For more than 15 years, the MS/LLM Droit et Management International (MS/LLM DMI) at HEC Paris has educated lawyers, jurists, and notaries who go on to pursue brilliant careers in France and abroad. Alberto Alemanno, Academic Director, and Michael Loy, Executive Director, present the objectives of this program.
Can you tell us about your career paths before joining HEC Paris and your missions regarding the MS/LLM DMI?
Michael Loy: I used to be a lawyer in the Bar of Paris and I’ve been in charge of the Corporate clients within the Legal Department of AXA Assistance since 2016. I became an affiliate professor at HEC in 2008. As the Executive Director of the MS/LLM DMI, I manage the running of the program as well as the relationships with partners such as law firms, legal departments, and notarial studies.
Alberto Alemanno: I’ve been the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law since 2009 and the Scientific Director of the MS/LLM DMi program since 2015. I also lead the European Law Clinic jointly created by HEC Paris and New York University Law School. Before that, I used to be a Law Clerk at the European Union Court of Justice, a lawyer in New York, but also a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam, at the University of Tokyo, and at the LUISS University, as well as a guest professor at the University of Saint Gallen. In addition, I produce written notices for international organizations such as the OECD, the European Commission, and the WHO, but also for NGOs, regarding European law, international trade, public health law and public policy reform. As the Academic Director of the MS/LLM DMI, I’m responsible for the academic content and the international development.
What are the program’s objectives?
Michael Loy: The MS/LLM DMI is mostly targeted at students who have brilliantly obtained their Master’s degree in Law and who want to enrich their legal expertise with strategic and managerial skills. This kind of double profile is highly-prized by French and international recruiters. Our graduates hold positions as lawyers, in-house lawyers, and notaries within renowned companies across the world.
Is the program open to international students?
Alberto Alemanno: The MS/LLM DMI is mostly targeted at students who have brilliantly obtained their Master’s degree in Law and who want to enrich their legal expertise with strategic and managerial skills. This kind of double profile is highly-prized by French and international recruiters. Our graduates hold positions as lawyers, in-house lawyers, and notaries within renowned companies across the world.
Is the program open to international students?
Alberto Alemanno: Absolutely! The recent cohorts represent numerous international students coming from world-renowned universities: King’s College London in the United Kingdom, Bilkent University in Turkey, National University of Singapore, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, to name a few. In order to facilitate the international students’ access to the program as well as the career outlooks in an international job market, an increasing part of the courses is taught in English.
Alberto Alemanno, Lawyer at the Court of New York, Professor at HEC Paris, Scientific Director of the program.
Michael Loy, Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris, Executive Director of the program.
The MS/LLM DMI aims at training jurists capable of combining legal expertise with strategic and operational skills. Graduates know how to:
- Inform clients’ decision-making processes through legal expertise and an in-depth understanding of strategic and operational issues;
- Limit legal risks, with the ability to identify and quantify them, and to come up with solutions.
There are three essential pillars to the program:
- Legal risk management;
- Understanding of general management;
- Implementation of the managerial dimension of Law.
This teaching approach allows students to discover new topics while becoming more operational with already acquired skills, and hence prepares them for their future careers.
Aligned with international standards, the program is called MS/LLM (Specialized Master/Master of Laws) and benefits from an international visibility. This is particularly relevant as graduates pursue their careers on a global scale and as HEC Paris is a world-renowned business school.
Besides, an increasing part of the courses is taught in English, which facilitates international students’ access to the program.
Students can extend their studies with one year at the prestigious Georgetown University Law School (Washington D.C.). A major place for learning and exchanges between the best lawyers in the world, Georgetown Law brings to students a high-level of teaching. It paves the way to the Bar of New York and to a legal career in the United States.