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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 this LLM programme, you will learn to answer them, and why they matter to you both as an individual and as a member of society.

The Master’s programme Law & Finance at the UvA is a joint initiative of the Amsterdam Law School and the Amsterdam Business School. This Master is unique worldwide because it is offered by two faculties. Therefore, it provides truly interdisciplinary education at the intersection between law, economics and finance. During the programme students will gain a quantitative understanding of finance, along with in-depth understanding of financial and corporate law and their economic implications. Students will train to become the legal professionals of the modern world of finance.

Why Law & Finance at the UvA?

5 reasons to choose Law & Finance at UvA

  • Students will train to become the legal professionals of the modern world of finance.
  • Lecturers are leading academics who participate in the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics, a world-class research centre in this field.
  • Because this LLM programme attracts students from across the globe students study in a truly international and intercultural environment.
  • Extensive labour market research has shown that the job market perspectives for graduates of our programme are excellent.
  • Students learn to design finance rules to make the world a better place to live in.

The study programme

In this Master’s programme, the Amsterdam Law School and the Amsterdam Business School join forces to offer a challenging curriculum. The main goal of the programme 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.

Is this programme for you?

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

We have a selective programme with the following entry requirements:

  • an educational background in law (at least 60 EC in law courses)
  • English proficiency (for international students)
  • basic mathematics proficiency (we provide an online test)
  • a clear motivation letter, as well as a C.V. (in English)

Career prospects

The LLM Law & Finance fills a large demand for financial legal specialists for which offers one of the only degrees in the world. 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).

Did you know …?

  • ALFA is the study association affiliated with the Master’s Law & Finance? It offers a platform for students to become more acquainted with the world of law and finance. As such, guest lectures, events, and company visits are organised.
Two female law students out on the terrace

Contact and location

Would you like to learn more about the programme? Get in touch with the programme coordinator: Do you have a general question, for example about your registration or our location, go to Programme contacts.

Law & Finance (LLM)
Degree programme LLM Law and Finance
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September