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    LLM in Global Financial Regulation

    Drexel University Kline School of Law’s online LLM in Global Financial Regulation is designed for attorneys looking for advanced skills in legal regulatory analysis and policy pertinent to their practices. As the business of banking and finance becomes increasingly regulated both domestically and abroad, employers including retail banks, investment firms, government agencies, and law firms seek lawyers with a deeper understanding of the complex interaction between these regulations and the industry.

    What is an LLM in Global Financial Regulation?

    A Master of Law, or an LLM, is a secondary degree for those who have earned their Juris Doctor (JD) or international equivalent. It lets you specialize in a specific area or topic of law. In this case, Drexel’s online LLM helps you understand the interaction between banking and finance regulations and the industry to better serve your clients or business interests. An online LLM in Heath Care and Pharmaceutical Compliance and LLM in Cyber Law & Data Privacy are also available.

    LLM in Global Financial Regulation Online Program Features

    • Elective courses let you tailor your degree to your specific interests such as: Healthcare Finance, Securities Regulation, Broker/Dealer Regulation, or European Union Data Privacy and Protection
    • Program can be completed on a full or part-time basis
    • Completely online format means you can learn around your busy schedule
    • Option to complete a thesis
    • Utilize the Kline Graduate Programs Virtual Career Office which is dedicated to helping you reach your career goals via access to job postings, a virtual career classroom, and one-on-one coaching with faculty and alumni

    What Can I Do with an LLM in Global Financial Regulation

    Graduating with an LLM in Global Financial Regulation will prepare you for a job practicing law across a wide variety of industries. Lawyers with LLM degrees can be found working at law firms, for the government, or as in-house counsel in the private sector – especially in the banking and securities sectors. This program will also prepare you to work for both in-house and contracted compliance departments, as well as other areas related to global finance and banking.

    How Much Can I Earn in Global Financial Regulation

    Salaries can vary based on organization and location, but graduates of Drexel’s online LLM in Global Financial Regulation can look to these median incomes to get an idea of the salaries they can command with this degree.

    Professional Role

    Median Salary*



    Compliance Manager


    Compliance Officer


    *May 2021 figures via Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net

    What is the difference between an MLS, JD, and LLM?

    Though a JD, an LLM, and an MLS (Master of Legal Studies) may seem similar, there are some differences. A Juris Doctor (JD) program provides a general understanding of the law. Graduates are allowed to practice law in the United States after passing a state bar examination and earning a law license. An LLM degree is an advanced, specialized degree for those who already hold a JD or international degree that allows you to practice law. An LLM focuses on a more specific area of the law, providing the skills and knowledge you need to become an expert in that area. An MLS is a master’s degree that provides a solid working knowledge of the law and focuses on areas such as compliance, legal research and analysis, risk management, ethics, and professional standards. Earning an MLS does not allow you to practice law.

    What are the Requirements for an LLM in Global Financial Regulation Program?

    If you are a domestic student interested in the LLM in Global Financial Regulation, you need to have earned a JD from an ABA accredited law school. International students must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or its equivalent.

    Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

    The Kline School of Law is the only law school in Pennsylvania accredited by PACLE (Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education) to provide distance learning CLE credits. Lawyers admitted to practice in Pennsylvania who take online graduate level or advanced degree courses at Kline may claim CLE credit as permitted by PACLE regulation 5(f) governing Credit for Law School and Graduate Level Courses.

    Related Programs

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program. State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Beginning in the Fall of 2022, the Kline School of Law’s fully online degree and certificate programs will no longer be offered on the 14-week Semester system. Students who start before Fall 2022 will transfer their credits to the quarter program. For questions, please contact lawadmissions@drexel.edu.

    Required Courses
    LSTU 551 Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting 4.0
    LSTU 554 Risk Assessment and Management 4.0
    Foreign-trained students may also be required to complete one or more of the following:
    LSTU 550
    Introduction to the Legal System
    LSTU 553
    Legal Research and Analysis
    Electives 24.0
    LSTU 552
    Ethics and Professional Standards
    LSTU 555
    Compliance Communications
    LSTU 649
    Foundations of Financial Regulation
    LSTU 650
    Legal Regulation of Global Financial Crimes
    LSTU 651
    Legal Regulation of Investment Advisers
    LSTU 652
    Legal Regulation of Investment Companies
    LSTU 653
    Broker/Dealer Regulation
    LSTU 654
    Banking Law
    LSTU 660
    Information Privacy Law
    LSTU 661
    The Law and Strategies Surrounding Cybersecurity
    LSTU 662
    European Union Data Privacy and Protection
    LSTU 998
    Thesis I –Scholarly Legal Writing: Planning and Preparation
    LSTU 999
    Thesis II – Scholarly Legal Writing: Writing, Refining, and Presentation
    Total Credits 32.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school
      • International applicants must have completed an undergraduate (LL.B) or graduate degree (LL.M) in law

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Essay of approximately 500 words
      • Can be a personal statement outlining personal and/or professional goals you hope to achieve through the program, or on another topic that showcases your writing skills
    • Resume
      • Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated
    • Standardized test score reports (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) can be submitted, but are not required
    • Additional requirements for International Students
      • Those who have completed their first law degree program in a language other than English will be required to submit a TOEFL or a comparable exam score


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $945 per credit.

    The Thomas R. Kline School of Law online graduate programs have recently switched to a quarter calendar schedule. The tuition rate reflected above is now per quarter credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


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