Dual Master in IR&D / French and EU Law, and Business Ethics

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Thanks to a partnership between AGS and the Law School of Université de Cergy-Pontoise in France, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy program at AGS may opt to pursue a dual degree option whereby they earn two Master's degrees over the course of three years:

  • A U.S.-accredited M.A. (Master of Arts) in International Relations and Diplomacy

  • A Europe-accredited LL.M. (Master of Laws) in French & European Union Law and Business Ethics

In addition, students in this program earn a Graduate Certificate in Anglo-Saxon Law from AGS.

This dual program takes place entirely in France, in the Paris area. All courses are instructed in English; additional French language and culture courses are offered to non-French speakers.

Organization of the dual program

1. In their first two years, students complete the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, as well as–for those who do not already have a legal background–four preparatory law courses at AGS.

Note: although the application process for the LL.M. part of the dual program does not start until the fourth semester, students are strongly encouraged to express their interest in pursuing this dual option as early on as possible in order to schedule the preparatory law courses as evenly as possible over the four semesters of the International Relations program.

2. In their fourth semester at AGS, students apply to the LL.M. program at UCP.

Thanks to the AGS-UCP partnership, students who do not have a legal background are eligible for this program as long as they successfully complete the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy as well as the four preparatory courses in Anglo-Saxon Law. However, admission is not automatic; students have to apply directly to UCP (see UCP website.) AGS provides assistance on the application process.

3. In their third year, students follow the LL.M. in French & European Union Law and Business Ethics program at Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

Overview of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS

The curriculum of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy teaches the cornerstone theories that explain interactions between countries, and also examines current world affairs through the various lenses of international relations: political, diplomatic, economic, environmental, cultural, and social. A range of area electives supplements this global approach allowing each student to gear the program towards his or her field of interest and professional goals.

Courses take place at AGS in Paris. They are taught in English and follow the American system of higher education while taking advantage of the school’s location in France, with guest speakers and visits to embassies, international organizations headquartered in Paris and European Union institutions.

Small seminar-style classrooms allow for close dialogue with professors and offer a forum for debate. The students and faculty in the program come from diverse national backgrounds, each adding a different perspective to the subjects taught.

See the full program description

Additional Preparatory Courses in Anglo-Saxon Law at AGS

In addition to the coursework toward the M.A., students who do not have a legal background are required to take four preparatory courses in order to be eligible for the LL.M. program:

  • Introduction to Common Law

  • American Tort Law

  • American Contract Law

  • American Criminal Law

Students who successfully complete the four preparatory courses earn a Certificate in Anglo-Saxon Law from AGS.

Overview of the LL.M. in French and European Union Law and Business Ethics at Université de Cergy Pontoise (UCP)

The LL.M. program is a one-year full time program. Courses are taught in English. They take place in the greater Paris area, on the campus of Université de Cergy-Pontoise, accessible by public transportation (RER) from the center city.

The LL.M. in French & European Union Law and Business Ethics at Université de Cergy-Pontoise provides specialized knowledge in French, European Union and International Law for students preparing to work for, or in relation with Intergovernmental Organizations, NGOs, European institutions, and International Corporations.

The faculty in the LL.M. program comprises both academics and lawyers or other professionals. In some cases, seminars are taught at international law firms based in Paris. Through this setting, the program provides its students with a network of contacts among the international legal community in Paris.

In addition to the optional French language courses offered at AGS during the M.A. program, students follow a course in French Language and Culture at UCP along with the LL.M. courses in the last year. This course is specifically designed to allow foreign students to develop their communication skills in French and learn about French culture.

More information on the LL.M. in French and European Law and Business Ethics at the Law School of Université de Cergy-Pontoise


More information on the partnership between AGS and Université de Cergy-Pontoise 

Who’s eligible and how to apply

Tuition and fees

Note: AGS offers this dual program in partnership with Université de Cergy-Pontoise. AGS is not responsible for the operations and contents of the LL.M. part of this dual program, which remain under the sole responsibility of the partner institution.

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