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International Banking and Finance Law LLM


Course Description

This is a distinctive programme that provides a comprehensive postgraduate study package in the area of banking and finance law.

The programme will enable you to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the legal rules regulating the financial and capital markets in the UK, as well as at a global level. It will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the international regulatory frameworks in which banks and other financial institutions operate, as well as commercial financial issues such as the legal framework for international syndicated loans, bond issues, secured credit and insolvency.

You’ll investigate and apply the complex rules of banking and finance law to novel problems and real-world and hypothetical scenarios.

LLM International Banking and Finance Law is offered within the dynamic Centre for Business Law and Practice with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. This includes opportunities for extra-curricular activities that enhance transferable skills and develop your knowledge of law’s impact in the wider world.

The Centre for Business Law and Practice offers a wide range of experience and expertise in a number of fields, with links to the business community through, for example, the Advisory Board, which includes practitioners amongst its members. Industry and professional speakers regularly participate in conference and seminar events, which you’re encouraged to attend.

The Centre includes amongst its members internationally renowned researchers, and a number of teaching staff are qualified in the legal profession.

Course content

Compulsory modules studied throughout the year will give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the catalysts and consequences of modern banking crises
  • examine international approaches to banking supervision
  • discover the legal process involved in the regulation of banks
  • study syndicated lending and the issuing of bonds on the international capital markets.

All of these modules will be examined from an international perspective and do not simply focus on English law. These modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, 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.

If you are a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules and choose two optional modules in your first year. You’ll then take the compulsory dissertation module and two optional modules in your second year to complete your programme.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Insolvency Law 15 credits
  • International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework 15 credits
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans 15 credits
  • Postgraduate Legal Research Skills 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Corporate Finance and Securities Law 15 credits
  • International Corporate Rescue 15 credits
  • International Law of Credit and Security 15 credits
  • International Trade Finance Law 15 credits
  • The International Law of Foreign Investment 15 credits
  • International Economic Law 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Banking and Finance Law LLM Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read International Banking and Finance Law LLM Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of smaller group seminars and lectures, depending on the module. All students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, a number of one-to-one meetings and comment on draft work.

Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of an essay of up to 4,500 words at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.

Career opportunities

The International Banking and Finance programme enables graduates to pursue careers where success is built on the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international banking and finance law. Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles including auditors, teachers and in top level positions within the banking industry.

The programme also provides a stepping stone to further research projects. A number of our students remain with us to pursue a research career as PhD students.

Careers support

The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Visit the International Banking and Finance Law LLM page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Scholarships - 2 Awards

The School of Law is offering two scholarships of £2,000 for high-quality students studying postgraduate taught programmes in the School in 2015/16. The Professional Graduate Scholarship is not available to those registering via a School or University agreement.These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000

Eligibility

- You must hold an offer of a place to study and begin your postgraduate taught Masters programme in September 2015.
- You must be classified as a Home/EU student for tuition fee purposes.
- You must have one of the following ...
- A First Class undergraduate degree in a related subject
- An upper Second Class undergraduate degree in a related subject (with an average of at least 62% in years 2 and 3) and a mark of 65% or above in the dissertation
- For applicants with at least five years of relevant work experience: an Upper Second undergraduate degree in a related subject.

Application Procedure

You must submit an application to the Law Admissions Office [email protected] which includes proof of the criteria above. You must include your University ID number in your letter.

Further Information

http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates/taught-postgraduates/fees-and-funding


(Scholarship)

Liberty Scholarships - 6 Awards

The School of Law is offering six Liberty Scholarships of £3,000 to international students of high academic quality starting a postgraduate taught programme in 2015.These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance in your undergraduate degree; the final decision on the award of a Liberty Scholarship will be that of the appointed award panel. The Scholarships have been created to aid those students from countries and/or regions where lack of funding is the biggest barrier to obtaining higher education overseas. The Liberty Scholarship is not available to those registering via a School or University agreement.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3000

Eligibility

- You must be classified as an international student for tuition fee purposes.
- You must hold an offer of a place to study and begin your posgradaute taught Masters programme in September 2014.
- You must be resident of a country where there is limited availability of funding for international education at the post-graduate level
- You must hold an Upper Second Undergraduate degree in a related subject (with an average of at least 62% in years 2 & 3) and a mark of 65% or above in the dissertation.

Application Procedure

You must submit a statement of 250 words to [email protected] addressing the twin requirements of academic excellence and enhancing international outreach. You must include your University ID number in your letter.

Further Information

http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates/taught-postgraduates/fees-and-funding



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related degree. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Last Updated

19 August 2017

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