Diploma in legal studies

Presentation and goals

A full-time law programme entirely taught in English, dedicated to international students from Europe and all around the world.

About the Diploma in Legal Studies

  • The Diploma offers a substantive knowledge and legal skills in the main fields of French Law (French Public Law, French Private Law), in History of Law as well as in European Law, International Law and Comparative law.
  • English courses are specific to the Diploma, they are given by French Professors mainly from Grenoble Law Faculty but also by visiting international Professors who come from various countries to teach in their legal specialisation and by legal practitioners.
  • The Diploma gathers international students of the Faculty of Law in small-group seminars, where interactive teaching methods are promoted by the academic team.
  • The Diploma encourages intercultural relations with French students in shared courses taught in English, in different academic and extra-curricular activities.
  • The Diploma gives the opportunity to learn or to improve French Language by attending, in small groups, courses of French as a Foreign Language (FFL).

Why should you study in Grenoble ?

  • Be awarded a quality Law Degree from Université Grenoble Alpes, one of the major French Universities (around 59 000 students and more than 10 000 international students representing 150 nationalities).
  • In 2022, Université Grenoble Alpes ranks in the top 150 of the Shanghai global ranking, which compares the research productivity of the world’s top 1000 Universities and at the national level, it ranks 5th among the best French Universities.
  • Enjoy a life experience in Grenoble, a city just 1 hour from Lyon, 2hours from Geneva, 2 hours 30 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), as well as Europe.
  • Discover the French student’s way of life, in the first French “ville étudiante” (magazine “L’Étudiant”, annual ranking, 2016).
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Objectives of the Diploma                                                  

  • To acquire and develop knowledge but also legal skills and expertise in French Public, Private and History Laws, as well as in European, International and Comparative Laws.
  • To help students’ integration into the professional world at domestic level but also at European and international levels.
  • To enhance graduates’ applications for admission to other exchange programme and graduate level French degrees.




Further information


On the margins of the Diploma, you will be invited to discover the cultural, environmental or artistic heritage of Grenoble and its surroundings.

This can take the form of a commented visit to the Museum of Modern Art, the former Parliament of the Dauphiné (used for a long time as a Court), a ski trip or a hiking in the mountains around Grenoble, etc.

International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes



General organisation of the Diploma

Once selected, you will take 7 subjects each semester, each course representing 18 class hours.

Fall semester (1)

  • French Legal History: From Diversity to Unity, Prof. Martial Mathieu, UGA
  • Judicial Institutions, Devin A. Rice, Attorney at Law – New York Bar
  • Public Law I: Constitutional Law, Farah Jerrari, PhD Student, UGA
  • Intellectual Property Law, Dr. Diren Kaplangil, UGA, Barristor School RhôneAlpes
  • International Relations in a Contentious World, Dr. Delphine Deschaud-Dutard, Associate Prof. UGA
  • International Contract Law, Prof. Rainer Schackmar, Schmalkalden University, Germany (visiting Prof.)
  • The European Union Legal System: the European Union Stability in Times of Crisis, Dr. Vérane Edjaharian-Kanaa, Associate Prof., UGA

Spring semester (2)

  • History of Human Rights: From Domestic to International Protection of the Individual, Prof. Martial Mathieu, UGA
  • Public Law II: Administrative Law, Meriem Naïli, PhD Student, University of Exeter and UGA
  • Private International Law, Dr. François Viangalli, Associate Prof., UGA
  • International Protection of Human Rights, Natalia Kobylarz, Senior Lawyer, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights
  • European Business Law, Dr. François Viangalli, Associate Prof., UGA
  • Biodiversity and the Law: Crop Genetic Resources for Food Security, Climate Resilience and Livability, Dr. Fabien Girard, Associate Prof., UGA, Institut Universitaire de France
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Prof. Robert Lancaster, Louisiana State University, USA (visiting Prof.)

Students can also add one or two optional courses per each semester. They can choose French language course (French as Foreign language), a French law lecture with French students (in amphitheater), or take any other course in French or English offered by the University e.g., Civilisation, Economics, History (national or local), Politics, Sociology, etc.

Please note that the programme of courses can be subject to minor adjustements depending on the year and according to teachers’ priorities.

Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Access condition

Exchange anglophone students

The Diploma can be part of your exchange programme, and can be recognised by your home institution as part of your degree.

You will come through the exchange agreement between your University and our University (one semester or two semesters).

  • You will be selected by your home institution.
  • The Diploma is free of charge (you will pay regular fees in your home institution).
  • Fill out the application in your university to be an exchange student.
  • Fill out the Diploma’s application form to be downloaded from: https://droit.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/en/

Non-exchange anglophone students

The Diploma is meant to be completed in one year of full-time study.

Your acceptance into the Diploma depends on the strength of your application.

  • If English is not your native language, please provide proof of your English proficiency: B2 is required, IELTS (6.0), TOEFL (100), TOEIC (900).
  • At least you must have completed two years of a Law Degree.
  • Please note that your application can be taken into consideration if you have studied two years or more in another Degree but you can show a special interest in Law.
  • Please provide a Personal Statement where you explain why you are interested in the Diploma in Legal Studies.
  • The total tuition fees of the Diploma cost 1500 Euros per the academic year.
    Fill out the Diploma’s application form to be downloaded from: https://droit.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/en/

Candidature / Application

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