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The LLM and Postgraduate Diploma in ‘International Finance: Law and Regulation’ are the new postgraduate degrees from the Truman Bodden Law School. Students will gain knowledge and skills in both the legal and policy aspects of international finance. The course content includes consideration of areas such as financial markets, banking law, international insolvency, money laundering and corporate governance.

The LLM and PGDip stand on the cutting-edge of training in practice and research skills, and are provided by the Truman Bodden Law School lecturing team, together with the extensive resources and expertise of The University of Liverpool, a leading Russell Group University. These programmes are designed to service the needs of Caymanian and international law practices: to equip professionals with the best tools to fulfill their ambitions in local firms, and to award a comparative advantage to those pursuing international careers.

The LLM and the PGDip are NOT qualifying law degrees and thus do not award access to legal practice in the jurisdictions of England and Wales and/or the Cayman Islands.

Admission for the academic year 2019-20, starting in September 2019, is now open. The deadline for applications is 31st August 2019.

The new postgraduate studies in 'International Finance: Law and Regulation' includes two part-time study tracks: the LLM – Master of Laws and the PGDip – Postgraduate Diploma. You must choose one in submitting your application.

LLM Degree in International Finance: Law and Regulation

The LLM programme is structured over five semesters, four of which will comprise taught elements with an additional fifth semester dedicated to the completion of a mandatory 60 credit dissertation on an approved topic relevant to the field of International Finance Law and Regulation.

The programme comprises 9 taught modules to the value of either 15 or 7.5 credits each in addition to the required 60 credit dissertation. Modules to the credit value of 30 points will be taught in each of four semesters taught over two years with the fifth semester being dedicated to the completion of the 60 credit dissertation. All modules will initially be required, with consideration being given to the introduction of optional modules when the programme is subsequently also offered on a full-time basis.

Postgraduate Diploma in International Finance: Law and Regulation

The PGDip in International Finance Law and Regulation will be awarded to those candidates who complete 120 taught credits at Master’s level (FHEQ Level 7). Students taking the PGDip will not have to take the dissertation.

Admissions policy

Successful applicants will be expected to fulfill the following requisites:

  • To hold an Undergraduate degree: A University degree in Law or a related discipline with a 2.i, or equivalent, or above and completed before the commencement date of the LLM programme.
  • To have achieved appropriate English language command for students whose first language is not English.
  • Work experience (optional): Work experience is not required. However, relevant work experience/professional background will be considered during admissions and may contribute towards the success of the application.

Applications for part-time programmes are open only to Cayman nationals and legal residents, and considered on a rolling basis, on the basis of the Immigration Laws of the Cayman Islands. More information on legal residence in the Cayman Islands at the Department of Immigration - Student Visa website.

For more information, please refer to the admissions policy page by clicking the link below.

LLM/PGDip Admissions & Applications

Method of teaching

The teaching methods are strategically designed in conjunction with learning schemes that promote, engage and enhance student learning. Teaching in all modules combines lectures and seminars.

Lectures, whilst interactive in nature, are led by the Module Leader and are designed to structure the students’ knowledge in the relevant topic.

Seminars place an emphasis upon active student preparation and participation. Module leaders will be responsible for producing lists of selected materials and questions for discussion at each seminar session. Students will be expected to locate these materials, and read, evaluate and synthesise the information contained therein to gain a sound understanding of the subject area in order to be ready to answer and discuss the questions set for each seminar session.

Through a balance of teaching supervision and self-directed study, students will learn to retrieve and synthesise legal materials and demonstrate a systematic understanding of complex issues affecting international finance law and regulation.

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy underpinning the programme combines written coursework and oral presentations.

The use of written coursework as a summative assessment method is designed to evaluate the students’ knowledge, research skills, critical analysis and written communication skills whilst at the same time providing them with an opportunity to enhance their skills of time management and prioritisation.

The use of oral presentations as a summative assessment method will provide an opportunity to evaluate the student’s knowledge, research ability, critical analysis skills, problem-solving skills, and enhanced communication skills in an oral form prior to coursework submission. Additionally, oral presentations as a component of modular assessment, support the achievement of the programme’s other learning outcomes, as oral presentations will be expected to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the complex areas of law to which the research relates.

Last Updated 2019-03-20