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International Financial Law LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

International Law Law (Specific Statutes) Finance / Accounting (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The global financial crisis has had a major impact on the way the financial system works. As a result, there is an increasing demand for professionals with expertise in international financial law. You will be exposed to different perspectives and have the opportunity to widen your professional network. You will: gain a thorough insight into issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets; develop a comprehensive understanding of the financial services industry; engage with domestic and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives on financial law. Teaching on this course has a practical emphasis. In addition to the fundamental theoretical knowledge and skills, you will be equipped with the practical tools necessary to apply your understanding of global finance - and how it is regulated - to the real world. The LLM is highly interdisciplinary. This is reflected in the diversity of the modules available and the academic staff in charge of the teaching, including lawyers, economists and political scientists. Our range of modules gives you the opportunity to identify fields of study closest to your career aspirations. You are assessed through coursework, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation. This course gives you a solid formation in the field of international financial law and practice. You will be prepared to start/continue a successful career in areas such as: legal practice in major law firms; consultancy and legal advice in multinational corporations; financial supervision agencies; international organisations. You will also have the knowledge to go on to PhD study and then an academic career.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module considers the legal and regulatory framework governing the financial and securities markets. With US, UK and EU law the primary focus, we look at civil law systems, especially at cross-border issues and where corporate assets and liabilities are located in multiple jurisdictions. You examine legal structures of cutting-edge transactions as well as the underlying policy objectives that shape the financial law and regulation. You identify and explore the most challenging issues in the post-financial crisis legal environment, with a particular regard to the recent trend of public and private law enforcement.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above; qualification should normally be in law or a relevant subject such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology and also considered in different subject area; other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing will also be considered.