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International Banking and Finance  LLM


Our LLM in International Banking Law is a flexible high level masters programme that gives you the opportunity to grow your skills and knowledge in this specialised area of law. The programme provides you with the opportunity to obtain a much deeper understanding of cutting edge international banking law in a wide range of subjects.

Why City's LLM?

  • Learn in small classes of between 6 and 30 students
  • Choose a specialism in an area of international commercial law
  • Gain a dedicated LLM award in an area of your choice
  • Meet leading industry professionals
  • Undertake an internship at a leading international law firm

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £14,500
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500

Start Date:

22nd September 2014

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The City Law School accepts candidates for postgraduate study who have very strong academic potential and good English. Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law or an equivalent qualification (for some courses an appropriate professional qualification and relevant experience will also be acceptable).

English Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6 in each area

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
22nd September 2014
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Content

This unique masters programme, provides a real opportunity for you to launch your career with major national and international commercial law firms. Taught at our Gray's Inn campus in the heart of the legal community by high profile professionals from around the world this masters truly opens up the world of commercial law.   

The City LLM offers three major programme options. First, students can take an LLM in International Commercial Law. Students are able to choose four courses from approximately 30 different course subjects. They can then take their dissertation in any one of the four courses they have already undertaken.

Alternatively, you can gain a subject LLM in a particular area of law by taking four courses and a dissertation in your chosen area of law. We offer subject LLMs in International Banking Law; EU Commercial Law; International Competition Law; and Maritime Law.
Thirdly, you can also choose to add a specialism to your LLM in Commercial Law by taking two courses a dissertation in a chosen specialist area of law. We offer specialisms in: Energy Law; International Banking Law; International Competition Law; IT and Media Law and Maritime Law. Hence your degree will be an LLM in International Commercial Law with International Competition Law/International Dispute Resolution Law/International Energy Litigation Law/IT and Media Law or Maritime Law.

Course Structure

The courses offered for the LLM in International Banking Law are expected to include: To be awarded a dedicated subject LLM in International Banking Law you must complete four courses and a dissertation in this area. Courses are subject to availability and demand.

You can also choose to add a specialism in a distinct area of law to your LLM. You can be awarded a specialism in the following areas:

To be awarded a specialism in any of the above areas you must complete two courses and a dissertation in your chosen area.

We offer a wide range of courses in approximately 30 specialist areas of commercial law, including: antitrust, banking law, energy law, maritime law, international energy litigation and international tax.

We also offer a suite of EU Law courses led by Professor Lorna Woods, the author of, 'EU Law'. Published by Oxford University Press, 'EU Law', is the best selling legal text in the world written in English on the subject of the law of the European Union.

 Courses offered include:

International Banking and Finance

Energy Law

  • Energy, Environment and Security
  • Energy Law
  • Global Energy Policy & Law

EU Commercial Law

International Tax Law

  • EU Tax
  • International Tax

Maritime Law

Teaching and Assessment


There are ten two-hour seminars for each course, which are delivered by distinguished City Law School lecturers, visiting lecturers and practitioners from major international law firms.

One of the core values of the LLM is that we try and provide a strong level of support to our student and this means that we keep our classes small. All our classes run on the basis of a minimum of six students and a maximum of 30, which provides you with a positive and interactive learning environment to study in.

You will have an allocated personal tutor who will support you throughout your time at City. In addition to your allocated personal tutor, we have tutors who can offer you individual careers support reviewing CVs, including providing advice on gaining a  training contract, assessment of law firm placement or considering internship opportunities.

Find out more about our teaching staff.


Each course is assessed by a 6,000 word paper. During the summer term you are required to complete a 20,000 word dissertation.


Law and Practice Forum
We run a suite of seminars throughout the year where we bring in lawyers, economists, public affairs specialists and in house counsel to the School provide you with an insight into modern commercial law practice.

For more information visit the Law and Practice Forum.

Legal London
We encourage you to make the most of legal London and attend specialist lectures across the City related to law and business. We highly recommend that our students  take up membership of British Institute of International and Comparative Law to enable them to access the organisation's high quality commercial law seminars.

Social Events
We run an extensive social events calendar for our LLM students. This ranges from receptions at the beginning of the academic year, through to walking trips across the Southdowns to London theatre trips and a ball at the Inner Temple in following March.

LLM in Maritime Law (Greece)
Our LLM in Maritime Law (Greece) is delivered in the exceptional Laskaridou Library of Piraeus, Athens. The course is taught in English in weekend blocks, by experienced British academics and legal practitioners


  • Full-time EU: £14,500
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Career Prospects

The LLM in International Banking Law and specialisms provide you with a sound basis for developing a career in international commercial legal practice; whether it be with a national or international firm, in-house or with a national or international regulator.

Postgraduate Experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.

LLM in International Commercial Law

  • LLM in EU Commercial Law
  • LLM in International Banking & Finance
  • LLM in International Competition Law
  • LLM in Maritime Law (UK)

To apply for any of the above LLM programmes you must complete an application form for the LLM in International Commercial Law. Applications can be made directly to The City Law School.

Applications open in September each year for enrolment the following September. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.

Don't miss out, make sure you get yours in early!

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