Financial Services Law (LL.M.)

The LL.M. in Financial Services Law educates legal professionals to be effective in the rapidly changing financial services sector. The program emphasizes the global nature of financial markets.

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Deregulation of financial services, tax reforms, globalization, technology, and revolutionary market forces have created an environment in which attorneys must broaden their knowledge and sharpen their skills to handle the range of legal and related issues arising in the new and evolving financial services industry.

Chicago-Kent's LL.M. in Financial Services Law offers full-time and part-time students a unique opportunity to broaden their understanding of the principles underlying increasingly complex financial systems and services, deepen their knowledge of particular topics of interest, and enhance their skills as professionals.

Program Overview

The LL.M. in Financial Services Law offers students a unique opportunity to broaden their understanding of the principles underlying increasingly complex financial systems and services, deepen their knowledge of particular topics of interest, and enhance their skills as professionals.

Career Opportunities

Financial services lawyers can be found in law firms and private industry as well as in government departments and agencies such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency at the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve Banks.

Areas of focus within financial services law include securities regulation and transactions; futures, derivative, and swap regulations and transactions; banking regulation and transactions; and investment advisor regulation.

Possible jobs include:

  • Administrative law judge
  • Compliance officer
  • In-house counsel
  • Government attorney
  • Law firm associate or partner

To earn the one-year LL.M. in Financial Services Law, students are required to complete 24 credit hours with certain required courses and a written thesis to be undertaken with supervision from the director of the program or designee.

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This program is open to foreign-trained lawyers and law students and to students holding a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school.