Queen Mary, University of London has launched a new postgraduate law degree for students and law practitioners in Paris, bringing the expertise of Queen Mary’s School of Law to the heart of the French capital.
The LLM in Paris has been developed by Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), one of the leading institutions for commercial law. The programme builds upon the success and reputation of the existing London based Queen Mary LLM, by offering an in-depth immersion in a common law environment for those unable to study in London.
A global rule of law is essential for today’s international economy and the common law is a pillar of this global financial system. The new LLM brings the common law to the heart of civil law in Paris, offering a vital education for students looking to work for multinational corporations.
The programme, which will start in January 2013, will have two intakes a year –January and September. Courses will be taught in English by distinguished Queen Mary academics, with visiting lecturers from leading French law firms and other prestigious schools and universities.
The Paris LLM has been established through a long-standing partnership between Queen Mary and the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). Teaching will take place at ULIP’s central office overlooking the Esplanade des Invalides in the 7th arrondissement.
A further partnership with the Paris Bar School, EFB, has been devised to allow the bar students to validate the Queen Mary LLM in Paris as part of their training (PPI). In addition, CCLS has arranged an informal partnership with SciencesPo Law School, which will allow students of the Queen Mary Paris LLM to participate in certain selected courses and seminars of SciencesPo Law and vice versa.
Students of the Paris LLM will have the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialised areas of commercial law, through a wide range of modules on subjects including banking and finance law, intellectual property, international dispute resolution and economic law.
Dr Maxi Scherer, the Academic Director of the LLM Programme, comments: “This course will provide students with in-depth immersion in commercial law from both comparative and international perspectives, within a common law framework.”
She adds: “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."
This innovative postgraduate course has a flexible structure, aimed at both students who are able to study full-time and practitioners who would like to develop their professional knowledge and enhance their career development on a part-time basis. All teaching will be held in the evening or in intensive block course over five consecutive days.
The course was launched on 28 June 2012 in Paris, at a reception attended by Lord Leonard Hoffmann (former Judge and Judicial Member of the House of Lords) as key note speaker.
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