INSEAD Lends Business Expertise to France’s Top Law School

INSEAD has announced plans to provide business sensibility to a masters-level law degree launching in 2011 under the leadership of Paris 2-Panthéon-Assas, the Sorbonne law school, the Financial Times reported earlier this week.

The partnership will combine the strengths of France’s top law school and a top global business school, says Louis Vogel, president of Paris 2-Panthéon-Assas. Vogel tells FT the aim of the school is to equip France with the top-level lawyers who will go on to become chief financial officers or managers of big companies.

From competition to negotiation and regulation to intellectual property, FT reveals the boundaries between business school and law school are blurring and the result is an increasing number of masters level LLM degrees with a business bent.

Patrice Houdayer, vice-president of graduate programs at France’s EMLyon Business School, tells FT the market for these pre-experience graduates is huge.

“Both law firms and companies are constantly expressing their will to hire lawyers that not only master the legal science but are also able to understand the strategic issues of the business world,” he says.

José Maria de Areilza, dean of IE Law Schoolin Spain, concurs, telling FT “The LLM is going to be more like the MBA in the global market. Law schools are talking more to business schools.”

For more on this new nine-month LLM program, read the original Financial Times article here.

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