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International Financial & Commercial Law LLM / PG Dip / PG Cert

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Develop your global legal career with an online Master of Laws (LLM)/PG Dip/PG Cert from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools. The International Financial and Commercial Law LLM/PG Dip/PG Cert 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 utilisation of an interdisciplinary approach to law, based on the insights of finance and economics. This law masters of law degree/PG Dip/PG Cert 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.

Key benefits

  • A course developed from the pioneering research and teaching at The Dickson Poon School of Law.
  • Study at one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2021).
  • Explore the frameworks of financial legal practice.
  • Learn alongside world-leading academics and lawyers with decades of experience.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the legal structures that govern our financial world.
  • Six intakes a year for maximum flexibility (Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Sept, Oct).
  • Study 100% online, from wherever you are in the world.

Course Aims

  • Provides 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.
  • Equips 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.
  • Provides 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.
  • Critical assessment of 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.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

This modular course is delivered entirely online, meaning you can study alongside your existing career and life commitments. You will be taught and assessed using a variety of innovative methods designed for distance learning by instructional designers and learning technologists. Teaching activities may include a combination of videos, audio recordings, readings, discussion forums, live webinars, independent research and revision, quizzes and other interactive tasks. Assessment will be made through coursework essays and reports, critical appraisals of published work, self-directed learning activities and other methods tailored for online learning. 

Assessment

    Each module will be assessed in two ways. A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion boards, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will be assessed through either a take-home exam or an essay.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take: • LLM – modules totaling 180 credits • PG Dip – modules totaling 120 credits • PG Cert – modules totaling 60 credits • LLM students are required to take all 180 credits of the following modules in Financial Law and Commercial Law. • PG Dip students are required to take 120 credits of the following modules, including a minimum of 30 credits of Financial Law modules and a minimum of 30 credits of Commercial Law modules. • PG Cert students are required to take 60 credits of the following modules, including a minimum of 15 credits of Financial Law modules and minimum of 15 credits of Commercial Law modules. Financial Law

    International Financial Regulation (15 credit)
    Financial Risk and Regulation (15 credit)
    Capital Markets (15 credits)
    Financial Products (15 credits)
    Private Equity (15 credits)
    Project Finance (15 credits)

    Commercial Law

    Transnational Corporate Restructuring (15 credits)
    Transnational Business Law Instruments (15 credits)
    International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
    Corporate Finance (15 credits)
    Fundamentals of Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
    Financing of International Trade (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    King’s is ranked seventh in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2021).

    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/PG Dip/PG Cert is designed for students who wish to pursue a career within financial or commercial law. The programme would also be an excellent foundation for students who are considering pursuing legal research.

    Tuition Fees

    Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,710 per module.

    The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

    Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (£6,840)
    Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (£13,680)
    Master of Laws: 12 modules (£20,520) 

    Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. 

    Additional Fees Information

    When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

    The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,710) plus a non-refundable application fee of £75. 

    Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

    If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award. Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

    Additional Requirements & Costs

    Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

    We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

    Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

    We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

    This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

    • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)

    • King’s campus Library fees and fines

    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Course Aims

    • Provides 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.
    • Equips 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.
    • Provides 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.
    • Critical assessment of 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.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    This modular course is delivered entirely online, meaning you can study alongside your existing career and life commitments. You will be taught and assessed using a variety of innovative methods designed for distance learning by instructional designers and learning technologists. Teaching activities may include a combination of videos, audio recordings, readings, discussion forums, live webinars, independent research and revision, quizzes and other interactive tasks. Assessment will be made through coursework essays and reports, critical appraisals of published work, self-directed learning activities and other methods tailored for online learning. 

    Assessment

      Each module will be assessed in two ways. A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion boards, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will be assessed through either a take-home exam or an essay.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take: • LLM – modules totaling 180 credits • PG Dip – modules totaling 120 credits • PG Cert – modules totaling 60 credits • LLM students are required to take all 180 credits of the following modules in Financial Law and Commercial Law. • PG Dip students are required to take 120 credits of the following modules, including a minimum of 30 credits of Financial Law modules and a minimum of 30 credits of Commercial Law modules. • PG Cert students are required to take 60 credits of the following modules, including a minimum of 15 credits of Financial Law modules and minimum of 15 credits of Commercial Law modules. Financial Law

      International Financial Regulation (15 credit)
      Financial Risk and Regulation (15 credit)
      Capital Markets (15 credits)
      Financial Products (15 credits)
      Private Equity (15 credits)
      Project Finance (15 credits)

      Commercial Law

      Transnational Corporate Restructuring (15 credits)
      Transnational Business Law Instruments (15 credits)
      International Commercial Arbitration (15 credits)
      Corporate Finance (15 credits)
      Fundamentals of Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
      Financing of International Trade (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      King’s is ranked seventh in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education's Global Employability University Ranking 2021).

      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/PG Dip/PG Cert is designed for students who wish to pursue a career within financial or commercial law. The programme would also be an excellent foundation for students who are considering pursuing legal research.

      Tuition Fees

      Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. From September 2022 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,710 per module.

      The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

      Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (£6,840)
      Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (£13,680)
      Master of Laws: 12 modules (£20,520) 

      Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. 

      Additional Fees Information

      When you receive an offer for this course, you will be required to pay for your first module upfront, as a non-refundable deposit, to secure your place. This payment will be credited towards your total fee payment. Please note that a standard 14 day cooling off period will apply from the point of initial payment for your first module. Any subsequent payments are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

      The deposit cost for this course is the cost of one module (£1,710) plus a non-refundable application fee of £75. 

      Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed three weeks prior to the first day of teaching, with the due date being two weeks later (one week before teaching). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies up until one week prior to the module starting. If payment has been made, the money will remain on your account as credit until you return.

      If you have registered for a PG Dip or PG Cert qualification but decide you wish to upgrade to a higher award, you will need to speak to your enrolment advisor. If you choose to upgrade your programme, you will enter a new cooling off period from the date of payment for your next module on the upgraded award. Any subsequent payments following this next module payment are not subject to additional cooling off periods.

      Additional Requirements & Costs

      Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the programme. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, a desktop computer may be necessary for some parts of the course.

      We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge; full functionality cannot be guaranteed in older or less commonly used browsers.

      Students will require access to a high-speed internet connection (4Mbps minimum).

      We will endeavour to make as much study material as possible available online, but you may also need to purchase some books during your studies.

      This is an online course and you are not expected to go to campus, should you wish to do so, there are some additional fees to pay for:

      • Books, ebooks or articles (if you choose to buy your own copies)

      • King’s campus Library fees and fines

      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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