Law & Finance (LLM)
Starting in September 2018, the Amsterdam Law School and the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam will team up to offer a new Master’s programme in Law & Finance (LLM). The growing importance of finance to the global economy has made it increasingly important that lawyers have a good grasp of financial economics. According to both a Harvard Law School survey and the industry leaders we spoke to during the design phase and development of this Master’s programme, law students with extensive knowledge of Corporate Finance, Accounting, and Financial Statement Analysis have a clear advantage in the jobs market over students without that knowledge and those skills.
Please note: the accreditation for this Master is still pending.
The programme at a glance
In this Master’s programme, the Amsterdam Law School and the Amsterdam Business School join forces to offer a challenging curriculum the contents of which was chosen in close consultation with major jobs market representatives.
The main objective of the programme is to educate students in both Law and Finance – in accordance with the demands pointed out by industry leaders. The combination provides our graduates with a head start in the jobs market over other students.
Graduates with this Master’s will typically find employment as:
- Lawyers, in the corporate/transactional and financial practices and departments of law firms
- Legal and compliance experts in the financial industry (which includes banks, insurance companies and pension funds)
- Legal Counsel for in-house legal departments
- Legal and compliance officers for financial supervisory authorities
- Consultants in positions requiring legal and financial knowledge
- Academic researchers in law and finance
- or in similar jobs that require a combination of legal and finance knowledge
The Master’s is a one-year selective programme open to both Dutch and international students (taught in English) that culminates in an LLM issued by the Amsterdam Law School. It paves the way for admission to the Dutch bar and judiciary (the so-called ‘civiel effect’ of the Master) provided certain additional criteria are met (see Application and admission requirements further on).
Programme director: Professor Marc Salomon
Marc Salomon is Dean of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and Professor of Management of Professional Service Firms. Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, Marc Salomon was COO at the law firm Stibbe (2004-2013) and COO and Director of Research at McKinsey & Company (1998-2004). He was director of the Center for Applied Mathematics at Rabobank (1996-1998) and from 1996 to 2005 he was also professor of Operational Research at Tilburg University. Salomon studied Econometrics at the VU University Amsterdam and obtained his doctorate in Business Studies and Operational Research from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has had numerous articles published in leading journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Transportation Science, Interfaces and California Management Review.
Programme coordinator: Nik de Boer LLM
Nik de Boer is programme coordinator of the Master in Law and Finance at the Amsterdam Law School. He studied Law and Philosophy at Utrecht University and the University of Cambridge and was a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at the University of Amsterdam. In 2017-2018 he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). He is a fellow of the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). At the Amsterdam Law School, Nik teaches Financial Law and coordinates the Ph.D. programme of the Amsterdam Law School. He has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the Center for Global Constitutionalism of the WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre.
The Master’s Programme in Law & Finance is a programme scheduled to start in September 2018. The new programme is currently being processed for accreditation by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). Successful accreditation of the Master’s programme in Law & Finance by the NVAO is a precondition that must be met before the Master can be launched in September 2018. Consequently, registration for the Master in Law & Finance is conditional on accreditation. Only once the Master has successfully been accredited by the NVAO, can the programme actually be offered.
On Thursday 12 April a panel representing the Dutch-Flemish academic accreditation organisation issued its positive recommendation for the new Master’s in Law & Finance. The panel’s assessment, a crucial hurdle on the path to accreditation, is one of the last steps in that process. The panel, noting the programme’s multidisciplinary character, anticipated that in the future it would generate solid interest among potential employers. The panel’s favourable assessment means that the LLM in Law & Finance is on course for a successful start this September
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