LLM in International Financial & Commercial Law

General

Program Description

Develop your global legal career with an online LLM from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools.

The International Financial & Commercial Law LLM programme will provide students with an in-depth understanding, and expertise in a number of key areas of financial and commercial law, as well as with skills and analytical tools to enable them to apply, analyse and think critically.

Today, the world of commerce and finance is dominated by global trading and the free flow of capital and investments. Legal practice is constantly evolving and adapting to new products, new markets and new technologies. Financial innovation flourishes within a constantly expanding framework of financial regulation, resulting in the emergence of new market actors, new financial products and new trading techniques.

In order to conceptually capture these phenomena, we need to apply our traditional legal techniques in innovative ways and often invent new legal mechanism that better fit our global economic reality. This requires lawyers to draw on a multitude of legal sources – domestic, international and transnational – as well as the utilization of an interdisciplinary approach to law, based on the insights of finance and economics.

This law masters of law degree is taught 100% online, meaning that you can advance your education without taking a break from work, and you can fit your studies around your life commitments. You can benefit from the world-renowned teaching of King’s College London wherever you are in the world.

The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career within financial or commercial law, and would be ideal for lawyers who wish to enhance their understanding of the world of commerce and finance, which is dominated by global trading and the free flow of capital and investments. It would also be of interest to people working in finance and business whose role has a legal focus.

Course detail

The online International Financial & Commercial Law LLM has great practical relevance. It will equip students with problem solving skills, an ability to deal with legal problems and questions against the backdrop of economic realities and a good business sense.

The programme will:

  • Provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of areas within financial and commercial law (legal concepts, values, principles and rules) from the perspectives of English, European, International and Transnational law.
  • Equip you with a working knowledge of the basic principles of finance and their relevance for corporate law. This is essential for anyone who wants to pursue a career in international commercial and financial law.
  • Provide a leading edge approach to understanding the commercial realism which impacts the legal decisions that businesses need to make in our global economy, and help develop critical awareness of current problems in a range of areas of financial and commercial law.
  • Critically assess the operation and functioning of modern financial markets by covering both the technical and legal side of the manner in which different financial instruments are now issued, held and traded.

It is based on the most advanced legal thinking emanating from the experience of major legal systems and international and transnational law regimes. You will benefit from The Dickson Poon School of Law’s pioneering transnational legal perspective in legal research and teaching.

Ranked first in the UK for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and one of the top 10 UK schools in the world, our academics provide cutting edge legal teaching in an intellectually rigorous and stimulating environment. Gain a master’s degree in law from King’s College London and enhance your career opportunities.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Law, or in a degree with 70% law content, or in the Graduate Diploma in Law.

If you have a high 2:2 (i.e. 57%-59%) in law, or in a degree with 70% law content, and at least 3 years of work experience in law, your application will be considered.

Professional experience. Applicants who have achieved a 2:1 or above in a non-law degree (i.e. finance or business) will be considered for this programme provided that they have at least 3 years of work experience in law (i.e. those who are working in a law firm as a practising solicitor or those that have passed the bar exam and are working as a practising lawyer). Exceptional candidates with substantial work experience which is closely related to the law but not substantively legal in nature (e.g. contracts managers) may also be considered.

Testimonials


My work life is extremely busy. I travel a lot and also need to spend time at home with my family. I knew I had to juggle these and somehow fit the course in between other commitments. Whether you’re at home or work, you can get access to the course anytime. This course is designed in a way that fits my work and personal life, which is why I chose it.

- Salio, King's Online student

Career prospects

At King’s, you’ll enter into one of the world’s most competitive student bodies and join a legacy of graduates that are sought out by some of the leading employers in the field. The Dickson Poon School of Law has strong connections with some of the world’s leading legal firms and international employers. A King’s College London LLM will allow you to study alongside other legal professionals around the world and enhance your career prospects.

The International Financial & Commercial Law LLM is designed for students who wish to pursue a career within financial or commercial law. It would be useful to students who aspire to work in the financial and commercial sectors, but not necessarily within a legal career. The programme would also be an excellent foundation for students who are considering pursuing legal research.

Last updated May 2019

About the School

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the top 10 UK law schools in the world. The School was established i ... Read More

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the top 10 UK law schools in the world. The School was established in 1831 and has played an integral role in the life of King's since the university was formed almost 200 years ago. Read less