Degree Details

Equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to handle the regulatory, transactional and compliance needs of financial services clients in today’s global economy, our graduates hold influential positions worldwide—in banks, governments, law firms, corporations, financial institutions, and multilateral and nongovernmental organizations. Since conferring our first LLM in Banking & Financial Law in 1984, our program remains the only financial services LLM program in the country with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study.

Degree Type

  • Graduate

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 Semesters
  • 12 Courses
  • 24 Credits


  • In-Person
  • Online


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


Read more on the Academic Bulletin

The program of study, focusing on regulatory courses and transactional courses in the areas of banking law, securities law, and general financial services law, leads to the degree of Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law. Students may also choose to focus their studies in one of the available program concentrations in The Business of Banking, Compliance Management, Financial Services Transactions (offered only to students studying in the residential format), Lending and Credit Transactions, and Securities Transactions. Upon graduating, students will have a deep appreciation of how to apply the law to banking and financial transactions, whether they earn the degree through residential studies in Boston or online from home.

Beyond the classroom, students can supplement their coursework by focusing on the financial services issues of the day through lectures, conferences, and roundtable discussions. A number of these conferences and lectures are co-sponsored with groups such as the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and The Clearing House Association.

We also offer the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance, the first online program offered by the Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law. For more details on this new program, visit the program website.

Learn more about the program from Director Kevin J. Handly, meet the staff, learn about the faculty, or download a program overview here.

Class Profile

The typical student in the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law has a demonstrated interest in financial services as demonstrated by their academic studies, internships and/or work experience. Many applicants are experienced lawyers who have worked for several years before enrolling in the Graduate Program.

Some students use the Graduate Program to prepare for careers, others to sharpen skills already developed, and still others to change their fields of specialization. A number of students are sponsored by their law firms, financial institutions, or government agencies and return to them upon completion of their studies.

Graduates have typically taken positions in law firms, commercial and investment banks, other financial institutions and government agencies. Some have joined the regulatory services of accounting and consulting firms. They work in legal positions, compliance and other control positions, consulting, and even in the business lines of financial institutions.

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