Students, alumni and staff recently gathered at Wivenhoe House Hotel to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the School of Law’s award winning LLB English and French Law Double Degree programme.
Essex’s LLB English and French Law Double Degree is just one of five degree schemes currently run in the UK which enables students to qualify for legal practise both here and in France. Earlier this year, the course was awarded the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society’s Academic Prize which recognises joint programmes promoting Franco-British legal understanding. Students on the course spend two years studying LLB Law at Essex, before spending a further two years studying French Law (Maîtrise) at one of our partner institutions in France.
The evening begun with recollections from the programme’s founder Dr. Audrey Guinchard, before the awarding of the prize for highest performing student to now second year, Berenice Marcotte by the General Secretary of the Franco-British Lawyers Society, Charles du Couedic Kérérant.
Four Double Degree Alumni including trainee solicitor James Freshwater and PhD candidate Joanne Kirkham, were invited to the event to share with current students their experiences of their time at Essex, as well as insights into how their experiences had led them into their current careers and further areas of study.
event comprised a fantastic opportunity for academic and administrative staff
from the School of Law to meet with representatives from two of our partner
universities; Université Paris-Nanterre and Université Lyon III Jean Moulin.
Dr. Laure Sauve, lecturer on the Double Degree, said ‘We were delighted to welcome our partners and friends, Laurence Francoz-Terminal (from Lyon) and Marjolaine Roccati (from Nanterre). Thanks to our French partners and to the School of Law’s support, our Double Degree has constantly growth in size since its creation and has taken into account the evolution of our students’ academic needs. Many of our Essex students attended the event and we are convinced that the Double Degree will continue to give our outstanding students the necessary cultural and academic skills to become the Franco-British lawyers of tomorrow.’