Seven-Semester JD/LLM in Banking & Financial Law

Accelerated LLM in Banking & Financial Law

By taking qualifying courses during the second and third years of the JD program, students can graduate from the JD program with sufficient advanced standing to complete the LLM in Banking & Financial Law in just one additional semester.


To be accepted in the seven-semester program, a JD student must complete the following prerequisite courses by the third year in the JD program:

  • Corporations (4 credits)
  • Secured Transactions (3 credits)
  • Government Regulation of Financial Institutions (3 credits)

Only one of these courses, Government Regulation of Financial Institutions, earns credit toward the LLM degree.

Required Credit Hours

The number of credit hours required for the degree is 24, the same number required for the full-year LLM degree. JD courses carry their JD credit hours in the JD program and 2 credit hours each in the accelerated program. LLM courses carry 2 credit hours each in both programs.

Qualifying Courses

In addition to the prerequisite courses, a JD student in the accelerated program must earn 12 LLM credit hours from the specified list of JD and LLM courses.

JD courses and seminars currently qualifying for seven-semester program credit:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Financial Restructuring Negotiation
Affordable Housing Law Insurance Law Negotiated M&A
Antitrust Law International Business Arbitration Private Equity & Venture Capital
Bankruptcy International Business Transactions Secured Transactions
Bankruptcy Practice International Development & Project Finance Securities Regulation
Contract Drafting Introduction to Risk Management & Compliance Shareholder Activism
Corporate Finance Law & Economics Tax Aspects of Financial Instruments
Corporate Governance Mergers & Acquisitions Transactional Contracts
Financial Reporting for Lawyers Mutual Funds White-Collar Crime

Note: This list is subject to change according to course availability.

Completion of the Program

Students are expected to complete the program in the semester immediately following graduation from the JD program and are required to complete it in no more than three semesters.

Admissions Requirements

A student may apply for admission to the Accelerated LLM Program in Banking & Financial Law at any time during his or her second or third year. Upon preliminary acceptance, the student will be assigned an LLM advisor. Courses to be credited to the LLM should be chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor.

Final admission to the program requires that, at the time of graduation from the JD program, the student will have completed all courses to be credited toward the LLM with a grade of B or higher, and with an average grade of B+ or higher.