Diplôme d'Université Diploma in legal studies

Présentation et objectifs

Why should you study in Grenoble ?

  • Be awarded a quality law degree given by the University of Grenoble Alpes, one of the major French universities (around 45.000 students)
  • Give yourself the opportunity to learn French or to improve it
  • Increase you legal skills and knowledge
  • Study in a rewarding study environment where group numbers are limited
  • Enjoy a life experience in a city just 1 hour from Lyon, 2h from Geneva, 2h30 from Marseille, 3 hours from Paris (by train). The proximity with major airports (Lyon and Geneva) also gives the opportunity to discover other major French cities (such as Bordeaux, Strasbourg or Lille), but also Europe
  • Discover the French student’s way of life, in the first French “ville étudiante” (magazine L’Étudiant, annual ranking, 2016)

For exchange students, this degree can form part of your exchange programme, and can be recognised by your home institution as part of your degree.

Objectives of the Diploma :                                                 

  • To develop students’ expertise in the different facets of French, International and Comparative Law
  • To help students’ integration into the professional world at both European and international levels
  • To enhance graduates’ applications for admission to other exchange programme and graduate level French degrees

This Diploma is meant to be completed in one year of full-time study consisting of 284 hours of classes. Students take 7 subjects each semester, each course representing 20 class hours. Students in this programme have the opportunity to improve their French by attending, in small groups, courses of French as a Foreign Language (FFL).

The lecturers of the programme are mainly from the School of Law of Grenoble. In addition to this, some lectures are given by other French lecturers, or by invited professors, coming from various countries, to teach in their legal specialisation.



Atouts de la formation

Extra-activities :

On the margins of the Diploma, the students will be invited to discover the cultural, environmental or artistic heritage of the region.

This can take the form of a commented visit to the Musuem of Modern Art, the former Parliament of the Dauphiné (used for a long time as a tribunal), the organization of a wine testing, a ski trip or a hiking in the surrounding mountains, etc.

Dimension internationale :

Formation tournée vers l’international



General organisation of the Diploma :

Once selected, the students have to choose at least seven courses each semester, out of a limited list. These courses offer a general overview of either French public, private and history laws, but also European, International and Comparative laws.
A course description is provided, to help the students choose their topics.

As an exemple, lectures offered in 2016-2017 were:

First semester:

  • French as a Foreign Language
  • A Historical Introduction to French Law, Prof. Martial MATHIEU, UGA
  • French Judicial Institutions, Dr. Anne-Sophie BRUN-WAUTHIER, Dr. Ingrid MARIA, UGA
  • The European Union Legal System, Dr. Vérane EDJAHARIAN, UGA
  • Public Law I, Dr. Sébastien BRAMERET, UGA
  • International Law and International Relations, Dr. Delphine DESCHAUX-BAUME, UGA
  • Intellectual Property Law, Diren KAPLANGIL, PhD student, UGA
  • International Contract Law, Prof. Rainer SCHACKMAR, Schmalkalden University,Germany
  • Introduction to the Common Law system, Dr. Margaret FREARSON

Second semester :

  • International Protection of Human Rights, Dr. Constance CHEVALLIER-GOVERS, UGA
  • European Business Law,     Dr. François VIANGALLI, UGA
  • Public Law II, Dr. Sébastien BRAMERET, UGA
  • Tort Law, Dr. Christophe QUÉZEL-AMBRUNAZ, University of Chambéry Mont-Blanc
  • Private International Law, Dr. François VIANGALLI, UGA
  • Criminal law, Dr. Sandrine CHAPON, UGA
  • History of Human Rights, Prof. Martial MATHIEU, UGA
  • International Arbitration, Ted Gleason, Affiliate Prof. at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Attorney in Denver, USA
  • International Contract Law, Prof. Rainer SCHACKMAR, Schmalkalden University, Germany

Students can also add one or two optional courses each semester. They can choose a French law lecture with French students (in amphitheater), or take any other course offered by the University (for. ex. local or national history, sociology, civilisation, economics, etc.).



Conditions d’admission

How to apply :

Applying students are subject to selection criteria.

Application requirements: students must have completed at least two years of a law degree.

However, special consideration may be given to students who have studied two years in another degree and who have a special interest in Law.


Application : DU Diploma in Legal Studies.

Public visé

Exchange students:                                             

  • Your home University must accept your application
  • You will not pay admission fees
  • Fill out the application form to be downloaded from: droit.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr
  • Fill out the application to be an exchange student

Non-exchange students

  • Your acceptance into the programme depends on the strength of our application
  • If English is not your native language, please provide proof of your English proficiency
  • The total tuition fee cost for the year of study will be roughly 1400 Euros. This includes basic health insurance for the year which is mandatory to study at a French institution
  • Fill out the application form to be downloaded from : droit.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr



Responsable(s) pédagogique(s)

Sébastien Brameret

sebastien.brameret @ univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

Secrétariat de scolarité

Scolarité DU Diploma in Legal Studies

droit-law-international @ univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

Tél : (+33) 4 76 82 54 93
Fax : (+33) 4 76 82 56 69