The Master in Business Law is a broad program of exceptional quality that focuses on preparing business law practitioners in meeting the demands of companies, law firms and official receiver or legal representative offices.
The program is organised into two main sections so that students are able to assimilate how a company must form various partnerships during the course of its business: - the first section focuses on a company’s internal relations. It looks at relationships between managers, associates and employees. This study mainly addresses certain themes related to company law and social law. - The second section examines a company’s relations with its external partners. Under this heading, students will learn about contractual relations with suppliers (goods suppliers, access to funding via financial markets and bank loans), with distributors (distribution networks) and with clients. These subjects will address the fundamental aspects of distribution and competition law, financial law, banking law and consumption law.
The combined multi-disciplinary approach of the program is designed to provide budding legal practitioners the means to acquire a general overview of corporate legal relations. At the end of the course the student must: 1) have a general understanding of business law, 2) efficiently process business cases with discernment and in a pragmatic manner, and 3) have acquired the research techniques and reasoning required to resolve complex cases.
To reach these objectives, the course is made up of theoretical lessons and practical seminars that focus on applying basic knowledge to real-life situations and building effective public speaking. The course is concludes with a professional internship where each student will be fully immersed for a minimum of two months in a company, lawyers’ firm, official receiver’s office, legal representative’s office or a publishing firm. Each student must write a report on their internship based on a theme they came across during their time in the particular establishment. The theme-based report will require a combination of academic writing and scientific skills and the ability to process a practical subject encountered during the internship.
The program’s components
The teaching staff of core specialised academics is joined by many eminent and experienced law practitioners who teach the students how to apply their knowledge in practical seminars. A close partnership has been established with the FIDAL firm. With this prestigious partnership, the Master in Business Law benefits from the participation of today’s finest teaching lawyers who provide practical knowledge and expertise in both the technical and core fields of business law. The year’s best students are given the opportunity to take internships with FIDAL. Through constant communication with FIDAL, the students are acquainted with prospects of the legal trade, what firms are looking for, which geographic areas currently need business lawyers, etc. Each student is given a personalised interview to help them in making their first career choices and steps. Long internships and positions may be offered to students who successfully pass their lawyer’s entrance exam. The Master’s program also enjoys close and productive relations with major companies in industry (SNECMA), insurance (AXA), banking (CREDIT MUTUEL), investment banking (PRO CAPITAL), receivers’ offices (Michel-Miroite-Gorins, AJ Associés) and more. Once again, professionals from these various sectors offer high-quality theoretical and practical classes. Finally, the Master in Business Law enjoys a partnership with a major legal publishing house (LEXTENSO editions, JOLY editions) which includes internships for students, the donation of publications for the graduation ceremony, publicity of certain events (conferences, study days) and publications of the latter.
The Master in Business Law offers a program that is both generalised and practical.
- A generalised program: in keeping with what many lawyers’ firms and companies want, the Master’s program offers a technical, in-depth course based on several fields related to the life of any company (see course contents). This global vision is one of the program’s strengths that equally attracts economic professionals and students who have also abandoned the idea of a compartmentalised view of the law that they might previously have had. This general approach is also reinforced by a necessary appreciation of the transdisciplinary nature of legal issues, without which solutions would be incomplete or incorrect. These seminars are therefore designed to accustom students to debating and putting forward ideas that consider several areas of the law and not simply regard a single area in isolation. Finally, students will not only develop law-based skills but must also perfect their English. Students will also attend career-orientation seminars designed to prepare them on several levels for future job interviews and how to respect corporate and law firm codes.
- A practical program: one of the Master’s main focuses is to train students in processing legal dossiers through solid practical application of their knowledge acquired during their university studies. These practical classes work around two sections:
Firstly, students’ core knowledge is deepened through learning how to solve legal consultations using real files. This includes drawing up summary reports, writing deeds, negotiating deeds, negotiating internal and international contracts, compiling a contractual audit, writing clauses for a shareholders’ agreements, analysing LBO set-ups, practical case-studies of investment entries, writing their CV and cover letters, etc.
Secondly, oral training is seen as an essential complementary skill. Students are trained in public speaking in specifically designed workshops (moot court preparation, audio-visual sessions, meeting with client role-play, job interview preparation, coaching, etc.).
As outlined under “Course specifics” above, the Master in Business Law works closely with some of today’s best law firms (FIDAL), companies (SNECMA), insurance companies (AXA), banks (CREDIT MUTUEL), investment banks (PRO CAPITAL), and publishers (LEXTENSO editions, JOLY editions). A network of alumni who now hold important positions in various sectors of business law has also been established. Through this network, current students are set to gain from the example and experience of those who went before them. This productive exchange is also strengthened through various seminars in which former students examine various legal operations, occasionally technical, in which they have become specialists (a LBO of a company, for example). In addition, this network can also be used by former students to offer the professional internships required to graduate from the program. Students of the Master’s program are associated with the Law Faculty’s private law research laboratory activities: the DANTE laboratory (specialised in Business and Technology Law).
Conditions of admission
Master year one: students who wish to enrol with the M1 must have completed a degree in Law.
Master year two: students who wish to enrol in the M2 of Business Law must have validated the following requirements from M1: Classes with tutorials: Droit des sûretés (securities law), Effets de commerce (negotiable instruments), Droit social (social law), Droit fiscal (tax law), Procédures collectives (collective proceedings); Classes without tutorials: Droit international privé (private international law), Droit pénal des affaires (criminal law in business), Droit des assurances (insurance law), Droit interne et communautaire de la concurrence (national and community competition law), Propriété industrielle (industrial property), Protection sociale (social protection), Droit de l'environnement (environmental law), Comptabilité d'entreprise (business accounting practice), Régime général de l'obligation (general obligations system), Droit processuel (procedural law).
Students must have completed a Master 1 in Private Law or any diploma deemed to be equivalent.
With the skills they develop through the Master in Business Law, graduates can expect to work in a large range of fields: corporate general or legal management, lawyer firms, receiver and legal representative offices, banks, insurance companies, legal publishers, associations, and more. For more information, download the la fiche insertion professionnelle [PDF - 152 Ko] (pdf) (joining the workforce) drawn up from a survey given out to 2006 graduates of the Master’s program.