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Paris Program


Tulane Law School, together with the University of the Sorbonne (Paris II), welcomes you to our summer program in Paris. The program is designed for law school students, with a curriculum focused on French and EU legal studies.

Applications received by March 15 will receive a preference in internship placement. Please see detailed information on our Internship Application Page.


Tulane Law School, together with the University of the Sorbonne (Paris II), welcomes you to our summer program in Paris. The program 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 American summer program (since 1973) in France.

Our courses provide a broad overview of Europe today: Competition law (antitrust) in the European Union, Brexit’s implications, France’s unique laws and legal culture, and challenges facing the European legal order. The classes are taught by an internationally renowned faculty drawn from Tulane and the Sorbonne.

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

Program Host Institution
For more than nine centuries the name Sorbonne has conjured up for the whole world the image of one of the most prestigious centers of intelligence and culture, of science and of the arts, of an age-old knowledge that spans the centuries and one that resounds to this day with the promise of excellence. The faculty of the Tulane summer program is mainly drawn from experts in European law who presently teach or previously taught at the Sorbonne. Classes are taught in English at the Sorbonne’s Center for Comparative Law (Centre français de droit comparé), which is located in the 7th arrondissement on Rue St. Guillaume, just off Boulevard St. Germain, in one of the most beautiful and fashionable areas of Paris.

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Courses and Materials

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

Products Liability in Europe and France
Professor Jean-Sébastien Borghetti, University of the Sorbonne (Paris II)
(one credit)

This course will examine Europe’s and France’s laws that deal with liability for defective and dangerous products. It will explore the great issues, the latest developments, and the famous cases of liability in Europe. It will also focus upon the important EU Products Liability Directive of 1985 and the implementation of that Directive by EU members, as well its projected reform to address the challenges raised by artificial intelligence.

An Introduction to European Union Law and Institutions
Professor Joerg Fedtke, Tulane University Law School
(one credit)

This course will examine the European Union’s unique legal system. It will look at the legal nature and sources of EU law as well as its relationship with the national law of the EU Member States. It will identify and explain in outline the main institutions, notably the functions of the European Council, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the Commission, and the Court of Justice. It will also cover the most relevant EU law enforcement actions including state liability issues for breach of EU law as well as the jurisdiction of both European Courts and relevant remedies in national courts.

Competition Law Across the Atlantic
The Honorable Ian Forrester, Q.C.
(one credit)

This course presents a review of the seminal cases in European competition law and the common antitrust goals that shaped them. The course is taught by a leading practitioner of competition law and a former (British) judge of the General Court of the European Union.

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.


Program Schedule & Certificates
Student who successfully complete two or more credit hours will receive the Institute’s Diploma, and those who complete a directed internship will receive the Institute’s Certificate. Course Schedule: All courses meet at the Center for Comparative Law, 28 rue St. Guillaume, Paris 75007, Monday-Friday at the following times.

  • 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).

For 2022, we have blocked double rooms at Foyer International des Etudiantes! It is located at 93 Bd. St. Michel, Paris 75006. The residence is located just one mile (1.7 km) away from the Institute. For a double room, it is 34 Euro per night, breakfast included – 612 € (34€ x 18 nights). Enrolled students will be provided with information to book one of these double rooms with the Foyer directly. The Foyer will need to receive room reservations by May 5th, 2022. Please note that the Foyer provides pillows, blankets or duvets and sheets, but not towels https://www.fie.fr/en/rooms/.

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.

Afternoon excursions for the students will include visits to:

  • The International Chamber of Commerce
  • The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • The Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court)
  • The French National Assembly
  • Paris museums, such as the Louvre and the Museé D’Orsay.
Arrival and Departure

Students should plan to arrive by late afternoon on Sunday, June 19 and depart no earlier than the evening of Thursday, July 7. There will be an orientation dinner in early evening on Sunday June 19. Final exams will be held on Thursday, July 7 during the regular class times. Please note that final exams cannot be rescheduled.

Students are responsible for all travel and are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance. 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.