GLOBAL ALLIANCE PROGRAMS
Global Business Law and Governance
University of Paris 1—Pantheon Sorbonne
and Sciences Po
This yearlong tripartite program allows up to 16 students from Columbia University to spend a semester abroad studying within a trans-Atlantic cohort of students at two world-class law schools in Paris. The program starts in New York in the fall semester when Global Alliance students from the University of Paris 1—Pantheon Sorbonne Law School (Sorbonne) and from Sciences Po Law School (Sciences Po) join their Columbia Law School counterparts in studying a specialized curriculum at the Law School. Afterward, Columbia students and Paris-based students spend the spring semester in Paris, continuing to follow the program’s curriculum there.
This course is designed for students who wish to strengthen their training through a semester abroad where they experience a different academic system. The aim of the program is to train future practitioners, academics, and executives to become specialists in global business law and governance.
Columbia Law students who participate in the Paris Global Alliance program receive a certificate in global business law and governance in addition to the J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.
Columbia University (fall semester) and Paris, France (spring semester).
Language of Instruction:
All courses within the Global Alliance Programs are taught in English. However, Columbia Law School students may request to audit courses taught in French during their time abroad.
Classes for those wishing to improve their French language skills are offered by partner schools in Paris. Columbia Law School, however, only awards credit for law courses.
Pre- or Co-Requisites:
CLS students must complete L6231 Corporations and either L6269 International Law or L6183 the U.S. and the International Legal System before leaving for Paris.
Columbia Law School students spend the fall semester at Columbia Law School alongside the Paris cohort of students. All of the students then move to spend the spring semester (January through April) in Paris. Participants are able to return in time for degree conferral in May.
Tuition and Fees:
Columbia students will continue to pay Columbia tuition, health insurance, and health service fees. Other Columbia student activity fees will be waived. Students may be able to opt out of Columbia health insurance if appropriate alternative coverage is obtained for the entire academic year. Consult the Office of International Programs for more information.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. For more information about the costs of living in Paris visit the International Programs office.
Health Insurance Requirements:
Students are required to purchase mandatory health coverage (approximately 215 euros for a year for students under the age of 28, older students must show proof of alternative coverage). This insurance is not offered through the university, but is a national health care service and there is no option for a waiver of this requirement.
Columbia Law Students may be required to pay health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if appropriate alternative coverage is not obtained.
Paris 1 uses the ECTS credit system. Students enrolled in the Global Alliance programs are required to take 30 ECTS each semester. Students can expect to spend approximately 12 hours per week in a classroom. All courses are taught in small groups (between 15 and 30 students).
Attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed two (2) excused absences per class (i.e., for medical reasons).
Students are evaluated based on in-class participation and the quality of written assignments (such as memos, case commentary, dissertations, etc.). Final grades take into account the progress a student has made over the course of the semester.
The French grading system is based on a 20-point scale of one to 20. Students must receive a 10 or above from all courses. Grades in the 16 (high honors) or 17 (very high honors) are rare.
The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students’ Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned while participating in an international study abroad program.
Externships and Site Visits:
The program in Paris includes scheduled cutural activities to French institutions, such as the Cour de Cassation, the Conseil d’État or the Conseil Constitutionnel, and to the International Chamber of Commerce.
It may be possible, while studying abroad, to arrange work with a local organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Online applications for all international study abroad programs are open during the month of February each year.
Columbia Law School Requires the Following:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application (including a Personal Statement).
- Curriculum Vitae (uploaded to the online application).
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
Application materials required by Paris 1:
- Nominated students will have to submit a Partner Application with biographical information in the Fall.
All students are given access to CUJAS, the largest law library in Europe, which has a comprehensive online catalogue allowing students to access online legal periodicals. Students also have access to other University libraries which maintain daytime hours. Access to the University Intranet is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
La Sorbonne does not have on-site housing facilities. However, students will be assisted in their housing search. Paris 1 can sometimes arrange for accommodation in a student residence, which can be reserved in advance. Students accepted into a Global Alliance Program will be given additional information.
All U.S. semester and academic year students must meet the requirements that the French government has in place in order to study abroad. All students studying in France need a passport valid for 6 months after initial travel.
Those who retain citizenship within a Schengen country (specific European countries) are not required to apply for a long-stay student visa. For non-U.S. citizens of any other country, the visa process may take longer than that of U.S. citizens. In addition, before arrival in France, non-US citizens must check visa requirements of countries to be visited, and obtain visas necessary for travel within Europe.
Sciences Po Law School Online
Sciences Po Law School
University Paris 1—Sorbonne Law school Online
Paris 1 (Sorbonne) Study Abroad
Paris 1 (Sorbonne) Academic Calendar
More information about visas for foreign students in France
The complete academic calendar for Paris 1
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students considering a public interest career. The timing of overseas study, however, may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Dual Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605