Formation LMD

LL.M. in International Business Law (Master 1 en convention avec l'Université Lumière Lyon 2)

Informations générales

Durée de la formation
1 year
Lieu(x) de formation
Coût de la formation
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This English taught program is open to law graduates wishing to develop a career in international business law. This program is intensive and fast paced bringing the students on a high growth learning experience throughout the 10 months of its duration.


This program will introduce students to core topics in international business law and develop their knowledge and understanding of core issues through a combination of exams, individual assignments and teamwork exercises. It covers, inter alia, International Business Law, International Contract Law, International Trade Law, Private International Law, European and Comparative Competition Law, Ethics in International Business Law, Corporate Governance and dispute resolution. Students will benefit from lectures, presentations and seminars during the program.

Students of the LL.M. in International Business Law receive a dual degree delivered by UCLy & Maynooth University (Ireland) or UCLy & the City University London Law School (United Kingdom) or UCLy & The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, USA).

Graduates can further their legal education by gaining an understanding of specifics areas of international business law. Graduates will develop useful skills in legal research, reasoning, drafting, advocacy and teamwork skills. These skills are highly sought after by employers.


The LL.M. in International Business Law is a French Master 1 degree in partnership with state university Lyon 2. It offers 4 alternative tracks:

  • Lyon Track : Two semesters in Lyon (from September to May). Successful students will be awarded an LL.M. of International Business Law (French official Master 1 degree) and a LL.M. degree from Lyon Catholic University.
  • Maynooth Track (dual diploma): One semester in Lyon (from September to December) and one semester in Ireland, at our partner University, Maynooth (from January to May). Students will attend classes at UCLy and Maynooth University of Ireland. Successful students will be awarded the LL.M. of International Business Law (French official Master 1 degree) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) by Maynooth University.
  • London Track (dual diploma): Two trimesters in London at City University School of Law (September-December & January-March), and one trimester in Lyon (April-September). Students will attend classes at UCLy and City University London will . Successful students will be awarded the LL.M. of International Business Law (French official Master 1 degree) and a Master of laws (LL.M.) by City University of London.
  • Chicago Track (dual diploma): One semester in Lyon (from September to December) and one semester in the USA, at our partner University in Chicago (from January to May). Students will attend classes at UCLy and John Marshall Law School (USA). Successful students will be awarded the LL.M. of International Business Law (French official Master 1 degree) and an LL.M. in International Business Law.


Conditions d'admission

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in law (a French licence, an LL.B. or equivalent). The Admission Committee will examine your background and relevant professional experience if any on a case-by-case basis. The Admission Committee will consider applications with other types of diplomas on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements: International students should have the appropriate level of English proficiency.

Students should have a minimum IELTS Score of 6.5, a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90 or CAE score of 58. The Admission Committee may consider any experience establishing the command of the English Language.
Important information for the London Track: City Law School requires that students meet the City Law School language requirements: IELTS Score of 7 (with at least 6 in every item). This requirement does not apply if you are a native English speaker and/or if you have completed your undergraduate studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA and UK.
You do not need to speak French to come to UCLy! There are no particular requirements regarding French language. Classes are taught entirely in English.



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.

The Application deadline : 30th June 2020 – It is recommended to apply as soon as possible. (Lyon Track; application deadline for completed files: 15th July 2020)

Application Form

Paper application:
Please fill out the downloadable Paper Application Form and send it back along with the following documents to If your documents are too heavy for one email, please use a free online transfer platform and copy the subsequent link in your email.

Documents for application

  • A cover letter in English,
  • A Curriculum-Vitae in English,
  • A copy of your diplomas and transcripts in English,
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of the English language certificate where applicable (if you are not a native speaker),
  • Two letters of reference in English (academic or professional reference as the case may be), and any other document you might find relevant.

Coût de la formation :

Tuition fee

  • For the Lyon Track (full year in Lyon):
Home/European Economic Area Students: 8000 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students: 9 000 EUR

  • For the dual program between Lyon and City University London:
Home/European Economic Area Students: 13 500 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students: 18 000 EUR

  • For the double degree program between Lyon and Maynooth University:
Home/European Economic Area Students: 8000 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students: 12 500 EUR

  • For the double program between Lyon and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, USA
For all students: 19 500 EUR

Admisnitrative fees: the administrative fees may change every year. the administrative fees for the 2019-2020 academic year were: 329 EUR (243 EUR State Exam registration and 86 EUR University fees).

Changes may occur in the above information.


Our Law School staff members are both academics from UCLy and foreign Universities as well as professionals working with leading companies, international law firms and international organizations. They bring real-world knowledge into UCLy classrooms. This combination of academic skills and real world experiences will help you shed light on international business and trade law

Study Program (60 ECTS)

September to December, in Lyon (Lyon, Chicago and Maynooth Tracks)



Students attend international conferences on a variety of topics:Students can also attend conferences given by visiting scholars and practitioners on a variety of topics (i.e. EU Legislation on Data Protection, European Union, Digitalization and the law, Common law etc…).


Our students benefit from a mentoring system. Our staff will also help you with your administrative papers and provide you with guidance for your internship search.

International Mooting Competition

UCLy students have participated to various Mooting Competition (i.e. ELSA Moot, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot) and ICC Commercial Mediation Moot Competition.

French classes

Students can study French while studying at UCLy. French classes as a foreign language courses are proposed free of charge.


Study visits are an integral part of the program. In recent years, students visited the WTO and WIPO on study visits.

Extra-Curricular activities for students

Lyon truly is great, regardless of what anyone likes to do. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as skiing, fishing, climbing or taking leisure nature walks.

There are many restaurants proposing a wide spectrum of food specialties (French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Indian etc…). You will even find a few new Michelin stars if you are a gourmet, several parks in the city, museums, theaters and ruins. If you are looking for original options, these include an ostrich farm, visiting the wineries where typical wines are produced (Bourgogne wines, Cotes du Rhone wines) or visiting the museum of dolls.
Our students usually take advantage of the central location of Lyon. Students travel to nearby locations for example: skiing resorts (Chamonix, Méribel, les 2 Alpes, Alpe Huez etc…); Lake Miribel offers a great swimming beach in summer, there are hiking and trekking site in the region, and a particle accelerator near Geneva that nerds can visit by asking a permit from the government. Switzerland and Italy are a bus ride away for less than 10 euros, and for 15 euros or so, Belgium, Paris, Spain or Greece. You can fly to European cities and other regions from Lyon airport
  • Enrique from Venezuela (Promotion 2017-2018) highly recommends the Light Festival, which takes place every year on 8th December.
  • Julie from France (Promotion 2017-2018) suggests cultural visits in Lyon, which is a former Roman city, famous for its silk trade and a strong cultural heritage. She enjoyed travelling to other cities or other countries.

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Année post-bac de sortie
Bac + 4

Compétences visées

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.

Débouchés professionnels

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

This LL.M. in International Business Law will give you an added value to 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 are an integral part of the program. In recent years, students visited the WTO and WIPO on study visits.

What did they do after the LL.M. progam?

  • Gilbert from Cameroun (promotion 2017-2018) chose this program ‘because of the necessity in my professional activity as a public affairs consultant’. Gilbert works as an accredited consultant lobbyist to the French and European Parliaments.
  • Luc from Togo (promotion 2017-2018) attended this program because he intends to become ‘an international lawyer in England and this program is focused in international business law. Since I come from Togo, I can speak French, so doing this program in English is a first step towards going to work and live in England’. He went on to study for a Master 2.
  • Julie from France (promotion 2017-2018) says that ‘in an ever-changing global economic landscape, mastering international law in English is a prerequisite’ to practice as an international lawyer. She went on to study for the Master 2 in International Trade & Investment Law – St John’s Track. She says that ‘through these programs, I completed several diplomas in several countries. The master 2 offers to be part of the New York Legal community through acquiring the New York bar qualification. The New York bar reputation is unquestionable.
  • Emer from Irland (promotion 2015-2016) says ‘The LLM in International Business Law (dual degree) was a wonderful opportunity not only to receive a dual qualification but also to experience the wonders of studying abroad. Studying abroad opened my mind and allowed me to mature and grow as a person, and intellectually. I did not have a strong base in the French language, but this was not a problem, as the lectures were in English, and classes in French of all levels were provided by the University. Rent was extremely reasonable in Lyon and the French Government provide rent assistance to all students studying in France. This LLM not only prepares you on an intellectual level, but also allows you to travel and experience different cultures, and have fun at the same time.‘