Advanced LLM in Law and Finance




What will I learn?

In today's world, international financial markets have a profound impact on organisations and individuals. You will explore the impact of financial legislation and the specific challenges of implementing and enforcing this legislation in business organisations and transactions.

Programme overview

Financial markets and the financial sector are more regulated than ever. Such financial regulations pose a unique set of challenges related to economic and legal realities, which in turn affect the global financial sector, companies and investors. Therefore, legal and financial experts are needed who have received specialised and advanced education at the crossroads between law and finance.

What does this master's programme entail?

Think about the access to finance and opportunities to invest for organisations and individuals. You will then realise how, in today’s interconnected world, national and international financial markets have far-reaching effects on virtually all of us around the globe. That is why trading venues and financial institutions such as banks, asset managers and market intermediaries are increasingly regulated.

This leads to a growing need for: legal specialists with knowledge of the economic aspects that drive financial transactions; and financial experts who wish to increase their understanding of financial regulations. In the Law & Finance programme, you will be specially trained to work at the intersection of law and finance in this global world.

Reasons to choose Law and Finance at Leiden University?

As a student of the advanced master’s in Law & Finance, you will benefit from:

  • Expert instructors: You will be taught by expert staff and guest lecturers who are internationally renowned in the field of law and finance. Many of our staff are prominent members of or contributors to organisations such as the World Bank, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), P.R.I.M.E. Finance, and various courts and regulatory bodies.
  • Professional skills: In addition to the theory you learn in the coursework, you will be trained in professional skills, including writing legal briefs, negotiating a financial transaction and oral presentations.
  • Site visits: You will be able to see how financial markets operate and are regulated by participating in site visits to the Amsterdam stock exchange and Dutch financial supervisory authorities.

Career prospects

Whether you continue to live in Europe or move abroad, the LL.M. in Law and Finance will prepare you for a successful career in a constantly growing global field.

The Law and Finance Advanced Studies programme is optimally designed to suit requirements for both national and international professional positions.

When you graduate, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of organisations such as:

  • financial institutions, such as banks asset managers and market intermediaries
  • European and national financial supervisory authorities
  • other governmental and inter-governmental bodies and public administration
  • law firms
  • judiciary and arbitration courts
  • companies
  • academic and research institutes

Which department am I in?

Leiden Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€18,800.00 (16,61,218) per year
Non-EEA/non-Swiss/non-Surinam: Full-time & Part-time: €18800. Part-time for EU/EEA/Surinam applicants: €2168.
Application deadline

Expected April 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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