University of Glasgow: Corporate and Financial Law

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow
Department School of Law View department profile
Study type Taught


The programme provides a specialist focus on transactions, markets and global regulatory issues. Modern lawyers need to understand the structure and interplay of both corporate and financial law both at domestic and international level.

You will focus on key areas such as the legal framework for debt and equity finance, corporate governance and financial regulation. The LLM also offers a unique insight into practising negotiating skills in M&A transactions co-taught by academics and a high-level practitioner.

The programme covers both the private law focus on the structuring of individual transactions, and the public law focus on the regulation of financial institutions and markets.

  • You will be taught by a team of academics with practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues.
  • You will benefit from the combined experience of a lecturing team representing a rich diversity of professional and international backgrounds. Theorists and practitioners, litigators and consultants, our lecturers come from more than half-a-dozen countries, including Greece, Spain, UK and South Africa.
  • The programme is supported by excellent facilities, including two dedicated law libraries and extensive online resources.
  • The programme covers aspects of UK, EU and international law.

You are required to take at least four courses from the following list (plus two others) and to submit a dissertation as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching. You will be taught by a team of academics with practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues.



Optional courses


The Corporate & Financial Law LLM offers a wealth of courses that will equip you with the necessary theoretical knowledge to develop a successful career in this field.

Most of our courses include perspectives on professional practice and some also include experiential learning activities, such as analysis of case studies. These activities are designed to consolidate your understanding of key theoretical concepts by putting them into practice in real-world contexts, and to give you practical experience with documents, drafting skills and analytical frameworks used in a professional environment.


Extra-curricular activities

In addition to these curricular activities, students in the Corporate & Financial Law LLM also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities that are designed to hone their professional skills:

  • The Finance and Social Justice Project is a unique opportunity for students to work on current, real-world problems at the intersection of finance and social justice while gaining a practical insight into less conventional careers in corporate and financial law.
  • Professional Skills Programme (PSP) tailored to LLM students in order to facilitate the improvement of their professional skills.
  • Graduate Skills Programme (GSP) offered by the College of Social Sciences to support students in their ability to communicate their professional skills. As developed, for example, in the PSP, to employers.


Career talks

The Corporate & Financial Law research group runs a series of career talks with external speakers that aims to give students in the Corporate & Financial Law LLM the opportunity to explore different career options in the field of corporate and financial law.

Corporate and financial law professionals and academic researchers working in this field also attend the various research events organised by the research group throughout the year.

Together, these two series of events give students in the Corporate & Financial Law LLM a unique opportunity to hear first-hand what it takes to develop a successful professional career in this field.


External collaborations

Students will also have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by working with some of our external collaborators.

For example, students can work on their LLM dissertations in collaboration with external organisations such as financial institutions, public authorities and civil society organisations. These collaborative dissertation projects will give students the opportunity to develop their research skills in a practical context and to work alongside professionals in the field of corporate and financial law.

Moreover, students in the Corporate & Financial Law LLM will be eligible to apply to several of our unique internship opportunities with organisations in the UK and abroad.


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The University of Glasgow’s School of Law equips you with the knowledge and skills you need in an increasingly competitive legal market. Our graduates have gone on to work in international courts, the European Commission, banking and finance, international law firms, governments, and academic institutions around the world.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and law has been taught from the beginning. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Law is committed to nurturing the people who …

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