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Through a special exchange agreement between Vermont Law School and the University of Cergy-Pontoise, students earn both a JD and an LLM by spending two years of study at Vermont Law School and one year at Cergy-Pontoise.

Classes for the LLM in French and European Union Law are taught in English by academics and by practicing lawyers, thereby offering students both exposure to French legal academics and contacts among legal practitioners in Paris. Some seminars are taught by and within international firms based in Paris. Students may choose one of the following areas in which to specialize: Business and Taxation Law, or Law and Business Ethics.



Fall semester:

Introduction to French and Civil Law

Introduction to European Union Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Intellectual property - or - Corporate governance (student's choice)
French language

Spring semester:

Comparative Study of Legal Traditions
European Union Law
Civil rights and civil liberties in Europe
Dissertation or Internship Report
Company Law
Capital Marketing and Banking
Antitrust and Competition Law
Compliance - or - Taxation Law (student's choice)
Legal French

The French language classes are organized by level of proficiency, from beginner to advanced. A language assessment test is given before classes begin, so students are assured an appropriate level of language instruction.


The first semester starts in September, with final exams in December. The second semester starts in February, with final exams in May.


This program is open only to Vermont Law students. Students generally apply in the spring semester of the first year, but applications may be accepted in the fall of the second year, depending on availability of spaces.

Financial and Other Considerations

During their study at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, VLS students will pay all tuition and fees to their home institution, Vermont Law School. Because the dual-degree programs are limited to a few students each year, accepted students will make a $250 non-refundable deposit to hold their place in the program. The deposit will be applied to the total cost of the program. VLS students will be eligible to receive financial aid from VLS for their study at Cergy based on the application of the usual financial aid rules. Students will be responsible for all expenses related to housing, transportation, books, medical insurance, and other expenses. Students will also be required to obtain health and medical insurance coverage for their study abroad.