Why Study at the ILF?

The LL.M. Finance program offers the following unique combination of features:

  • An all-finance curriculum with a great variety of courses
  • Lectures in both law and economics
  • A large faculty consisting of leading academics and practitioners
  • A program that is open to graduates of law, business or economics faculties
  • A seven to eight weeks' internship program in leading international institutions, offering work experience and an opportunity to establish professional contacts
  • A location in Frankfurt, the financial center of continental Europe
  • A small student body, which ensures an intensive learning experience
  • A truly international curriculum, faculty and student body
Iva Horcicova, Czech Republic, Class of 2013, Investment Banking Analyst, ING, London

"The LL.M. Finance programme represents a unique opportunity for both prospective lawyers and bankers. The programme offers a mixture of legal and business courses which helped me to understand both commercial and legal aspects of financial transactions and hence providing me with a great competitve advantage in my career. The classes are taught predominantly by lawyers and bankers with high academic standards, focusing on current financial topics and transactions. In combination with a compulsory internship at one of the international law firms or banks, you obtain practical knowledge highly regarded by any prospective employer. At the same time, you build an invaluable network for your career. I also appreciate that the ILF is a smaller, focused and truly international institute providing high quality education and personalised service with a family-like atmosphere. Everybody knows your name even after couple of years and you are always welcomed to stop by and have a chat with anyone from the institute. All in all, I am very happy I decided to study at the ILF and could enjoy a fantastic year there. I would highly recommend the programme to anyone who is thinking of an international career in law or finance."

Luca Martino Levi, Italy, Class of 2012

"The LL.M. students have law and/or business/economic degrees, thus enhancing the interdisciplinary legal-business/economic environment at the ILF.  The small size  of the class and the large dimension of the faculty allow the ILF to offer lectures with a strong lecturer-students interaction. Academic discussions during the lectures are frequent and intellectually enriching. From a human and social perspective, my classmates and the ILF staff have my deep and sincere friendship and my gratitude. They possess in different ways a combination of intellectual stature, human caliber, simplicity and driving character. Overall, I strongly recommend the LL.M. program at the ILF. It's my belief that it allowed my classmates and me to bring our legal and economic knowledge to a level of excellence, to develop our professional and personal skills, to better understand ourselves and the changing world around us."

Alvin Nithyanandh Nesaraj Selvam, India, Class of 2012

"My motivation to study at Institute for Law and Finance was primarily because of its creative and novel course structure and its highly qualified faculty. The program is rightly packed with essential components which an aspiring finance or a business lawyer would need to survive in the highly competitive world of law and finance. The classes are practical when approaching the concepts of law, business and finance. As most of the faculty members are working professionals and partners of elite institutions of law and finance they not only help you to understand the subject but also teaches you to apply them to real life situations. The ILF goes that extra mile to create business and professional networks for each and every participant of the course by organizing frequent seminars, educational trips and most of all, creating an all international experience where one could make social and business relationships with students from at least twenty different jurisdictions. Frankfurt, being the finance capital of the largest economy of Europe and the ILF, backed and encouraged by the 'who's who' of the legal and financial industries gives the ILF the great potential to continue and to add up to its success story. On the whole, the ILF serves as one abundant repository of immense knowledge and plentiful contacts for each and everyone who is a part of it."

Aoife McCabe, Ireland, Class of 2010, Associate (Tax), Latham & Watkins, London

“I am confident that my decision to study at the ILF will be the most important decision of my professional career. The program has offered me the type of practical experience and professional contacts that usually money cannot buy. Two aspects of the program in particular make it unique in my opinion. First of all, the ILF internship allows students to get a foot firmly in the door at one of the leading international law firms, banks or institutions which sponsor the program, a feature which is highly valuable to graduates and lawyers facing an increasingly difficult jobs market. Secondly, the program is taught by many partners and practitioners from these world-class law firms and institutions, which allows students to firmly establish lasting relationships and invaluable contacts with leading professionals. I was very pleased to find that the program opened up opportunities for me not only in Frankfurt, but also in London where I have since received job offers from two of the ILF’s sponsor firms, one being the firm with which I did my ILF internship. The LL.M. Finance degree was worth every penny, and I would highly recommend it to anybody seeking to improve their career opportunities and broaden their network of international contacts.

Guilherme B. Reis, Brazil, Class of 2008, Senior Associate, Tax Services, PwC, Toronto

"I had an amazing experience during the LL.M. Finance program at the Institute for Law and Finance in Frankfurt. Not only did I acquire important knowledge and skills but I also had the privilege to learn from the best teachers and meet colleagues from all over the world. The course offers a great balance between legal and business courses. In addition, the LL.M. program opened several windows for my professional life, for which I am very grateful. I highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to enjoy an international academic and professional experience as well as benefit from a wide range of knowledge and networking opportunities in an important financial center such as Frankfurt."

Vokhidjon Urinov, Uzbekistan, Class of 2008, Ph.D. student

"ILF is a dynamic institution that offers numerous avenues for pursuing an international legal career. It is a graduate program not only for legal practitioners but also for students who seek to do cutting edge research. One of the strengths of ILF is its enthusiastic and outstanding professors. My years at the ILF were some of the most progressive years in my academic career. The background knowledge I obtained at ILF proved to be crucial for my progress and fostered an opportunity to become a PhD student at one of the best universities. My current PhD research at McGill University is a continuation of what I researched at ILF. ILF professors and its administration rendered tremendous support for realization of my future scholarly plans. I appreciate their efforts in providing education for international students, especially for those who are coming from developing countries."

Maxime Colle, Belgium, Class of 2004, Lawyer, Nauta Dutilh, Brussels (Photography credits to: Heijdendael & Annegarn)

"The ILF combines two important things for me. The first is a thorough study of both financial law and finance. The wide range of courses allows you to set up your own program and to build your expertise both generally in financial and corporate issues, as well as in a very specific area of your own choice. As a practitioner, not only having the legal knowledge in the sterile environment of an auditorium is important, even more important is knowing how to use that knowledge in real life situations outside the classrooms. The second point I want to draw attention to, is that having the bricks is one thing, knowing how to build a house with them, is quite another. The majority of the classes at the ILF is taught by some of the greatest respected specialists in their fields of business. This, combined with a two-month internship at an international organisation (investment bank, commercial bank, law firm), shows you how finance is done in real life. As a lawyer, every day you are working with clients, bankers and audit firms who have not necessarily studied law. Therefore, when advising a client, you must comprehend the financial part of the transaction, the commercial reason behind it, possible accounting issues and most of all, you have to be able to speak the language the CFO, the auditor or the investment banker uses. Also, in order to explain to them why a certain point in a transaction should legally be structured in a different manner, you must be able to think like them and show them that you understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. All these things I have learned during my LL.M. at the ILF."