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Paris Program


Tulane Law School, together with the University of Paris Dauphine’s Business School, welcomes you to our summer program in Paris. The program is designed for both law and business school students, with curriculum focused on EU legal studies and business law.


Tulane Law School, together with the University of Paris Dauphine’s Business School, welcomes you to our summer program in Paris. The program is designed for both law students and business school students. It is an accredited program for students who seek to understand the global dimensions of today’s world. The Tulane-Paris Institute is a highly prestigious summer program. Indeed it is the oldest, continuously-operating (since 1973) American summer program in France.

Our courses provide a business and law overview of Europe today: the European financial system, the Brexit implications, France’s unique laws and culture, and the modern challenges facing the European legal order. The classes are taught by internationally renowned faculty drawn from Tulane and Paris Dauphine.

As a special feature, the Institute offers every student the possibility of obtaining an individual internship that can be carried out under the supervision of the Director of the Institute. For students who speak French functionally or fluently, the program offers a limited number of internships with Paris law firms.

Program Host Institution
Classes are taught in English at the University of Paris Dauphine, one of the elite, highly-selective “Grands Etablissements” of France and one of Europe’s premiere universities. The main Dauphine campus building is the work of French architect Jacques Carlu, renowned for designing Trocadero, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. Situated in central Paris, in the 16th Arrondissement, minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and with the Bois de Boulogne as its backyard, the Dauphine campus is home to approximately 8,500 students, 500 faculty and researchers and 400 staff members.

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Courses and Materials

Student may enroll in up to four credits during the Paris Program.

Course Descriptions

The European Financial System in Outline
Professor Olivier Ramond- Paris Dauphine University
(one credit)

This course presents a bird’s eye view of the European financial system, the way financial markets, regulators, whether private or public, and EU institutions interact one with another and how the whole financial system is supervised and organized regarding regional and international standardization pressure. A specific focus will be given on the key issues related to the integration and development of the European financial markets while highlighting their global relevance.

The European Union: An Institutional Overview
Professor (Emeritus) Joel Monéger- Paris Dauphine University
(one credit)

The European Union is often described as "the largest trading bloc in the world and its political clout is increasingly catching up with its economic might". It is also the most advanced model of transnational integration the study of which illuminates new forms of both international and constitutional/administrative law. The course will focus on issues of constitutional and institutional design of the European Union; some aspects of the establishment of the common market; the human rights design and its politics; and the interplay with other regional and international organizations such as the European Convention of Human Rights and the United Nations.

Brexit: The Legal and Economic Challenges of Leaving the EU
Professor Arnaud Raynouard- Paris Dauphine University
(one credit)

The course covers the fascinating array of legal, economic and negotiating dilemmas caused by the British decision to leave the EU, including the financial position of London, the rights to “passport”, to travel and trade, the rights of EU citizens in the UK, climate change, human rights, the fate of Scotland, and much more.

France: Her Unique laws and Legal Culture
Professor Vernon Palmer- Tulane University Law School
(one credit)

This course explores the entire French legal system, both its private law and public law, and attempts to give the student a broad historical and contemporary view of the French legal tradition, the famous French codes, the judicial system, doctrinal authors, the style of French judgments, legal education and an introduction to the legal profession.

Internships & Certificates
Student who successfully complete two or more credit hours will receive the Institute’s Diploma, and those who complete an internship also receive the Institute’s Certificate. Course Schedule: All courses meet at Paris Dauphine, Monday-Friday at the following times. Please note that one three day weekend will be included in the schedule.

  • 9 am - 9:55 am
  • 10 am - 10:55 am
  • 11 am - 11:55 am
  • 12 pm - 12:55 pm

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Course Materials
Login information for course materials are sent to students prior to the program. Printed copies will be available upon arrival in Paris. There is no need to print the materials before arriving in Paris. Materials are included in your tuition and fees.


A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the Paris program. We recommend applying early in order to secure your space in the program.


There are no program accommodations offered through the Paris program, however please utilize the Paris Housing Recommendations, which includes suggested names of hotels, hostels, and apartments at various price ranges (please note this information is continuously being updated). In the summer months there are many apartment rental opportunities in Paris found on the internet, as well as bed and breakfast arrangements that may be made. To connect with other students in your program and possibly coordinate roommates, please join the program's Facebook group 2022 Tulane Law Summer in Paris!


Program benefits are enhanced by the unique cultural riches of Paris. Afternoons include guided visits to an array of Parisian institutions, many of which are inaccessible to visitors and tourists. A calendar of activities will be provided when you arrive in Paris.

*New to our program, we plan to incorporate a day excursion to Europe's capital - Brussels. Activities include a briefing session with the EU Institution representatives (Parliament and Commission), as well as a briefing with the US Embassy to the EU or one of the leading international law firms based in Brussels. Please note that this excursion and these activities depend on enrollment numbers. A minimum of 15 students is required.

Excursion examples from previous programs include:

  • The International Chamber of Commerce
  • The Paris Stock Exchange
  • The French Supreme Court
  • The National Assembly
  • Famous museums like the Louvre and the Museé D’Orsay. At least one three-day weekend is scheduled for students to arrange personal travel inside or outside of France.
Arrival and Departure

Students should plan to arrive by late afternoon on Sunday, June 19 and depart no earlier than the evening of Wednesday, July 6. Final exams will be held on Wednesday, July 6 during the regular class times. Please not that final exams cannot be rescheduled.

Students are responsible for all travel arrangements. We recommend researching ticket prices early from a few travel search engines to find the most competitive prices.

Bringing Family
Family members and friends are cordially invited to participate in all activities except the academic course.

U.S. citizens do not require a visa due to the short time period you will be abroad. International students should check with the appropriate embassy or consulate to ascertain whether a visa is necessary.

The Paris Program is conducted entirely in English. Fluency in English is a prerequisite for all students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to acquire basic French language skills before arriving in France. Strong French language skills are required for students participating in an internship with a French law firm.

Letter From The Director

Dear Students,

For those of you who may be thinking at this moment about a good summer program abroad you might like to attend, I would like to draw your attention to three things about the Paris program which make it unique and especially inviting:

First, the program offers the opportunity to interact with a group of expert faculty, which is second to none, with a superb lineup of offerings on French and European Legal Studies.

Second, as an exclusive feature of the program, we have secured legal internships for our students (a limited number of them but growing) at some of the most prestigious Paris firms. These positions will be awarded to students who speak functional or fluent French and desire to learn what it’s like to practice abroad. The internships may begin before the program starts or run concurrently and after the program dates. The selections will be made on a competitive basis in April from among the students registered in the program.

Third, we have Paris…an experience unto itself that you will always remember.

So I hope you will consider joining us.

Best wishes,

Vernon Palmer
Director, Paris Institute of European Legal Studies
Vernon Valentine Palmer
Thomas Pickles Professor of Law,
Co-Director, Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law
(504) 865-5978

Student Reviews


  • Take this course! The professors, courses, and Paris make it all so worth it.
  • This is a once in a lifetime experience I will cherish forever both professionally and personally!
  • The program was very structured, and I really enjoyed it.
  • Amazing memories.


  • I really enjoyed the courses and working with professors with such different perspectives.
  • I was not knowledgeable about the topics discussed in the courses, so I was looking forward to them. They were 55 minutes to an hour long every day which was just enough to not become overwhelmed.
  • All the professor were pros on what they were teaching. It was impressive."
  • Helpful professors who did not come in class to read something by heart but proceeded to an interactive course, answering our questions, combining it with same-day news
  • French legal culture was very interesting and special. It is an uncommon class and gave me a deeper appreciation for the French systems in all their peculiarities.
  • Financial law was the most demanding in reading material and in thought provoking. The information was all new and, relatively, detailed. It made the most impact in being comfortable with regulations and financial markets to consider a similar direction for future study. Excellent professor with patience and endless knowledge.
  • EU law was excellent in its content. Covering how the institutions work with one another, their legitimacy, and their effect in MS was fundamental to broadening our understanding of the complexity if the EU. Wonderful and relaxed.
  • Brexit was the most exciting class. Talking about the issues of this hot topic was always fun. Watching this unfold in the next months will be much more interesting than it would have been without the background, knowing the players, the options of exit, and what is really at stake. Engaging professor, very kind, able to discuss difficult concepts in simple terms."

Beneficial to Career?

  • Yes! Studying in Paris is something I will discuss with employers and the boost in GPA doesn’t hurt!
  • Yes, because I learned new subjects.

Student Recommendations

  • Printemps and Galleries Lafayette. Both Malls have vast designated shopping for men and women!"
  • The Honest Lawyer and La Villa, both are close to school.
  • Mollard.
  • Booked through VRBO. (Housing)
  • Cité Universitaire de Paris. Reasonable prices, safe environment, all the necessities within the campus, the RER and tram are right in front. (Housing)