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 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.
Months of entry
The LLM in Paris is an innovative Master of Laws programme, which is taught in English by Queen Mary academics with prestigious visiting lecturers.
Developed by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) this LLM will lead to a prestigious Queen Mary University of London qualification.
Students can 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.
This course will provide you with in-depth immersion in commercial law from both comparative and international perspectives, within a common law framework. It 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, the course aims to better prepare contemporary lawyers for an increasingly globalised world.
One of the distinctive features of the LLM in Paris programme is its flexible structure, designed to enable you to complete 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 their command of legal English is a vital part of undertaking an LLM and we have therefore incorporated legal English support throughout the course.
"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, Professor Dr Maxi Scherer, MA, PhD (Paris Sorbonne), LLM (Cologne), Member of the Paris Bar, Solicitor in England and Wales.
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.
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, contact the Bar School.
We also have an informal partnership with SciencesPo Law, a leading law school in Paris where many courses are taught in English. Students of the Queen Mary Paris LLM are able to attend certain lectures and seminars organised by the SciencesPo Law School, and vice versa. Assessment and core teaching for LLM students is still provided entirely by Queen Mary.
This programme will:
- Give the opportunity for lawyers of various nationalities, notably French and British, to work and study alongside each other.
- Allow 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.
- Maximise your professional opportunities with an international and comparative focused LLM from a leading UK commercial law school.
- Enable practitioners to update and enhance their knowledge and understanding whilst continuing their employment.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- CCLS in Paris
- +44 (0) 207 882 7282