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SKEMA’s Business Law programme celebrates its 10th anniversary with some exceptional results

Published on 21 January 2019

SKEMA Business School is proud to announce that 13 students pursuing the double degree course of the SKEMA Grande École programme and the second-year Master’s Degree in Business Law at the University of the Littoral Opal Coast (ULCO) have passed the French Bar Exam (CRFPA) for 2018. This fruitful partnership is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event was commemorated during the annual mooting competition on Friday, 11 January 2019, at SKEMA’s campus in Lille in front of a jury of partner magistrates and lawyers.

The double degree programme in Business Law (DDA) from the Grande École Programme at SKEMA was born out of a partnership with the University of the Littoral Opal Coast (ULCO). Every year, it is a remarkable success with almost one in two students qualifying for the very selective French Bar Schools to become lawyers. This success owes a lot to the specific preparations students undergo for the written and oral exams led by the programme’s teaching team.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th year of the SKEMA Master’s Degree in Business Law with so many students having passed the Bar exam. These exceptional results, from an extremely demanding examination, are testament to the academic and educational excellence of the programme”, said Isabelle Bufflier, Director of the Master’s Degree in Business Law at SKEMA. “This vocational course is firmly committed to training agile lawyer-managers who are needed to handle the perpetual changes that companies and the legal profession itself are facing,” she concluded.

Vincent Guillebaud, a SKEMA student admitted to the Bar School, was in the Salle Pleyel in Paris on 10 January to swear the oath that marked the beginning of his 18-month training programme to become a lawyer. He stated: “The SKEMA business law programme helped us to qualify for this very selective training, while at the same time, giving us a solid grounding in management, thanks to the Grande École programme. The involvement and commitment of the teachers were a determining factor. I would particularly like to thank Isabelle Bufflier and Hélène Tostain for their constant coaching.  I cannot wait to start this final stage of my training to become a lawyer specialising in the law of new technologies and employment law.”

Over the past 10 years, the business law programme has trained over 300 graduates and has knitted close links with prestigious professional partners such as legal publishers Lexis Nexis, the Fidal, Deloitte/TAJ and EY Avocats law firms and innovative startups such as Legalstart and Predictice, whilst being widely recognised by the local entrepreneurial network (Hauts-de-France Company Lawyers’ Association, etc.).

The two-year double degree programme in business law trains “lawyer-managers” with a degree in Management from the SKEMA Grande École curriculum and a degree in law from the ULCO’s law course. This demanding programme, which is taught at the Lille campus, is both general and specific: students taking the two-year master’s degree learn international and European law. For those students who do not pass the Bar exam, their double proficiency in management and law acts as a veritable “career booster” in all fields of management: audit firms, regulated professions, human resources, merchant banking, tax firms, company lawyers...including, of course, internationally.

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