Application

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in law, business or economics may apply to join the LL.M. Finance program. The application processing period starts on 15 November of every year. We recommend that you submit your application early in order to secure a place in our program. No application fee is required.

We accept both paper as well as online applications. However, please do not send your application documents to the ILF by email. If you have any questions, please contact Panagiota Bountrou, Admissions Manager.

Paper applications should be sent to:

Institute for Law and Finance
c/o Panagiota Bountrou, Admissions Manager
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Campus Westend, House of Finance
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Application Deadline

Applications will be considered on a “rolling basis”. Consideration of completed applications will begin in December and candidates will generally be informed of the results of their applications within 6 weeks of receipt of the completed application by the ILF. No application fee is required.

Candidates are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible since applications are considered in the order in which they are completed. As such, admissions will be given on a "first come first served" basis.

If you wish to submit your application online!

Please click on the appropriate links to

  • fill out, print and sign the application form and upload;
  • upload the other required documents; and
  • if applicable, fill out an application for an ILF Scholarship (financial need-based). Any application for financial aid must be made at the same time as the application for admission. Subsequent applications for financial aid will not be considered. Documents supporting the application for financial aid may follow the application itself.

(a) Complete and sign Application Form and upload via (b). Please ensure that you use a current Adobe reader (which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website) to fill out the application form.

(b) Upload Documents

If you do not have a document pertaining to class rank or your English proficiency results as yet, you may submit a statement stating when the documents will be available, or in the case of English proficiency results, that you are a native English speaker.

(c) Submit Application Form for ILF Scholarship (Financial Need-Based) - if applicable. 

I. ILF Scholarships (Financial Need-Based)

Financial assistance is available in the form of ILF scholarships that cover part of the tuition fees. The possible maximum amount of financial assistance for tuition fees which could be awarded by the ILF, if any at all, for the academic year 2018/2019 is EUR 6,000. This would mean that, at the very least, students will be required to bear the tuition fees of EUR 12,000 themselves.

Any application for financial assistance must be made at the same time as the application for admission. Subsequent applications for financial aid will not be considered. Documents supporting the application for financial assistance may follow the application itself.

If you wish to apply for the ILF Scholarship (Financial Need-Based) please forward the completed application form along with your supporting documents by email: bountrou(a)ilf.uni-frankfurt.de or alternatively by post to the address specified above.

 

II. Robert Koehler Scholarship (formerly “Georgieff Capital Scholarship”)

This scholarship is offered by Georgieff Capital (www.georgieffcapital.com) in memoriam of its late chairman Robert Koehler. If you wish to apply for the Robert Koehler Scholarship, (formerly “Georgieff Capital Scholarship”), please submit an additional letter stating your intention together with your LL.M. Finance program application and a letter of recommendation from your course tutor/professor in connection to your corporate finance affinity by no later than 31 March 2018.

 

Upon successful submission of the documents, you will receive an email from the ILF confirming receipt. You may receive another email if additional documents need to be submitted. Further, you may also be requested to participate in a telephone or Skype interview which will be set up at an agreed date and time.

After a review of the submitted documents, successful candidates will be required to send original or certified copies of all academic documents, including the class rank, to the following address in order to complete the admissions process.

Institute for Law and Finance
c/o Panagiota Bountrou, Admissions Manager
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Campus Westend, House of Finance
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

All decisions regarding admissions to the LL.M. Finance program as well as the grant of ILF Scholarships (Financial Need-Based), if any, are made by the Admissions Committee.

It is the policy of the ILF not to return any application materials. Once the admissions process has been completed, the application materials of applicants will be destroyed in compliance with German data protection legislation.

List of Documents to be submitted

1) References: At least two sealed and confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from university professors and/or employers must be sent to the ILF directly by the referees, either by email or by post to the address listed above. References should be current. More than two references may be included. (http://www.ilf-frankfurt.de/fileadmin/content/download/Forms/Recommendation_Form.pdf)
2) Application Form
3) Letter of Motivation
4) Curriculum Vita
5) University Entrance Qualification: e.g., high school diploma, Abitur, Baccalauréat or other similar diploma. Documents qualifying university entrance and the transcripts must be submitted in English or German or as certified translations into one of these languages. All copies must be certified by a notary public or other appropriate public institutions.
6) Academic Degrees: Degree certificates and transcripts must be submitted in English or German or as certified translations into one of these languages. All copies must be certified by a notary public or other appropriate public institutions.
7) English Proficiency: Proficiency in English must surpass a level of TOEFL 600, CBT TOEFL 250, IBT TOEFL 100 (with a minimum of 22 in each section), (ILF's Institutional Code with TOEFL is 5984), Cambridge CAE (grade C or above), or IELTS 7.0 (or any other Cambridge English certificate with mininum 185 Cambridge English Scale points or equivalent) unless your native tongue is English. You should request the test center to directly send a copy of the official test results to the ILF. If the testing schedules do not allow the results to be available by the application deadline, you should state in your application when the results will be available.
8) Class Rank: A written confirmation from the relevant university indicating your class rank should be included in your application. This confirmation shall state your relative standing in the year of graduation and where possible, broken down into the relevant majors (e.g. in top 5% of law graduates in the class of 2005). The total number of students should also be stated. This information is required to assess the performance of the applicant in relation to his/her peers. If a given university does not provide such information, we need a written statement by the university to that effect.
9) Optional: Application for ILF Scholarship (Financial Need-Based) (if applicable) Any application for financial aid must be made at the same time as the application for admission. Subsequent applications for financial aid will not be considered. Documents supporting the application for financial aid may follow the application itself.
10) Two hard copy Passport-Sized Photographs or 1 digital Passport-Sized Photograph
11) Photocopy of Passport
12) For applicants from the People's Republic of China, an APS certificate from the Akademischen Prüfstelle (https://www.aps.org.cn/) in Beijing
13) For applicants from Vietnam, an APS certificate from the Akademischen Prüfstelle (http://www.hanoi.diplo.de/Vertretung/hanoi/de/06/APS__Hanoi) in Hanoi