Minimum Academic Entry Requirements Our standard entry requirements are a law degree equivalent to a UK 2.1 honours LLB degree. We will 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. Minimum English language entry requirements Non-native English speakers are required to obtain our minimum English language entry requirements through a recognised English language qualification, for example IELTS, IBTOEFL, ILEC or Cambridge (proficiency). The British Council can assist prospective students who need to take a test to demonstrate their English-language qualifications. Visit the British Council website for information regarding exam dates and requirements in Paris.
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.
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 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.
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
- 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
Depending on module availability, it is possible to attend and study for the necessary number of modules to complete the taught element within the Spring Term, with the dissertation to follow. This model applies to students from the Paris Bar School (EFB) who can validate the LLM as part of their training (PPI) from January to June.
Fees and funding
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.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Samantha Webb
- +44 (0) 207 882 7282