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Program of Instruction

2017 Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute Schedule

Monday, June 26

  9:00 am - 10:30 am          Program Registration and Book Distribution
11:00 am - 12:00 pm          Orientation
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm            Meet the French Instructors and Tour Guides
  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm            Lunch Break
  3:00 pm - 5:20 pm            First Mandatory Introductory Lecture: "Introduction to the Laws of
  5:30 pm                               Group Photograph
  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm            Opening Reception in the Centre Panthéon's appartement décanal

Tuesday, June 27

(No French classes today)
Mandatory Student Court Visit
Cour de Cassation tour at the Palais de Justice
  9:00 am - 10:00 am Group #1
10:30 am - 11:30 am Group #2

  1:00 pm - 3:20pm               2nd Mandatory Introductory Lecture
                                                  All Students are Required to Attend

Wednesday, June 28

(No French classes today)
10:00 am - 12:20 pm             3 rd Mandatory Introductory Lecture: "Introduction to the Laws of Europe" (Amphitheater III)

TBD                                          Mandatory Court Visit to the Conseil d'Etat
                                                   All Students Are Required to Attend

Thursday, June 29

First Term classes begin
First day of French classes
9:00 am - 5:00 pm                  Book exchange due to changes in Add/Drop
5:00 pm                                     Last day to Add/Drop Law and French Classes

Friday, July 1

4:00 pm                                    Tour of the Luxembourg Gardens

Monday, July 10

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

Tuesday, July 11

Reading Day

Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13

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

Friday, July 14

Bastille Day-French National Holiday ( No Classes or Office hours)

Monday, July 17

Second Term classes begin for courses occurring in the second term
9:00 am - 5:00 pm             Online Add/Drop and Book Exchange for courses which beginning in the 2nd term only

Wednesday, July 26

Final day of classes for law and French courses

Thursday, July 27

Reading Day

Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29


Saturday, July 29

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 June 29th  (for all classes between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and again on July 17 for one-credit courses that begin in the second term of the program.
  • A list of courses for 2017 is available here.
  • Students enrolled in a school may enroll in up to 5 credits.
  • All other 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

  • Our courses meet for twenty 75-minute classes, Monday through Friday.
  • Courses are offered for one semester-hour credit.
  • The courses that meet in the first term of the program will be held every class day beginning Thursday, June 29, through Monday, July 10, with final examinations on either Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13.
  • The one-credit courses in the second term of the session will meet every class day from Monday, July 17, through Wednesday, July 26.
  • One-credit courses in the second term will have final examinations on either Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29.

2017 Daily Class Schedule--Monday--Friday


9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Case Studies in International Human Rights (1cr) (Torres) Classes: (June 29 - July 10)
Exam: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Comparative Corporate Law (1cr) (Whitehead) Classes: (July 17 - July 26)
Exam: Friday, July 28, 2017

· Beginning French Section One (non-credit) (June 29-26 classes)

· Intermediate French Section One (non-credit) (June 29-26 classes)

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Comparative Legal Studies (1cr) (Lasser) Classes:(June 29 - July 10)
Exam: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Death Penalty Worldwide (1cr) (Johnson) Classes: (July 17 - July 26)
Exam: Friday, July 28, 2017

· Beginning French Section Two (non-credit) (July 29-26 classes)

· Intermediate French Section Two (non-credit) (June 29-26 classes)

12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Litigation in the Global Context: Selected Issues (Holden-Smith) Classes:(June 29 - July 10)
Exam: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Global Financial Markets (1cr) Omarova   Classes: (July 17 - July 26)
Exam:  Saturday, July 29, 2017

· Beginning French Section Three (non-credit) (June 29 - 26 classes)

· Intermediate French Section Three (non-credit) Classes: (June 29 - 26)

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

International Arbitration and Complex Litigation (1cr) Clopton Classes: (June 29 - July 10)
Exam: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Central Banking and Monetary Law in Comparative Perspective (1cr) (Hockett) Classes:(July 17 - July 26)
Exam: Saturday, July 29, 2017

*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 June 29th 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 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th.

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 26. 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

Exams are handwritten and computers cannot be used during exams.  If your exam is open-book, you are permitted to bring your books and printed course pack materials to the exam.  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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