Wayne State University

LL.M. in Corporate and Finance Law

Corporations conduct much of the world’s economic activity, using capital markets to raise debt and equity financing and sophisticated securitization, corporate restructuring and joint venture arrangements to expand their access to human and investment capital. The LL.M. in Corporate and Finance Law prepares graduates to play key roles at law firms, governmental agencies and in-house corporate legal departments.

When to start

You will likely choose to begin in the fall with orientation and foundational prerequisite courses. In exceptional cases, winter matriculation is permitted.
 

Length of program

Full time: One year (often including summer work on master’s thesis)
Part time: Two or more years
Maximum permitted length: Six years, unless the director grants an extension
 

Courses (24 credits)

Required: You must take Corporations, Taxation, at least one course in corporate finance and at least one course in corporate taxation.
Approved: You select most of your courses from approved courses for the major.
Electives: You may take a limited number of additional courses offered at Wayne Law or in other Wayne State departments, with approval of the director of graduate studies.

 

Thesis (2 or 3 credits)

Your thesis demonstrates your expertise, with a well-researched legal article on a significant topic.
 

Practical skills

Externships and clinics offer opportunities to hone skills permitting you to step into practice. Students work alongside lawyers in multinational corporations and law firms, government agencies and international organizations.
 

Career paths

  • In-house counsel
  • Law firm (regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, other transactional planning)
  • Sole practitioner (controversies, borrowings, contracts, transactional planning)
  • Government (securities regulation, consumer financial protection, antitrust)
  • Banking, hedge funds, financial institutions
More information
313-577-3437
law.wayne.edu/llm
llmprogram@wayne.edu
 

Key Faculty

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Associate Professor Eric A. Zacks
A former law partner focusing on complex acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity financings, and other aspects of corporate transactions, he twice has been voted Professor of the Year by Wayne Law students.

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Professor Erica Beecher-Monas
With LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees, she was a litigation associate prior to teaching. Her areas of expertise include corporations and evidence.

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Professor Peter J. Henning
A former federal prosecutor and Fulbright Scholar, his areas of expertise include white collar crime, constitutional criminal procedure and attorney ethics. He writes the White Collar Watch column for The New York Times DealB%k.

 

Training the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders