Academic programs

LLM International Trade & Investment Law (Master 2 in partnership with the State University Lumière Lyon 2)

General information

Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac + 4
Admission conditions
Length of studies
1 year
City
Lyon
Internships
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Teaching languages
English
What next?

The LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law offers two alternative tracks. The programme is delivered in English through lectures, presentations  and seminars during each semester.

• Lyon Track : Two semesters in Lyon (from September to May). Successful students will be awarded a French Master 2 of European and International Trade and Investment Law (French Official Master 2 degree) and a LL.M. degree from Lyon Catholic University.

• St John’s Track : One semester in Lyon (from September to December) and one semester in New-York, at our partner University, St John’s University (from January to May). At the end of both semesters, successful students will be awarded a Master of European and International Trade and Investment law (French official Master 2 degree) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) by St John’s University (New- York).

The core courses of this LL.M. programme cover the WTO agreements, the EU major external trade agreements and their interaction with the EU Single Market. Various courses are also dedicated to International Investment Treaties and the Trade Disputes settlement mechanisms.

In an increasingly international legal market, UCLy offers the opportunity to our students to study in France, allowing them to gain valuable legal and language skills, as well as experience of other cultures thanks to the multinational dimension of our classes.

Goals

The European Union (EU) is the world's largest single market area. UCLy offers the opportunity to our students to study in France, allowing them to gain valuable knowledge about the EU legal order and, thanks to the proximity to Geneva and Brussels, to be exposed to legal experts coming from the WTO, the European Union but also other stakeholders, e.g. members of the European Chambers of Commerce.

An important and increasing share of world's imports and exports is ruled by free and preferential trade agreements, making them central to the business activity of international companies and States. Lawyers who are specialized in this area will therefore have a valuable expertise into the legal market. The curriculum covers extensively trade in goods, services, trade and intellectual property, taxation of international trade, customs law and foreign direct investments.

Partnerships

Institution partnerships

The St. John’s University School of Law – Université Catholique de Lyon offer a Dual Diploma : St. John’s LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice & UCLy's LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law.
In partnership with Saint John's University Law School of New York (USA).

Why choose this exciting double diploma? click here!

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Prerequisites for enrolment : Bac + 4


Required former training

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in law (a French Licence, a LL.B. or equivalent) and a Postgraduate degreeand in any event at least 4 years of undergraduate studies. Acceptance of applicants with other types of diplomas will be determined by the Admission Committee which may also take into account relevant professional experience.

The program requires that applicants possess a good level of English language proficiency. Therefore we only accept applicants with a minimum IELTS Score of 6.5, a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90 or CAE score of 58. Nevertheless, we might consider any experience establishing the command of the English Language.

There are no particular requirements regarding French language.
 

Admission conditions

Application fee :

Please note that there is a non refundable application fee of 50 EUR. We can only process your application after proof of payment of the application fee has been received.

Decision on Admission :

Your application is reviewed by the Admissions Commitee. A formal decision will be sent to you by the Faculty or Department. If you are admitted you will receive an enrolment letter from the Law Faculty containing information on the steps you need to take to your student housing, take care of immigration formalities (if applicable) and arrange student registration.


Application deadline : 30th June 2017

Register

Online Application


Paper Application:
You can also fill out the downloadable Paper Application Form and send it back along with the following documents to the following email address: llm@univ-catholyon.fr

- A cover letter.

- A curriculum vitae.

- A copy of your diplomas and transcripts.

- A copy of your passport.

- A copy of the English language certificate where applicable.

- Two letters of reference.

- Any document you might find relevant.

The documents should be sent by mail preferably to the following addres: llm@univ-catholyon.fr. Should your documents be too heavy to send in one mail, do not hesitate to use free online transfer plateforms and insert the download link into the mail.
If you were unable to proceed as above mentioned, the documents must be sent by regular mail to our postal address:


Faculté de Droit
LL.M. in European and International Investment Law
10 Place des Archives
69 288 LYON CEDEX 02
FRANCE

Tuition Fee:

Lyon Track:
Home/European Economic Area Students : 7000 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students : 9 000 EUR

St John's Track (New York):
For all: 18 000 EUR

 

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 also offers tuition waivers for international students who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. How to Apply : please submit your application via the website or the paper application form. Applications must include transcripts, letters of recommendation, financial documentation and any other items you believe may enhance your candidacy.

Tuition waiver application form

 

Specificities

This LL.M. can ideally complement our LL.M. in International Business Law (MIBL) which is a French Master 1 degree.

Lyon is ideally located in the heart of Europe. Officials from the WTO, the European Union, the OECD, but also other stakeholders (such as members of the European Chambers of Commerce) are an integral part of the Academic Staff.

Students should consider applying for internships in legal departments of corporations, in law firms or international organisations in Lyon, or in other French cities or abroad. Those internships provide students with hands-on legal experience and may lead to genuine career opportunities.
 

Career Opportunities

Why should I enroll?

The program is designed for students aiming at international trade, customs, and investment positions in companies, law-firms and international organizations. Students aiming at qualifying as lawyers and working as in-house lawyers would benefit from this knowledge. This LL.M. is designed to meet the need of companies which do business/trade at international level and invest abroad.

This LL.M. will give you an added value for your curriculum vitae. You will have contacts with practitioners and experts from international organizations and prestigious law firms in several jurisdictions. You will also develop a valuable network with other students coming from various parts of the world.

Study visits to the World Trade Organization in Geneva and/or the European Union in Brussels are an integral part of the program.

Abel, from Cameroon, said: ‘The LL.M. added more than enough value to my worth. I had the opportunity to meet with practitioners and high profile scholars from around the globe who are very influential in international trade. I further met a vibrant body of students who only helped to enrich my stay in France with much diversity. Above all, these persons (from teachers to students and well wishers) constitute a very solid contact base for which I do and will always network with.’

Alvaro, from Guatemala, said ‘I really enjoyed the time spent in the LL.M. at the Catholic University, the opportunity of sharing a class with people from the most varied origins and with very different backgrounds and being able to bond with practically all of them is something that really impacted my life and radically changed the way I see the world now.’


What have they done?

A student from a Middle East country joined an International Organization in Vienna for a 3-months internship after the LL.M. program.

A European student joined an international law firm as a tax lawyer after the LL.M. program.

Recent graduates have joined law firms (either for internships or job opportunities), international companies or international organizations.