UCP is a public Institution and a leading center of teaching and research that welcomes over 1,500 international students from 54 different countries out of a total student body of 17,000. With over 1,000 academic staff, the University offers all levels of undergraduate and post-graduate studies and has been ranked among the 20 best national universities. 144 Degrees are available in all disciplines (except medical studies). The University is divided into 5 departments: Law, Economy and Management, Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, Science and Technology. Exchanges have been developed all over the world with over 135 foreign universities. The University also takes part in the European exchange program and has adopted the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System) which allows European students to obtain credits in their university for courses taken abroad. UCP has been pointed out as a “Model University” several times by the French government.
The School of Law welcomes near 3,000 students and offers “Licence”, Master and Doctorate Degrees. It is a dynamic and prestigious school ranked 3rd in France by the French Ministry of Education and 1st in Paris and suburbs by “l’Etudiant”, the leading student magazine in France. The School has developed and multiplied international partnerships and exchanges with foreign universities in Europe, the United States and Australia. At the same time it has also developed bilingual degrees in Anglo-American, English, Spanish and German law. In 2009 the School was awarded the prestigious Tocqueville-Fulbright chair and welcomed Professor Louis Wolcher during several months. The School has also developed a field of expertise in combined degrees :
- An intensive detailed Master degree in Contracts and Business Law with the major and outstanding business school: ESSEC. This ambitious degree offers students a real specialization and a solid preparation to those who wish to take the Bar Exam or work in major companies.
- A Master degree of combined French and German Law with the University of Düsseldorf. This degree is followed alternatively in both Universities. At the end of the fourth year of their studies students are granted the Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea Legum of the University of Düsseldorf and the Bachelor’s degree in Law delivered by UCP.
- A joint Master 2 Legal Advisor (DJCE) UCP/ LL.M. in Business VLS (Vermont Law School USA). Each year 4 selected students graduating from DJCE spend a year at VLS in the LL.M. programme. Each year, 4 selected students holding a JD delivered by VLS spend 2 years in the Master programme at UCP. Each student is awarded two qualifications: An LL.M. from VLS and a DJCE Master from UCP. Students can sit for the Bar exams in France and New York.
- A joint Master 2 (UCP)/LL.M. (University of Dundee) programme. The programme is unique and offers two qualifications delivered in two semesters.
UCP's School of Law's programs were awarded the highest grades (A to A+) within the national evaluations by the Agency of Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Ministry of Higher Education and Research).
International exchanges and partnerships have revealed that, for various reasons, foreigners are interested in French and European Union Law. For both students and professionals knowledge of French and European Union Law could be crucial for a successful career. Yet a French Law Degree requires a good level in the French language.
For the first time UCP’s School of Law offers a unique degree in French and European Union Law taught in English. It is aimed at graduates from non French jurisdictions and foreign professionals settled in France or doing business with French partners eager to acquire a strong background in French and European Union Law.
JD or LL.B. holders can seek a national degree equivalence towards a Master Degree.Other applicants can also follow the program within a University Master Degree.
Students enrolled in their last year of JD or LL.B can also follow UCP's LL.M. as part of their JD or LL.B. programs and transfer credits towards their degrees at their home institution.
Applicants may undertake the two distinct semesters over a period of two different academic years. Students who enrol and succeed in only one semester will receive a University Certificate.
Classes and seminars are taught by academics and by practising lawyers or other professionals. The advantage of such an association is to offer students real contacts both inside the School of Law and among the legal community. Some seminars are taught by and within international firms based in Paris
To ensure quality, the Degree is selective and designed for law students who have a high level of legal studies and a very good level of the English language.
The LL.M. programme in French and European Law taught in English offers two specializations:
We recommend very strongly reading the detailed presentation before applying to our LL.M./Master program.
The dual LL.M./Master programme is an exciting new venture which brings together two dynamic and highly rated law schools of University of Cergy-Pontoise-France (UCP) and University of Dundee-Scotland (UoD).
Students spend the first semester at UCP and the second semester at UOD.
Students are taught through English by acknowledged experts and gain an in depth knowledge of a wide range of contemporary law subjects from both a common law and civil law perspective.
The program is unique and offers two qualifications delivered in two semesters. It is aimed at graduates from non French jurisdictions and foreign professionals settled in France or doing business with French partners eager to acquire a strong background in common law and civil law.
Students enrolled on the dual qualifying LL.M./Master will graduate with an LL.M. in International Commercial Law from UOD and an LL.M. in French and European Union Law taught in English from UCP with two specializations: Business and Taxation Law or Law and Business Ethics.
Applications for the spring semester 2014-2015 academic year are open within the Full LL.M. program (deadline : October 31st 2014)
Please find below all necessary procedures to apply to the Full LL.M. and the Dual LL.M. programmes.
We recommend very strongly the reading of the step by step guide for the Full and Dual LL.M. programs. It contains all useful information regarding visa, housing, administrative procedures. The School of Law can not be held responsible for students whom do not pay careful attention to the information and the steps contained in the guide.
Applications should be sent via email to the following addresses:
The selection is competitive and based on an examination of the application form. Entry to the LL.M./Master is restricted to applicants with the requisite level of honours or equivalent grades, class ranks or transcripts. The level of English and the applicant’s motivations are important criterions.
The application files are examined on a rolling basis. The application Committee strives to make a decision within two to six weeks after a completed application is received. Consequently, the student who presents a strong application early in the review process has a better chance of admission. Students are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.
JD or LL.B. holders seeking a national degree equivalence towards a Master degree or credit transfers towards their JD or LL.B. programs are advised to anticipate deadlines and apply accordingly, at the earliest convenience.
LL.M/Master programmes are eligible for the Eiffel Scholarships.