Diplôme d'Université Diploma in legal studies


Présentation et objectifs

A Law Degree taught in English, which develops and deepens students' knowledge in French, european, international, and comparative law.

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, 2 h from Geneva, 2 h 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), 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.



Informations complémentaires


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...

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.

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...)



Condition d'accès

Applying students are subject to selection criteria.
Students must have completed at least two years of a law degree. However, special consideration may be given to students who have two years study in another degree and who have a special interest in Law.

Exchange students                                        

  • Your home University must accept your application
  • You will not pay admission fees

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 1 400 Euros. This includes basic health insurance for the year which is mandatory to study at a French institution


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Public cible

1. Public en formation initiale

2. Public en formation continue

Vous relevez de la formation continue :si vous reprenez vos études après 2 ans d'interruption d'études,

  • ou si vous suiviez une formation sous le régime formation continue l’une des 2 années précédentes
  • ou si vous êtes salarié, demandeur d'emploi, travailleur indépendant.

Si vous n'avez pas le diplôme requis pour intégrer la formation, vous pouvez entreprendre une démarche de validation des acquis personnels et professionnels (VAPP).

Pour plus d'informations, consultez la page web de la Direction de la formation continue et de l’apprentissage.

Consultez les tarifs s’appliquant aux publics de la formation continue