September 2019 start: Friday 16 August 2019
January 2020 start: Monday 16 December 2019
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 LLM in Paris is an innovative suite of Master of Laws programmes, which are taught in English by Queen Mary academics with prominent visiting lecturers.
Developed by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) an LLM undertaken in Paris will lead to a prestigious Queen Mary University of London qualification.
You may opt for an LLM in International Business Law or a specialised LLM in the following areas:
- Banking and Finance Law
- Energy and Natural Resources Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
- Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law (Please note that TMT specialists have the opportunity to combine with Distance Learning modules).
Each LLM will provide you with in-depth immersion in commercial law from both comparative and international perspectives, within a common law framework. They 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, CCLS aims to better prepare contemporary lawyers for an increasingly globalised world.
CCLS in Paris brings together a unique community of students from all over the world, from a diverse range of legal backgrounds and experience. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wealth of specialist topics, take different approaches to your learning, and meet students and academics from across the range of commercial law disciplines offered in Paris.
One of the distinctive features of the LLM in Paris programme is its flexible structure, designed to facilitate your completing 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 your command of legal English is a vital part of undertaking an LLM and we have therefore incorporated legal English support throughout the course.
Find out more about CCLS in Paris.
"The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is proud to offer an innovative suite of LLM programmes in Paris, developed by experienced 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." Academic Programme Director, Jonathan Griffiths, Professor of Intellectual Property Law.
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.
Arrangements with the Paris Bar School enable élèves avocats to validate the LLM as part of their training (PPI). For further details, contact the Bar School.
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.
This programme will:
- Maximise your professional opportunities with an international and comparative focused LLM from a leading UK commercial law school.
- Give you the opportunity to benefit from different modes of study and a wide array of specialist teaching, at the same time as managing work, personal and other commitments.
- Enable 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.
- Give the opportunity for lawyers of various nationalities, notably French and British, to work and study alongside each other.
- Enable practitioners to update and enhance knowledge and understanding whilst continuing their employment.
You will benefit from:
- Teaching by internationally recognised staff, many of whom act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
- Interaction with other 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.
- 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.
- The possibility of undertaking an internship in Paris.
- A Critical Thinking and Writing in Law course designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
- Networking and social events run by the Queen Mary in Paris and, upon graduating, you will join our extensive alumni network which includes more than 50 members of a Paris-based group.
- The potential to combine Paris LLM modules with modules from the Distance Learning portfolio, or take them as part of the Flexible LLM.
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 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 number of the most prominent textbooks.
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: 9-12 September 2019
- Autumn semester ends: 13 December 2019
- Exam period: 6-10 January 2020.
Spring / summer semester dates
- Induction and start of spring / summer semester: 13-16 January 2020
- Spring / summer semester ends: 19 June 2020
- Exam period: 13-17 July 2020.
The taught elements of modules are generally delivered in a block style of teaching over intensive daytimes, evenings, or occasional Saturdays. 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 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
- Intellectual Property Law
- Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
- Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law.
You must take a total of 180 credits, consisting of 135 credits from taught modules and 45 credits from a 12000-word dissertation.
In order to specialise in a specific area, a minimum of 90 credits of taught modules and the 45-credit dissertation must be taken within the specialist field.
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 an LLM in International Business Law parallel with your Bar School commitments.
Paris modules are also available for study through the LLM Flexible Study Programme.
Induction and choosing your modules
We run 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.
Programmes Co-Ordinator, CCLS Paris
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:
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, coursework essay, in-class presentations, or Final Assessment Exercises. This is in addition to the compulsory dissertation.
All Paris LLM students have to carry out research to complete a dissertation of 12,000 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
- Jonathan Griffiths, LLM Paris Academic Programme Director, Professor of Intellectual Property 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
- Professor Dr Maxi Scherer 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
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £12,750
Part time £6,375
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £22,150
Part time £11,075
Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.
This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.
The School of Law offers scholarships for the LLM in Paris, details of the award are usually announced on the law funding page in October / November each year.
Please note: If you are studying over 50% of your UK Masters outside of the UK, i.e. Paris or Piraeus, then you will not be eligible for a loan from the Student Loan Company.
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.
Clara Coleman, LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law and McDermott Will and Emery Scholarship Recipient 2016-17
I received a scholarship from McDermott Will and Emery, in partnership with the Association Française des Juristes d'Entreprise (AFJE) to study on the LLM. Being awarded the scholarship definitely increased my self-belief and my ability to do well in the degree. It also put me at ease with regards to my finances.
I decided to do a postgraduate degree because I love studying and I wanted to go deeper into a subject that I loved. I’m really enjoying my field of study. I’ve always had an interest in energy and environmental issues, so being able to understand the finer details of the industry is great. What is also very useful is that professors invite many guest speakers to teach on the programme, which allows us to get a fresh perspective of a topic and see the practical side of a subject.
Many of the teachers themselves come from top law firms and energy companies, so I knew I would be getting the best quality teaching even before I started the course. I am very happy with the standard of teaching – all lecturers are extremely supportive and are very willing to lend extra help if I need it.
The course is probably the thing I enjoy most. It is what I expected it to be and I like being able to delve into such a wide range of topics that I only used to read about in the news. I can understand the legal, political and commercial elements of these in far more detail and feel very prepared to work in this sphere.
If I had to describe Queen Mary University in only three words, they would be: challenging, supportive and rewarding.
Hoaghia Maria-Luiza, Romania
LLM in Paris - International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law, 2017
Queen Mary University of London was my first choice when deciding to study my Master of Laws, given the excellent academic reputation and value of its LLM programs. Having the chance to study my desired master and living in the enchanting City of Lights for one year convinced me to opt for the Paris LLM program. An amazing result of all my academic and professional efforts was to obtain the CCLS Partial Scholarship.
The variety of modules offered in Paris gives you the opportunity to tailor your study choices to achieve your own specific career goals and interests. Furthermore, the modules are taught by the same highly professional lecturers as the ones in London, and, what is more, in Paris you can interact consistently with the professors, as the intake is lower.
The Paris LLM program also gave me the chance to meet wonderful people, coming from different cultural and professional backgrounds and expand my professional network over several jurisdictions and also make friends.
Marco La Selva, LLM in Banking and Finance and CCLS-MWE-AFJE Scholarship Recipient 2018-19
After graduating in Law at the University of Teramo in 2013, I started practicing as a lawyer and in 2016 I got admitted to the Italian Bar. In the last years I gained experience in a wide range of civil cases, with a special focus in the areas of Commercial and Contract Law.
During my career, I discovered it is vital for companies involved in international transactions to have the legal support of professionals with a global perspective. For this reason, I decided to pursue an LLM at the prestigious Queen Mary University of London, in a vibrant, international city such as Paris.
The flexibility of this programme is particularly suited for professionals who wish to extend their expertise. Professors are distinguished and extremely dedicated; classes are usually smaller than those in London and, therefore, there is a constant interaction with teachers, allowing the students to further tailor the education in their areas of interest. Last but not least, Paris is a source of endless inspiration: the numerous cultural and social events, and the daily exposure to French language constitute an added value for personal and professional development.
I will be specialising in Banking and Finance Law and in the meantime I will also attend modules in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law, which range from EU Data Protection to IT Transactions.
I am honoured and grateful to be awarded the Scholarship granted by the Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), McDermott, Will & Emery (MWE) and Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprise (AFJE). It gives me great pride and motivates me to succeed even more.
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23 November 2016
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21 November 2016
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4 December 2015
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4 February 2015
- Meet law staff in Paris at the l'Etudiant Masters, Masteres et MBA Fair 16-17 January
13 January 2015
- QMUL co-organises annual arbitration conference in Paris
27 November 2014