Corporate Compliance

Fordham Law’s LL.M. in Corporate Compliance—the first of its kind in the country—introduces students to a rapidly emerging field that is often global in scope. This unique program prepares candidates to respond effectively to new and complex regulatory demands. Students will explore the role of in-house counsel, the corporate compliance office, and the elements of compliance, including risk assessment, attorney-client privilege, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, global codes of conduct, crisis management, deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, and corporate social responsibility. Students will learn the basic regulatory framework, especially in the banking and financial regulatory industries, and will be trained in the skills that are essential for any compliance professional.

Program Requirements

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.

Courses

The 24-credit minimum must include Corporations* as well as 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Corporate Compliance program.

The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following Core Course:

  • Global Corporate Compliance

Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution requirement must be chosen from among the selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Corporate Compliance program (courses designated "CC" on the class schedule available on the Registrar's website).

* Students who have taken Corporations as part of their U.S. or foreign law study may seek a waiver of this requirement by submitting the online waiver request form. Note that Corporations does NOT count toward the Specialization Distribution Course requirement, but it does count toward the "Content Outline" course requirement, as set forth below.

Additional Required Courses

For students who do not hold a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System**
  • Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students**
  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession***+
  • At least 6 credits of "Content Outline" courses***

Students are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students during their first semester of study in the LL.M. program.

NOTE: If a course can fulfill both (i) a Specialization Distribution requirement and (ii) a Content Outline requirement, the course may count toward both requirements.

** Students who are admitted to the New York bar may seek waivers from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and/or Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. students by submitting the online waiver request form; however they are not encouraged to do so, as these courses provide a fundamental base of knowledge and skills that are extremely useful for attorneys in the U.S. and that will be useful for all other U.S. law school classes. Students who are waived from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System may request to audit that course by submitting the online audit request form.

*** Students who are admitted to the New York bar or who do not intend to sit for the New York bar may seek a waiver from Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession and/or the Content Outline course requirement by submitting the online waiver request form.

+In lieu of Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession, students may elect to substitute a three-credit Professional Responsibility course, including those courses that are focused on a particular area of practice.

Elective Courses

Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LL.M. students, as indicated on the class schedule(s) posted on the Registrar's webpage. For most classes that are closed to LL.M.s, students may be admitted on a space available basis by submitting the Request to Enroll in a Closed Course form.

Approved Content Outline Courses

Note that course selection varies from one semester to the next.

Administrative Law
Advanced Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Seminar
Civil Procedure (summer term only)
Commercial Finance
Commercial Finance/Secured Transactions
Commercial Law
Commercial Paper (only if taken Spring 2014 or earlier)
Commercial Transactions
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Law (if available)
Constitutional Torts
Corporations
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Criminal Procedure: Investigative
Criminal Procedure: Prosecution, Defense, and Adjudication
Family Law
The First Amendment
Fundamental Principles of New York Law
Litigation Management for the International Lawyer
Partnership and LLC Law
Perspectives in U.S. Law
Remedies
Secured Transactions
Trusts and Wills
U.S. Contracts for Foreign LL.M.s or Contract Law (U.S.) for LL.M.s
Unincorporated Business Entities 

A Note Regarding Course Selection for Part Time Students

The LL.M. program strives to ensure that there is a wide range of courses available in the evening in each of our LL.M. areas of specialization, and to ensure that students will be able to meet their program requirements within their desired time frame for completion. However, it would be impossible to ensure that any specific course will be offered at a time that is convenient to all students. We encourage you to look at the schedules from past semesters, available on the registrar's website, to get a sense of what courses may be offered in the future (noting, of course, that the schedule varies from one semester to the next). Should you find at any time that you are having trouble meeting your program requirements within your desired time frame, you should contact Kandice Thorn at kthorn1@law.fordham.edu to discuss options.