A picture of a large brown building with a french flag on the front, presumably Paul Cezanne University building.
Aix-en-Provence
Dates to Remember

Applications Due:
  Friday, February 14, 2014
Interviews:
  February 19-26, 2014
Decisions:
  March 3, 2014
Accepted Students Meeting:
  March 17, 2014

My semester in Aix gave me everything I expected. I look at legal problems through a much broader lens now, and in general, feel much more connected with international issues and challenges, to the point where I may even change my career path.

David Stone
Aix-en-Provence, Winter 2002

Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III (“Aix”) is constantly growing and opening up courses of study to a variety of disciplines becoming a world-renown institution of higher learning.  Students demonstrating a mastery of the French language will enroll in the law and political science institute where all instruction is in French.

Founded in 1409, this multi-disciplinary university offers a range of more than 600 degree courses in five major fields of study including Law and Political Science.  Recognized as a leading research institution it is a center of international excellence in social and natural sciences.

Course of Study

Students studying at Aix have the option of two programs. The first program applies to students enrolled for one semester in the “Programme d’Études Juridiques pour Étrangers.” In this program, students choose from the curriculum for French students enrolling in masters levels courses in international comparative law or in courses on the French legal system. Students may also participate in one travaux diriges (tutorial) seminar.

The second program, the Master of Law and Economics program, is open to students enrolled for the full academic year. The Master of Law and Economics program  has set curriculum requirements and offers instruction in English.  Students in this degree program participate in two travaux diriges seminars, complete two written exams and write a paper in a language other than English. A successful candidate graduates with a Master in Law and Economics which is recognized worldwide.

Aix also provides a two-week terminology course prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Duration of Study

Students choosing to study at Aix can opt to attend the university for the full academic year or for one semester in the fall or spring.  Students applying to spend the entire academic year at Aix who would like to complete the Master of Law and Economics program must  apply to Aix directly for admission.. 

Fluency in French is required.

Cultural Enrichment

Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful town in the south of France which is reputed to be the cultural core of Provence.  Known for its fountains, its architecture and the fact that it was the birthplace of the famous French artist Cézanne, there are numerous local festivals celebrating its unique history.  Conveniently located near the Mediterranean and popular tourist spots such as St. Tropez, Nice and Cannes, students have access to a university town and well known cultural heritage spots.

Students will find the town easy to navigate by walking, bike or bus and traveling to nearby cities, like Marseille, the third largest French city is only a short drive.  

Students studying at Aix have the option of two programs. The first program applies to students enrolled for one semester in the “Programme d’Études Juridiques pour Étrangers.” In this program, students choose from the curriculum for French students enrolling in masters levels courses in international comparative law or in courses on the French legal system. Students may also participate in one travaux diriges (tutorial) seminar.

The second program, the Master of Law and Economics program, is open to students enrolled for the full academic year. The Master of Law and Economics program  has set curriculum requirements and offers instruction in English.  Students in this degree program participate in two travaux diriges seminars, complete two written exams and write a paper in a language other than English. A successful candidate graduates with a Master in Law and Economics which is recognized worldwide.

Aix also provides a two-week terminology course prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Students choosing to complete the one-year masters program have the option of three different concentrations as indicated below:

1. Théorie du droit (Legal Theory)

Session

Dates

Location

Requirements

Session 1

September - January

Aix-Marseille

One (1) compulsory course
Méthodologie juridique

Three (3) elective courses chosen from among those offered in the following areas: history of contemporary legal thought, philosophy of law, legal argument and logic and critique of legal discourse

.

Session 2

February – April

Ottawa

Two (2) compulsory courses:

DCL 5703 « Théories contemporaines du droit »

DCL 5737 « Théories critiques du droit »

One (1) elective course selected from the courses offered in legal theory.

Session 3

May - August

Home institution

Major Research Paper

2. Droit constitutionnel et administratif de l'Union (Constitutional and Administrative Law of the European Union)

Session

Dates

Location

Requirements

Session 1

September - January

Aix-Marseille

Four(1) compulsory courses
Droit constitutionnel de l'Union
Droit de la régulation et de la gouvernance
Constitution économique communautaire
Union européenne et commerce mondial

Session 2

February – April

Ottawa

Three (3) elective courses selected from the courses offered in International Law.

Session 3

May - August

Home institution

Major Research Paper

3. Droit international (International Law)

Session

Dates

Location

Requirements

Session 1

September - January

Aix-Marseille

Two (2) compulsory courses:
Droit international des

échanges
Contentieux international

Two (2) elective courses chosen from among those offered in Public International Law.

Session 2

February – April

Ottawa

Three (3) elective courses selected from the courses offered in International Law.

Session 3

May - August

Home institution

Major Research Paper

Contact: Leslie Karsenti
leslie.karsenti@univ-cezanne.fr
Tél : +33 (0)4 42 17 28 58
Fax : +33 (0)4 42 17 28 2

International Student Handbook: http://dircom.univ-amu.fr/sites/dircom.univ-amu.fr/files/guide_ri.pdf

Political Science faculty website: www.facdedroit.fr