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Law & Finance (LLM)


How can some banks and states become too big to fail? Why do companies need financial lawyers to produce self-driving cars? These are questions about the relevance of law for finance. Attending the LLM programme Law & Finance, you will learn to answer them, and why they matter to you both as an individual and as a member of society.

Master's Law & Finance
What is this programme about?

Lawyer and lecturer Michael Schouten tells you all about the Master’s Law & Finance in this video.

The study programme

The Amsterdam Law School and the Amsterdam Business School join forces to offer a challenging curriculum. It's unique worldwide because it is offered by two faculties. Therefore, it provides truly interdisciplinary education at the intersection between law, economics and finance. The main goal is to educate students in both fields of law and finance. It has the ambition to set a new and higher standard for what may be expected of financial lawyers, and therefore makes no concessions in its economics curriculum. The relevant subjects will be studied from a combined financial-legal perspective. You will therefore be taught to think and practice in an in-depth interdisciplinary manner. Be prepared for an intensive full-time programme, which includes active in-class participation and written assignments on both law and finance topics.

At least one course in your curriculum is part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique, award winning experiential education programme. A contemporary way of learning, in which you learn by doing and develop your professional identity by reflecting on who you are as a legal professional. The Amsterdam Law Practice received a Higher Education Award in 2022.

Simone Spijkerman (Netherlands), Master’s student Law & Finance
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The interdisciplinarity of this Master’s programme makes it a challenging but also very rewarding experience. The programme teaches you skills that are useful for many different careers. I especially liked its critical approach, which I hope to continue to apply in the future Simone Spijkerman (Netherlands), Master’s student Law & Finance Read more stories from students

Is this programme for you?

Are you ready for the challenge to become a 21st century lawyer with financial skills? Do you want to be a lawyer who has in-depth knowledge of the law governing finance, but do you want to complement this with broader knowledge, in particular financial economics? Then, this LLM programme is a perfect fit for you!

We have a selective programme with the following entry requirements:

  • You must have an educational background in law (at least 60 EC);
  • You must send in a complete application file with all requested documents;
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in English;
  • You must demonstrate basic mathematics proficiency.
Become a legal professional of the modern world of finance

Learn the impact of law and finance to make the world a better place

Lecturers are leading academics

Our lecturers participate in the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics, a world-class research centre in this field

International and intercultural environment

This programme includes students and lecturers from across the globe

Great job opportunities

Market research has shown that the job market perspectives for graduates are excellent

After graduation

This programme offers a rare combination in a single Master's degree. It caters to a large demand for financial legal specialists. Graduates who have completed this programme, in addition to a full Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law, qualify for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master).

Professor Alessio Pacces during a lecture.
‘The curriculum is unique’

‘During my Bachelor's I became more interested in the world of finance and by coincidence I stumbled upon Law & Finance, a new Master's with the interdisciplinary character I was looking for. The curriculum is unique and covers topics at the intersection of Law and Finance, such as Insolvency Law and Corporate Finance and Finance: Capital Structure and Corporate Reorganization. Because of these courses, I knew I would be excited about Corporate Finance and its strategic issues.’

- Susanne Bruens, analyst at Lindenaar & Co Corporate Finance and alumna Law & Finance

Facts & Figures
Degree programme LLM Law & Finance
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 69331
Location Roeterseiland campus