturers. The students will benefit from an in-depth immersion in a common law environment offered by an institution of outstanding international reputation.
Lord Hoffmann, Former Judicial Member of the House of Lords and Honorary Professor at CCLS.

Learning methods

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. You will also be expected to invest a significant amount of time on independent learning including reading materials in advance of lectures/seminars, preparing class presentations or doing assignments. You will also have to carry out research to complete your dissertation. For this purpose you will be provided with a variety of legal resources and you will receive training on how to use them for your dissertation. An individual dissertation supervisor will be allocated for each student.

Assessment

A variety of assessment strategies will be used. Taught modules are usually assessed by unseen written examinations, but in certain cases other assessment methods may be used, such as in class presentations, take home assignments, a combination of short essays and written examination or assessment entirely based on course essays. This is in addition to the compulsory dissertation or 7,500 word essay.

Critical thinking and writing in law

Students will also 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 Programme has designed a series of tailor-made hands-on workshops and online support that will allow students to deepen their understanding of the learning strategies required at postgraduate study, and which will help them improve their research and writing skills, and provide them with the confidence necessary to successfully meet the requirements and demands of the LLM. Students will be given the opportunity to practise the skills required at LLM level, receive feedback on their performance, and critically reflect on their own practice.

Minimum academic entry requirements

Our standard entry requirements are a law degree equivalent to a UK 2.1 honours LLB degree. We will 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.

Minimum English language entry requirements

Non-native English speakers are required to obtain our minimum English language entry requirements through a recognised English language qualification, for example IELTS, IBTOEFL, ILEC or Cambridge (proficiency). The British Council can assist prospective students who need to take a test to demonstrate their English-language qualifications. Visit the British Council website for information regarding exam dates and requirements in Paris.

Tuition Fees and Funding

Contact us

Programme Administrator LLM Paris
Email: llm-paris@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 882 7282
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

Teaching Location

University of London Institute in Paris
9-11 rue Constantine
75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 11 73 83

 

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Lucian Ilie, France

LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution 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

Gregor Tasič, Slovenia

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

Ramunas Audzevicius

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

Rimsevica

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

Kamara-Cavarroc

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.

Olivier C Herbreteau, France

Olivier C Herbreteau

LLM in Intellectual Property Law 2013-2015, LLM in Paris, Part-time

After obtaining an MSc in biotech engineering (Polytechnic School of the U. of Nice, France), I decided to embrace the career of patent attorney. Following this goal, I started working in 2006 in a Top-Tier Patent & Trademark Attorney firm in Paris, where I practiced Intellectual Property Law. In parallel, I graduated as a part-time student from the CEIPI, U. of Strasbourg, France, and then gained the professional qualifications of French and European patent attorney.

In 2011, I left private practice and switched for an in-house position in a global and diversified healthcare leader, where I am responsible for evaluating and negotiating IP rights involved in business transactions (merger, acquisition, licensing, collaboration). My new position immersed me in an international environment, where legal matters are often negotiated under common law. I thus felt the need to strengthen my educational background in International Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law. My employer fully encouraged me in this direction and proposed to sponsor an LLM at Queen Mary.  

My choice naturally went to the LLM in Intellectual Property Law, which is internationally recognized for its Professors and the variety and the quality of its teachings. In addition, having the opportunity to take my LLM as a part-time student in Paris, and to split my modules over two academic years instead of one, allows me to combine a high quality training responding to my expectations while continuing to perform my professional duties normally.

Today, I can genuinely say that the LLM in Intellectual Property Law perfectly fits my academic expectations. In addition, it brings a new perspective to my daily practice, which is beneficial both personally and professionally. I would recommend it to any IP law practitioner!

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