MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.)

The University of St. Thomas is home to one of just two LL.M. programs in the U.S. accredited by AACSB International. The Master of Laws program (LL.M., 24 credits) is for those who already hold a U.S. law degree but seek an LL.M. degree specifically tailored to a career in ethics and compliance. This program is offered both on campus and online.

ON-CAMPUS PROGRAM

The on-campus LL.M. program can be completed in two semesters when taken full time or two years when taken part time. If you need to take longer to complete the program, you may petition the associate dean.

Required courses (9 credits)

Compliance Programming: Design, Operation, and Performance (3 credits)
Compliance and ethics management is a complex management process that requires program design that supports management’s objectives, coordinated activities to be operated across functions and geographies, and performance measurement to reasonably assure effectiveness and a return on management’s investment. This course will engage participants’ personal knowledge and experience – in dialogue with instructors and guests from industry with law and business backgrounds – to explore the following themes: program design frameworks and key elements (including risk identification and assessment, communication and training, investigations and discipline, reporting and disclosure, auditing and monitoring, and remediation), leading practices relating to these program elements, and how to measure effectiveness (from the perspectives of both ethics and economics). The course will also use case method and other practical examples to explore the familiar distinction between compliance-based and integrity-based programs as a link to the course, “Ethical Culture.”

Ethical Culture (3 credits)
Cultures of economic competitiveness and legal compliance are necessary but not sufficient for corporate responsibility. This course will examine the elements of ethical decision-making and ethical corporate cultures from the perspective of an organization’s leadership. The premise of the course is that leaders are the architects of corporate culture – and that the moral agenda of leaders includes three practical imperatives: elucidating, institutionalizing and sustaining ethical values. The first two imperatives (elucidating and institutionalizing) involve placing moral considerations in a position of salience and authority alongside considerations of competitive strategy and compliance in the organization’s mindset. The third imperative (sustaining) has to do with passing on the spirit of this effort in two directions: to future leaders of the organization and to the wider network of organizations and institutions that make up the social system as a whole. The case method will be used to introduce frameworks for making reasoned, thoughtful ethical decisions and to diagnose both positive and negative cultural leadership. Students will learn to recognize and resolve ethical issues and identify practical ways (1) to enhance sound ethical cultures and (2) to remediate weak ethical cultures.

Executive Perspectives on Ethics and Compliance (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about compliance from the perspective of executives and leaders in the industry. Practicing compliance executives will discuss goals, strategies, activities and challenges associated with their business. Students will have an opportunity to relate the philosophies and techniques developed in the MSL/LLM Compliance program to those presented. Through candid and in-depth conversations with participating executives, students will learn about compliance from a leadership perspective relevant to today’s complex business environment.

Electives (15 credits)

Several colleges and schools within the university offer electives, some of which require preapproval. Examples of electives our Organizational Ethics and Compliance students have taken are included below. Total electives amount to 15 credits for LL.M. students. Not applicable to students in the online LL.M. program.

SCHOOL OF LAW
Administrative Law (3 credits)
Advanced Externship (3 credits) 
Accounting for Lawyers (2 credits) 
Banking Law (3 credits) 
Broker-Dealer Regulations (2 credits) 
Business Associations (4 credits) 
Compliance Externship (3 credits) 
Consumer Law (3 credits) 
Corporate Finance (3 credits) 
Corporate Governance (3 credits) 
Ethical Leadership in Organizations (3 credits) 
Employment Law (3 credits) 
Environmental Law (3 credits) 
Financial Markets (2 credits) 
Health Law I: Regulation and Liability (3 credits) 
Health Law II: Organization and Finance (3 credits) 
Immigration Law (3 credits) 
International Business Transactions (3 credits) 
International Human Rights Law (3 credits) 
International Finance (3 credits) 
Intellectual Property (3 credits) 
Investigations (2 credits) 
Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits) 
Negotiations (3 credits) 
Pension and Employee Benefits (3 credits) 
Securities Regulation (3 credits) 
Secured Transactions (2 credits) 
Topics: Private Fund Regulation (3 credits) 
White Collar Crime and Compliance (2 credits)

OPUS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Accounting (3 credits) 
Competitive Strategy (3 credits) 
Global Risk Leadership (3 credits) 
Leadership Development (3 credits) 
Leading Organizational Change (3 credits) 
Leading Self and Others (3 credits) 
Legal Strategy (1.5 credits) 
Legal Strategy for Global Business (3 credits) 
Management Priorities and Communication (3 credits) 
Organizational Communication (3 credits) 
Overview of Health Care Systems (3 credits) 
Persuasion (3 credits) 
Project Management (3 credits) 
Reputation and Stakeholder Management (3 credits) 
Risk Management (3 credits) 
Statistical Methods for Decision Making (3 credits)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP AND COUNSELING
Communication Skills (3 credits) 
HR Partnering/Consulting (3 credits) 
Leadership, Change and Development (3 credits) 
Strategic Planning (3 credits)

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits) 
Combo Products, Drugs and Biology (3 credits) 
Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry (3 credits) 
FDA Submissions/Presentations (1 credit) 
International Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices (3 credits) 
Medical Device Clinical Studies (3 credits) 
Medical Device Quality Systems (3 credits) 
Medical Device Regulatory Submissions (3 credits)

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN SOFTWARE
Data Analytics and Visualization (3 credits)

Subject to change. The University of St. Thomas reserves the right to amend the degree requirements and to add to or delete from the list of courses that satisfy the degree requirements at any time.

ONLINE PROGRAM

This is a 17-month program operating in a cohort model and running four consecutive semesters, with the first class beginning in January 2018 and ending in May 2019. Each cohort will be limited to 25 students. 

What's special about the St. Thomas online LL.M. in Organizational Ethics and Compliance program?

We're a dedicated leader in ethics. We devote a significant amount of time in the program to the topics of ethics and culture, equipping our students to make a positive impact on corporate behavior. St. Thomas has a long history of shaping businesses in this way through the work of its Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the Veritas Institute, which are known nationwide for their research and programming on ethics and professionalism.

Our Organizational Ethics and Compliance program offers a broad scope. Relying on input and expertise from business leaders, we designed our program to develop ethics and compliance professionals to work in a variety of industries, from banking to health care to manufacturing and more. Many compliance programs focus on just one area.

Even online, you’ll have the opportunity to form lasting relationships with your peers. St. Thomas is dedicated to building a strong community. Throughout the 17-month program, you’ll take classes with a cohort of no more than 25 students, so you can form friendships and develop a professional network that will continue beyond graduation.

Curriculum (24 credits)

SPRING 2018 SUMMER 2018 FALL 2018 SPRING 2019
Compliance Programming (3 credits) FCPA (2 credits) Ethical Cultures (3 credits) Project Management (3 credits)
Risk Management (3 credits) Investigations (2 credits) Privacy/Cybersecurity (3 credits) Executive Perspectives (3 credits)
  White Collar Crime and Compliance (2 credits)    

Course Descriptions

Spring 2018

Compliance Programming: Design, Operation, and Performance (3 credits)
Compliance and ethics management is a complex management process that requires program design that supports management’s objectives, coordinated activities to be operated across functions and geographies, and performance measurement to reasonably assure effectiveness and a return on management’s investment. This course will engage participants’ personal knowledge and experience – in dialogue with instructors and guests from industry with law and business backgrounds – to explore the following themes: program design frameworks and key elements (including risk identification and assessment, communication and training, investigations and discipline, reporting and disclosure, auditing and monitoring, and remediation), leading practices relating to these program elements, and how to measure effectiveness (from the perspectives of both ethics and economics). The course will also use case method and other practical examples to explore the familiar distinction between compliance-based and integrity-based programs as a link to the course, “Ethical Culture.”

Risk Management (3 credits)
The recent economic crisis, along with a range of other looming challenges (climate change, unrest in the Middle East, health and food security concerns, demographic changes and social mobility), have presented global organizations with a daunting array of risks. Broadly, this situation presents organizations with the challenge of developing more comprehensive approaches to the management of risk. Key subjects of investigation in MGMT 751 will include: 1. Engaging Boards and Executive Management in order to get risk management onto their agendas. 2. Translating risk policy into risk management systems and structures. 3. Knitting together the existing technical specialist infrastructure. 4. Developing sufficient risk management competence among the entire organization. 5. Communicating relevant risk information to external stakeholders.

Summer 2018

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/Anti-Bribery (2 credits)
This course focuses on international anti-corruption law, practice, and compliance. Bribery is an ancient crime, and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) is four decades old. But the FCPA came into prominence much more recently and has emerged as a priority legal and compliance issue for U.S. companies doing business around the globe. The 21st century has witnessed exponential growth in enforcement, fines, and penalties related to FCPA enforcement, and 2016 marked one of the most significant years of anti-corruption activity to date. As additional countries join the U.S. and increase their own anti-corruption efforts, the pressure on U.S. businesses to prevent and detect bribery has never been higher. And the opportunities for attorneys to advise those businesses (as both inside and outside counsel) have grown steadily. This course will provide important and timely subject-area coverage for students pursuing degrees in Organizational Ethics and Compliance, as well as the broader law school community. It will also offer an opportunity for students with general compliance and investigation background to apply their knowledge and skills to a specific subject area.

Investigations (2 credits)
Conducting and supervising investigations have become growing responsibilities of many types of attorneys. The purpose of this joint course is to engage in a practical focus on the development of knowledge-based skills and practices that will benefit future lawyers in the acquisition and analysis of relevant facts to address and solve legal issues and problems. This experiential course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about criminal, civil, and internal investigations from a practical, hands-on perspective. Through individual and group exercises, each student will play multiple roles of government lawyer, criminal defense attorney, outside counsel, and in-house counsel.

White Collar Crime and Compliance (2 credits)
This course will expose each student to key types of white collar offenses within the context of a focus on ethics and compliance, all through learning how to investigate, prosecute, and defend white collar cases, as well as how to prevent or minimize such cases in any organization. Topics may include conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, bribery and computer and internet fraud, and money laundering. Guest speakers will participate on a regular basis. A critical component of the course will be experiential learning.

Fall 2018

Ethical Culture (3 credits)
Cultures of economic competitiveness and legal compliance are necessary but not sufficient for corporate responsibility. This course will examine the elements of ethical decision-making and ethical corporate cultures from the perspective of an organization’s leadership. The premise of the course is that leaders are the architects of corporate culture – and that the moral agenda of leaders includes three practical imperatives: elucidating, institutionalizing and sustaining ethical values. The first two imperatives (elucidating and institutionalizing) involve placing moral considerations in a position of salience and authority alongside considerations of competitive strategy and compliance in the organization’s mindset. The third imperative (sustaining) has to do with passing on the spirit of this effort in two directions: to future leaders of the organization and to the wider network of organizations and institutions that make up the social system as a whole. The case method will be used to introduce frameworks for making reasoned, thoughtful ethical decisions and to diagnose both positive and negative cultural leadership. Students will learn to recognize and resolve ethical issues and identify practical ways (1) to enhance sound ethical cultures and (2) to remediate weak ethical cultures.

Privacy/Cybersecurity (3 credits)
Course description under development and available soon.

Spring 2019

Executive Perspectives on Ethics and Compliance (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about compliance from the perspective of executives and leaders in the industry. Practicing compliance executives will discuss goals, strategies, activities and challenges associated with their business. Students will have an opportunity to relate the philosophies and techniques developed in the MSL/LLM Compliance program to those presented. Through candid and in-depth conversations with participating executives, students will learn about compliance from a leadership perspective relevant to today’s complex business environment.

Project Management (3 credits)
The field of project management is young and constantly changing. Companies seek to reduce development cycles while increasing the technological complexity of their products. Corporate downsizing has increased the average workload and reduced the resources available for project development. Sound familiar? This course will discuss the fundamental basis for scheduling and project scope difficulties, and provide tools for creating practical solutions. We will become more aware of why we encounter similar pitfalls with each new project. Discover that you are not alone in encountering a chaotic project life-cycle, the complexity people bring, and the reasons why our organizations are continuing to become more chaotic. This course will examine the new phase development of project management. We will use numerous disciplines to create a more dynamic and flexible project management methodology. These disciplines include Industrial Behavior, Psychology, Human Behavior, Chaos and Complexity, Organizational Behavior, and Systems Theory to name a few. As project managers, we face impossible schedules, unrealistic specifications, and limited budgets. As leaders we face personnel issues, motivation requirements and organizational issues. This course will provide insight and practical examples of the areas of knowledge needed to practice effective project management in today's dynamic work environment.

 

Online LL.M. Program Academic Calendar

Spring 2018
First Class Day Jan 16 (Tues)
Spring Break NO CLASSES March 5 (Mon) through March 9 (Fri)
Easter Break NO CLASSES March 30 (Fri) and April 2 (Mon)
Last Class Day May 1 (Tuesday) 

Summer 2018
FCPA Course:
     First Class Day May 14 (Mon)
     Last Class Day June 8 (Fri)
     NO CLASSES June 9 (Saturday) through June 17 (Sunday)
Investigations Course:
     First Class Day June 18 (Mon)
     July 4 Break NO CLASSES July 4 (Wednesday) through July 8 (Sunday)
     Last Class Day July 18 (Wed)
     NO CLASSES July 19 (Thursday) through July 22 (Sunday)
White Collar Crime & Compliance Course:
     First Class Day July 23 (Mon)
     Last Class Day August 17 (Friday)

Fall 2018
First Class Day September 4 (Tues)
Fall Break NO CLASSES October 18 (Thurs) through October 21 (Sun)
Thanksgiving Week November 19 (Mon) through November 25 (Sun)
Last Class Day December 19 (Wed)

Spring 2019
First Class Day January 22 (Tues)
Spring Break NO CLASSES March 11 (Mon) – March 17 (Sun)
Easter Break NO CLASSES April 19 (Fri) through April 22 (Mon)
Last Class Day May 8 (Wed)
Commencement May 18 (Sat)