Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1013: French Constitutional Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 30 ECTS Value
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Frederic Rolland (Convenor)


This course is designed for LLB in English Law and French Law - EXETER / Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) - RENNES I students only. Anybody outside the programme wishing to attend this module should contact Dr. Frédéric  Olivier ROLLAND.



Available via distance learning


In the context of the harmonization of the Member States' legal orders within the European Union, it is increasingly important for lawyers to understand and apply systems of law belonging to the main constitutional legal traditions. In that respect, the academic study of the French constitutional experience is crucial.

The French Constitutional course constitutes the first part of French Law in LLB in Eng. Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise) degree programme.  You will be taught entirely in French through a combination of lectures and tutorials. The teaching reflects the way law is taught in France. You will be introduced to French methods of university education and methods of legal thinking and writing.

This introduction to French methods (dissertation juridique, level 1) is essential for this degree programme, in order for you to be prepared to acquire simultaneous English and French legal qualifications. This module is designed to provide you with a good knowledge of French Constitutional Law and related theory, with a strong emphasis on the Constitution of the Third and the Fifth Republic. An important part of the course is dedicated to French legal methodology and examination techniques in order to prepare you for your year abroad and the study leading to the French Maîtrise en Droit (Master 1).

This course is designed for LLB in Eng. Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise) students only.

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