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Master of Jurisprudence – Compliance, Business Law and Risk Concentration

The Compliance, Business Law and Risk Concentration is just one of your options. See the main Master of Jurisprudence page for details about the overall program and other available options.

M.Jur. Compliance, Business Law and Risk Concentration (available online)

The field of legal compliance and risk management is a growing and in-demand field with strong career prospects, both nationally and in Texas. Pursuing the Master of Jurisprudence program in this field can help professionals advance their careers and stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape by preparing students for careers in regulatory compliance, risk assessment and corporate governance.

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Thank you St. Mary’s for everything you have done for me! I hope to come back soon to pursue the JD program. I cannot express enough my gratitude and how blessed I am to be an alumni of this school!

– Catherine Cruz (M.Jur. ’22, B.A. ’21 )
Recipient of the St. Jude Public Service Award

Professional advancement

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of compliance officers, including those in the field of legal compliance and risk management, is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is driven by the increasing complexity of regulations and laws governing industries, such as healthcare, finance and environmental protection. Additionally, the need for organizations to maintain ethical practices and prevent fraud and abuse is increasing the demand for compliance professionals. In Texas, the BLS reports that employment of compliance officers is projected to grow 19% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the national average. Texas has a diverse economy, with a large number of industries, including energy, healthcare, finance, and technology, all of which require compliance and risk management professionals.

“In the realm of law, where compliance meets professionalism, legal research and writing become the keys to unlocking a world of clarity and precision.”

-Mike Martinez Jr. (J.D. ’00), M.S.I.S.
Director of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and Professor of Law
St. Mary’s University School of Law 

Required Courses

Core courses

Fundamentals of the American Legal System
Legal Research and Writing

Choose two from the following:

Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
Property Law


Concentration Emphasis Courses

Course Name Course Numbers
Compliance LW 5307, 8217
Administrative Law LW5302, 7374
Business Structures LW 5305, 7310
Business Law and Ethics LW 5508
HIPAA Privacy Law LW 5607
Antitrust LW 8389
Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy LW 5306, 8268
Criminal Law LW 5303,6341
Employment Law LW 5308,8268
Insurance Law LW 7397
Mortgages and Real Estate LW 8318
Commercial Law & Contracting LW 5405
Special Education Law LW 5608, 7234
Digital Evidence and Records LW 5612

Courses marked with an * are required electives. Two additional courses from the list must be chosen.

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