MASTER Corporate Law SPECIALTY Trade and Finance

The Trade and Finance speciality provides students with a dual competence – in business law and in the main management disciplines. The programme is taught by academics and professionals in equal measure.

It is one of the few qualifications in social law based on training though apprenticeship. It is recognised at national level, and has been on the list of the ten best Master’s degrees in this speciality for several years now.
  • Objectives
The Master’s in Corporate Law – Speciality Trade and Finance prepares students for careers in provision of legal advice to companies, whether practised within the companies themselves (industrial concerns, service companies, banks, insurance companies, etc.) or in external bodies (law firms or accountant’s offices, etc.).

The University of Tours’ Master’s in Corporate Law is remarkable in particular for an approach that starts out by preparing students to understand the questions put by economic actors before going on to construct specific legal responses to them – knowing the “hows and whys” of business before describing how it is carried out in legal terms. To this end, the Master’s in Corporate law provides students who have completed a general course in private law with a dual programme composed partly of in-depth study of business law and partly of the major business management disciplines.

The final objective is to integrate students into the professional world as quickly as possible. Training through apprenticeship, which lies at the very centre of the Master’s organisation, ensures that this happens: work-linked training enables students to acquire real professional competences throughout the year – skills that will be invaluable when they get their first job.

  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught
The 2nd-year Master’s in Corporate Law includes classes common to both specialities along with classes specific to each speciality.

Classes specific to the Trade and Finance speciality

Financial market law; Bank credit law; Company accounting and taxation; Taxation of corporate assets; Distribution law; Corporate real-estate law; Intellectual property law; Marketing.

Common classes

Legal techniques of company organisation (Company law); Company strategy and general policy; Contractual techniques and negotiations: contract law as it applies to drafting contracts; Professional projects; Business games; Risks of insolvency: laws governing companies in difficulty; Material risks: insurance and risk management law; Legal and Business English.
  • Competences acquired
Graduates will be proficient in the legal techniques required for economic activities and in analysis of accounting and financial documents, and able to work in line with their chosen company’s overall strategy
  • Admission requirements
Four years of higher education (or equivalent).

Candidates’ applications will be screened, and those pre-selected will be interviewed by a selection committee.

Candidates must show proof not only of an excellent initial academic career, but also of genuine team spirit, readiness to commit to pre-professional projects, and to overall dynamism in their approach.

Candidates must have good knowledge of general commercial law, as well as of law of obligations and special contracts.