Cornell Law in Paris, June 16 to July 13, 2018

Program of Instruction

2018 Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute Schedule
Saturday, June 16

9:00 am-10:30 am
Program Registration and Course Materials Distribution

11:00 am-12:00 pm

12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Meet the French Instructor and Tour Guide

2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Lunch Break

3:00 pm-5:20 pm
First Mandatory Introductory Lecture: "Introduction to the Laws of Europe"

5:30 pm
Group Photograph

6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Opening Reception in the Centre Panthéon's appartement décanal

Monday, June 18

9:00 am - 11:20am
2nd Mandatory Introductory Lecture

2:30 - 5:00pm (see specific times below)

Mandatory Student Court Visit
Cour de Cassation tour at the Palais de Justice

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Group #1 (Last Name: A--M)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Group #2 (Last Names: O--Z)

Tuesday, June 19

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Mandatory Court Visit to the Conseil d'Etat All Students Are Required to Attend

12:00 pm - 2:20 pm
3 rd Mandatory Introductory Lecture: "Introduction to the Laws of Europe"

3:00 pm
Tour of the Luxembourg Gardens

Wednesday, June 20

All First-Term Courses &
French Classes begin today

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Last day to Add/Drop Law and French Classes

Thursday, June 28

Final day of classes for first-term courses only

Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30

First Term examinations for first-half courses

No Law or French Classes

Monday, July 2

No French or Law Classes

Tuesday, July 3

Second Term classes begin for courses occurring in the second term

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Online Add/Drop for courses which beginning in the 2nd term only

Wednesday, July 11

Final day of classes for law and French courses

Thursday, July 12 and Friday. July 13


Friday, July 13

4:00 pm--5:30 pm
Closing reception


 7 (90 Minute Classes)

1st Term
June 20-June 28  (Mon.-Fri.) (Exams on June 29 and June 30)


2nd Term
July 3-July 11(Mon.-Fri.)(Exams on July 12 and July 13)





9:00 am -
10:30 am

6148 Case Studies in International Human Rights (1cr) 
(G. Torres)
 (Room: see room assignment calendar)

9:00 am - 10:30 am

6244 Corporate Governance(1cr) 
(C. Whitehead)
(Room: see room assignment calendar)


Beginning French  (non-credit)
(June 20-July 11 classes) (Room Salle II)


Beginning French  (non-credit)
(June 20-July 11 classes) (Room Salle II)

10:45 am -12:15 pm

6177 Comparative Legal Studies  (1cr) (M. Lasser)
(Room: see room assignment calendar)

10:45 am -12:15 pm

6574  Investment Arbitration Law  (1cr) 
(H. Ascensio)
(Room: see room assignment calendar)


Intermediate French  (non-credit)
(June 20-July 11 classes) (Room Salle II)


Intermediate French  (non-credit)
(June 20-July 11 classes) (Room Salle II

1:15 pm -
2:45 pm

6049 International Trade and Development Law
(1cr) (C. Thomas)
(Room: see room assignment calendar)


3:00 pm -
4:30 pm

6393  European Union Law (1cr) 
(S. Robin Olivier)
(Room: see room assignment calendar)


**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 20th  Between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and again on July 3 for courses that begin in the second term of the program.
  • A list of courses for 2018 is available here.
  • Students may enroll in up to six credit hours, if courses are available. Although, we recommend a slightly lower course load.
  • 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 are seven days of classes that are 90-minutes in duration, 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 Wednesday, June 20, through Thursday, June 28, with final examinations on either Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30th.  
  • The courses in the second term of the session will meet every class day beginning Tuesday, July 3, through Wednesday, July 11.
  • Second term will have final examinations on either Thursday, July 12th or Friday July 13.

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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 June 29th or July 2nd.

Please Note: French language classes will conclude on July 11. Students in these classes receive a preference in attending dinners at Paris restaurants that are organized by the French language instructor.

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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