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LLM- Financial Crimes And Money Laundering

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LLM- Financial Crimes And Money Laundering

September, January or April


Full & Part Time

Study Mode

33 hours

Total Credit Hours

1 Year




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  • Our LLM Program consists of 9 courses +  1 Thesis :
    • 5 Core Courses
    • 4 Major
    • 1 Thesis
  • All classes are held three times a week from 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Student may complete the program within 12 months during 3 terms.
  • The duration of each term is 4 months.
*The Master degree is awarded upon the successful completion of a minimum of 33 credit hours. The Master of Laws is broken down into four (4) semesters having 33 CH course a total of 9 courses + 1 Master Thesis of 6 CH *Declaration: The LLM degree is a non-professional qualification.

Admission Requirement

Regular Admission Conditional Admission
Accredited bachelor’s degree in Law with minimum GPA of 3.0 Accredited bachelor’s degree in any field with a GPA of 2.00 – 2.99
EmSAT 1400 / Academic IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL (PBT 550 or IBT 79 or CBT 213) EmSAT 1250 / Academic IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL (PBT 530 or IBT 71 or CBT 197)

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Study Plan

Core Courses
Students have to complete the five core courses (15 credit hours) which are common to both tracks/concentration followed by five courses from the chosen track. Students can also do dual Specialization.
Course Code Course Number Core LLM courses CH Prerequisite
LLM 600 1. Legal Research & Writing Skills 3
LLM 610 2. Legal Systems 3
LLM 635 3. Corporate Law 3
LLM 645 4. International Business Transactions * 3
LLM 650 5. Litigation – Principles & Practice* 3
Students have to complete the five core courses (15 credit hours) which are common to both tracks/concentration followed by five courses from the chosen track. Students can also do dual Specialization.
Course Code Course Number Specialized LLM courses Prerequisite
LLM-FCML 700 1. Bribery & Corruption 3
LLM-FCML 710 2. Money Laundering 3
LLM-FCML 720 3. Competition Law 3
LLM-FCML 730 4. Financial Crimes and Governance, Compliance & Assurance 3
LLM-FCML 740 5. Thesis 6 24 CH
These are also elective courses for ADR track, if when completed with second Thesis will qualify the student for awarding the second major in LLM. *These courses are practice-oriented courses requiring intense debate in moot-court situations.
Courses Description LLM 600 Legal Research and Writing Skills The Legal Research and Writing Skills is a core element of the LLM program. The emphasis of this module is firstly on the development of research techniques and the development of key analytical and rhetorical techniques necessary for independent work at postgraduate level. Secondly, this module also focuses on students writing skills from a legal practice perspective. It is sufficiently general that students form a variety of backgrounds with a diverse range of postgraduate aims will benefit. At the same time, it is sufficiently specific so that a number of the key issues involved in advanced research skills and methods are addressed. This course uses key terms and facts in legal research such as legislation, treaties, the UAE Civil Code, and identifies issues for legal research using analytical tools such as case law and briefings. This course will also address principles of citation, referencing, literature review, research methodologies (empirical, economic, comparative, analytical, descriptive and other approaches relevant to high quality legal research). The coverage includes updating and validating the research, writing the research report, and presentation of research findings. LLM 610 Legal Systems This course provides a comparative introduction to major global legal systems with emphasis on common law (used in DIFC and ADGM), civil law (Dubai Courts), and aspects of international law, mainly from a contractual perspective. The course introduces divergent legal systems and traditions focusing on the differences between common and civil law. LLM 630 Corporate Law The course examines business structures and provides an overview of basic corporations law including the formation of companies especially under UAE and DIFC laws and consequences of incorporation; company internal rules; management and contracting; governance including membership, meetings and directors duties, shareholders remedies, accounts and financial reporting and audit, corporate litigation and regulation, liquidation and bankruptcy; external administration of companies; and UAE regional and international corporate governance standards, ethics and corporate social responsibility. LLM 645 International Business Transactions This course is intended to prepare students to represent clients in a variety of business transactions that contain international elements. The emphasis is on the formation and enforcement of agreements between private commercial parties and on the anticipation and recognition of issues that are peculiar to, or are especially prevalent in, international business. The course follows a sequence of increasingly complex transactions, from the isolated purchase and sale of goods, through sales through distributors and licensing, to foreign direct investment. Topics include: the formation of the basic commercial transaction; financing the international sale of goods; agency and distributorships; licensing of intellectual property; establishing and operating a foreign investment; and dispute settlement. LLM 650 Litigation – Principles & Practices The course deals with principles and practices of litigation. Attention will be paid to the best practices and skills needed in resolving commercial disputes through litigation. Emphasis will be given to the laws of UAE particularly the Civil Procedure Code, as a model for Civil Law jurisdictions. The course will cover generality of aspects relating to commencement of action (before UAE courts) to execution proceedings including enforcement of foreign judgements. In addition, the course will also cover the practice and procedure of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and Abu-Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Courts as model for common law jurisdictions operating within UAE. LLM-FCML 700 Bribery and Corruption The course deals with the concepts of bribery and corruption. The coverage includes UAE commercial and criminal regulations, UAE-specific issues in commercial contracts, and comparative study on UAE versus US, UK and EU regimes. LLM-FCML 710 Money Laundering This course deals with the UAE legislation (Federal and DIFC), US and UK legislation on money laundering and the impact of regulations on money laundering. The coverage also includes the Middle East and North Africa financial action taskforce, the Vienna Convention, the Palermo Convention, the Merida Convention and the United Nations Model Legislation on Laundering, Confiscation and International Cooperation in relation to the proceeds of crime (1999). LLM-FCML 720 Competition Law This course deals with the new 2013 UAE Federal Competition Law. The coverage also includes (comparisons with) EU law and the international dimension of competition laws. Furthermore, the course pays attention to competition elements that are included in the other UAE Laws. LLM-FCML 730 Financial Crimes and Governance, Compliance and Assurance The purpose of this course is to expose students to concepts, strategies and best practices in governance, compliance and assurance in relation to financial crimes. Thesis – Specific for Each Track LLM-FCML 740 The purpose of this course is to write a thesis on a research topic, using adequate and acceptable sources of legal information. The course allows participants to draw on knowledge and comprehension of legal issues gained in the previous LLM courses. The thesis must provide a competent synthesis and critical analysis of the relevant materials and must be satisfactory as regards structure, style and presentation.  

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