MASTER Public and Private Law SPECIALITY Legal Counsel and Litigation

The 2nd-year Master’s in Legal Counsel and Litigation provides students with in-depth knowledge of subjects connected with litigation. There are two options (private law and public law) and two study paths (professional and research) to choose from. The professional path includes a placement while the research path requires production of a paper. Public-law students and private-law students take general classes together, as well as studying the basics of law as they pertain to each speciality and attending seminars on legal counsel and litigation.
  • Objectives
This is a complete, interdisciplinary programme (with basic law being set alongside the law of litigation and legal counsel, and covering public, private and European law) enabling students to acquire the competences essential to taking up careers in litigation (professional study path) or in research (research study path).

Among other choices, it gives access to legal professions (lawyer, magistrate, court bailiff, court clerk, etc.), to jobs as a legal expert specialising in litigation and legal counsel, and to careers in research and higher education. Preparation for the entrance exam to the Regional Centre for Professional Training of Lawyers (CRFPA – Centre Régional de Formation Professionnelle des Avocats), the National School of Magistracy (Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature) competitive examination, and other exams, competitive or otherwise, giving access to legal professions (police, clerk’s office, etc.) is carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Law’s Institute of Legal Studies (IEJ). The Institute for Preparation of Competitive Examinations (IPAC – Institut de Préparation aux Concours) prepares students for other Civil Service exams.

A legal clinic helps students acquire professionalising experience by providing those who ask for them with solutions to legal problems arising in the context of their professional activities. Classes on litigation and legal counsel make up a major part of the programme, with many of them dispensed in the form of case studies presented by professionals brought in to help teach the course. These two pedagogical innovations aim to put students into direct contact with the careers they intend to take up.

The Master’s in Law and Justice teaching team calls on the services of over 25 academics whose combined fields of competences cover the entire legal area. Such law practitioners as Counsellors to the Court of Cassation, Maîtres de Requêtes (Counsels) to the Council of State, Lawyers at the Court of Cassation and Council of State, Magistrates in the judiciary and in administrative law, lawyers, Court Bailiffs, members of the Competition Authority, and mediators are also involved in teaching the programme.
  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught
Common core
Legal clinic
Alternative methods of settling disputes
Sources of law in the European areas
Basic rights and liberties
Legal disputes involving foreigners’ rights
General culture
Research paper or placement report

Private law
Civil litigation
Penal litigation
Economic litigation
Social litigation
In-depth study of Civil law
In-depth study of Penal law and criminal sciences

Public law
Administrative litigation
Economic litigation
City-planning litigation
Contract litigation
In-depth study of constitutional law
In-depth study of administrative law
  • Admission requirements
1st-year Master’s in Public or Private Law, or equivalent (four-year higher education) qualification.

Selection through screening of application forms.