LL.M. International Business Law

Université Catholique de Lyon

Application deadline: 14th July 2014
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,700 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
Partnership: Joint
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

The complexity of modern international transactions requires lawyers with knowledge across national legal systems with an enormous array of analytical, conceptual, professional and writing skills.

Our programme introduces students to core topics in international business law and develops their understanding of policy and doctrine through a combination of exams and group and individual assignments. The LL.M in International Business Law degree enables law graduates to further their legal education by gaining a systematic understanding of the critical issues at the forefront of select areas of international business law. And this thanks to high academics and legal practitioners and officials of trade missions and international organizations.

The programme also aims to develop legal research, reasoning, writing, advocacy and teamwork skills, which are highly sought after by employers.

The programme is intensive and fast paced bringing the students on a high growth learning experience across the 12 months of the programme.

The program will be delivered through lectures, presentations and seminars during each semester.

Students have the choice between two alternative tracks :

  • - Track 1: Two semesters in Lyon (from September to May). Successful students will be awarded a French Master of International Business Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M. diploma) by the Catholic University of Lyon.
  • - Track 2: One semester in Lyon (from September to December) and one semester in Ireland, at our partner University, NUI Maynooth (from January to May). This second track is jointly provided by UCLy and the National University of Ireland Maynooth. At the end of the two semesters, the successful students will be awarded a French Master of International Business Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) by NUI Maynooth.

French as a second language courses can be taken for free at the University's Institute of French Language and Culture.

Contents

The program is intensive and fast paced bringing the students on a high growth learning experience across the 12 months of the programme. The students will be awarded a French Master of International Business Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) by the Catholic University of Lyon.

The programme is delivered through lectures, presentations and seminars during each semester.
There are a significant number of written assignments and oral advocacy workshops. Lecturers use Moodle to monitor progress of students and offer feedback periodically.
The students are offered visits in prestigious international organizations in Lyon and Geneva (Interpol, WIPO...).

- Track 1 :

First Semester (September to December in Lyon)

  • - International Trade Law
  • - International Trade Organizations
  • - International Contract Law
  • - International Intellectual Property Rights
  • - Taxation of International Trade
  • - Ethics in International Business Law
  • - Professional Skills

Second Semester (January to May in Lyon)

  • - European Business Law
  • - European Tax Law
  • - Arbitration Law
  • - Dispute Resolution
  • - Corporate Governance

- Track 2 :

First Semester (September to December in Lyon)

  • - International Trade Law
  • - International Trade Organizations
  • - International Contract Law
  • - International Intellectual Property Rights
  • - Foreign Investments in France
  • - Ethics in International Business Law
  • - Professional Skills

Second Semester (January to May in Maynooth)

  • - Legal writing and advocacy
  • - Dissertation
  • - International Trade Law
  • - White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • - International Criminal Law
  • - Funds Law
  • - Corporation Taxation Law
  • - Introduction to Tax Law
  • - Aircraft Financing Law
  • - Information Technology Law

Lecturers

The programme is taught by high academic and legal practitioners and officials of trade missions and international organizations.

Requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in law (a French licence, an LL.B. or equivalent).

Acceptance of applicants with other types of diplomas will be determined by an admissions committee which may also take into account relevant professional experience.

The programme requires that applicants possess a good level of English language proficiency. Therefore we only accept applicants with a minimum IELTS Score of 6.5 or a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90. Nevertheless, we might consider any experience establishing the command of the English Language.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 58
TOEFL paper-based test score : 577
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Financial Aid

Several scolarships are available for students who wish to study in Lyon :

1) Eiffel Scolarships

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel excellence scholarship programme in January 1999 to support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries, to attract elite overseas students on master's, engineering and PhD courses.

2) Scolarships from French embassies and European programmes

The French embassies offer several grants for students from selected countries who wish to study in France (eg: for students from Romania, Albania, Djibouti, Ivory Coast...). You should check directly with the French embassy in your country of origin.

For some selected countries, some specific European programmes exist that help students to access a quality higher education in European universities like the Jean Monnet scholarship program for Turkish students or the Open Europe Scolarship Scheme for Belarusian students.

3) Catholic University of Lyon tuition waivers

The Catholic University of Lyon has a strong commitment to ensuring access to our program to students of limited economic mean. That's why, our University offers tuition waivers (that may account up to half of the tuition fees) for international students who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. For the year 2012-2013, 6 tuition waivers have been granted

4) Scolarships for U.S. students

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