The Graduate Program in Financial Services Law
Offering the degree of LL.M. in Financial Services Law for U.S. and foreign lawyers on a full- and part-time basis. Foreign lawyers interested in qualifying to sit for the New York bar exam should consider the LL.M. in American Business Law. To learn more, visit our page here.
“Today, global financial services markets are more interconnected and complex than ever before. Financial services attorneys are confronted with challenging substantive issues that cut across securities, derivatives, banking, and insurance laws and regulations. The current economic crisis and financial market disruptions make a comprehensive understanding of these complex areas of law even more valuable as we embark upon establishing the new regulatory paradigm for the future. As a former practicing attorney with an LL.M. in Financial Services Regulation, and now as Chief Executive Officer of CME Group, the world’s largest and most diverse financial exchange, I strongly commend the LL.M. Program in Financial Services Law at New York Law School.”
Craig S. Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, CME Group
The Graduate Program in Financial Services Law provides the LL.M. candidate with the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge and expertise in the law, business, and regulation of the global financial services industry and hands-on, skills-related practices regarding transactions, finance, agreement negotiation, and structure. Through this comprehensive program, students develop a rich understanding of the financial, business, and regulatory policy concerns that impact financial institutions globally. The LL.M. comprises a rigorous core curriculum that provides a comprehensive foundation in financial services law and business, and a broad array of electives that permit candidates to examine in depth various areas of particular interest.
Students may come to the Graduate Program in Financial Services Law with different levels of preparation and different professional backgrounds and goals. In order to enable students to reach those goals, the program assigns each student a faculty advisor who helps him or her develop an individualized course of study and career plan. The Program Director is also always available to assist and guide students in connection with the LL.M. program. Recent J.D. graduates with little or no background in financial services may start the degree program after completing only two prerequisite courses.
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Financial Services at New York Law School
New York Law School has a presence in the financial services law field that few, if any, other U.S. law schools can match. At many law schools, financial services law seems almost an afterthought, with the faculty and curriculum focused on offering only a few basic financial services law courses, such as Securities Regulation, Administrative Law, and Banking Law. New York Law School has demonstrated a commitment to teaching financial services law at the highest level, as evidenced by the extraordinary depth and prominence of the faculty, the work of the Center on Financial Services Law, and the development of the new LL.M. in Financial Services Law.
The LL.M. program offers more than 50 different law-related courses, many of which involve advanced discussion and skills-related practices, ensuring that LL.M. students graduate with a thorough knowledge of the area of concentration selected. And through the Center on Financial Services Law, the School offers a variety of continuing legal education courses, seminars, and programs that provide a forum for industry leaders to debate important new laws, regulatory policies and structure, cases, best practices, and other important issues facing the field.
The Law School’s commitment to financial services law is supported by a number of other important resources unique to the Law School, including the Center for Business and Financial Law, the Center for International Law, the Center for New York City Law, and the Center for Real Estate Studies. In addition, the Law School’s location right where the action is provides students with incredible opportunities for hands-on experience in the financial services industry, with Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, two major futures exchanges, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the headquarters of several major banks and brokerage firms, and many of leading law and accounting firms only a few blocks away.