Professional Certificate

Enhance your skills and expertise and build your resume through Drake Law School's professional certificate program.

Professional Certificate in Compliance and Risk Management

Drake Law School and Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration offer a Professional Certificate in Compliance and Risk Management.

A professional certificate represents knowledge and qualification in a specialized area and helps professionals broaden their expertise, advance their careers, and build their resumes. Drake's Professional Certificate in Compliance and Risk Management is designed for individuals who have received a bachelor’s degree, but have not earned a JD or its foreign equivalent.

The 12-credit program can be completed in as little as one year (six credits per semester), or students can complete the program at their own pace. Courses are scheduled to accommodate working professionals with some online components.

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Students must successfully complete the following courses to obtain the professional certificate:

Intro to Law—Compliance and Risk Management (0 credits)
Operational Risk Management (LAW 3 credits)
The Law of Compliance and Risk Management (CBPA 3 credits)
Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (CBPA 3 credits)
The Regulatory Process or Administrative Law (LAW 3 credits)

For more information, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

Note: Students who complete the Professional Certificate in Compliance and Risk Management may use their earned 12 credits toward Drake's MJ in Compliance and Risk Management if they later decide to apply and are admitted to the MJ program.


Learn more about applying to Drake Law School.

Compliance and Risk Management Program Director:

Cathy Lesser Mansfield, Professor of Law
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For more information, contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or

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