Course content

This course gives students the opportunity to learn and practice legal French and French legal method by studying the French legal culture. It helps students better prepare themselves for their exchange studies, and for their work with French speaking companies and organisations.

Learning outcome

-basic holistic understanding of the design and functions of the major legal subjects in the French legal system, which includes Constitutional Law, Obligations and Contract Law, Administrative Law, Judiciary organisation. Although all subjects will be presented, if students show a particular interest for one of the fields, it will have further emphasis.
-French approaches to European and International Law.
-legal terminology used in these fields.

-use online ressources to find court decisions and other relevant legal sources.
-read and understand the structure of those decisions and legal sources.
-use French legal methodology to answer written questions, comment decisions or write dissertations.
-identify the french methodology in articles.
-better ability to translate to and from French.

-increased capacity to speak, understand, read and write legal French, and differentiate common language from legal vocabulary.
-ability to work and study in a French legal environment.
-ability to use their knowledge of the French legal system’s functions, designs, values and principles to reflect and conceptualize at a broader level their understanding of Law.
The two main learning outcomes of this course will be the ability to speak and understand legal french, and the ability to use the French legal methodology. The subjects taught and other tools used are there mainly for supporting the objectives of practicing legal French and practicing the methodology, which are the two fundamental keys to be able to work in a French-speaking legal environment.

Gérard Cornu, ”Droit civil. Introduction au droit”, LGDJ, 13e édition, 2007.

Gérard Cornu (dir), ”Vocabulaire juridique”, Association Henri Capitant, Presse universitaire de France, 11e édition, 2016.

Patrick Dailler, Mathias Forteau, Alain Pellet, ”Droit international public”, LGDJ, 8e édition, 2009.

Louis Favoreu, Patrick Gaïa, Richard Ghevontian, et al., ”Droit constitutionnel”, Précis Dalloz, 19e édition, 2017.

Eric Gasparini, Eric Gojossi, ”Introduction historique au Droit et Histoire des Institutions”, Gualino, 6e édition, 2015.

Jean-Claude Ricci, ”Droit administratif général”, Hachette Supérieur, 6e édition, 2016.

Eva Steiner, ”French Law. A Comparative Approach”, Oxford University Press, 2010.

B1 level (independent user, threshold or intermediate level, see Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in French.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Course participation
No examination
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
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