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If you are planning to specialise in the financial sector, the LLM International Financial Law is the perfect course for you! Combining two compulsory modules and two optional modules, the course offers everything you need for a solid foundation on which to build your career. Read more

If you are planning to specialise in the financial sector, the LLM International Financial Law is the perfect course for you! Combining two compulsory modules and two optional modules, the course offers everything you need for a solid foundation on which to build your career.

The Banking Law module will give you an understanding of the role of banks in our economy, and the relevant regulatory schemes. You will also study the banker–customer relationship, the impact of new electronic payment systems, developments within money laundering regulations and the issue of bank resolution in the light of the global financial crisis.

In the International Financial Law module you will examine financial law and approaches to key aspects of it, the regulation and supervision of financial institutions, international financial architecture, the role of credit rating agencies, and the nature of key debt and financial instruments, including International Bonds and Syndicated Loan Agreements.

These two compulsory modules are assessed via written coursework, and a practical assessment – a group presentation – also forms part of the International Financial Law module. You will supplement these modules with two optional modules from the wide range that the course has to offer.

Why choose this course?

The global financial crisis launched domestic and international finance to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. This course offers a critical analysis of the events, and examines the response of the world’s financial markets, as well as giving you the wider skills and knowledge you will need for a specialist career in the financial and banking sector.

As you would expect from the Hertfordshire Law School, the teaching is delivered by specialists in their field, and is underpinned by cutting-edge research and regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it remains relevant and on topic. Our innovative teaching methods are specifically designed to maximise your intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills.

If you wish, you can combine a similar pathway, and graduate with a named joint pathway. In addition, you may wish to complement your degree with our co-curricular programme, which will further enhance your skills.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Dissertation - 60 Credits
  • Research Methods and Skills - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - 30 Credits
  • Banking Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Public International Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Intellectual Property 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Commercial Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance - 30 Credits
  • Company Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Environmental Law - 30 Credits
  • International Energy Law - 30 Credits
  • Medical Law and Ethics - 30 Credits
  • International Human Rights Law - 30 Credits
  • Islamic Finance Law - 30 Credits
  • International Development Law - 30 Credits
  • Private International Law - 30 Credits
  • Emerging technologies and law - 30 Credits
  • Data Protection Law - 30 Credits
  • International Electronic Communications Law - 30 Credits
  • Corporate Governance - 30 Credits
  • Employment law - 30 Credits
  • International Financial Law 2 - 30 Credits

Teaching methods

Flexible and innovative teaching methods and focus on current global financial issues and challenges make this a very exciting degree. Teaching is delivered via class seminars and supported by a wide variety of practical work, including group discussions, small-group collaborations, role plays and debates, offering you a range of practice and experience to develop your skills of negotiation, persuasion, debating, presentation, teamwork and leadership.

Written assignments require deeper independent study, to consolidate class learning and to enable you to develop the appropriate skills to formulate arguments and seek solutions to contemporary global financial issues. Group oral presentations help you develop and demonstrate teamwork, leadership, public speaking and time management skills, all necessary for any career.

Further opportunities to develop your mentoring, teamwork and leadership skills are available through our peer support and mentoring scheme.

Careers

The LLM Inernational Financial Law is the degree for you if you are planning a career in the banking and financial sector. On successful completion of your studies you will be ideally suited for work as an in-house lawyer or in consultancy, in an international organisation of any size and in any sector of industry, or for an academic or research career.



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This programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans. Read more
This programme takes an integrated approach to finance and financial law, including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond issues, and loans. In these fast changing subjects, the MSc Finance and Financial Law provides the specialist knowledge required in international banks and investment firms, legal practice, regulatory institutions and the academic world. The programme relates to both national and international finance, and considers how financial and legal principles are applied in the context of actual case studies.

Graduates from the MSc Finance and Financial Law will be well equipped for a career with a financial institution, a commercial law firm, regulator, government department or indeed in general business.

Among the institutions with which our graduates are currently working are: Baronsmead Partners LLP; China Banking Regulatory Commission; Deloitte; JP Morgan Chase; Kleinwort Benson; KPMG; Merrill Lynch; Mograbi Real Estate, Israel; Rivers State Ministry of Finance, Nigeria; Telenor, Pakistan.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mscfinfinlaw/

Structure

You will study two pre-sessional introductory modules (Introduction to Financial Analysis and Introduction to Law & Legal Method) followed by six modules, five of which are compulsory and one is elective, and you will also write a dissertation on finance and financial law.

Programme Specification

Programme Specification (pdf; 61kb) - http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/mscfinfinlaw/file39837.pdf

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

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The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

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During this LLM in International Financial Law you’ll be exposed to different perspectives and have the opportunity to widen your professional network. Read more

During this LLM in International Financial Law you’ll be exposed to different perspectives and have the opportunity to widen your professional network. You will become an expert in financial law with a thorough insight into issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets while developing a comprehensive understanding of the financial services industry.

Brighton hosts the headquarters of major international financial corporations and is located less than an hour from London, Europe’s financial capital. This gives you direct access to prospective employers.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • The LLM in International Financial Law is taught by expert faculty - our world-leading research underpins our teaching.
  • Our courses are designed with skills training at their core, enabling you to apply your understanding of global finances to the real world and prepare you for your career.
  • A truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge and widen your professional network.

How will I study?

Teaching on this course has a practical emphasis. In addition to the fundamental theoretical knowledge and skills, you will be equipped with the practical tools necessary to apply your understanding of global finance – and how it is regulated – to the real world.

The LLM is highly interdisciplinary. This is reflected in the diversity of the modules available and the academic staff in charge of the teaching, including lawyers, economists and political scientists.

Our range of modules gives you the opportunity to identify fields of study closest to your career aspirations. You learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation. Find out more about the core modules and options here.

You're assessed through coursework, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Funding opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex.  Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

This course gives you a solid formation in the field of international financial law and practice. You will be prepared to start/continue a successful career in areas such as: 

  • Legal practice in major law firms 
  • Consultancy and legal advice in multinational corporations 
  • Financial supervision agencies 
  • International organisations 

You will also have the knowledge to go on to PhD study and then an academic career. 



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This course will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the field of international corporate and financial law. Read more

This course will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the field of international corporate and financial law. You will be able to acquire and develop enhanced knowledge and critical analysis of key themes of financial and corporate law set against an international backdrop. The course programme will encourage you to challenge current intellectual thinking, and each module is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to your chosen field. The stimulating course content, underpinned in many areas by internationally recognized research, is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to the international and national commercial law sector. The dynamics of the course places emphasis on the engagement with existing and emerging research and advanced scholarship.

Upon completion of the course, you will have developed enhanced analytical, critical, communication and presentational skills appropriate to postgraduate level study in the context of the core and option modules. You will gain an awareness of contrasting legal perspectives through the study of relevant literature; and will appreciate the roles of both national and international law and its impact and / or application to the English jurisdiction and legal practice.

Whether you pursue a career in the areas of corporate and financial law, this degree will provide you with a set of transferable intellectual and practical skills that will aid your career development or enhancement.

Assessments are varied, including case study analysis, research-focused assignments, preparation of reports, simulated presentation to a corporate board and formal examinations.

Additionally, there is a dissertation on a topic agreed between the student and the award tutor – this can be tailored to your personal development needs and future career focus.

Read more about Law at the University of Wolverhampton.

Career path

Holders of this award may also choose to go on to work in the field of education and / or undertake a further postgraduate research course, such as an MPhil or PhD.

What skills will you gain?

Demonstrate knowledge and the ability of critical analysis of a range of essential legal topics to enhance their understanding of commercial and corporate law and the inter relationship between commercial and legal aspects of corporate enterprise.

Demonstrate critical awareness of current problems and developments in international financial law.

Demonstrate self-direction, independent learning, and originality in tackling, solving and furthering their autonomy in the study of complex themes pertinent to international corporate and financial law

Plan and implement tasks and communicate to a range of audiences at a professional or equivalent level.

Use a range of specialist and transferable skills enabling them to maximise employment opportunities in circumstances requiring sound judgement and personal responsibility

Undertake research based on an understanding of research methodologies and advanced scholarship

Who accredits this course?

This course gives you added value as on successful completion of it you may choose to apply for membership of an internationally recognised professional body, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

The University has ‘recognised course provider’ status by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) through the module - Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes, so that on successful completion of this module and course, you may apply to the CIArb for Associate Membership.



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The pathway in International Financial Law is a widely respected specialist LLM with an international reputation. It focuses on the law, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets and their regulation. Read more

The pathway in International Financial Law is a widely respected specialist LLM with an international reputation. It focuses on the law, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets and their regulation. It benefits from an unrivalled London location, and is taught by a practitioner-led faculty providing cutting edge teaching expertise in the field.

Key benefits

  • Reputed teaching team made up of senior academics with a strong practitioner background, giving the specialist LLM its strength and credibility.
  • Wide-ranging selection of modules, many unique in this area, covering fields which are major practice areas in global and regional law firms in major financial centres and with investment banks.
  • Opportunities to listen to and meet with a range of guest speakers, including partners from global law firms.

Description

The International Financial Law LLM focuses on the law, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets (International loans and Bonds, International Project Finance, Derivatives and Securitisations), corporate mergers and acquisitions and their regulations under key legal regimes (EU, US and the UK), as well as international investment.

It will give you an in-depth understanding of many of the cutting edge transactions in this field (eg credit derivative structures and synthetic securitisations) as well as the volume of anticipated regulatory law now being enacted both in the EU and in the US in response to the financial market crisis of 2008. It will also cover allied legal disciplines strongly related to these topics such as Comparative Corporate Insolvency.

The LLM is strongly oriented towards a problem-solving approach, both as to legal rules and their practical use. It consequently has a clear practice orientation, but also employs critical analysis of the law and its development to the issues of the global financial market.

The leader of this pathway is Professor Ravi Tennekoon.

Course purpose

The LLM in International Financial Law consists of a strongly practice-oriented set of modules providing you with both the necessary legal knowledge and practical orientation necessary to practice in this field. While providing and expecting the highest level of academic rigour many of the modules will seek to train you to problem-solve and advise as practitioners in the global law firms or as investment banking counsel. The teaching in this area will be strongly international in outlook, in addition to being practice-oriented and intellectually challenging.

Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a substantial legal content) as well as established legal or other professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding.

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. 

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level. That's why you'll find our LLM course is supplemented by opportunities to develop your skills and professional networks. 

The result is that students are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions with global law firms located in London and other major financial centres and positions as in-house legal counsel with investment banks as well as positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission and UN. 

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The programme provides a specialist focus on transactions, markets and global regulatory issues. Modern lawyers need to understand the structure and interplay of both corporate and financial law both at domestic and international level. Read more

The programme provides a specialist focus on transactions, markets and global regulatory issues. Modern lawyers need to understand the structure and interplay of both corporate and financial law both at domestic and international level.

Why this programme

  • You will focus on key areas such as the legal framework for equity capital, issuing debt, takeovers and insolvency.
  • The programme covers both the private law focus on the structuring of individual transactions, and the public law focus on the regulation of financial institutions and markets.
  • You will be taught by a team of academics with practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues.
  • The programme covers aspects of UK, EU and international law.

Programme structure

You are required to take at least three courses from the following list (plus one other) and to submit a dissertation as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching. You will be taught by a team of academics with practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues. 

Courses

  • Corporate social responsibility and the law
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Debt finance and security
  • International financial regulation 
  • International finance law 
  • International investment law 
  • International merger control 
  • International tax law
  • M&A transactions.

Career prospects

There is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in both corporate and financial law. You will be well placed for roles in law firms, banks, insurers, asset managers, regulators and international organisations.



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The LLM International Financial Law offers you an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in one of the most high-profile areas of legal practice today. Read more

The LLM International Financial Law offers you an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in one of the most high-profile areas of legal practice today.

Global financial services law and regulations are the subject of ongoing legal debate. Our legal specialists have research expertise covering a range of topical global finance issues which they bring into the classroom.

This course will introduce you to the major regulatory and contractual issues in international financial and banking law. You will be encouraged to examine the financial practices of developed and developing countries, and how these relate to broader business law issues across the world.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.

The course has a compulsory research component, in which students have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). If students choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper must be within the area of a semester two course unit that you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve students' legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the modules chosen by the student.

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of two research papers (30 credits each) or a dissertation.

The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as international trade and corporate law, financial services regulation, European law, international economic law, intellectual property law, human rights law, corporate governance, and law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study. This involves taking one core course unit (International Financial Services Regulation ) of 30 credit value, and the remaining 90 credits from an approved list of commercial law options.

The course has a compulsory research component, in which you have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree programme will total 120 credits and the research element of the degree programme will total 60 credits i.e. you will study 180 credits for a master's programme. If you choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research within the area of a semester one or a semester two course unit you have taken. If you choose to complete a dissertation this must be within the area of one units you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for masters study. To find out more please visit our  Master's funding opportunity search page .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

This master's degree will enable you to develop the specialist knowledge necessary for a career in legal practice in any developed or developing country with a financial services or business law profile. It is also suitable for those looking to work directly in the financial services industry, especially those interested in compliance issues.



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Designed to allow practitioners in finance to strengthen their knowledge of financial law, and those working in law to gain a greater knowledge of finance, this programme equips both groups with the tools to negotiate the wide-ranging changes in global financial markets and the legal and the regulatory environment in which those markets operate. Read more
Designed to allow practitioners in finance to strengthen their knowledge of financial law, and those working in law to gain a greater knowledge of finance, this programme equips both groups with the tools to negotiate the wide-ranging changes in global financial markets and the legal and the regulatory environment in which those markets operate.

Teaching takes an integrated approach to aspects of finance and law, with topics including risk management, regulation, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and formation of companies, as well as the bank-client relationship, bond issues and loans. Modules relate to both national and international finance and will give you an insight into how financial and legal principles are applied in practice as well as in theory.

Start dates

There are five 8-week study sessions throughout the year – November, February, April, June and August. Examinations take place in October each year.

Visit the MSc Finance and Financial Law page on the SOAS, University of London web site for more details.

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Our LLM International Financial Law course has been designed to respond to the rapid growth in the development of the law in this area and to meet an increasing demand for specialists within but also beyond the legal profession. Read more
Our LLM International Financial Law course has been designed to respond to the rapid growth in the development of the law in this area and to meet an increasing demand for specialists within but also beyond the legal profession.

This course is ideally suited for students looking for employment in the wider field of financial law. The course therefore offers a wide range of career possibilities for graduates within the legal, financial services sector and academia.

Modules include: International Banking Regulation, Securing Corporate Debt and Business Organisations.

Scholarships are available, visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/scholarshipsnls for details.

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This programme will offer students a range of modules combining the study of international business with international law. It will be of interest to students with an interest in issues of international corporate governance. Read more
This programme will offer students a range of modules combining the study of international business with international law.

It will be of interest to students with an interest in issues of international corporate governance

It will draw on the unique and vibrant research culture in international law at UEL School of Law.

It will offer options from a wide range of fields of international law allowing students to develop their own specialization.

Programme structure
There are three core 30 credit modules, one 60 credit dissertation of 15,000 words and one optional 30 credit module. The total programme amounts to 180 credits and is available one year full-time or two years part-time. Core modules are: International Law and Business, International Corporate Governance and Current Issues and Research in International Law; one module can be selected from a comprehensive list of business and commercial law modules that include Regulation of Transnational Corporations, The Regulation of Financial Markets, The Law of the World Trade Organisation, Business and Human Rights and Economic Integration in Developing Countries.

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The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Master programmes in Law. The focus of these Master programmes is on European Law and they are all bilingual, meaning that classes and exams are carried out both in English and in French. Read more
The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance offers three Master programmes in Law. The focus of these Master programmes is on European Law and they are all bilingual, meaning that classes and exams are carried out both in English and in French. Each Master is a two-year programme. A student can choose to either follow the entire two-year programme or follow only the second year of a specialisation. Students must meet the specific requirements of admission in both cases. Each Master offers two specialisations in the second year. Applicants choose their specialisation during registration for the second year and indicate their motivation for a specific track already in their first year application. The Master degree is awarded upon successful completion of the second year.

Master en droit économique européen - LL.M.
Contentieux Européen
Droit Pénal Européen des Affaires
Master en droit financier européen et international - LL.M
Droit bancaire et financier européen
Droit fiscal européen international
Master en droit européen – LL.M.
Droit Européen Général
Droit Privé Européen
The first year is a course programme common to all three Master programmes in Law.

It serves to broaden the knowledge acquired during the bachelor studies and will provide students with a deeper insight into European law. With its emphasis on European, comparative and international law, the Master programme naturally reflects its proximity to several European institutions such as the Court of Justice, the General Court, the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund and the European Court of Auditors. Courses in the second year of the Master programmes are taught by experts from these institutions as well as other practitioners and faculty members. Courses in the first year are taught mainly by professors from the University and some invited professor.

The first year also prepares students for the requirements during the second year of the Master, where in each specialisation in-depth competencies and practical application of the relevant European law are achieved. An overview of the courses offered during the first year can be found under “Programme”. The diversity of courses ranges from general introduction and overview courses as well as more specialized topics that give an insight to the different tracks; students can freely choose from the range of courses (of which not all are taught every year) typically five courses per semester. Teaching relies on problem-based learning methods. In addition, the possibility for participation in Moot Court competitions to train in a “real-life” application of knowledge is an integral part of the programme. Preparatory language courses are offered to students, as well as continuous language training during the year.

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The global financial crisis has triggered greater interest in international finance law. It is broadly believed that multiple causal factors in various domains played their role in this worldwide social-economic crisis. Read more

The global financial crisis has triggered greater interest in international finance law. It is broadly believed that multiple causal factors in various domains played their role in this worldwide social-economic crisis. These include international corporate governance, international banking regulation, and accounting and reporting schemes. This course will enable students to obtain a deeper understanding of these issues by studying a range of modules on various aspects of law and finance and will be attractive to those who want to specialise in law in this rapidly developing field. It will, in addition, focus on the policy issues surrounding financial regulation and will enable students to conduct research into these interdisciplinary areas.

This innovative programme meets the growing demand for professionals with financial and legal expertise by combining theory and practice to deliver one of the very few specialised law and finance postgraduate programmes in the UK.

The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the law, economics and finance governing international law and finance both in the UK, Europe and at a global level.

Whether your background is weighted more towards the legal or financial field, dedicated support ensures that you will gain the necessary analytical, financial and legal skills early in the programme to be able to succeed.

You will benefit from a compulsory programme in the week before the academic year begins to ensure that all students have the required finance and elementary legal skills prior to the start of teaching. This induction programme is delivered by the School of Law and Business School. The programme focuses on a range of areas including quantitative skills. This combines with support provided by the School of Law early in the programme to ensure that all students have the requisite detailed legal skills required for the programme and to understand the latest legal frameworks and legislation which apply to this rapidly moving sector. International students will have the opportunity for additional in-sessional language support.

Practical experience

As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to gain real hands-on experience, through a range of professional activities and advanced facilities designed to develop your practical skills.

For example, you will gain understanding of financial markets, whilst developing important professional skills, as part of a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Using the same market simulations as companies such as HSBC, JPMorgan and Bank of America, you will have the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a City trader operating a state-of-the-art trading desk, and to apply key financial theories to live market prices.

You will also have access to the Business School’s financial markets lab, equipped with Bloomberg terminals and a virtual trading platform, providing opportunities for skills development and research activity.

Course content

The compulsory modules studied will give you an excellent opportunity to:

  • explore corporate law, corporate finance law, corporate tax law and securities regulation
  • engage critically with domestic and international developments in financial law from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives
  • examine detailed knowledge of financial services and financial derivatives both from a theoretical and practical standpoint
  • understand how to analyse and present statistical data
  • learn how to interpret financial accounting information
  • make effective financial decisions in a corporate enterprise.

Additionally, these compulsory modules will also enable you to hone your legal and finance research and writing skills, which you will be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic. The programme gives students the flexibility of choosing a topic within the field of either financial law or finance, or an interdisciplinary topic.

If you study with us, you will also benefit from our rigorous support programme which includes a pre-sessional programme, offered by the Law School in conjunction with the Business School. This is designed to support the development of your finance knowledge particularly for students who do not have a background in finance. Additionally we host a 10-week programme which runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law, particularly those who do not have a background in law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programmes, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of International Financial Law 15 credits
  • Quantitative Methods 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance and Securities Law 15 credits
  • Dissertation 45 credits

Optional modules

  • International Competition Law 15 credits
  • Corporate Law 15 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 15 credits
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans 15 credits
  • International Law of Credit and Security 15 credits
  • International Trade Finance Law 15 credits
  • Central Issues in Arbitration 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • Corporate Governance 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Law and Finance MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through weekly and fortnightly seminars and lectures over two semesters. You’ll also receive separate dissertation supervision. Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through coursework and exams.



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Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia. Read more

Studying an LLM Master of Laws offers unrivalled academic stimulation, the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the law and specialise your knowledge in a particular area, and improved career prospects at the highest level whether that be in practice or academia.

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

Our faculty is able to teach and supervise an extensive range of international subjects, with particular specialities inspired by our renowned research in the areas of Commercial Law, Public Law, Human Rights Law, and Family Law.

Specialist Pathways

Students can obtain a specialised LLM. Specialisms include International Commercial Law, European Law, Maritime Law, Intellectual Property Law, Insurance Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Law, Conflict and Security.

International Commercial Law

The LLM in International Commercial Law provides a wide range of options. Students may focus on banking and financial law, corporate law or general commercial law. Exeter’s strong links with the legal profession’s top global firms and employers make this LLM a particularly attractive one for students who are looking to go into private practice or to work in banks or financial institutions. This LLM is also an ideal preparation for a career in international business as it covers areas of expertise required to succeed in senior positions in international trading companies. Internships in Europe and further afield, are often advertised to participants in this course, especially those with hard-to-find linguistic or other skills. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/commercial

European Law

This specialism is designed to give students the opportunity to study the constitutional issues which arise from the concept of the European Union, including law making and the relationship between the EU and Member States.

We provide modules which examine the substantive law of the EU and the way in which that law has been implemented in English law. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/european

Maritime Law

The LLM in Maritime Law is designed specifically for students who wish to study shipping and international trade law in detail.

The modules are particularly suited to students who intend to pursue careers in chartering, trade and marine insurance (including Protection and Indemnity Clubs).

English law is widely adopted in other jurisdictions, so a study of English law is particularly important. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/maritime

Intellectual Property Law

The LLM in Intellectual Property allows students to study in depth the substantive areas of law which make up intellectual property such as competition law, copyright, trade mark law, patents and consumer protection.

Much of the law is derived from EU measures, and the modules are taught from both a domestic and EU perspective. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/property

International Human Rights Law

This specialism has been specifically developed to allow you to construct a programme appropriate to private practice or public employment in the field of international human rights law.

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/humanrights

Insurance Law

Insurance is a key part of commercial law and practice but it is only researched and taught at a few universities. This pathway will allow you to construct a programme that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical tools needed to gain a thorough understanding of insurance law, practice and regulation.

The programme is designed for those with a special interest in the wide field of insurance law. While the precise modules available may vary from year to year, typical examples modules for the pathway might include general principles of insurance, consumer insurance, marine insurance, reinsurance, EU motor insurance and financial regulations. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/insurance

International Law, Conflict and Security

Designed with the needs of practitioners in mind, the programme will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of international conflict and security law, including the rules relating to the conduct of hostilities, peacetime military deployments, cyber operations and post-conflict governance. Consistent with its hands-on approach, the LLM will develop your professional and personal skills, including through a simulated command post exercise that will test your knowledge and aptitude in a practical setting. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/law/masteroflaws/internationalconflictsecurity



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Develop your global legal career with an online LLM from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools. . Read more

Develop your global legal career with an online LLM from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools. 

The International Financial and Commercial Law LLM programme will provide students with an in-depth understanding, and expertise in a number of key areas of financial and commercial law, as well as with skills and analytical tools to enable them to apply, analyse and think critically.

Today, the world of commerce and finance is dominated by global trading and the free flow of capital and investments. Legal practice is constantly evolving and adapting to new products, new markets and new technologies. Financial innovation flourishes within a constantly expanding framework of financial regulation, resulting in the emergence of new market actors, new financial products and new trading techniques.

In order to conceptually capture these phenomena, we need to apply our traditional legal techniques in innovative ways and often invent new legal mechanism that better fit our global economic reality. This requires lawyers to draw on a multitude of legal sources – domestic, international and transnational – as well as the utilization of an interdisciplinary approach to law, based on the insights of finance and economics.

This law masters of law degree is taught 100% online, meaning that you can advance your education without taking a break from work, and you can fit your studies around your life commitments. You can benefit from the world-renowned teaching of King’s College London wherever you are in the world.

The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career within financial or commercial law, and would be ideal for lawyers who wish to enhance their understanding of the world of commerce and finance, which is dominated by global trading and the free flow of capital and investments. It would also be of interest to people working in finance and business whose role has a legal focus.

Description

The online International Financial & Commercial Law LLM has great practical relevance. It will equip students with problem solving skills, an ability to deal with legal problems and questions against the backdrop of economic realities and a good business sense. 

The programme will:

  • Provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of areas within financial and commercial law (legal concepts, values, principles and rules) from the perspectives of English, European, International and Transnational law.
  • Equip you with a working knowledge of the basic principles of finance and their relevance for corporate law. This is essential for anyone who wants to pursue a career in international commercial and financial law.
  • Provide a leading edge approach to understanding the commercial realism which impacts the legal decisions that businesses need to make in our global economy, and help develop critical awareness of current problems in a range of areas of financial and commercial law.
  • Critically assess the operation and functioning of modern financial markets by covering both the technical and legal side of the manner in which different financial instruments are now issued, held and traded.

It is based on the most advanced legal thinking emanating from the experience of major legal systems and international and transnational law regimes. You will benefit from The Dickson Poon School of Law’s pioneering transnational legal perspective in legal research and teaching.

Ranked first in the UK for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and one of the top 20 law schools in the world, our academics provide cutting edge legal teaching in an intellectually rigorous and stimulating environment. Gain a master’s degree in law from King’s College London and enhance your career opportunities. 

Career prospects

At King’s, you’ll enter into one of the world’s most competitive student bodies and join a legacy of graduates that are sought out by some of the leading employers in the field. The Dickson Poon School of Law has strong connections with some of the world’s leading legal firms and international employers. A King’s College London LLM will allow you to study alongside other legal professionals around the world and enhance your career prospects.

The International Financial & Commercial Law LLM is designed for students who wish to pursue a career within financial or commercial law. It would be useful to students who aspire to work in the financial and commercial sectors, but not necessarily within a legal career. The programme would also be an excellent foundation for students who are considering pursuing legal research. 

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The LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law covers a broad range of commercially focussed modules that draw on the wealth of commercial expertise across the School of Law. Read more
The LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law covers a broad range of commercially focussed modules that draw on the wealth of commercial expertise across the School of Law.

LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law deals with the global and regional regulation of international trade, structuring and managing international business transactions, and the economic foundations of trade and corporate law.

Professional Module Exemptions

The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) has recognised masters programmes offered by the School of Economics and Finance for advanced standing for the Chartered Banker Diploma. Graduates can proceed directly to the Chartered Banker Diploma with no requirement for prior underpinning study, recognising the high level of commonality of elements within LLM programme content against the CBI’s Diploma modules.

Students on the LLM programme who take both the QLLM136 Ethics in Business and in Finance and QLLM007 Banking Law modules will be eligible for exemption from the Chartered Banker Diploma compulsory module: Professionalism Regulation and Ethics.

Taught modules

Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Commercial and Corporate Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available LLM modules.

All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Note: Not all of the modules will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change.

Please refer the toe QMUL Law website for a full list and information on the modules for this programme.

Below is an example of some of the modules for this programme .
◦◦ QLLM011 Company Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM021 Corporate Governance (45 credits)
◦ QLLM025 E-Commerce Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM050 International Commercial Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM060 International Merger Control (45 credits)
◦ QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM068 Law of Economic Crime (45 credits)
◦ QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits)
◦ QLLM076 Media Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM080 Multinational Enterprises and the Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM087 Taxation Principles and Concepts (45 credits)
◦ QLLM095 Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries (45 credits)
◦ QLLM120 Business Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM124 European Union Competition Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM128 Telecommunications Law (45 credits)
◦ QLLM138 General Principles of Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM139 Insurance Regulation (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM141 Insurance Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM142 Reinsurance Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM145 Intellectual Property in Business (45 credits)
◦ QLLM150 Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM151 Negotiation Theory and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem1)
◦ QLLM164 Elements of Islamic Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM165 Islamic Finance and Commercial Law (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM179 International and Comparative Petroleum Law and Contracts (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM180 US International Taxation (45 credits)
◦ QLLM181 Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM182 / QLLG006 Charterparties: Law and Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM191 Competition and Regulation in EU Healthcare Markets (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM192 Market Integration and Regulation in the European Internal Market (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM300 / QLLG001 Marine Insurance Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM302 / QLLG004 Carriage of Goods (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM305 Cartels, Collusion and Competition Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM306 Competition enforcement: From investigation to sanctions (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
◦ QLLM316 Chinese Business Law (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM324 Comparative Contract Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM328 Digital Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM329 Informational Technology Transactions (sem 2)
◦ QLLM330 Comparative Copyright Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM331 International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-Border Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM332 Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM333 International Law of Patents and Related Rights (sem 2)
◦ QLLM334 Licensing Intellectual Property (sem 1)
◦ QLLM335 Intellectual Property and Fashion: Art and Design (sem 1)
◦ QLLM337 Design and Intellectual Property: EU and US
◦ QLLM338 International and Comparative Law of Unfair Competition (sem 1)
◦ QLLM339 The Law of Registered Trade Marks (sem 2)
◦ QLLM340 Global Intellectual Property: Fundamental Principles (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM341 Global Intellectual Property: Technology and Policy (sem 2)
◦ QLLM342 Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM343 Interactive Entertainment Law: Contracts and Regulation (sem 2)
◦ QLLM345 The Business of Film (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
◦ QLLM348 Music Industry Contracts (sem 2)
◦ QLLM354 Information Security and the Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM360 Banking Law: International (sem 1)
◦ QLLM361 Banking Law (sem 2)
◦ QLLM362 International Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM363 International Finance Law Applied (sem 2)
◦ QLLM366 Regulation of Financial Markets (sem 1)
◦ QLLM368 Corporate Rescue and Cross-border Insolvency (sem 1)
◦ QLLM369 Financial Distress and Debt Restructuring (sem 2)
◦ QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
◦ QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
◦ QLLM372 Corporate Finance Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM373 Mergers and Acquisitions (M and As) (sem 2)
◦ QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM377 EU Financial and Monetary Law (sem 1)
◦ QLLM378 Securities Regulation (sem 2)
◦ QLLM385 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Context (sem 1)
◦ QLLM386 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selected Issues (sem 2)
◦ QLLM391 International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution (Sem 1)
◦ QLLM392 International Commercial Arbitration (sem 1)
◦ QLLM395 International Commercial Litigation (sem 1)
◦ QLLM396 Commercial Conflicts of Laws (sem 2)
◦ QLLM400 United States Energy Law, Regulation and Policy (sem 1)
◦ x CCLE019 Accounting for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ x CCLE021 International Macroeconomics for Lawyers (Sem 1)
◦ x CCLE026 Financial Models and Derivatives in a Legal Context (45 credits)
◦ x CCLE027 Financial Models and Application to Corporate Finance (45 credits)

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