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Law and Finance

Degree awarded: LL.M in Law and Finance
Programme duration: 1,5 years or 2 years
Study language: English
Official length of the programme in credits:72 ECTS (48 Latvian credits),one-year academic programme, or 120 ECTS (80 Latvian credits),two-year professional programme

The Riga Graduate School of Law is accepting applications for its accredited Law and Finance programme (LL.M) with focus on Financial Institutions and Global and Emerging Financial Markets.

The Law and Finance Programme offers two variants:

  • a one-year, 72 ECTS (48 Latvian credits) academic Masters programme open to those with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Law, Economics, Business, Finance, or equivalent;
  • a two-year, 120 ECTS (80 Latvian credits) programme for those who have already completed a 180 ECTS (120 Latvian credits) bachelor’s degree in law, business, finance, or economics.

Accepted proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 5.5+, TOEFL IBT 69+ or TOEFL paper based test 525+

The programme is conducted exclusively in English. Applicants to the programme are encouraged to apply early as student numbers on the programme are limited.

With Europe and the rest of the World reeling from economic uncertainty, rapid development and growth in areas such as the regulatory environment and the financial sector are leading to an explosion in transactions across all private and public sectors. As these transactions increase, we see the merging of legal and financial professionals to undertake facilitation of these transactions and an ever-increasing sophistication in both legal and financial content. Frequently, lawyers and financial specialists face a challenge in understanding each other in order to originate and execute deals. The importance of emerging markets and their specific country context are challenging as well as putting the focus on appropriate risk management of these ventures. A strong, in-depth understanding and working practice have become a necessity when operating in those industries and a prerequisite when embracing opportunities in emerging markets and a globalising economy overall.

The LL.M in Law and Finance aims to address these challenges by arming both law specialists and finance specialists with relevant knowledge in both areas to facilitate mutual understanding and – eventually – improved structuring and assessment of opportunities and transactions, at the same time contributing to overall success in business through sustainability, value creation, and strategic commitment.

Courses and descriptions

The programme is divided into 3 distinct modules.

The first module of the programme consists of introductory courses. These courses aim to provide the basic foundation and concepts in European Law and Finance. Students from a legal background will benefit from the fundamentals of economics and finance while those from a financial and economic background will receive the grounding needed for legal reasoning and understanding.

Module 1
Introductory Courses

Legal Reasoning and Research
Micro & Macro Economics
Introduction to Law
Financial Accounting
European Union Law
Regulation in the EU
Monetary Policy

The second module of the programme consists of  advanced clusters  from which students specialise in. This cluster offers advanced and focused courses to complete the core teaching part of the programme.

Module 2
Specialisation Courses
Corporate Finance
International Financial Management
International Commercial Law
European Company Law
European Competition Law
Investment & Fund Management
Insolvency Law
Mergers & Acquisitions

The third module of the programme offers students a series of electives that support and enhance the fundamentals acquired in the first 2 parts and offers a balanced series of financial and legal courses. Electives are based on student subscription.

Module 3
Electives
Law & Economics
Advanced Topics in European Company Law
Advanced Topics in European Competition Law
Business Valuation
Financial Analysis
Risk Management
International Management under Global Conditions
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contract drafting

Each student must write and defend a Master’s thesis before a committee. The purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate the student’s ability to undertake scientific study in the mixed disciplines of law and finance based on a clear methodology.

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