English-Speaking Students

What is the Summer School of civil law ?

An international legal event taking place this summer in Paris, from 1 to 19 July 2024, will bring together many students and legal practitioners from all around the world.

Our ambition is to provide all participants a body of knowledge in civil law, its evolution, and its influence on the legal and economic models currently under construction in the world.

The richness of our Summer School lies in the quality of the education, provided in the prestigious University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), as well as in the diversity of the legal cultures that are represented.

We are particularly excited by the international dimension of this event, from the participants to the promotion of different legal cultures, offering many opportunities to meet and discuss with others.

Program description 

The program comprises one mandatory course:

  • The Civil Law Systems: A Comparative Perspective (10 hours)

Three optional courses, to be chosen from the following five:

  • European and International Contract Law (10 hours)
  • Settlement of International Disputes (10 hours)
  • Digital Law – Protection of Personal Data and Artificial Intelligence (10 hours)
  • Environmental Law (10 hours)
  • Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights & Freedoms (10 hours)
And a conference

  • Comparative legal systems : An economic perspective (2 hours)

Have a look at the program here!

If successful at the final examination, participants will be awarded a Training Certificate in Civil Law from the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).

The Foundation will also organize meetings with leading French legal industry members, including lawyers, notaries, bailiffs, commercial court clerks and company lawyers, as well as a cultural program of visits to the best French legal institutions such as the Conseil Constitutionnel, the Sénat, the Assemblée Nationale, the Tribunal de Commerce, the Conseil d’État etc.

At the end of the Summer School, participants can join the LinkedIn Alumni group, becoming part of a vast network of legal professionals worldwide.

Intended for

Anyone who has completed at least 3 years of legal studies (law students, legal practitioners, etc.)


Available in 3 languages

French, English and Spanish

A good level of skill will be required for your chosen language


The registration fee, which is already subsidized by the Foundation is :

  • €779 without accommodation
  • €1749 with accommodation from June 30 to July 22, 2024, in a single room at the Cité Internationale et Universitaire, a beautiful campus located in the heart of Paris, and from where the courses will take place.

The rates include : courses, conferences, cocktails and institutional visits.
The rates don’t include : catering, travel and accommodation expenses.

Registration fees can be paid by bank transfer, credit card or cash directly at the
Fondation’s offices in Paris. No other form of payment is accepted. Payment in
instalments is possible on request.

Scholarship may be awarded in exceptional cases and on justified request.



You can stay at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP), subject to availability.

Hosting, in single rooms, will be available from June 30 to July 22.

Services include :

  • Access to the communal kitchens of the house where you will be staying
  • Access to laundry facilities (washing charged at 3.5€, drying free)
  • Bed linen and towels (changed every 15 days)
  • High-speed WIFI in all areas of the CIUP (apartments and communal areas)
  • Individual fridge available
  • Housekeeping: daily in common areas, once a week in bedrooms

The CIUP also offers several restaurants and cafeterias

Please note that it is not possible to choose the house in which you will be staying, as the
allocation is made directly by the CIUP.


For any question, you can contact: univ-ete@fondation-droitcontinental.org

You can find all the information and news about this 2024 edition in our social medias.



Corporate lawyer at Mezzo Production LLC
– Arménia



«I had the opportunity to participate in the summer school dedicated to continental law. One of the greatest advantages that I got was meeting so many remarkable people from all around the world. Professors were one of the bests in their fields and it was a unique opportunity to discover such details only those professionals could know thanks to their years of experience.

All in all, this summer school is a unique opportunity to develop yourself both professionally and as a person, surrounded by lawyers from all around the world enables you to learn a lot about their jurisdictions and to share your knowledge while representing your country as well.»
«The Summer School of civil law was one of the most rewarding experiences that I highly recommend the participation. During these classes, I had the chance to build ties with colleagues from around the world, deepen my knowledge on European Law and learn more about the French political and legal institutions. In short, it has been a unique experience that we have to live once in its life. Thanks you!»       
Students from the School of the Bar of Montréal
Corporate lawyer at Benclinov&Associates- Romania
«Summer School has been a memorable and dynamic experience by combining fun and knowledge. I met new people and that was an opportunity to develop new friendships with people from around the world.
The programme is about experiencing new cultures, learning from eminent law professors,  and is a career enhancing experience.»
«The summer school of civil law represents the best answer in the pursuit of professional development for a young law practitioner. The classes are concentered and dynamic, focus on practical issues and the professors were able to bring out debate. Beyond the academic formation, the real personal contribution of this program is the amazing exchange with professors, students and researchers from legal cultures of different countries and continents.»        

Luciana DUTU,
Lawyer at the Bar of Bucharest and graduated from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Bucharest University

Lawyers at the Bar of Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
«Participate to the FDC program was the best moments I have passed in formation, thanks to the relevance of the program focused essentially on International business law. It is an enriching experience, thanks to the multicultural melting-pot of the participants coming from five continents. Thanks to the FDC!»
«No other program can be compared to the summer school of civil law; it is an exceptional discussion forum between students and professionals. I had the pleasure to participate at the 10th edition and it is with lots of satisfaction that I certify the excellence of the professors, the quality of the classes, the diversity of the participants and the kindness of all the team. It is, without doubt, a unique occasion to learn, share and contribute to the consolidation of a global jurist network. A big thanks you to the Foundation!»

Lawyer at the Bar of Sao-Paulo and graduated from Sao-Paulo University in Brazil