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Master en Droit Bancaire et Financier Européen (LL.M.)


The Master en Droit Bancaire et Financier Européen (LL.M.) is one of the premier programmes in this field offered in continental Europe. The investment funds law option in the second semester of the second year is a legal qualification unique in Europe.

The Master focuses on the study of three essential pillars – banking law, securities and capital markets law, and investment funds law – or Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) law – in the framework of European Union law, Luxembourg law and comparative law.

The teaching team includes academics and renowned practitioners, specialised in banking and financial law.

Making use of modern and interactive teaching methods, blending individual study and team work, the programme combines the acquisition of basic concepts in the first semester and their practical application in the second semester through case-based learning developed by practitioners.

The first semester of the M2 is joint for all students in this specialisation, allowing students to obtain and master the basics of the three pillars of European banking and financial law. In the second semester, the M2 is split into two tracks. The general track aims to deepen and put into practice acquired knowledge, in particular in Luxembourg law and in comparative banking and financial law. The investment fund option track offers students further specialisation in this field through the in-depth study of Luxembourg investment funds law, the different types of investment funds (private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, long term funds, ethical funds, SRI funds etc.), but also a number of specific aspects (taxation, criminal law, rules of conduct etc.), and insights into comparative investment fund law and portfolio management.






5 reasons to specialise in Banking and Financial Law at the University of Luxembourg:

  • Acquire high-level expertise in banking and financial law, as well as in European law, Luxembourg law and comparative law.
  • Specialise in the growing field of investment funds law.
  • At the end of the programme, you will be prepared to make the link between theory and practice and enter the professional world.
  • The bilingual programme (taught in French and English) offers a competitive advantage on the job market.
  • Find an interesting internship or a job in the field of banking and financial law or investment fund law after graduating.


Career opportunities

Graduates from the Master en Droit Bancaire et Financier Européen can pursue employment in the legal careers in the banking and financial sector (banks, financial service providers, regulatory bodies, etc.), the insurance sector or the fund industry. They can also find employment in law firms, European banking and financial institutions or national administrations.

The Master en Droit Bancaire et Financier Européen also allows students fulfilling the required conditions to continue their studies at PhD level.

Structure of studies

Students applying for the Master en Droit Bancaire et Financier Européen can enter directly into the second year of the Master programme (M2) with the goal of obtaining an LL.M. degree. This requires the successful completion of four years of studies amounting to 240 ECTS, typically by having obtained a Master degree in law or equivalent studies including courses in European law. Students will be admitted upon decision of an admissions committee.

Applicants who have successfully completed three years of studies amounting to 180 ECTS (typically a Bachelor in Law or equivalent studies) are eligible to apply for the common first year of LL.M. studies at the University of Luxembourg (M1). It offers a variety of courses in European and international law from which students may choose in order to prepare for the specific requirements of the second year (M2).






Programme at a glance:

  • Year 1: 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester)
  • Year 2: 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester)
  • Taught in English and French
  • Admission: 40 students in year two (20 for investment funds law track, 20 for general track)
  • Cost: €200/semester