The M.I.B.L. degree is a dual degree offered by the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy) and the Department of Law at NUI Maynooth.
It enables law graduates to further their legal education by gaining a systematic understanding of the critical issues at the forefront of select areas of international business law. It also aims to develop legal research, reasoning, writing, advocacy and teamwork skills.
These skills are highly sought after by employers.
The current recession has created many challenges for the legal profession.
Increasing competition and ongoing restructuring of the public and private sectors demands graduates with superior skills.
Graduates from this programme will be equipped to compete effectively by developing competencies required by a global legal marketplace.
Moreover, by virtue of this being a dual degree, students have the opportunity to situate their education in two different legal cultures.
Crucially, Lyon's location is well suited to international business law because of its proximity to the leading inter-governmental and international agencies in the field.
Experts from these agencies are expected to participate in delivering courses and site visits by students to Geneva are integral to the programme.
In addition, students will have many opportunities to intern at firms and international institutions during semester breaks.
All these unique elements hold the potential to deliver significant value and differentiability in the job market.
This award equips graduates with critical awareness of the current issues in several inter-related areas of international business law.
They will gain a systematic understanding of issues at the forefront of international trade law, global aspects of business and labour law, ethics in business law, French foreign investment law, international contract law, international intellectual property rights, international trade organizations, legal writing and advocacy.
Graduates are expected to develop and demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research tools and enquiry techniques through the mandatory dissertation requirement.
Graduates will be expected to build competence to act in a variety of unpredictable and challenging legal contexts.
They will hone existing legal skills, acquire more sophisticated tools for legal analysis and research, and develop the ability to deliver professional services at a high level.Upon completion, graduates will be able to differentiate themselves in the job market and/or progress to higher degrees like a Ph.D.