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International Financial and Commercial Law LLM

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

The International Financial and 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.

Key information

Duration LLM: minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years

Study mode Online/Distance learning

Key dates Intake dates: January, March, May, June, September, October


Programme Director: Professor Djakhongir Saidov  

For further information please contact an Enrolment Advisor at onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk




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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 20 law 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. 

If you're interested in studying with us here in London, The Dickson Poon School of Law also offers a range of on-campus LLM degree options

Entry requirements

International Finance LLM entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1 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 practicing solicitor or those that have passed the bar exam and are working as a practicing lawyer). Exceptional candidates with substantial work experience which is closely related to law but not substantively legal in nature (e.g. contracts managers) may also be considered.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
International Financial Law checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References  No Please note:  due to competition for places on the LLM programme the Department do not require references.  Submitted references will not be taken into account during assessment.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.



Fees and funding

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course.  From now until September 2021, you will be charged £1,625 per module.  

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

PG Cert: 4 modules (£6,500)

PG Diploma: 8 modules (£13,000)

LLM: 12 modules (£19,500) 

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. From September 2021 onwards, modules will be charged at £1,666 per module. 

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 (£1,625) plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. From September 2021, the deposit cost will be £1,666 plus a non-refundable application fee of £70. 

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 

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. The programme would also be an excellent foundation for students who are considering pursuing legal research. 


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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