Law - Political Science - Administration


Public law.
  • Targeted level of study

    BAC +5

  • ECTS

    120 credits

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Law and Political Science


Mention Public Law

  • Master's degree in public law and litigation
    Teaching staff: Pascale Idoux - Fanny Tarlet
  • Master Theory and Practice of Constitutional Law
    Course Director: Eric Sales

The transformations of contemporary public law, linked in particular to the recomposition of the legal field induced by the interpenetration of the domestic, European and international legal orders and by the constitutionalisation of the various branches of law, but also to the growing "demand for law" in the most technical fields of public action, require public lawyers of the 21st century to have both a solid general legal culture involving mastery of the fundamental disciplines of public law - administrative law, constitutional law, European and international law - and a "specialised" knowledge of the specific scientific field in which they plan to specialise.
This observation and this need justify the grouping of the existing Masters in Public Law and European Law into a single Master's degree in General Public Law.

The Master's degree in Public Law is divided into two courses:
Public Law and Litigation
Theory and Practice of Constitutional Law

The Master 2 "Public Law" at the University of Montpellier offers students a high level of training in public law.
It allows for "à la carte" teaching, i.e. according to the students' professional objectives. At the beginning of the year, students can choose "options" and "seminars" that will allow them to specialise in administrative law, European law or constitutional law.
The courses are given in the form of lectures, case studies and exercises. Students have the opportunity to do an internship in a company, a local authority or a law firm. They also have to write and defend an end-of-year thesis on a theme chosen in consultation with a teacher. Emphasis is also placed on the participation of students in various pleading competitions, for example the Cassin competition in European law or the Vedel competition in constitutional law.
The teachers of the Master 2 "Public Law" are academics and practitioners specialised in French and comparative public law, litigation law and the law of fundamental freedoms.

To train generalist lawyers capable of practising in all branches of public law (general administrative law, constitutional law, European law, legal theory, public business law including public procurement law, local authority law, environmental and sustainable development law, town planning law, public service law, public property law, public finance law, etc.) of advice, defence, judgement, conciliation or arbitration, drafting of official documents, legal watch, university or extra-university legal training, including professional training, as well as carrying out legal research work, whether to become a legal adviser in a company or in a local authority (legal affairs department), to become a lawyer (after passing the CRFPA entrance exam) or to take the competitive exams for access to the civil service, in particular those for the recruitment of administrative court advisors or for access to a university career (after completing a doctorate in this case). To offer students a high level of training in public law.



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Master in Public Law and Litigation

Mention Public Law

  • Master's degree in public law and litigation
    Teaching staff: Pascale Idoux and Fanny Tarlet

Generalist Master's degree. The new Master's degree in Public Law in Montpellier is a selective, high-level program that aims to train generalists in public law, who are immediately operational for entry into the professional world. We consider that the most qualitative approach to public law is global, which is why the Public Law and Litigation program offers courses in all areas of public law, both theoretical and practical, and covers all levels of legislation and litigation.

Content of the courses. Our wish is to transmit to our students both fundamental knowledge and a general legal culture as well as specialized knowledge in the fields currently undergoing change. In this perspective, courses are devoted to sustainable development law or public digital law, and seminars are dedicated to future issues of public law. The litigation aspect of the Master's program is of course particularly rich and developed and covers all jurisdictional levels. It is therefore a true general public law culture that is offered.

M1/M2 continuity. The two years of the Master's program are conceived as a single block, with a progression in teaching that leads students to greater autonomy each semester. Thus, our students build and personalize their projects in a logic of co-production of knowledge over two years. We therefore implement an innovative pedagogy that encourages student initiative.

Practical. Our students take part in the Legal Clinic and carry out tutored projects. In addition to the substantive courses, they benefit from lectures on methodology and a large number of practical seminars and case studies, in particular in a Public Affairs Practice module.

In addition, the Master in Public Law is compatible with the Magistère in Applied Public Law at the University of Montpellier.

Customized training in M2. Three alternative paths in M2 are offered to students. They have a special work schedule that allows them to choose one of the following three projects:

  • Writing a research paper: the Master is directly attached to our laboratory, the CREAM (Centre de Recherche et d'Etudes Administratives de Montpellier), and students work there regularly, in contact with doctoral students and their teachers, when they are not working in the Master's own room located in the same premises.
  • Preparation for competitive exams: CRFPA for future lawyers, TACAA advisors for future administrative magistrates, high civil service, etc.
  • Apprenticeship: one week out of two is spent in an administration, a court, a law firm, or a company, to contribute to the professionalization of the students, who then sign an employment contract and are paid for 12 months.

Teachers. The teachers and lecturers of the Master's degree in Public Law are academics, professors, administrative magistrates, and public lawyers from various backgrounds who provide our students with the benefit of their unique backgrounds and experiences.

Recruitment. The selection of students for entry into the Master's program is based on simple criteria: a good level of results in the bachelor's degree is expected, but the personal project of each student and his or her motivation are determining factors for us, regardless of the candidate's university of origin. Admission interviews take place in June or July.

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Master Theory and Practice of Constitutional Law

Mention Public Law

  • Master Theory and Practice of Constitutional Law
    Course Director: Eric Sales

The Master 'Theory and Practice of Constitutional Law' (TPDC) of the 'Public Law' major at the University of Montpellier relies mainly on the Centre for Constitutional, Comparative and Political Studies and Research (CERCOP) for constitutional law and legal philosophy, whose visibility at national level is well established and whose members have written numerous reference works.
The teaching staff of the Constitutional Studies Programme are academics and practitioners specialising in French and comparative constitutional law, legal theory, constitutional litigation law and the law of fundamental freedoms. The courses are given both in the form of lectures and in the form of case studies and exercises. For several years now, the course has also been leading the Montpellier team of students who take part in the "Georges Vedel" moot court competition sponsored by the Constitutional Council.


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