Top LL.M. Programs for Banking/Finance/Securities Law 2021

Thinking about doing an LL.M. in Banking or Finance Law? Many are, since the world’s banking, finance, and securities sectors—not to mention related industries—are huge, highly regulated, and constantly evolving. Because of the size and dynamic nature of these industries, the laws that govern them are often highly complex, which means that lawyers skilled in these areas can be in high demand. That's why the best LL.M. programs in Finance Law or Banking Law leverage up-to-date research in the fields, which may be produced by research centers that are hosted by law schools. These finance- and banking-oriented LL.M. programs will cover a range of financial topics, ranging from financial law to corporate law, and may address issues like central banks, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy, among others. Some programs may also delve into subjects like international banking and economics. Some LL.M. programs also focus on corporate finance law. 

An LL.M. program in Banking/Finance/Securities Law can prepare grads for a variety of positions in the financial sector: some LL.M.s go on to work for law firms representing financial services companies; others go on to help individuals or corporations navigate the complex web of contracts and regulations. Additionally, an LL.M. in Banking or Finance can help for those looking to land a job as in-house counsel at a bank or another financial services firm, or even in a regulatory body.

New York City, New York 1437 Followers 1025 Discussions

In 2011, the school’s Center on Global Legal Transformation launched the unique Global Finance and Law Initiative, which has produced a range of research looking at the ramifications of the Global Financial Crisis and how it has affected the legal world. Although the school does not offer a specialized LL.M. in Finance, that hasn’t dissuaded graduate from pursuing careers the field: according to research done by LLM GUIDE, the school has the most LL.M. alumni working in the Banking/Finance/Securities Law fields at top law firms of any school surveyed.

View School Profile
New York City, New York 2085 Followers 1590 Discussions

NYU Law’s Center for Financial Institutions studies is perhaps the world’s foremost research study looking at central banks. The school’s proximity to Wall Street puts LL.M. students within reach of some of the world’s largest financial firms. Although the school does not offer a specialized LL.M. in Finance / Banking Law, students can choose from a range of relevant courses. Some finance-minded students opt to pursue the school's LL.M. in Corporation Law.

View School Profile
London, United Kingdom 768 Followers 919 Discussions

The school’s Law and Financial Markets Project puts on events and publishes a range of research in financial law and regulation. Students interested in the field can pursue LSE’s LL.M. in Banking Law and Financial Regulation and take advantage of its London location. According to research done by LLM GUIDE, of all the UK law schools, LSE has the most LL.M. grads working in Banking/Finance/Securities Law at top law firms.

View School Profile
Cambridge, Massachusetts 1164 Followers 883 Discussions

Harvard Law faculty members have done a substantial amount of research in the area of finance law. The school’s Program on International Financial Systems, founded in 1986, looks at various topics in the field, including international finance, capital markets, financial regulation. Students interested in finance law can pursue Harvard’s LL.M. concentration in Corporate Law, Finance and Governance.

View School Profile
Glasgow, United Kingdom 164 Followers 128 Discussions

As Brexit comes into force, the financial mechanisms in Europe are threatening to shift away from London and towards other cities across the continent, including places like Glasgow. The University of Glasgow, with its strong research in corporate and financial law, stands to benefit. The school’s Corporate and Financial Law looks at important issues across these disciplines, including transactions, markets, and global regulatory issues. 

View School Profile
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 189 Followers 108 Discussions

Germany’s Institute for Law and Finance, established in 2002 by Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, publishes relevant research and puts on various events. It also runs an LL.M. Finance program, during which students can get hands-on experience during an internship. The school’s Frankfurt location means that LL.M. students can study in one of Europe’s biggest financial centers.

View School Profile
Washington, District of Columbia 356 Followers 324 Discussions
George Washington

Home to organizations like the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Washington, Washington DC is an ideal destination for LL.M. students who are interested in studying the interface between finance and regulatory policy. Washington, DC is also home to George Washington University Law School, which offers an LL.M. in Business and Finance Law. The LL.M. leverages insights from the George Washington’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance think tank.

View School Profile
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PRC) 80 Followers 57 Discussions

Taking full advantage of its location in one of the world’s financial centers, the University of Hong Kong has a long tradition of research in the finance law space: since 2000, the school has hosted the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL). The AIIFL helped develop HKU’s LL.M. in Corporate and Financial Law program, which explores topics in financial law, corporate conflicts, corporate governance, and other areas. 

View School Profile
Singapore, Singapore 294 Followers 226 Discussions

NUS’ LL.M. in Corporate & Financial Services Law allows students to study finance law in one of Asia’s biggest financial centers. The school also sports a specialized research hub—the Centre for Banking & Finance Law—which was launched in 2014.

View School Profile
Oxford, United Kingdom 829 Followers 822 Discussions

Although not an LL.M. in name, Oxford’s MSc in Law and Finance (MLF) addresses many of the same topics that an LL.M. in Banking or Finance would cover. The program is offered jointly between Oxford’s Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School, which means that students are exposed to insights from multiple disciplines. Some MLF grads go on to careers as lawyers in law firms, some end up working in investment banks and others become entrepreneurs.

View School Profile

More LL.M. Programs in Banking / Finance Law

Washington, District of Columbia 1081 Followers 932 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 564 Followers 893 Discussions
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 850 Followers 486 Discussions
Stanford, California 793 Followers 396 Discussions
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 425 Followers 489 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 184 Followers 160 Discussions
Toronto, Canada 181 Followers 81 Discussions
Manchester, United Kingdom 129 Followers 181 Discussions
New York City, New York 313 Followers 238 Discussions
London, United Kingdom 86 Followers 149 Discussions

Related LLM News

LLM GUIDE Updates Top LL.M. Lists by Speciality for 2021

May 31, 2021

More LLM News

Related Articles

The Value of an LL.M. in Financial Regulation in a Post-Financial Crisis World

Sep 14, 2018

Globalization and the digital revolution have spurred demand for specialist lawyers drafting statutes to prevent another economic meltdown

An In-Depth Look at Finance LL.M.s

Sep 04, 2018

To keep up to speed in today’s fast-changing world, LL.M. programs are adapting their finance curriculums to reflect updated needs.

LL.M. Programs in Financial Regulation

Jan 04, 2013

Can specialized programs help lawyers seeking to work in one of the hottest fields of law?

The LL.M. in Finance and Banking Law

Jun 01, 2009

With no bull market in sight, does a specialized finance LL.M. still make sense?

More Articles

More Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists

Related Discussions

QMUL x UCL - LLM in Banking and Finance
Apr 17, 2021  452  csaa26
MSc Law and Finance Qmul/ Leeds
Mar 16, 2021  157  Fiona Leun...
LSE vs King's - Executive and Financial LLM
Oct 25, 2020  825  PF Chim
llm international financial law - work in London
Sep 09, 2020  380  Lawyerfly
Banking and Finance Law UK/Germany
Jul 10, 2020  667  chicken so...
QMUL vs UVA Banking/Finance LLM
Jun 17, 2020  410  chicken so...
L.L.M Finance 2017-18
Apr 08, 2020  1,041  cavit
LLM Post a Career in Finance (No Previous Law Degree)?
Dec 27, 2019  148  jwpetterch...
LL.M Finance 2019-2020 at the ILF of the Goethe University (...
Nov 15, 2019  1,756  00182
corporate law llm vs financial law llm
Sep 19, 2019  575  Clark 804
Msc law and finance Queen Mary
May 27, 2019  944  troshi
Banking and Finance Law - University Choice
May 11, 2019  1,284  troshi
banking and financial law llm QMUL
Feb 20, 2019  267  sikke
LLM University of Luxembourg - European Banking and Financia...
Oct 10, 2018  3,856  DN
Jun 23, 2018  1,474  Inactive User
Best specialized LLM on Finance / Banking
Mar 22, 2018  522  sidneybech...
Banking Law : Edinburgh vs Queen Mary
Jun 16, 2017  844  synamicdam...
Italian students at Fordham
May 12, 2017  412  00287
Law and Finance Masters at Leiden University
May 12, 2017  730  harshchopr...
KCL or QMUL bank and fin LLM
Mar 16, 2017  755  ItalianLaw
Boston University, Banking and Finance program 2017
Mar 04, 2017  510  MATR90
Financial Law - UCL vs KCL
Mar 03, 2017  511  Gabriel132
LLM Banking/Financial law
Jan 25, 2017  3,299  Saroyan
LLM in London: QMUL / KCL / UCL / City / ?
Dec 16, 2016  928  Henson
Banking & Finance - Europe + UK
Nov 23, 2016  659  chicken so...

Go to LLM GUIDE Discussion Board

Advanced LLM Program Search
KEYWORDS (optional)
About LLM GUIDE's Lists

These unordered lists were compiled by LLM GUIDE's editors, taking to account existing rankings and other factors. Read more on the Methodology page

To read about rankings, see LLM GUIDE's Law School Rankings page.