LLM International Commercial Law with International Banking Law and Financial Regulation

London's financial district

Law and Business Intertwined

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time     Course starts: September / January

This programme addresses financial regulation and supervision with a specific emphasis on banking and securities. The programme tackles regulatory and legal control of financial markets and financial intermediaries including banks (commercial banks and investment banks), as well as securities firms, insurance undertakings and other more specialist types of service provider, and financial conglomerates (or complex groups). You will take core and optional modules at the School of Law and ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, having the opportunity to develop a unique holistic perspective of the legal and financial issues and to enhance your employability in the financial sector.

In addition to all of the benefits of our International Commercial Law programme undertaking this pathway will also provide you with a unique awareness and advanced expertise in issues related to Banking Law and Financial Markets Regulation.

Financial RegulationThe LLM International Financial Regulation addresses EU financial regulation and supervision: the delimitation of competences between the EU and the member states. It also covers substantial law issues: an overview of the EU regulatory framework applicable to all three sectors of finance with a specific emphasis on banking and securities, and an overview of their contemplated changes again as a result of the financial crisis. The course tackles regulatory and legal control of financial markets and financial intermediaries including banks and banking (Commercial Banks and Investment Banks) as well as Securities Firms, Insurance Undertakings and other more specialist types of service provider and Financial Conglomerates (or complex groups). Financial institutions are essential to the effective operation of any economy, nationally and internationally.

On completion of the LLM International Commercial Law with International Banking and Financial Regulation, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of international financial regulation as this has been evolving especially in the recent years
  • Appreciate the international dimensions and implications of financial regulation
  • Understand the institutional framework of financial regulation
  • Understand the main substantial issues of financial regulation
  • Understand aspects of law and regulation concerning the structure, operation and function of financial markets and financial institutions

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits). Within the taught element there are three core modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (110) from the lists of pathway and optional modules. Projects (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic related to the chosen pathway.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Project submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Project topic.

LLM International Commercial Law with International Banking Law and Financial Regulation

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPSProject Skills10
LWMTAIAdvanced Issues in International Commercial Law20

To qualify for LLM International Commercial Law with International Banking Law and Financial Regulation, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMFINLegal Aspects of International Financial Regulation10
LWMTBLInternational Banking and Finance Law20
ICM106Financial Markets20

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Part-time/modular arrangements

The programme can be taken part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

Please see general Entry Requirements but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.

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Career prospects

Graduates will have developed the knowledge to pursue specialised careers in the banking and financial sector, including: investment banking, taxation or public affairs, legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; academia (subject to further study).

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