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Market in Lyon
Marketplace in Lyon, France

UNC School of Law students study in Lyon through the LL.M. program in International and European Law offered by Université Jean Moulin Lyon-3. The program is taught entirely in English and is made up of short, intensive modules of 1-2 credit hours each, totaling 15 credit hours over the semester. UNC law students are to meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible. This program provides an opportunity for graduates with a background in law to specialize in international, European and comparative law, so that they have the tools to understand the legal traditions of other countries, as well as international and European legal principles. Students going for a semester exchange have the option of returning to Lyon after completing their JD studies at UNC and enroll in an additional semester of courses at Lyon's LLM program, paying one semester's tuition (5000 Euros) to Jean Moulin Lyon-3 to obtain the LL.M. degree.

UNC second- and third-year law students may study during either the fall or spring semester.

UNESCO World Heritage Site--City of Lyon

The city of Lyon has 480,660 inhabitants. Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris, with the population of its urban area estimated to be 1,422,331 and that of its metropolitan area 1,757,180. Lyon has a long cultural influence on France and the world. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France. It has a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louise Lumière. Lyon is home to the Ligue 1 football team Olympique Lyonnais, commonly known as "Lyon" or "OL". The team has enjoyed unprecedented success recently, winning seven consecutive national titles and establishing themselves as France's premier football club.


Université Jean Moulin Lyon-3 School of Law

Situated in the heart of Lyon between the City's two centers (the Presqu'lee and the Part Dieu), the Law School at Université Jean Moulin Lyon-3 is recognized as having one of the best international law programs in Europe. Founded in 1875, the Law School's emphasis in humanities has given legal studies a distinctive, interdisciplinary character. Over 6,800 students study at the Law School, approximately 4,000 as undergraduates, and 3,000 as postgraduates (with more than 400 Ph.D. students). With more than 125 lecturers, the ratio of students to teachers is one of the lowest in Europe. With more than 8 research teams, the Law School is a leading research center in the fields of Business Law, Taxation, Securities, Private Law, Public Law, Health Law, Comparative Law, and History of Law and Political Science. Many consider the Law School's Institute of Comparative Law, founded in 1920 by Professor Édouard Lambert, to be the birthplace of comparative legal studies.

The Program

Students are required to take a total of 30 ECTS = 15 US credits each semester. A listing of courses for each semester is available on the Lyon LL.M. website. Aside from the compulsory courses specified for each semester, which all students must take, students can select from the elective courses on offer to round out the program.

Lyon street

Each semester, the Law School runs a dedicated orientation course, including a course on French language and culture and an Introduction to French Law and French Legal Language course, free of charge, for new students. All students will be enrolled in weekly French classes determined for each student's level of French language capability during the semester which they are expected to take. The French language course (FLE) is not awarded credit hours for UNC law school.

Students interested in studying in Lyon should contact Director of International Programs Dr. Beverly Sizemore to set up an appointment time. Students should meet with Dr. Sizemore by early-October for a spring semester exchange and by early-March for a fall semester exchange.

LL.M. FAQ sheet (PDF)

Student Visa

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, is an excellent resource for more information about your studies abroad. You can view their French Visa FAQs online for any questions you may have about the French visa process. The process for acquiring a student visa for France is done through CampusFrance (an online clearinghouse for student visa processing) and a final visit to the French Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia for NC residents and students.

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