Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main: Institute for Law and Finance

Institute of Law and Finance

The Institute for Law and Finance (ILF) at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, offers a unique one-year postgraduate program leading to a Master of Laws in Finance (LL.M. Finance) to young professionals who need advanced training in both law and finance so as to excel in today’s financial world. The ILF is a non-profit foundation established by Goethe University with the support of many prominent institutions. Major banks, international law firms and public institutions, including the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, the German Central Bank and leading financial regulatory institutions, play a significant role in the development and implementation of the program.

The ILF, which is located in Frankfurt, the leading banking, central banking and financial center in Europe, provides the ideal location to train young professionals to deal with global legal and financial challenges. In addition to its educational role, the ILF is also a center of competence for research and policy-making in the areas of law and international finance.

ILF students are fully-enrolled members of Goethe University, which confers the LL.M. Finance degree. Goethe University in Frankfurt is one of Germany’s most prominent higher education institutions. The university ranks among the German universities as having one of the highest proportions of foreign students among its 46,000 enrolled students. The Institute for Law and Finance and the LL.M. Finance degree are accredited by Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur Hannover (ZEvA), Germany’s Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.
The program is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in law or business/economics and who have an interest in combining theoretical knowledge with practical training in law and international finance. More than 25 different countries are represented among our students.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary, covering all aspects of international financial law with emphasis on the EU and the US, along with parallel developments in the field of international finance. Among the many courses from which ILF students can choose are: Law of Corporate Finance, Law of Investment Banking, Law of Project and Acquisition Finance, Capital Markets and Securities Law, Financial Intermediation and Risk Management, Financial Markets and Institutions, Business Taxation, Effective Negotiations as well as Insurance and Risk Management.
The faculty consists of both leading academics as well as experienced practitioners from Europe’s financial world, such as experts working in leading law firms, major banks, accounting and consulting firms, the European Central Bank as well as the German Bundesbank.

German is not a requirement for admission since English is the sole language of instruction. Your proficiency in English must be proven to surpass a level of IBT TOEFL 100, Cambridge CAE (grade C or above) or IELTS 7.0 unless your native tongue is English. The ILF limits its admissions to 60 students each year to ensure academic excellence and direct personal contact between students and the faculty members.

Full-time LL.M. Finance
LL.M. Finance students must pass a minimum of 12 courses for the academic year, which begins every October. In addition, students must submit a Master’s Thesis of approximately 65 text pages on a subject agreed in consultation with the student’s thesis adviser.

The program incorporates a special two-month internship with public and private institutions which support the ILF. These institutions typically include leading international law firms, banks, international accounting firms, the European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank and others. The internship offers students a valuable opportunity to acquire relevant working experience and to create a useful network of professional contacts.

Part-time LL.M. Finance
Candidates can combine employment with part-time study, benefiting from the immediate application of new skills to working practice. Part-time students must comply with the regular course requirements and schedule and accumulate the required credits within two years.

Pioneering new LL.M. Program - International Finance for Graduates from Asia
Started in October 2014 for Graduates from Asia (especially mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan)

Ms. Jennifer Schmid
Admissions & Recruitment Manager
Telephone: +49 (69) 798 33624  

Institute for Law and Finance
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Campus Westend, House of Finance
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
60323 Frankfurt am Main

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