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

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Key Faculty

Photo of Peter J. Henning 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.
Photo of Eric Zacks 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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