3 March 2021/ Last updated : 24 May 2022Editorial teamAbout studies
Studying Law in France
Whether you wish to practice a legal profession in the courts, a law firm, a notary’s office, or a corporate legal department, legal training in France has many different paths.
From Bac+2 to Bac+5, this article will guide you to find the legal course that suits you.
How long are the law courses in Bachelor’s degree?
In law, as elsewhere, a Bachelor’s degree is prepared over a period of 3 years post-baccalauréat. On average, a Bachelor of Laws student’s schedule includes 25 to 30 hours of classes per week (divided between lectures given in lecture halls and tutorials in smaller groups), plus a significant personal workload of about 15 hours per week.
What are the profiles of law school graduates?
The majority of those admitted have a general bachelor’s degree:
Either Scientific, Economic, Social, or Literary.
In which institution should I study law?
The most traditional case for studying law is entering university. However, other less common paths are possible. For example, students of the DUT Carrière Juridique carry out their studies at the University Institute of Technology (IUT).
To study law at university: Bac+3 or Bac+5
In law, as elsewhere, a Bachelor’s degree is prepared over a period of 3 years post-baccalauréat. On average, a Bachelor of Laws student’s schedule includes 25 to 30 hours of classes per week (divided between lectures into lecture halls and tutorials in smaller groups), plus a significant personal workload of approximately 15 hours per week. The tutorials will allow him to practice the various legal exercises: the practical case, the case commentary, and the legal dissertation.
What are the subjects studied during the first 3 years of law school?
Throughout the three years of the Bachelor’s degree, the law student will acquire the discipline’s basics.
First year: The student will study civil law, constitutional law, legal history…
Second year: The student will study administrative law, criminal law, public finance…
Note: This year is often the most difficult.
Third year: This is the year the student will specialize in either public or private law. According to his or her specialization, the student will study European Union law, labor law, special contract law, etc.
The Master in Law; the choice of specialty: To make the best choice, you need to choose the university that matches your ambitions.
In France, each university offers its own list of Masters programs.
For example: Banking and finance law, comparative law, constitutional law, corporate law, environmental and urban planning law, business law, local authority law, digital law, European law, tax law, international law, criminal law and criminal sciences, private law, public business law, and labor law.