The University of Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV is the successor of the former Law and Economics Faculty, whose origins go back as far as the 15th century. It incorporates long-standing teaching programmes and institutes which have an established reputation in the academic specialities of the University, notably law, political science, and economics and management.
It is organised into 6 departments (UFR) in the areas of economics and management, law, and economic and social administration (AES), as well as an Institute of Business Administration (IAE), 2 University Institutes of Technology (IUT). In addition, the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies is also annexed to the University.
The University has 14,000 students and has a staff of 400 teachers and researchers with a non-academic staff of 300. It awards 4,100 diplomas each year at the various sites in Bordeaux itself as well as at the satellite sites of Agen and Périgueux.
The increasingly evident research potential of the University can be measured in figures: 3 Doctoral Schools (law, social and political sciences, economics, management and demographics) and 57 masters. Individual research projects come together to make up the 12 government-recognised research centres, some of which are attached to large research organisations such as the CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research) and the National Foundation of Political Science. Bordeaux IV has acquired a questionable reputation, nationally and internationally, in a number of academic areas where it is regarded as a centre of excellence. Without presenting an exhaustive list, the following areas are just a few examples of this: international finance; comparative foreign law and politics (Spain, Africa and developing countries, America, Central Europe, etc.); regional economic development, local management and administration and town and country planning; social and health legislation; community law; public administration and company management.