Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) University
Paris, France

Are classes taught in English?

The language of instruction at Paris II is French. Incoming exchange students should be able to demonstrate a level of intermediate to advanced French proficiency equivalent to a B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. Students may review the list of available course offerings (choosing from classes offered in the Paris II first through fourth year - Licence and Master 1 - curriculum) online in the Cours Proposes Selon Les Disciplines section. Course offerings include Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Public Law, International Relations, Public Economic Law, and more. Exchange students may take French language courses at no cost as a supplement to their legal studies, and all incoming exchange students have the opportunity to take an introductory course on the French legal system and methodology during the introductory period prior to the start of classes.

What are the major strengths of the program?

Paris II is considered France's first law university with a reputation for excellence in the fields of judicial careers, criminal sciences, business law, European law, international law, notary law, private law, public law, social law, international relations, political science, Roman law, history of law, economics, management, information, and communication sciences.The university's Careers and Internship portal proactively sources a range of quality internship opportunities for students, enabling them to be far more prepared for legal practice upon entering the workforce.

How many U.S. exchange students are there?

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Paris II welcomed over 130 international law exchange students alongside over 220 students pursuing areas of study in dual degrees. On average, Paris II hosts under 10 students from the U.S. per year in the exchange program. Paris II has partnerships with approximately 90 law schools across the globe, and among those, exchange agreements with six other U.S. law schools, including: BU, Chicago-Kent, Duke, Fordham, Indiana, and UC Hastings.

What is the term schedule?

The fall semester typically begins with an introductory week specifically for law students in late September. Full classes run from October through December, and examinations take place in January, though Paris II may provide early examination accommodations in late December for those students who must return to their home institutions by January. The spring semester begins with an introductory week specifically for law students in late January, followed by full courses from February through May. Final exams take place in late May and June.

Where can I get housing?

Paris II offers housing assistance, a list of possible housing options, and guidance regarding accommodations in Paris to incoming students, but housing is not guaranteed, as there are no affiliated Paris II dormitories. Paris II recommends that students contact the CIUP (Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris) for additional housing assistance. Students should plan to arrive in advance of the start of the semester in order to arrange and secure sufficient accommodations. Paris II estimates that students may spend approximately €600 - €800 per month on private (studio) accommodations. Additional details about accommodations and the cost of living are available on the Paris II website.