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
  • Either Commercial Code or a combination of Negotiable Instruments and Secured Transactions or Sales and Secured Transactions
  • Government Regulation of Financial Institutions

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 10 LLM credit hours from the specified list of JD and LLM courses.

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

ADR Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions Mutual Funds
Advanced ADR E-Commerce, Intellectual Property & the Business Lawyer Negotiation
Advanced Corporate Law Financial Reporting for Lawyers Negotiated M&A
Affordable Housing Law Globalization Private Equity & Venture Capital
Antitrust Law Insurance Law Real Estate Finance
Bankruptcy International Business Agreements Securities Regulation
Bankruptcy Practice International Business Arbitration Securitization
Banking Law Research International Business Transactions Shareholder Activism
Capital Formation & Allocation International Development & Project Finance Tax Aspects of Financial Instruments
Consumer Law International Trade Regulation Trust & Honesty
Corporate Finance Law & Economics Transactional Contracts
Corporate Governance Mergers & Acquisitions

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.