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Program of Instruction

2015 Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute Schedule

June 27

9:00 am-12:00pm--Program Registration and Book Distribution.
1:00 pm-1:45pm--Orientation (Amphitheater III)
2:00 pm-4:20pm--First Mandatory Introductory Lecture: "Introduction to the Laws of Europe"

June 29

Court Visit Day
(No Law or French Classes)
Conseil d'Etat Tour   9:30 pm—11:30 pm
12:30 pm-2:30pm--Opening Remarks from our French Instructors and meet our tour guides, register and pay for the various tours
2:45 pm—5:05pm— 2nd Mandatory Introductory Lecture (Amphitheater III)
6:00 pm-7:30 pm--Opening Reception

June 30

Court Visit Day (No Law or French Classes today)
Cour de cassation tour at the the Palais de Justice
9:00 am—10:00 am—Group 1 (Family names A-L)
10:30 pm—11:30 am—Group 2 (Family names M-Z)
1:30—3:50 pm—3rd Mandatory Introductory Lecture (Amphitheater III)

July 1

First Term classes begin
First day of French Classes
8:30 am—5:00 pm  Book exchange due to changes in Add/Drop
5:30 pm-- Add/Drop on-line system closes

July 3

4:30 pm—Tour of the Luxembourg Gardens
Last day to Add/Drop a French class

July 10

Final day of classes for first-half one-credit courses only

July 13

First Term exams for first-half one-credit courses
No Law or French Classes

July 14

Bastille Day-French National Holiday ( No Classes)

July 15

Second Term classes begin for courses occurring in the second half
On-line Add/Drop for courses which beginning in the 2nd half only (9:00am 5:00pm)

July 24

Final day of French and Law classes

July 27 and 28


July 28


Closing reception

**Please note that no examinations will be rescheduled to accommodate student travel.**

Course Selection Guidelines

  • Students register for classes as a part of their initial application. There will be an opportunity to add or drop classes on July1st (for all classes between 8:30 am ans 5:00 pm and again on July 15 for single-credit courses that begin in the second half of the program.
  • A list of courses for 2014 is available here.
  • Students enrolled in a school may enroll in up to 6 credits.
  • All students may enroll in up to six credit hours, although we recommend a slightly lower course load. Only a small percentage of students in the past have taken the maximum number of credit hours.
  • All courses are open to all admitted students. None of the courses require prerequisites.

Class Attendance

  • Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of class, is required of all students. Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Co-Director of the Summer Institute; by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning). If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered. Faculty members are encouraged to utilize photo seating charts which will be prepared at instructor request by administrative assistants. Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Co-Director of the Summer Institute if more than three days are missed.

Course Schedules

  • Courses are offered for either one or two semester-hours credit.
  • Two-credit courses meet for twenty 75-minute classes, Monday through Friday.
  • The one-credit courses that meet in the first half of the program will be held every class day beginning Wednesday, July 1, through Friday, July 8, with examinations on Monday, July 13.
  • The one-credit courses in the second half of the session will meet every class day from Wednesday, July 15, through Friday, July 24.
  • One-credit courses in the second half and all two-credit classes will have examinations on Monday, July 27, and Tuesday, July 28.

2014 Daily Class Schedule

9:00–10:15 a.m.

  • International Human Rights  (1 credits)
    (July 1-0 classes; exam July 13)
  • Comparative Corporate Law (1credit)
    (classes—July 16-28 July; exam July 30)

  • Beginning French – Section One (non-credit)*
  • Intermediate French – Section One (non-credit)*

10:30–11:45 a.m.

  • International Commercial Arbitration (2 credits)
    (July2-28 classes; exam July 30)
  • Comparative Free Speech and Religion(1 credit)
    (July 2-11 classes; exam July 15)

  • Beginning French – Section Two (non-credit)*
  • Intermediate French – Section Two (non-credit)*

12:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

  • Comparative Legal Studies (1 credits)
    (July 2-11 classes; exam July 15)
  • Topics in International Intellectual Property Law (1 credit)
    (July 16-28 classes; exam July 31)

  • Beginning French – Section Three (non-credit)*
  • Intermediate French – Section Three (non-credit)

2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

  • Trial by Jury: A Global Perspective  (1 credit)
    (July 2-July 11 classes; exam July 15)

  • Litigation in the Global Context: Selected Issues (1 credit)
    (July 16 -July 28; exam July 31)

*Students enrolled in Beginning or Intermediate French will be able to select the class meeting time that is most convenient for them, in light of their individual schedule. Please note that it will not be possible to enroll in a French language class if enrolled in a class during each of the three morning class periods.

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Course Credit Information

  • All courses qualify for credit toward the J.D. degree at Cornell and are recognized by most other J.D. programs in the U.S.
  • For those students previously or subsequently admitted to Cornell's LL.M. program, Summer Institute credits will apply toward the LL.M. at Cornell (consistent with ABA accreditation requirements), and may be recognized in other LL.M. programs in the United States.
  • Non-Cornell J.D. students should consult their dean of students or registrar to determine the amount of course credit allowed, and all J.D. students should note that it is unlikely that participation in the Summer Institute may be used to accelerate graduation; students interested in acceleration should consult their home schools to review this issue in light of ABA Standard 304.

continuing legal education (cle) credit

  • For lawyers wanting to study in Paris, you may earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits while attending courses at the Institute (regardless of whether you audit them or take them for credit).  You will need to confirm precise requirements with your state bar association, but you are eligible to earn 1 CLE credit for each class-hour you attend.  In order to qualify, you must be officially registered and complete the required terms of the registration.  Class attendance is mandatory and will be documented so that you have evidence to satisfy your state bar requirements.

Language InstructionNon-credit instruction in Beginning French and Intermediate French are available to students, as well as to persons accompanying them. Language classes will begin on July 2 and continue during the period of regular classroom instruction. The schedule will include one section of both Beginning and Intermediate French during each of the three morning class periods. You will be asked to select the session you prefer as a part of the application process.  French Classes will not be held on July 13th and July 14th.

Please Note: Students who enroll in a regular class during each of the three morning class periods (see course schedules, above) will not be able to enroll in a French language class. French language classes will conclude on July 24. Students in these classes receive a preference in attending dinners at Paris restaurants that are organized by the French language instructors.

Cornell University Law School Honor Code and Examination Policies

All student in the Paris Summer Institute are subject to the Cornell University Law School Honor Code.  In particular, all examinations are governed by this Code.  All enrolled students are required to familiarize themselves with the policies contained in the Code, which can be found here.

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