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ONLINE MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM

The Master of Studies in Law degree (M.S.L., 30 credits) is for those who hold an undergraduate degree and seek a graduate degree specifically tailored to a career in ethics and compliance. It will be offered 100% online for the first time in fall 2018. 

This is a 21-month program operating in a cohort model and running five consecutive semesters, beginning in August and ending in May. Each cohort is limited to 25 students. 

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FALL SPRING  SUMMER  FALL  SPRING 
Intro to Legal Reasoning (3 credits) Compliance Programming (3 credits) FCPA (2 credits) Ethical Cultures (3 credits) Cybersecurity and Hacking: Privacy, Ethics, and Evidence (3 credits)
The Effective Ethics and Compliance Professional (3 credits) Risk Management (3 credits) Investigations (2 credits) Project Management (3 credits) Executive Perspectives (3 credits)
    White Collar Crime and Compliance (2 credits)    

Fall

Introduction to Legal Reasoning (3 credits)
Through this course, non-lawyers will gain a better understanding of the ways that attorneys are trained to navigate complex situations. Careful reading and analysis of case law and statutes will prepare students to address the ambiguity of many scenarios that arise in compliance work, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and argument. The course will also introduce 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 will 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.

The Effective Ethics and Compliance Professional (3 credits)
Many of the skills necessary for effective ethics and compliance leadership involve competencies that are not obvious but yet can be learned: thinking critically, identifying and navigating around nuances within one’s organization, clearly and concisely communicating to all levels of the organization in many different scenarios, and knowing and understanding how to document and apply the foundational ethics and compliance elements from the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines to various industries and business models in line with best and ethical practices. Being proficient at these skills allows a compliance and ethics professional to create a program strategy that plugs into business strategy to prove the value proposition of an effective ethics and compliance program. This course will help students fine tune these nuanced skill sets to become self-aware, persuasive and trustworthy leaders who are able to create and achieve strategic program objectives that tie into the business needs of the organization.

Spring

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

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

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.

Cybersecurity and Hacking: Privacy, Ethics, and Evidence (3 credits)
Built on a legal ethics framework, this course explains in understandable terms the real-time threats of hacking, the ever-present concerns about the security of client and personal data, and the growing amount of unlawful activity on the Dark Web. Students will analyze privacy and ethical considerations of data protection and data protection in light of fast-changing legal frameworks. The course will also explore the discovery and admissibility of electronically stored information (ESI) in the modern courtroom. The course focuses both on current practical skills and knowledge and also underlying core principles and concerns that will impact future considerations and changes in this realm.

Spring

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.

 

 

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)