Fordham Law

Fordham Law Launches the Nation's First LL.M. in Corporate Compliance

November 14, 2013

Fordham Law School has launched a new LL.M. degree in Corporate Compliance, which will begin in Fall 2014. Believed to be the first Master of Laws program in the United States to focus on compliance, the program will present one of the world’s most robust curricular offerings in this rapidly expanding field.

 “Corporate compliance is one of the fastest growing areas of law, but law school offerings throughout the country are not meeting the demand for compliance education,” said Michael M. Martin, Dean of Fordham Law. “These new programs will meet the demand by providing a distinct pathway to gain advanced corporate compliance knowledge.”

Professor of Law Sean J. Griffith, who holds the T.J. Maloney Chair and is Director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center, will serve as faculty director of the LL.M. program.

“With our location in the heart of the nation’s compliance community, we are well positioned to offer students a strong interactive experience including training from industry professionals and visits to corporate compliance departments and some of the top compliance law firms,” Griffith said. “Our graduates will be prepared to take advantage of the rise in compliance jobs generated by recent regulatory changes in the United States and around the world.”

The new degree is structured primarily for domestic attorneys seeking to work in the field of international corporate compliance, international lawyers who work in the corporate area, and academics whose scholarly interests are in the compliance field.  All students in the program must complete a minimum of 24 credits in approved courses. The degree builds on the strength of the existing LL.M. programs at Fordham, where more than 1,600 students from some 100 countries have completed a Master of Laws degree since 1989.

Applications for Fall 2014 admission will be accepted through March 1.

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