HEC Paris and Georgetown Law Combine to Offer Two New Dual Degrees

16 October 2015

Beginning in 2016, HEC Paris and Georgetown University Law Center will offer two new dual-degree programs. 

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Laws (MBA/LL.M.) and the Grande Ecole Master in Management/Master of Laws (MiM/LL.M.) will be open for application in the spring of 2016 with the first classes to begin in September.

For the MBA/LL.M. course, applicants must have a degree in law and at least three years of professional experience. Students will spend the first year studying the core requirements of HEC’s flagship MBA program including language proficiency, leadership development and career-building components of the curriculum. The second year will be spent at Georgetown Law, undertaking either a specialized or general LL.M. program. Graduates will receive both the MBA degree from HEC and the LL.M. from Georgetown upon completion of the two-year program.

The MiM/LL.M. will require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree in law before beginning the course. The program will follow a similar pattern, with the first year spent at HEC undertaking the necessary core and elective courses for the first year of the MiM curriculum and the second year at Georgetown studying a specialized or general LL.M. course offered by the Law Center. Once the two years are complete, graduates will receive a Grande Ecole Master’s degree in Management and Business Law from HEC as well as a Master of Laws from Georgetown.

“We know that there is a demand for lawyers with an in-depth understanding of business and management principles,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “Partnering with one of the world’s leading business schools is an exciting way for us to meet this demand and provide a cosmopolitan education in law and business to students from around the world. The MiM/LL.M. program will bring some of the world’s top business students to Georgetown. The MBA/LL.M. degree program will allow lawyers to get an MBA from one of the world’s great business schools and an advanced degree from Georgetown Law in fields such as tax law — in the same two-year period that they would need to get an MBA alone.”

François Collin, director for international affairs at HEC Paris, said, “Students come to HEC with a variety of academic backgrounds, and we look forward to expanding the number of lawyers who will bring their previous legal experiences and perspectives to their study of business here.” 

HEC Law Professor and Law Department Chair Alberto Alemanno, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, helped to initiate the cooperation between the two schools. “The innovative HEC/Georgetown dual-degree programs meet the unmatched demand for educating a new generation of lawyers with global fluency beyond the law,” he said. “They also confirm HEC’s commitment to innovative legal education through cutting-edge programs.”

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