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The Specialist LLM in International Banking and Finance Law offers you the opportunity to study a fascinating and vital area of practice in the world’s financial centre, the City of London.

Who is it for?

The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law will appeal to a wide variety of students at all stages of their career who have an interest in financial services law. It will enable you to develop your career in private commercial practice or in-house at a financial institution. You will also be well-prepared to embark on policy-oriented careers in the vibrant financial services sector as well as in compliance and public service.

Objectives

The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law offers you the opportunity to study an important area of practice in the global financial centre, the City of London. The Specialism in International Banking and Finance Law will provide you with the knowledge, skills and insight into a highly complex and large area of law.

It will equip you with the fundamentals of international banking and financial law for which the City of London is so famous. The breadth and depth of the curriculum in this specialist degree are regarded highly by banking and finance professionals. You will be given the support to explore and study banking law, taxation, investments, money markets, and many more.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything CIty has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus - with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules - choose from the following 30-credit modules:
-EU Banking Law
-EU Tax Law
-International Banking Law
-International Corporate Finance Law
-International Investment Law
-International Tax
-Money Laundering
-Project Finance.

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in the financial services sector. The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

Visit the International Banking and Finance - LLM page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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