Paris Program

Paris Program

Paris program

Program Description

The Paris Summer Comparative Law Program operates each June, in partnership with the University of Paris Ouest (Nanterre La Defense) and Golden Gate University's School of Law. All classes are held at the Nanterre campus on the western edge of Paris, and are team-taught by a French professor and a professor from the United States. Most students reside in dorm-style studio apartments on the beautiful campus of the Cité International Université de Paris, located in southern Paris (14th arrondissement).


The academic portion of the program is divided into two sessions lasting two weeks each. All classes are taught in English. Classes typically meet four afternoons a week, leaving time for cultural activities and independent study.

During the first session all students take a single two-unit course, Introduction to French & EU Law. The course is co-taught by the French co-director, Professor Anne Deysine, and US law professors. Classes meet four days a week and include lectures by faculty, lawyers, public officials and judges. Off-campus excursions typically include at least two of the three French Supreme Courts (Civil/Criminal Court, Administrative Court, and Constitutional Court, with lectures at each by justices of the Court), and an overnight trip to visit the European Commission in Brussels.

During the second session students choose one of several two-unit comparative law courses, and are joined in the classroom by French and other EU graduate law students. Each course is team taught by an American law professor and a French law professor from the University of Paris faculty. Second session courses are complemented by specialty comparative law panels. These panels consist of important academics, judges, and lawyers with insight into foreign and comparative law, the practice of law in Europe, and securing and succeeding in foreign legal careers.



General Information

June 1 – June 29, 2013
(includes orientation, all classes and final exams)

CLASSES: University of Paris Ouest (Nanterre), on the western edge of Paris
HOUSING: available at Cité International University of Paris, a park-like residential campus in the southern part of Paris (14th arrondissement)

Both the classes and the housing are easily accessible from central Paris by Metro and RER

• All classes are conducted in English. No French language ability is required.
• All classes are team-taught by American and French law professors
• U.S. students earn 4 academic units from an ABA approved summer program (2 credits from a two-week overview of EU & French law and  2 credits from a comparative law elective).

    2013 electives are:

- Introduction to French & EU Law
- Comparative Corporate Law   
- Comparative Trial Practice
- Comparative Fundamental Rights

• Visits to the French Supreme Courts (with lectures from judges)
• Seine River cruise and welcome dinner following orientation event
• Overnight trip to the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium (including meetings with EU officials)
• Comparative law seminars / panel discussions with legal luminaries from North America and Europe
• Dinner and night on the town with French law students

• Four-week internships with French and American law firms in Paris are available following the end of classes. A separate application and minimum French language ability is required for some positions.


Important Dates



DEPOSIT DEADLINE: Rolling deadline (Two weeks after acceptance into the program)

FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1st 2013 (Applications will be considered if space is available)

HOUSING CHECK-IN: June 1st 2013

ORIENTATION: June 2nd 2013

CLASSES BEGIN: June 3rd 2013


2013 Program Costs


Tuition:  $4950 for four units of semester credit.

Fees:  $610 to cover overnight field trip to Brussels (meals, hotel and transport), books and other course / program materials; local transportation (in Paris); French civil liability coverage; receptions, orientation meals and social events.

Total cost:  $5560

Housing:     $1250 for a single room from June 1-30. Each room has private bath, internet connection, desk, bed with linens and refrigerator; full kitchens, WiFi and landlines are available in each residential building and some rooms.

Financial aid is available to cover tuition, fees, housing, travel, and living expenses.


Priority is given to applicants who submit their application materials before the Priority Application deadline of March 15, 2013. Applications are accepted as late as May 1 if space permits. Apply on TWEN. If you have an existing Westlaw TWEN account, just add this course: Golden Gate University School of Law/ Albany Law School/ UPO Paris Summer Comparative Law Program 2013. (Non-Westlaw users can obtain a guest login to the TWEN course by emailing You will receive a password by email.)