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Compliance Law Concentration

Compliance law is a dramatically growing field and one of the fastest-changing areas of law. The St. Mary’s 30-credit-hour M.Jur concentration provides a comprehensive overview of compliance, which is relevant to most commercial and government fields as a result of the regulatory changes prompted by the 2008 global financial crisis.

The potential job market for this concentration is significant. The region encompassing San Antonio and Austin is home to companies such as USAA, Tesoro, Valero, large hospitals and hospital systems, military installations, biotech companies, government agencies involved in regulation and enforcement, law firms and consulting companies specializing in compliance, risk assessment and risk mitigation; all of which need professionals with a background in compliance law. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for compliance and regulatory affairs managers is expected to increase in Texas and the United States.

“Compliance, risk management and ethics programs serve a critical role in preventing and detecting misconduct at organizations and in promoting ethical business environments.” -Assistant Dean Scott Rammell


Required courses

  • Fundamentals of the American Legal System – 2 hours
  • Legal Research & Writing I – 2 hours
  • Contracts I – 3 hours, or Contracts I & II (online) – 4 hours
  • Second First Year Course – 3 hours, or Property I & II (online) – 4 hours
  • Administrative Law – 3 hours, or Administrative Law & Regulatory Interpretation (online) – 3 hours
  • Compliance Law – 2 hours, or Compliance, Ethics & Risk Management (online) – 2 hours
  • Business Associations – 3 hours, or Business Structures & Statutory Compliance (online) – 3 hours

Additional required courses for online program

  • Commercial Law & Contracting – 4 hours
  • Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy – 3 hours
  • Business Torts – 3 hours

Additional concentration options (residential program only)

Students must select two of these courses.

  • Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy – 3 hours
  • Criminal Law – 3 hours
  • Employment Law – 3 hours
  • Insurance Law – 3 hours
  • Mortgages – 3 hours
  • Sales – 2 hours
  • Secured Transactions – 3 hours
  • Taxation of Individuals – 3 hours

Program components are curated to offer the most efficient delivery of substantive compliance curriculum and procedural fundamentals. This concentration will familiarize you with those concepts required to obtain certification through the Compliance Certification Board.

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