Taught course

Sorbonne Law School - Queen Mary University of London Double LLM

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Law

Entry requirements

Key dates

  • Please note that the application deadline for January 2018 entry to the Double LLM has now passed. Applications for January 2019 are now open and close on 1 August 2018.
  • Sorbonne Interviews: mid-September 2018
  • Non-refundable Deposit payment: November 2018

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).

Important note: By submitting an application to the Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM programme, applicants consent to all data being shared between Queen Mary University of London and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Applicants to the Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM programme must meet academic, English language and French language requirements in order to be admitted to the programme.

Applicants must ensure that you send a complete application, including academic qualifications and evidence of English language ability. French language ability will be assessed by interview. Please see below for further details.

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of €3,000 is requested of successful applicants to this programme, to be paid once your place is confirmed.

Application checklist

  • Academic certificates and transcripts
  • Evidence of English language ability (for non-native speakers)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters: one academic, one professional
  • Signed declaration confirming your understanding of the cost implications of living in Paris, a template copy of which is available here [word] or [PDF].

Law Entry Requirements

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the Sorbonne-QMUL Double 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

Non-law graduates may be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience that directly relates to the LLM.

  • Non-law graduates with good honours, who 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.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community of Queen Mary and Sorbonne students in Paris. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website.

Language Entry Requirements

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, 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 Double LLM programme, it is not possible for students to take the pre-sessional English classes offered by QMUL in London.

French language requirements

Non-native French speakers are required to demonstrate that they meet the Sorbonne minimum French language entry requirement of CEFR level B2. This is assessed through a Skype or telephone interview with representatives from the Sorbonne’s selection committee. The interview will be carried out exclusively in French and will last for approximately 20 minutes. It is therefore not necessary to include evidence of a French language test certificate at the application stage, although you may if you already have one.

Months of entry


Course content

The Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM is an innovative, 18-month, bilingual programme which offers you the opportunity to benefit from combining the LLM programmes in Paris of:

  • an LLM in International Business Law with QMUL
  • an LLM in French and European Law with the Sorbonne.

Developed by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Sorbonne Law School (Sorbonne), this double degree programme leads to two prestigious qualifications from two globally recognised institutions.

The aim is to provide students with a unique opportunity to study international and comparative business law; in two languages (French and English), with two renowned Institutions.

You will have the opportunity to study within both the British and French models of postgraduate education, as well as undertake tangible work experience, as part of an internship with a law firm, company or another legal context. You will develop a varied range of skills and knowledge, and experience different learning processes.

The intense mode of study aims further to enhance your competencies in time-management, prioritising, and adapting to pressure – all of which are skills anticipated by employers in the legal sector.

The aim is for you to be able to take this range of knowledge, skills, competencies and experience into your chosen career path within an increasingly international legal profession.

"The Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM in Paris is an innovative programme developed by experienced academics from both instiutions, many of whom are also practitioners. The aim is to cater to students as well as to practitioners who would like to enhance their professional knowledge and career developments. Leading to prestigious QMUL and Sorbonne qualifications, this course will provide you with in-depth immersion in commercial law from both common law and civil law frameworks. It will also allow you to perfect your command of legal English and French. To this effect, the Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM incorporates legal English and French for non-native speakers throughout the course." Academic Programme Co-Director, Professor Maxi Scherer, MA, PhD (Paris Sorbonne), LLM (Cologne), Member of the Paris Bar, Solicitor in England and Wales.

“This programme of excellence will allow you to improve your legal research and writing skills. The Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM provides a wonderful opportunity to benefit from a high quality training in common and civil law in two prestigious institutions in Paris. It would be a unique cultural experience culminating with tangible work practice. It will promote your successful integration into professional fields of law. Try it out!” Academic Programme Co-Director, Professor Pierre Brunet, Agrégé des facultés de droit, Professeur de droit public à Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


QMUL’s LLM in Paris is taught at 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.

Sorbonne-QMUL Double LLM students will be taught across both sites, with QMUL classes held at ULIP and Sorbonne classes held at 12, place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, and 21, rue Broca, 75005 Paris.

Students will benefit from access to study resources via both institutions across the 18 months.

Information for international students

Please see here for more information.

Fees and funding

Please see here for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Law
+44 (0)20 7882 8093