"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.
Aims of Programme
The Queen Mary Paris LLM 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.
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.
Partnership with Paris Bar School (EFB)
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, please contact Brice Martin, Responsible des relations internationals – [email protected]
Partnership with SciencesPo Law School
We have an informal partnership with SciencesPo Law, a leading law school in Paris where many courses are taught in English by prestigious faculty members and visiting professors. Students of the Queen Mary Paris LLM will be allowed to participate in certain selected courses and seminars of SciencesPo Law School, and vice versa. Assessment and core teaching for LLM students will still be provided by Queen Mary.
The LLM in Paris programme has two start dates, 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.
The taught elements of modules are generally taught in the evening or as intensive blocks over five days.
Dates for individual modules can be found on the relevant module pages. View the full module index. A module calendar is provided to all students with offers, which includes details of provisional exam dates, Critical Thinking and Writing in Law Classes, 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.
Specialised LLMs are offered in the following areas:
◦Banking and Finance Law
◦Energy and Natural Resources Law
◦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
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.
The Critical Thinking and Writing in Law Programme
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.