What studies did you do exactly?

What studies did you do exactly?
What studies did you do exactly?

You asked me what studies I did exactly and how to find the motivation, so here is my answer my friend my sister.

First I was always top of the class when I was at school, but not for the right reasons. I was a good pupil because I wanted to prove my value to others.

Second, I dropped off because I thought I was no good anymore at studying. I became a cashier in a frozen food store.

My life changed because of kind people around me. Never underestimate the impact you can have on another person’s life.

More about my story from self hate to self love in the book The Knot in the Spiral my friend my sister.

Revealed: How many hours do you REALLY have to study if you go back to university after 30

Revealed: How many hours do you REALLY have to study if you go back to university after 30

Have you decided to go back to studying at university after 30 because you want to change careers or actually improve your current professional situation?

Well, I won’t go soft about it: you definitely need time, and I mean several hours EVERY day.

You are an adult with responsibilities so you may have a lot of pressure on your shoulders, as I had when I went back to college as a single mother of two.

So yes I did become a lawyer but I really worked hard. Every day I allocated at least 3 hours to studying. With kids. Without any family nearby which could have helped me. Working full-time in a job for my third year of law school.

My friend my sister, it is my wish to lift you up by proving that if I did it you can too. This is why I have written a book The Knot in the Spiral.

Books to study law in France for the second year of law at a French university or Licence 2

Books to study law in France for the second year of law at a French university or Licence 2

Which books shall I use to study law within a French university in second year called Licence 2? You asked me and here is my reply my friend my sister, subject by subject.

For administrative law, I recommend the book Droit administratif Précis Domat.

You also need to be very familiar with Les grands arrêts de la jurisprudence administrative – 22e éd..

For tax law, you will study Finances publiques and Droit fiscal. Have a look at Finances publiques – 11e éd. Collection Cours Dalloz by Jean-Luc Albert and Luc Saidj, Droit fiscal général – 11e éd. Collection Cours Dalloz by Jacques Grosclaude and Philippe Marchessou.

If you want to dive deeper into the subject, I used and loved the book Précis de fiscalité des entreprises 2019/2020 by Maurice Cozian, Martial Chadefaux and Florence Deboissy  and Droit fiscal des affaires de Daniel Gutmann.

Droit pénal is criminal law and it is always studied together with Procédure pénale in the second year of law at a French university. You can use Droit pénal. Procédure pénale 2020 – 11e éd. Collection hypercours by Catherine Ginestet and Thierry Garé.

For the subject called Droit civil des biens, I highly recommend you start from the source which is the Civil code in any codified legal system such as the French one.

If you need a book, you can have a look at Droit civil.Les biens – 10e éd. by François Terré and Philippe Simler . It is an expensive book so check your library first to see if they have it. In Paris, you can go to Cujas and Beaubourg Centre Pompidou as they have tons of books for law students.

Another subject is History of political ideas and for this the book Histoire des idées politiques en 50 fiches by Arnaud Coutant can be helpful, it is from Editions Ellipses.

For business law, you can read Droit commercial et des affaires 2020 – 26e éd. by Dominique Legeais.

If you want to dive deeper in to the subject of finance, economy and the monetary system, I recommend the following easy and free resources from the internet:

L’abc économie de la Banque de France

La revue de l’ACPR

Les dossiers thématiques de l’AMF

Summaries of EU legislation

Les fiches repères de la fédération bancaire française

If you are not a native English speaker and you have Legal English as a subject, I made a video about the TOEIC exam “TOEIC Practice Exams – 10 #books to rebuild our life Series – 7” and I really loved the book International Legal English Student’s Book with Audio CDs (3): A Course for Classroom or Self-study Use, as well as Oxford handbook of Legal Correspondence and lastly Professional English in use – LAW.

Last but not least, the class about contracts law and French tort law is the most important one. You can read Droit des obligations by Bertrand Fages and Droit des obligations by Philippe Malaurie, Laurent Aynès and Philippe Stoffel-Munck.

In my book The Knot in the Spiral, I share more about my journey and how i became a lawyer after starting as a cashier in a frozen food store.

Going back to college as a woman after 30 motivation and reply to Nana

Going back to college as a woman after 30 motivation and reply to Nana

Is going back to college a good idea my friend my sister?

Nana wrote to me: “The video by which I discovered your channel is the one where you share how you went back to college… I am 32 years old and I seriously consider going back to university… The tipping point has been the birth of my son last year. I realized my job did not suit me anymore.”

Your decision to go back to college shows your courage and the fact that you do not let yourself be fooled by the comfort of mediocrity.

What if you saw the few years required to get your diploma as a transition period? Indeed you may have to give up your social life altogether and you may put your child in day care regularly. Yet this is only temporary.

I am fully aware how difficult it is but if you could do your best to also practice self care during these studying years or marathon, it would help you to reach your goal without collapsing at the end like I did.

Lastly, going back to college is sometimes a test when you have to overcome the judgement of others, when you are the only one to be a mum and when people criticize you in a weird way. When I enrolled at the bar school, the student who was taking the administrative papers looked at me as if I was an alien and fired so many questions at me. It was as if passing the bar when you are not 25 years old was the strangest thing he ever saw.

What if such a testing period was training us to ignore other people’s opinion? What matters is you and your diploma. Also I must confess that experiencing such things (when you are the usual extraterrestrial being) makes you very very resilient!

So, what is the diploma you are seeking my friend my sister? Let’s share and motivate each other!

Why getting a prestigious #diploma if you do not use it?

Why getting a prestigious #diploma if you don't use it?

One way of rebuilding my life and getting my self confidence back was to study. I went back to college as a single mother of two children.

This was super difficult. But I persisted and got the very prestigious diploma of French lawyer.

What happened after I graduated and finished the mandatory one year of internships? I got hired in a fantastic law firm. I was well paid and working only 12 hours a day.

Nevertheless, I burned out. At some point, I couldn’t stand being trapped in an office all day long, being with people who were complaining all day, having to pretend I shared the same tastes my boss did, managing everybody’s ego within the team, never seeing my children and feeling I just wasn’t serving my life purpose.

My friend my sister, it is true that I am not using my lawyer diploma directly (although I teach legal French online), but it did made be better at speaking in public (or in front of a camera), handling difficult persons or stressed people, not taking things personally and feeling more confident when starting my own business. I did not waste my time.

I am sure you can spot some things you did in the past which are helping you now, even if they are not 100% related to what you do. Share them my friend my sister and let’s empower other women!