Examination

The following conditions govern this Master of Laws program.

Article 1 – Exam periods

The program is divided into two distinct semesters. Each semester ends with an exam period.

Article 2 – Exam candidates

Only students that have attended classes are authorized to take the exams in this Master's program.

Article 3 – Organization of exams

Semester 3 is divided into five units. Each unit is worth:

Unit 1 - International intellectual property law: written or oral test - 3 ECTS
Unit 2 - Acquisition of intellectual property titles: written or oral test - 9 ECTS
Unit 3 - Protecting intellectual property rights: written or oral test - 9 ECTS
Unit 4 - Methods of business and finance: written or oral test - 6 ECTS
Unit 5 - Languages: written or oral test - 3 ECTS

Semester 4 is divided into five units. Each unit is worth:

Unit 1 - Licensing contracts of intellectual property rights: written or oral test - 6 ECTS
Unit 2 - Distribution contracts: written or oral test - 6 ECTS
Unit 3 - Competition Law: written or oral test - 6 ECTS
Unit 4 - International business: written or oral test - 6 ECTS
Unit 5 - Internship and thesis: a mark is awarded by the internship supervisor, oral defense of the thesis - 6 ECTS

3-1 - Written test

A written test of two hours is organized for each unit or group of units.

A mark out of 20 is attributed for each written test.

The written tests comprise a practical or theoretical question. They are meant to verify the analytical capacities and deductive reasoning of candidates.

3-2 - Oral test : presentation / discussion

The oral test concerns the entire program.

The examination committee is comprised of at least two members of the teaching staff.

The candidate is given about one hour to prepare the presentation / discussion after being informed of the topic. A closed space and documents authorized by the committee are provided. The presentation should last about 10-15 minutes; it is followed by a discussion.

3-3 - Legal Vocabulary

A test of legal vocabulary (English or German) is awarded a mark out of 10.

3-4 - Internship

The supervisor(s) of the internship attribute a mark out of 10 in conjunction with the head of studies. This mark is based on performance.

3-5 - Thesis defense

The thesis must bear upon one of the subjects of the curriculum. The choice of subject must be approved by the head or heads of studies.

The thesis must be defended before a committee. The defense should include a brief presentation by the candidate followed by a discussion concerning the thesis.

The thesis is attributed a mark out of 20.

Article 4 – Admission

Students having obtained 60 ECTS in M2 and 120 ECTS over the 2-year Master's program, will be awarded the Master of Laws "Law Economics Management, in the field of Intellectual Property Law, with a specialization in Intellectual Property of the Knowledge-based Society; program in Intellectual Property Law and Business".

Marks of each unit are weighted and thus serve to calculate the final overall average. Each unit is weighted 1 except for languages and the internship which are weighted 0.5. Marks from all units can compensate each other in a semester.

Marks obtained in the two semesters in M2 compensate each other (an average of the marks obtained in each unit).

A candidate can't refuse a mark.

To obtain first class honors a student must have an average of 16/20, for upper second class honors 14/20 and for lower second class honors 12/20.

Article 5 – Examination committee

The examination board, designated by the President of the University, is composed of the General Director of the CEIPI, the head of studies of the relevant program and representatives of the teaching staff in the program. The examination committee is presided by the General Director of the CEIPI and in his absence by the head of studies of the relevant program or by a professor or assistant professor. The examination committee decision is final.

Article 6 – Regulations governing working students

The General Director of the CEIPI upon the recommendation of the program head may authorize a student who also has regular employment to complete a program over two years. In this case, the student must furnish a declaration by his employer.

The working student must ask for authorization at the time of registration and the course load is established in agreement with the head of studies of the program and with the authorization of the General Director of the CEIPI.

Working students whose employment is related to program objectives may be exempted from the internship. The decision to grant an exemption lies with the General Director of the CEIPI.

Students must apply for the exemption at the time of registration.

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