Preparation for law studies in French - University diploma

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General information

Length of studies
1 an

This university degree aims at supplying a multidisciplinary methodological help to the law students so that they strengthen their knowledge and skills and follow successfully their law studies in French. The teachings cover the following domains:

- Legal Methodology

- General French

- Legal French


This course has to allow the students of:

- Better understand the various types of legal texts

- Draft more easily and more effectively the specific exercises in law studies

- Better master the legal logic and the argumentation.


Required former training

This on-line diploma addresses two types of public:

- The non French-speaking students wishing to pursue law studies in a French university (of the 1st year of law up to the doctorate);

- The students, French speakers or not, already registered in a law course in a foreign university and who need a methodological and linguistic support, whoever is the level of the diploma which they prepare.

Distance learning or partial distance learning

All the supports of the training and activities will be on-line within educational modules on the platform of the Lyon Law School (Virtual Law School - http: // within educational routes interactive and tutored.

The students will benefit from an educational follow-up assured by the teachers in charge of the courses and from the tutelage individualized throughout the training.


The training includes 3 modules of courses realized over one year (university or civil)


The registration will be validated on the condition of opening of the diploma.

Three disciplines are concerned and links between them planned:

1- The legal methodology:

- Methodology of the researc) for law information

- Review of the general law principles and the methods of interpretation

- Methodology of law studies: make acquire a method of learning to stimulate the work in autonomy in the legal domain

- Methodology of the law exercises: comment of legal decisions, case practises, essay, report; organization of the ideas

- Learning and deepening of the legal logic.

2-General French:

- Intensification of the grammatical structures

- Enrichment of the vocabulary

- Intensification for writting, the techniques of expression

3- Legal French:

- The legal vocabulary: the specific words in law, their sense, their formation, their use.

Example: how to differentiate, in the operation of donation, who is the donor "donateur" and who is the donee "donataire"? Answer: the suffix-eur gives an active value the "donneur" is thus the one which realizes the donation) while the suffix -taire indicates the reception of a profit (the "donataire" is thus the "beneficiary" of the donation).

- The specific grammar to the legal texts. For example, the construction of the sentences, the way of indicating the indefinite (for example, everything "tout", every "chaque", at any time "à un moment quelconque"), nominalizations (the use of names"-tion"," - ment", for example the transmission "transmission", the renewal "renouvellement"), the opposition, the hypothesis, the cause, the consequence, the anaphoric processes (relative pronouns, adjectives determiners, generic names).

- The construction of the legal texts, more particularly the judgment: its plan, its objectives, its articulations, its keywords (for example, which words indicate that the supreme jurisdiction is going to reform or to break the sentence which is subjected to it). The contract and the law will be also studied.

- Sense of the legal texts, thanks to the notions and the fundamental values of the French legal system: freedom, equality, power, right, contract, property, interest, representation, brotherhood, secularism, responsibility. These notions allow to understand the interests and the arbitration between the values.

Acquisition of the basic knowledge of the fundamental educations in law.

- The legal argumentation: the control of the argumentation straight ahead makes the synthesis of all the skills enumerated previously.
Contents: the legal logic; the legal syllogism ( logical argumentation) and the dialectical argumentation: use types of arguments varied to be able to take into account a complex reality which does not only raise  the legal but the family, social, economic or political domain.

Conditions of validation

During the academic year are organized two tests of continuous assessment for each of three credits.
Late in the year, the candidates are subjected to written tests of eligibility and admission.n.

Further studies

This diploma is a complement indispensable to the success of a formation in law in French, and establish a security of success for the pursuit of a training of Master's degree in France. 




Educational Director in charge of the Diploma of University Preparation in law studies in French

Director of studies

Director of the Diploma: Law School Dean

Educational Director: Mrs Eliane DAMETTE

Registrar office contact details


Center for Law and New Technologies
Deputy director

Tel : (0033) 4 78 78 71 40 / (0033) 6 82 81 00 73