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 be indispensable for those seeking to land a job as in-house counsel at a bank or another financial services firm, or even in a regulatory body.
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
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
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
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
The Boston University School of Law has made Banking & Financial Law one of its core focuses. Established in 1984, BU's LL.M. program in Banking and Financial Law is the only one in the U.S. with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. Students can customize their individualized area of study, comprising essential aspects of banking and financing law as well as electives including venture capital financing, risk & compliance management, and fintech & cryptocurrency.View School Profile
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
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
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
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
Based on the University of Edinburgh's strong law, finance and fintech expertise, Edinburgh Law School's LL.M. in International Banking Law and Finance program produces graduates who can handle complex policy, compliance, and transaction challenges on the global marketplace. The rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum includes such cutting-edge topics as cryptoassets and fintech law, as well as the legal and regulatory implications of AI applications. Students also benefit from the networks of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law, a research community focusing on Scots and UK commercial law in its comparative European or international context.View School Profile
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