Corporate Compliance

Students seeking the MSL in Corporate Compliance gain a sophisticated understanding of the role of the corporate compliance office. They learn about issues specific to some of the more heavily regulated industries, including banking and financial services.

Key topics are explored from a legal perspective, including the following:

  • Risk assessment
  • Attorney-client privilege
  • Financial crime, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Global codes of conduct
  • Crisis management
  • Deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements
  • Corporate social responsibility

Overall, students in the MSL program Corporate Compliance develop important skills that are essential for any compliance professional, such as setting up a compliance office; building and implementing compliance training programs; instituting incentive and disciplinary procedures for non-compliance; and setting up auditing, monitoring, and reporting systems.

Credit Hours

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of approved courses. Full-time students may take 12-18 credits per semester, 14-17 is recommended; part-time students may take 2-11 credits per semester.

Required Courses

The 30-credit minimum must include the following required courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (1 credit)*
  • U.S. Law and Legal Institutions (1 credit)*
  • Global Corporate Compliance (4 credits)*
  • Risk Assessment (2 or 3 credits)
  • Legislation and Regulation (4 credits)
  • International Financial Crime (2 credits)
  • Capstone/Thesis (3 credits; final semester)

* Students in this program must register for these course during their first semester of study (part-time students may take Global Corporate Compliance in the second semester).

Elective Courses

Remaining credits may be chosen from the regular law school curriculum, as indicated on the class schedule(s) posted on the Registrar's webpage.  Students should seek advising in choosing courses.