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International Financial and Commercial Law LLM

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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 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  

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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

LLM - £19,500 for the full 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - £13,000 per year
Postgraduate Certificate - £6,500 per year
Fees will be charged on a modular basis.  The fee for each module is £1,625.

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase 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 2020, the fee for each module will be £1,625.  

Additional fee information

Student fees for the programme will be billed on a modular basis. Students are billed on the orientation day (the first day of the module) with the due date being 5 days later (inclusive of the orientation day). If you no longer wish to study a module, you can take a break from your studies and claim a refund up until the 8th day of teaching on the module.

Students will be billed for a deposit equivalent to the fee for one module. A standard 14 day cooling off period will apply at the start of the programme.

Students will enter a conversation with their enrolment advisor to determine if they wish to upgrade. Students will then be billed for the next module 14 days before the orientation date and will enter into a cooling off period from the date of payment. 

Additional cost

Students will need access to a computer or tablet with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 with headphones, soundcard and speakers, microphone and webcam in order to complete this course. Recommended requirements for PCs, 1 GHz or faster x86 bit or x64 bit processor with SSE2 instruction set, 2 GB RAM and 3 GB available disk space. Recommended requirements for Mac, Intel Processor, 4GB RAM and 6GB available disk space. Although KEATS is optimised for mobile, we do not recommend completing the programme using only a mobile device.

Recommended operating systems are as follows: 

  • Windows Desktop: Windows 7 or later
  • Mac: OS X 10.10 or later
  • Linux: Ubuntu 12.04+, Debion 6.0+, Fedora 16+, Open SUSE 12.1+
  • Phones will not be suitable for all activities but where they are used the following operating systems are needed: Windows phone: 8+, Android: OS 5+ or later, iOS: iOS8+

Minimum and recommended browser versions are as follows, please note browsers must be java script enabled:

  • Google Chrome: minimum version 30.0; recommended - latest
  • Mozilla Firefox: minimum - version 25.0; recommended - latest
  • Apple Safari: minimum - version 6; recommended - latest
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: minimum - version 9; recommended - latest

You may need to upgrade your browser in the future. Access to a high-speed network connection is also recommended (2.5Mbps minimum, 0.4Mbps needed for group video web conferencing). Dial-up, cable and DSL are not recommended.

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

 You can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies and/or binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Transcription costs
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel to and 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. 


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