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Queen Mary in Paris

Sorbonne-Queen Mary Double LLM

This innovative, 18-month bilingual programme offers you the opportunity to combine Queen Mary University of London’s LLM in International Business Law with the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne’s LLM in French and European Law.

This programme gives you the unique opportunity to study international and comparative business law in French and English at two renowned institutions. You will also undertake an internship as part of the programme to give you the chance to utilise your skills in a professional legal context and enhance your CV.

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Teaching and learning

The Double LLM  offers you the unique opportunity to benefit from combining the LLM programmes in Paris of: 

  • an LLM in International Business Law with Queen Mary, delivered and studied in the English language
  • an LLM in French and European Law with the Sorbonne, delivered and studied in the French language

Developed by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London  and the Sorbonne Law School (Sorbonne), this double degree programme leads to two prestigious qualifications from two globally recognised institutions. 

The aim is to provide students with a unique opportunity to study international and comparative business law; in two languages (French and English), with two renowned Institutions. All teaching and assessment take place in Paris. 

The Double LLM begins with the Queen Mary component in January, where students are required to take 120 credits of taught modules with an examination period in the Summer. The 30-credit Dissertation of 10,000 words is submitted in August. This is followed by the Sorbonne component from September, with assessment in the following year. The programme continues with a credit-bearing Internship of at least three months, under the supervision of the Sorbonne. This credit is recognised by both institutions and completes the LLMs of both institutions.  

For the Queen Mary component, all teaching takes place at the University of London Institute in Paris, and all teaching and assessment is in English. For the Sorbonne component, all teaching takes place on the Sorbonne’s campuses in Paris and all teaching and assessment is in French. 

Queen Mary’s LLM modules are taught usually over intensive daytimes blocks, or evening classes, with occasional Saturdays. The intensive classroom time allows students a more flexible timetable and to retain or undertake commitments outside LLM study. However, the LLM is a demanding programme, and modules should not be viewed in terms of the classroom time only. Queen Mary advises student to expect to dedicate 10 notional hours per credit, including preparation, reading, self-study, research, revision, assessment, etc. The module should be viewed across the full semester, as students will have access to the module materials and information via our virtual learning environment from the beginning of the programme. 

You are part of a wide and dynamic student body. CCLS Paris LLM modules are available to students from various Queen Mary LLM programmes and you will find that you are sharing your modules with different students from: 

LLM in Paris

January intake or September intake; full-time or part-time 

Sorbonne-Queen Mary Double LLM

Studying the January-June semester only with Queen Mary, then following the Sorbonne's element 

Paris Bar School

Taking the LLM in parallel to their Bar studies, by way of a partnership with the EFB 

Flexible-mode LLM

Studying part-time with the option to take modules from across all Queen Mary campuses. 

Curriculum and assessment

The Queen Mary LLM offers a wide range of modules within various areas of Commercial Law, such as International Business Law, Banking & Finance Law, Comparative & International Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Law, and Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law. Modules are taught on an intensive basis, with support via an online learning environment. Find out more about the details of indicative modules offered by Queen Mary for this academic year.

Details of modules available at the Sorbonne


  • French and English module assessment is by written exams, coursework essays, presentations or oral reports.
  • Dissertation in English
  • A written report and a viva in French about your completed internship. 

In-sessional programmes

To support your LLM studies, we offer an in-sessional Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme. This is an academic and legal English language support programme, which runs alongside the LLM at no extra cost, and focuses on academic writing skills, research methodology, dissertation and proposal writing, and critical and analytical skills, amongst other things. This is an integral part of the Double LLM curriculum. 

Admissions and applications

Applicants to the Double LLM are expected to demonstrate academic ability in Law, English language and French language in order to gain entry to the programme. Academic Law qualifications and English language ability will be assessed by the Admissions office at Queen Mary. Competency in the French language will be assessed via a telephone interview with the Selection Committee at the Sorbonne. 

Applications to the Sorbonne-Queen Mary Double LLM are completed online and assessed by the Queen Mary Admissions Office in London, before being considered by the Sorbonne’s selection  panel. Discover the full details regarding the programme, along with the application forms and guidelines.

How to apply

Applications are managed by Queen Mary in coordination with the Sorbonne. These are considered on a rolling basis with the opportunity for interview twice per year.  

Once you have submitted your online application: 

  • It will be acknowledged by Queen Mary Admissions, then the Queen Mary Admissions review process begins
  • Application checked by Queen Mary for academic and English language requirements. Anticipate up to four weeks and potential for communications from Admissions regarding documents submitted.
  • Preliminary decision from Admissions with applicant notified of Conditional offer as applicable
  • Applicant to accept offer via application portal
  • Application passed to Sorbonne selection committee
  • Applicants contacted by the Sorbonne with interview date and details. See Coursefinder page for anticipated Interview dates
  • Sorbonne assesses candidate, including French language ability, via remote interview with the Programme Co-Director
  • Queen Mary Admissions notify applicant of application outcome
  • Successful candidates receive more information and pay non-refundable deposit of 3000 EUR to Sorbonne by the end of November each intake year
  • Further details regarding joining the programme sent in due course.  

Application checklist 

  • Academic certificates and transcripts
  • Evidence of English language ability (for non-native speakers)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One reference (preferably academic)
  • Signed declaration confirming your understanding of the cost implications of living in Paris. 

Entry requirements

The standard entrance requirement is an upper-second class (2:1) Bachelor of Laws, which equates to a French Licence en Droit with an overall average of 12/20. International equivalents, depending on where you studied your Law degree, are also considered by our Admissions Office.  Applicants from non-law disciplines may be considered based on extensive relevant work experience.  

The English Language requirement is IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and no lower than 5.5 in any other sub-test. Alternative tests are accepted, such as TOEFL or Pearson Test of English. For any of these language tests, please ensure you take the Academic rather than the General stream. 

For students who score IELTS 7.0 overall but 6.5 in writing, or TOEFL 100 overall but 24 in writing, we are still able to accept this, to include mandatory attendance on our in-sessional Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme. This is an academic and legal English language support programme that runs alongside the LLM at no extra cost, and focuses on academic writing skills, research methodology, dissertation and proposal writing, and critical and analytical skills, amongst other things. For some students, this class is mandatory, and for others it is optional, but we find that the majority of students take this class in any case, as it is a very useful resource. 

For the Sorbonne’s selection panel, demonstration of proficiency in the French language is required, and assessed by telephone/video interview. 

Fees and finance

The tuition fee for the Sorbonne-Queen Mary Double LLM programme is a single fee, in EUROS, for all students regardless of tuition fee status. Details are listed on the programme page. 

Information about tuition fees and the Tuition Fee Regulations are available too.

And, specifically, the University Fee Regulations for 2022 to 2023

Fees are collected between the Sorbonne and Queen Mary in London.

A 3000 EUR deposit is collected by the Sorbonne in advance of enrolment, and they will contact you directly regarding this. Please remember that the deposit contributes towards the tuition fee and is not additional. 

Before enrolling in January, the tuition fee should be paid to Queen Mary. Then, before transferring to the Sorbonne in September, the remaining fees should be paid directly to them. Each institution will issue and invoice and send details at the relevant times. 

For Queen Mary: Students are required to pay tuition fees before enrolment (please note that you should allow time for international bank transfer processing, and that bank charges may be incurred). The College’s Finance Department will send out invoices after you have completed the pre-enrolment task, and payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card payment.  

Although a minimum payment of 50 per cent is acceptable, payment of less than the full fee must be combined with setting up an approved payment plan that incurs a €60 administrative charge.  If you intend to pay in instalments: after making the payment of 50 per cent of applicable tuition fees and the €60 charge, please email with your student number and payment plan request. Colleagues in the Fees Office will set up the payment plan and email it for you to sign and return a scanned copy by email.  

Find further information about fee payments, instalment plans, acceptable methods of payment and so forth.

Should you wish to pay prior to receiving the invoice, then this is possible by following the procedures for bank transfer or credit card payment, quoting your student ID number as the reference so that the monies can be correctly allocated. 

If you are a sponsored student, you will be required to provide to the Fees Office evidence from your sponsor - eg your School/Institute, recognised government agency or commercial sponsor - confirming their intention to pay your fees in full. 


Funding and scholarships

It is important to note that the LLM programmes in Paris are not currently eligible for the Postgraduate Student Loan, despite being a UK qualification, since they do not take place in the UK and students will not normally be resident in the UK during the programme. 

Our students take various funding routes, depending on their circumstances. Some secure a Career Development Loan, or a personal bank loan. Some have a scholarship or partial scholarship, either from QMUL, their home government, or external sources. Others are privately funded, or sponsored by an employer, for example.  

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