The Cornell-Paris 1 Summer Institute is a four-week academic program in international and comparative law, and is co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
The Program at a Glance: Students take advantage of the program’s strong international faculty, expansive English-Language curriculum, and unique cultural and professional offerings.
Faculty: Our program is taught in a uniquely international and culturally rich environment, combining the excellence of Cornell Law School faculty and international guest lectures. To assure relatively small classes and to provide an opportunity for meaningful student-faculty interaction we generally limit student enrollment to less than 100 attendees.
Curriculum: The program emphasizes the study of international law and institutions, as well as U.S. and other legal systems in a comparative context. In addition to the broad range of course offerings, we provide optional non-credit French language lessons. We encourage you to devote time to developing your proficiency in French during your stay in Paris.
Location: Students attend classes at the historic Faculté de droit building, and occasionally in the Sorbonne building itself, at the heart of the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, near the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg, and in the vibrant “Quartier Latin,” the Paris home of university students for almost a thousand years.
The program sponsors private guided tours to the Palais de Justice (the site of France’s highest court in the ordinary court system), the Conseil d’État (the “supreme court” in the French administrative court system), the French National Assembly, the French Senate, and the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration in Paris.
Cultural Opportunities: The program also offers an extensive selection of extra-curricular tours of Paris and social events that enable students to savor “la vie parisienne.” Past years have included small-group evening visits to the Louvre and Orsay Museums, a “bateau-mouche” boat excursion on the Seine, walking tours of Montmartre, the Ile de la Cité, the Marais, a walking tour of Saint Germain des Prés, a visit of the Palace of Versailles, Monet’s Gardens at Giverny and the Luxembourg Gardens. We conclude each year with a reception.