A pioneer in establishing dual degrees with foreign law schools, Cornell Law School offers a select group of students the opportunity to simultaneously earn both a Cornell J.D. and a graduate law degree.
Cornell Law School has a long history of, and strong institutional emphasis on, international and comparative legal studies.
This four-year dual degree program is designed to provide its graduates the education necessary to be licensed practitioners in the United States and in France.
Students spend the first two years studying at Cornell Law School followed by two years at one of France’s leading law faculties, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Upon successfully completing the program, students receive the juris doctor degree from Cornell Law School and a master 1 en droit in French and American Law. Some students may also complete a professional master 2 in arbitration and international trade law from Paris 1.
Who Can Apply
Applicants admitted by Cornell with Paris 1 concurrence: Applicants must be completely fluent in French. Prospective Cornell students who are interested in this program should apply in conjunction with their initial application to Cornell Law. If a space in the program remains available, matriculated students will be invited to apply in the spring semester of their first year.
Applicants admitted by Paris 1 with Cornell concurrence: Up to three students from France are admitted into the program each year through an application process administered by the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Students applying in France must have a baccalaureate degree and at least two years of advanced study at a French institution of higher learning. Students are required to complete 62 credit hours in residence and return to the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University for their final year of study.
This program consists of two years of law study at Cornell Law School, followed by one year of study in Paris at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
Participation in the program prepares students for advanced legal studies in a variety of legal fields, including French, European, or international law. Upon successful completion of the three years of study, participants receive the J.D. from Cornell and the LL.M. from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. The aim of the LL.M. program, taught in French, is to offer law students and future lawyers a large variety of elective courses in their fields of interest, in-depth acquaintance with the intricacies of French and European law, and a new perspective on current global legal issues while learning in the best of the French academic tradition and civil law methodological techniques. Only a few select students from American law schools working in partnership with Sorbonne Law are admitted to this J.D./LL.M. program.
Who Can Apply
Students who have been admitted to the J.D./Master en Droit with Paris 1 may apply during their first year at Cornell to transfer into the J.D./LL.M. program.
Students may earn both a J.D. degree, and an LL.M. degree with a specialization in International and Comparative Law, in three years. This pathway offers an opportunity to complete courses on a compressed timeline with the inclusion of a Summer Session at Cornell-Paris 1 Summer Institute.
Who Can Apply
Students may apply for the program any time before the completion of their first year at Cornell Law School.