Master of Studies in Law

The Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L., 30 credits) degree is for those who hold an undergraduate degree and seek a graduate degree specifically tailored to a career in ethics and compliance. This 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 a degree, you may petition the associate dean. 

Required courses (12 credits)

Introduction to Legal Reasoning (3 credits)
Through this course, non-lawyers gain a better understanding of the ways attorneys are trained to navigate complex situations. Careful reading and analysis of case law and statutes prepare students to address the ambiguity of many scenarios that arise in compliance work, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and argument. The course also introduces students to the common-law method by which doctrine is created; the importance and authority of statutes, codes, and regulations; and the structure of the U.S. legal system and its various actors and venues. The U.S. doctrines of contract and tort liability form the substantive underpinning for the course, both because a knowledge of these areas is foundational for many later law courses and also because professionals working in the compliance field encounter these areas of law.

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 engages 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 also uses 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 examines 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 is used to introduce frameworks for making reasoned, thoughtful ethical decisions, and to diagnose both positive and negative cultural leadership. Students learn to recognize and resolve ethical issues and identify practical ways to enhance sound ethical cultures and to remediate weak ethical cultures.

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

Electives (18 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 18 credits for M.S.L. students.

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.