Diplôme d'Université Diploma in legal studies

Présentation et objectifs

The Diploma in Legal Studies is obtained by the successful completion of two semesters of teaching. Grades may be averaged across these two semesters.

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

Conditions of Admittance to the Course :

In exceptional cases, students who have studied for 4 semesters for a university degree, in academic specialisations other than Law, may be accepted by special consideration of the Diploma in Legal Studies’s Pedagogical Committee.

All candidates must demonstrate their mastery of the English language: in spoken English as well as
written (at least a B2 Level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages –
or equivalent – is strongly recommended).


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



Subject List :
The courses - compulsory and optional - are chosen from a list of courses that can be opened at the beginning of the school year. Students are invited to choose their compulsory courses (and their possible options) before the start of the academic year. Teaching is provided only if at least 10 students are enrolled at a date given in advance by the Law School. If a course is not open, students must choose another subject(s) from the list.
This list is subject to change from one year to the next. It presents a balanced panel of disciplines allowing the exploration of the various branches of law:

- French, European and International Law;
- Public Law, Private Law and History of Law;
- Comparative and/or foreign Law.
When a French as a Foreign Language course is offered, it can only be taken as optional courses.


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 2017-2018 are:

First semester:

  • 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
  • Competition and Public Procurement Law and Policy, Dr. K. DAWAR, Univ. of Sussex (UK)

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
  • Private International Law, Dr. François VIANGALLI, UGA
  • Criminal Litigation, Dr. Sandrine CHAPON, UGA
  • History of Human Rights, Prof. Martial MATHIEU, UGA
  • 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.).

Contrôle des connaissances

General Organisation of Teaching :

The academic year is organised into two semesters. Each semester consists of seven compulsory subjects, of 20h or 24h. Each subject is evaluated on the French 20 point scale.
As well as these compulsory subjects, students may add up to two optional subjects per semester. Grades received in these optional subjects which are above a pass grade, are given as bonus points to a student’s average grade received in  the compulsory subjects.

Grade Compensation between Subjects :
Any grade which is equal to or above a pass grade (10) which, is obtained by a student will not be changed.
Grade compensation can be carried out between different subjects in the following manner :
- Between subjects taken in the same semester; and
- Subjects taken in different semesters.
A grade lower than a pass grade, becomes a pass grade, when a student has obtained by compensation a pass grade in the semester in which the subject is taken. This compensation grade is also taken into account when the academic year is validated.



Conditions d’admission


Conditions of Admittance to the Course :
To be eligible for the Diploma in Legal Studies, applicants must have successfully completed at least four semesters in a Law degree. These students must be chosen either by their own tertiary institution acting on an agreement with the Grenoble Law School of Law; or for those students who apply independently their application must be accepted by the Diploma in Legal Studies’s Pedagogical Committee.

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.


Admission :
Each semester is validated when a student has received 70 points out of a possible total of 140.
The year is validated when a student has received 140 points out of a total of 280.
This total includes the bonus marks from optional subjects.
Each jury can - by a special deliberation, without changing grades given by teachers - add jury points to the total point grade received by a student per semester to ensure that a student can receive a pass grade.
Jury decisions concerning grades and final results are definitive and cannot be appealed.


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