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How are international financial markets regulated? How do banks structure and document international financial transactions? What does it take to ensure the stability of the financial markets and to protect investors on those markets? How should integrity in the financial sector be maintained?

What does this master's programme entail?

In today’s interconnected world, national and international financial markets have far-reaching effects on organisations and individuals around the globe. That is why the financial sector is becoming increasingly regulated, leading to a growing need for specialists who work at the intersection of law and finance. In the Law and Finance programme, you will be specially trained to excel in this global and multidisciplinary field.

Reasons to choose Law and Finance at Leiden University?

As a student of the advanced master’s in Law and Finance, you will benefit from:

  1. Expert instructors: You will be taught by expert staff and guest lecturers who are internationally renowned in the field of law and finance. Many of our staff are prominent members of or contributors to organisations such as the World Bank, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), P.R.I.M.E. Finance, and various courts and regulatory bodies.
  2. Professional skills: In addition to the theory you learn in the coursework, you will be trained in professional skills, including writing legal briefs, negotiating a financial transaction and oral arguments.
  3. Site visits: You will be able to see the interaction between law and finance up close while participating in site visits to financial institutions and supervisory authorities.

Find more reasons to study Law and Finance at Leiden University.

Is Law and Finance the right programme for you?

Are you fascinated by the complex, international and multidisciplinary questions facing the financial sector? Would you be interested in learning how to deal with these questions from the legal, economic and ethical disciplines? Then this could be the programme for you.

To be a good fit for this programme, one of the following should apply:

  • you are a legal professional
  • you have a full law degree (offering access to legal practice) or
  • you have a degree at an equivalent level in another discipline, with a sufficient background in or understanding of law

You can follow this programme for one year on a full-time basis or two years on a part-time basis.

Read more about the entry requirements for Law and Finance.

Career Prospectives

Whether you continue to live in Europe or move abroad, the LL.M. in Law and Finance will prepare you for a successful career in a constantly growing global field.

The Law and Finance Advanced Studies programme is optimally designed to suit requirements for both national and international professional positions.

When you graduate, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of organisations such as:

  • financial institutions, such as banks asset managers and market intermediaries
  • European and national financial supervisory authorities
  • other governmental and inter-governmental bodies and public administration
  • law firms
  • judiciary and arbitration courts
  • companies
  • academic and research institutes

Visit the LLM in Advanced Studies in Law & Finance page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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