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Rachel J. Roche


Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! The main purpose of which was to keep my friends and family up-to-date with what I was up to during the LL.M. Also includes general ramblings - all views my own. 

Although I have now completed the LL.M I will be keeping the blog active in case it is of any use to anyone wanting to study abroad - to get an idea of how I found it. Of course if you want any "inside info" drop me a line in the Contact tab and Good Luck! 

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New apartment.... and cat

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 16, 2013 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The first few nights in my new place have been great. I think I’ve been lucky to find this apartment complete with chilled housemate in a city where everyone says finding somewhere to live is by far the most challenging part of the year abroad! The cat (yes, there is a cat who lives here too!) and I had a couple of run-ins, but I think she is starting to warm to me - she actually came and perched on the end of my bed earlier. The first day she hissed constantly and even went for me at o...

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I certainly have a lot of material.

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

My friend Caroline has been telling me for weeks (months even) that my stories from the house I share with my current and "interesting" landlady would make excellent fodder for an actual book. Maybe something akin to Stephen Clarke's novel about his year in, erm, Paris! You probably know the one. Well, I can now exclusively reveal that (no, I don't have a book deal) - however, I am moving apartments! This Saturday to be precise! 


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Happy New Year!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I have just arrived back in the 5th after spending the most amazing time with my friends and family over Christmas and the New Year. Unfortunately I was a bit poorly at the start of the holidays but having made sure I’m stocked up with vitamins and vegetables, I should now be fine now (fingers crossed!). The RER from the airport tonight was so much better than when I departed on the 20th December – this time there was no strike thank goodness and it was plain sailing. On the way o...

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Posted by Rachel J Roche on December 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Strasbourg was pretty good! We all got back yesterday having taken the TGV from Paris Gare de l’Est. It took only about 2 and a half hours to get there and, despite the heavy rain, it was actually not as cold as Paris has been these last few days. After all the talk of wrapping up warm and making sure we wear seven jumpers, I actually didn’t even need my scarf!


We got into Strasbourg after lunch and checked straight into the hotel before setting off on the tram...

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Strasbourg on Friday!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on December 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We are mid-way through the week and on Friday we are going to Strasbourg to the European Court of Human Rights and Parliament. It'll also be a great opportunity to take a look at the famous Christmas markets and maybe pick up some cute gifts for back home! 

Half way!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on December 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We most definitely must be half way through. I know this not just because it’s December, but because I had en email earlier today on behalf of the Trustees asking me for a round-up of how I’ve been getting on. I was expecting this email at the half-way point. I am excited that we are half way and also quite chuffed that I made it this far! The end is in sight and it’s time to crank up the volume and head straight on until morning! (Well, to the end of March when the exams w...

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The Christmas lights are up!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on November 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Paris is looking fairly Christmassy and I like it! Being nearly Christmas means I get to go home in a few short weeks to see family and friends for our two week break, and spend a bit of time out from the mountain of textbooks that I have accumulated.


As a prelude to said Christmas break, I went home last weekend for the first time since I arrived in Paris on the 1 September 2012. I finally got to see our new house and town (which, incidentally, I love) and myself, Adam, my...

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Coming home on Friday for the weekend!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on November 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We had our Constitutional law exam yesterday! An oral exam of all of 20 minutes would be a breeze in English of course, but this is a French course so, well, it was in French and the French political and legal system is nothing like ours in the UK!!


Anyway, yesterday morning I was up at 5:30am re-reading through my notes that I had been through in the company of fellow reviser Caroline for the 100th time the night before and then I had to hot-foot it over to Opéra for ...

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The last few weeks

Posted by Rachel J Roche on November 13, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If I can tell you one thing, it is that the University Paris 1 is not only a law school but a life school! Whilst I am most certainly learning a lot about French and European Law (of course) I am also learning a fair bit about myself and about other people too. By that I mean other people generally, mainly the French and no one specific – although of course, now that the 12 of us students have been together for two and a half months, we probably have the measure of each other by now as ...

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Polyglot Club

Posted by Rachel J Roche on October 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This evening I went to a polyglot club soiree that my friend Montanna told me about - 

These events are basically a language swap - we spent the first hour speaking English and the following hour speaking French. There were people from all over the world and the whole idea is to practice your chosen language with native speakers. It's fairly informal and such a good idea, not least because we are all there for the same reason - to learn!

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Long awaited update...

Posted by Rachel J Roche on October 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (1)

If you are one of my friends and family, you will have noticed that I have haven’t updated my blog for a little while… and you will also know that this is mainly because we have been super busy – to list a few of the recent events, we have visited the Cour de Cassation (the French highest court of appeal that deals with points of law rather than fact), we have also visited the Conseil d’Etat which is the highest administrative court in France (dealing with, inter alia,...

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Week beginning 10 September 2012

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We started our main subjects this week (after mainly introductions last week) – and, thankfully we have slightly shorter days, which is a relief as I’m not sure we could have all kept up the pace of the first week although obviously this is where the real work starts...! We have constitutional law with (Mme. Benetti) on Mondays, European Union Law (Mme. Pingel) Tuesday. Wednesday we then have French in the morning followed by Company Law (M. Lecourt). Thursday and Friday sees Con...

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Mecredi... les jours passent assez vite

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Bonjour à tous.

Nous avons aujourd’hui commencé droit des sociétés avec Monsieur Benoit Lecourt qui a écrit beaucoup des livres et articles dans ce domaine. Il est bien connu je crois. Ce matin nous avons eu un cours avec Madame Lazerge pour améliorer nos connaissances de la langue française et pour élargir nos vocabulaires juridiques.

Demain nous avons deux cours droit des contrats et droit administratif.

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Fin de la premiere semaine...

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 9, 2012 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s Sunday and this week has been a rollercoaster. I was so pleased when Friday afternoon came around because I was so tired, my brain was fried and my eyes stinging. The course is certainly full on and there is a lot of work, but I’m determined to keep at it and do my absolute best. I think I am having a bit more difficulty than I would perhaps like to admit on the language front, but then it’s only one week in and I know I can’t expect miracles just yet!


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La rentree a l'ecole - First day in class!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 3, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s 4:15 pm and I am back at the apartment already. Goodness me, having been so worried about this day, it has come and gone so quickly and it was actually really good! We are seven in total in the class although I understand that we have another student joining us from next week. We have students from Spain, Greece and China amongst other countries. Everyone is lovely and one of the girls has a baby on the way which is quite exciting. I think I am pretty much the eldest, but not by th...

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Dimanche - rien n'est ouvert en ville...

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I went jogging in the Jardin du Luxembourg this morning! It’s one of the most popular places in the city for jogging and there were plenty of people about despite it being a Sunday when most shops are closed. I really wanted to get some good cleaning products for the bathroom and some antibacterial wipes for my desk and stuff, but I had to make the best of the small bit of bathroom cleaner that I found and some sponges I had bought yesterday to clean around a bit. If there is one thing ...

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First Day! (Saturday)

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Ok, so I have arrived! Despite my concern about the size of my luggage and how I was going to be able to transport it, the journey was surprisingly easy! I got a couple of comments on the way… from the taxi driver who suggested I should have brought 2 smaller cases, the check-in guy who couldn’t believe I bought the case in England as apparently we don’t sell cases that big, and then of course the middle-aged man who asked if I had a body in there! Perhaps I should have hidd...

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It's the day before departure!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on September 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (4)

I am not freaking out, I am not freaking out..! hehe. I’m fairly calm, the suitcase has been wrestled downstairs and is nearly packed and I just have a few last minute chores to do like clean the fridge and vacuum (all very exciting) before I am ready to leave in the morning! My friend Charlotte is coming round tonight for dinner and I have managed to see loads of the girls over the last week or so which has been great! We had a bit of a get-together with about 12 of us friends last wee...

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Two weeks to go!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on August 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s now only 2 weeks to go before the start of the year at the Sorbonne. After what seems like quite a while since I embarked on my application to get there, it’s now only a matter of days before I actually start! I am slightly nervous, but very much excited! It’s mine and Adam’s last day in Cheltenham together today as he flies to Oman in the early hours tomorrow and by the time he returns, I will be gone. We spent the day chilling out at home in the morning with ho...

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Faites attention on the Metro!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on August 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Becky and I went on the Metro quite a few times over our weekend and it’s a brilliant way to get around. On one occasion however, some American tourists came close to being pickpocketed by a group of girls whilst getting on the train. After being shouted at by some guys who noticed before it was too late, the girls promptly left the train but simply went to sit back down on the bench at the station, presumably to wait for another target. It’s awful, but you have to be so careful. ...

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