English-Speaking Students


What is the Summer School of civil law ?

Meeting for Civil law and legal culture, this year’s event will bring together, exceptionally in a digital format, from June 29th to July 29th, over a hundred students and legal practitioners from all around the world.

Our ambition is to offer all participants a coherent body of courses to convey knowledge on continental law, as well as its evolution and its influence on the legal and economic structures currently under construction in the world.

The wealth of the Summer School lies in the quality of the education it provides and the diversity of legal cultures represented. We are particularly attached to the international dimension of this event, which makes it a marketplace and crossroad for ideas, legal cultures and knowledge that create privileged moments of gathering and debate.


Program description 

The courses are available in three different languages: French, English and Spanish.

The courses offered this year are exceptionally held in a digital version and are all all taught by eminent law professors and practitioners, with different fields of expertise and backgrounds.

Four mandatory courses :

  • The Civil Law Systems in a comparative perspective (8 hours)
  • European and International Contrat Law (8 hours)
  • Constitutional Courses and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (4 hours)
  • Settlement of International Disputes (8 hours)

One optional course (choose 1 course among the 3):

  • Digital Law – Protection of Personal Data (8 hours)
  • International Property Law (8 hours)
  • Introduction to OHADA law – only for the French-speaking stream (8 hours)

If successful at the final examination, participants will be awarded a certificate of training in Civil Law by the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).

Furthermore, the Foundation for Civil Law will organize meetings with the main French legal actors, including lawyers, bailiffs, notaries and court clerks.

At the end of the Summer University, participants may become member of the Association of Friends for Civil Law (A2DC), and join the alumni’s network of the Summer School of Civil law.

Expected audience

The Summer School targets people (students, legal pratitioners, etc.) who have already graduated from a three-year legal course .

The courses are taught in English, Spanish and French. Participants need to have a good understanding and use of the language they choose to take the classes in.

Registration Fees

The registration fees is 600 €.

Scholarships can be exceptionally granted upon justified request.


Application for the 2021 Summer School will open in april 2021.

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

You can find all the information and news about this 2021 edition in our social medias pages.


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. Furthermore, the curriculum included several guided cultural visits to the highest jurisdictions of France as well as legislative bodies which enable to understand the French legal system right from the inside.

All in all, this summer school is a unique opportunity to develop yourself both professionally and as a person, just because living one month in Paris 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 three weeks, 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, visiting of the highest French legal institutions and all these made my summer in Paris an unforgettable and 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 for three weeks the best moments I have passed in formation, thanks to the relevance of the program focused essentially, among other, on International business law with a full immersion in the French democratic institutions’ schemes and ways of functioning. It is an enriching experience in the center of Paris, 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 in the center of Paris. 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 impeccable organization of the French institutions visits, 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