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Bachelor en droit

In an increasingly global world, it is no longer enough for legal experts to be proficient in their national law only. This is particularly true for Luxembourg, with its international community and inherent openness to Europe and the rest of the world.

To address this reality, the University of Luxembourg has redesigned its Bachelor’s in Law to provide its students with a transnational legal education that comprises the learning of Luxembourg national law, as well as the study of the world’s main legal systems.

In nearly every country, legal education is geared, if not exclusively, at least chiefly to the study of national law: in France, students are taught French law, in England Common law, etc. This conventional model has shown its limit, but in an increasingly globalised world, it is bound to be outmoded.

In the quest for excellence, the legal experts of tomorrow must be immersed in this new context from the very start of their studies. Whether they work in Luxembourg, abroad or for supranational institutions, in the private or public sector, they will have to be not only fully proficient in national law, but also able to make the link between different legal systems. Due to its position, its research and its professors, the University of Luxembourg is particularly well positioned to address this challenge.

To that end, the new bachelor’s degree in law offered by the University of Luxembourg will train its students in the essential subjects in a “transnationalised” manner, i.e. by presenting a range of possible answers to fundamental questions from the outset through the study of the world’s main legal models. This approach will in no way be geared to sacrificing the legal technique nor the study of Luxembourg law, but on the contrary provide a more refined, creative and critical vision.

The new programme will also be accompanied by improvements to particular established learning methods. For example, multilingualism is a distinct feature of the programme as classes are taught in French and English. In addition, international mobility for one semester is a mandatory part of the studies – as with all bachelor programmes of the University. Class sizes and teaching hours have been reduced to encourage independent work and intellectual curiosity; in the same line, an early mentoring system has been established. 

“The legal expert of tomorrow must be equipped with local expertise and a global vision in order to communicate and work effectively with international clients, business partners, etc.,” explains Prof. Dr Gilles Cuniberti, course director.“We are one of the few universities in the world to offer a degree that educates our future lawyers with this at the core. The objective of the reform is to educate excellent lawyers for Luxembourg, but also to attract top foreign students”underlines Prof. Dr Luc Heuschling, deputy course director.