What Life is Like as a Law Student in France

The myth of the law student has thick skin, sometimes big follower head by heart, sometimes inveterate party animal, is more often misconceptions about the industry that build his reputation as the reality of the auditoriums.

Speaking of theater, away from us the halls filled with students neckties costumes, legal education has evolved.

Study law is primarily a chance to consider a rewarding material, concrete and open to diverse career opportunities and interesting but also take the time to enrich their general culture and courses of study.

The practice of a sport to volunteering through the meetings with faculty and student sleepless nights, the law student will have ample time to engage in varied activities. These will enhance its CV, library or simply allow it to find its balance.

Indeed, lessons valuing more the logic, eloquence, the a capacity of argumentation and a critical vision and enlightened society around us that learning by heart ephemeral notions, they leave much free time need to know use it wisely.


It is perhaps here that we find the typical profile of the student in law, in its diversity and adaptability. Indeed, trained in methods of comprehension, reflection and argument from enriching personal baggage, it is able to excel in all areas.

The methodology of work

Methodology in Law proves complex but essential. Before first approach, it is necessary to “clear your head” forget drastically all methodologies that we have learned in high school, with courses in philosophy and geography, as the legal methodology proves singular .

Now the young lawyer must combine three main periods: the shutdown comment, the dissertation and the practical case. These three exercises, quite different, have one thing in common: the dichotomy. By law, should be separated into two separate and always according to this number. Movable / immovable, natural person / legal person, splits into two. So, plan the shutdown comment, the essay as practical cases will cut also still in two parts, in two parts.

The case comment

The case comment is the favorite exercise of the lawyer. This is commenting judgments given, a judgment, not to summarize. It will therefore start his duty by a stop plug composed of an introduction from summarize the facts, the procedure and the arguments of the parties. But, what is more complex is that it will also expose the question in the study stopped. Real guessing game, stopping the reply given by the court, and it is up to the lawyer to find the question to which he replies.

Once the question and to close the introduction, it should expose the answer given by the Court, without the latter must be reformulated. The introduction is well understood that the start of the festivities, and the most complex exercise for stopping comment for the young lawyer is the same level of review. Many try to advise the beginner to apply preconceived plan: principle I and II exception for example.

However, the comment is much more complex and quickly turns the lawyer will realize that it is for him to find his own method that will: explain the decision, do some research on case law, comment off without repeating the , rephrase or paraphrase. We must therefore demonstrate, criticize and surpass the stop.

The first part will be that which attaches to arguments, demonstrations of the court, in a decision, and the second will be that critical, argues against, without detaching the stop. The B of I and A of It will be the heart of the subject, such as B II will be opened, allowing to escape some of the judgment or with subjects related matters. Often when one is in search of inspiration, it should reread the solution and cut into two main areas, which form the backbone comment. But as we have said before, there is no silver bullet, we must train regularly to find his own method.


The second exercise is that of the essay. Posed on a subject, it is appropriate to say everything that can be logically articulating his ideas, always in a plane into two parts with two subparts. The essay is complex because it requires a good knowledge of the subject, and therefore an exemplary knowledge of its course.

The introduction answers to essential guns: After a brief history and a definition of the subject, it will gradually lead to a problem in which the plan must answer in its own titles. The rules are the same in terms of case comment, B of A, I and II will always be the heart of the matter, the B II always open. There is no conclusion on legal dissertation, as a comment in terms, since the presentation is meant to stand on its own. We will have to look after its introduction, because it is the showcase of duty.

The practical case

The practical case is often much loved student. While strangely resembling the problems we had to solve in mathematics when he was a child, he proves to be a very important year for the jurist. Indeed, the practical case is the concrete exercise which engages the lawyer every day. Often written as a request for advice, the situation (facts) is exposed and asks the student to answer, advising, to find possible solutions to the problem. It should expose all solutions, even those that are known to unnecessary and to classify and order in different parts: I / II.

The rigor of the plan is not as restrictive in terms of commentary or essay, but he especially will act demonstrate and argue. The lawyer has a particular argumentationbien method: it uses syllogisms. A well-known example: “All men are mortal (major),” “Socrates is a man” (minor), and the major and the minor is applied giving “therefore Socrates is mortal.” It will always think this way: exposing the legislation, exposing the situation (the case), and concludes by applying the law to the given situation. It will also be necessary to conclude the practical case to answer the question by exposing the most compelling solutions and having the greatest chance of success.

The methodology is paramount, it conditions the student that we will be tomorrow, but nevertheless proves relatively complicated. It was not until the third year to qualify not to commit big mistake methodology. It is not a body of rules imposed on us, it is above all a knowledge that is perfected by training and trying new tactics to find his own pencil stroke .


Testimony of Roman, 3rd year student of Bachelor (L3) “Law and Political Sciences”, University Toulouse Capitole (Toulouse 1).Romain BORIES

ARES: Can you tell us about your educational background?

A: I joined in September 2008 Universit√© Toulouse 1 – Capitole choosing to enroll in Law. I made the choice to follow a balanced manner directed by public law work and that of private law, not knowing exactly what path guide me later. In the second year, I opted for tutorials mainly composed of public law matters, more grateful to me in this field of study. In the third year, I chose the course “Law and Political Science” in order to integrate a Master 1 “Political Sciences” and the Master 2 “Council, expertise and public action.”

ARES: According to you, what brought you your industry?

A: Right pathway brought me many things, both personally and professionally. She taught me to be rigorous and independent in my work, and become more responsible while knowing enjoy life wisely. I’ve done some great meetings, which allowed me to realize how each of us learns in contact with each other. The best thing that brought me being right in the last three years, it is simply allowing me to find what I wanted to do with my life later.

ARES: What are the advantages and disadvantages to be law student?

A: The disadvantages to be law student may appear early in the curriculum: the university world is something new and the size is completely different from the one we have had in high school. It can sometimes be difficult to get used to all these upheavals. The working methods must be learned from the beginning because the right is a demanding industry. For cons, the advantages are numerous: one acquires a certain freedom which leads us to become more independent, more responsible. We enjoy a very pleasant setting which combines seriousness and quality in work with a vibrant campus life with student associations. Being a law student is to give oneself the means to acquire knowledge directly applicable to everyday life.

ARES: Can you give us some tips for successful studies in Law?

A: To succeed his law studies, he must learn to be rigorous in reading and analyzing texts. We must get used to structure his reasoning as to preclude any approximation. We must learn to expand his way of conceiving things in order to acquire an enlightened mind. It should be parallel to adopt a healthy and stable pace of life, knowing how to be a volunteer in his work and assiduous in progress. Having the will to succeed begins the climb to success.

ARES: What are your career plans?

A: First, I would get with the greatest possible success my Master 1, which will allow me to make the choice to opt for a professional or research Master 2. Then I will choose the opportunity that suits me best.