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MJ in Compliance and Risk Management

Drake's MJ in Compliance and Risk Management combines the legal and business knowledge necessary to thrive in today's highly regulated environment.

Program Overview

Beginning Fall 2019, the MJ in Compliance and Risk Management will be available online only, with additional details to follow.

Drake Law School and Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration offer an MJ in Compliance and Risk Management that responds to the growing need for employees to ensure that their companies are meeting government regulations and adhering to ethical standards.

Employers in highly regulated fields such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, and utilities increasingly need people who can do the following:

  • Interpret and apply regulatory requirements
  • Design programs to implement and monitor compliance with those regulatory requirements
  • Engage with government regulatory agencies
  • Ensure compliance with ethical standards and codes of conduct

Even entities in areas that are not considered highly regulated, such as higher education, are hiring compliance officers to make sure they follow regulatory and ethical requirements.

Download the MJ in Compliance and Risk Management Graduation Checklist


With a combination of law and business courses as well as electives, Drake’s 24-credit MJ in Compliance and Risk Management program will equip students for careers in a variety of industries.

The program is designed for individuals who have received a bachelor’s degree, but have not earned a JD or its foreign equivalent. Required courses are scheduled to accommodate working professionals.

Required Courses

Intro to Law—Compliance and Risk Management
Operational Risk Management (CBPA)
The Law of Compliance and Risk Management
Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (CBPA)
The Regulatory Process
The Law of Business Organizations (CBPA) or Business Associations
Foundations of Law

Note: Those who have completed the Professional Certificate in Compliance and Risk Management and are accepted into the MJ in Compliance and Risk Management may use their earned 12 credits toward the MJ program.

Elective Courses

Students will use their remaining 5–6 credits on their choice of elective courses offered through Drake Law School or the College of Business and Public Administration. Elective courses are available in the areas of health law, business law, agricultural and environmental law, and more.

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


Drake Law School offers various intensives throughout the year that can be combined with optional classroom work to qualify for one-half credit toward the Compliance and Risk Management Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) degree.

Attendees can receive 1 credit toward the MJ in Compliance and Risk Management for each two intensives they attend if they complete the academic requirements.

Health Law Intensive:
Privacy and Information Security in Health Services
April 20-21, 2018
Cartwright Hall

Learn more and register on the Drake CLE webpage.


Learn more about applying to Drake Law School.

Compliance and Risk Management Program Director:

Steve Parrish, Interim Director and Adjunct Professor

For more information, contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or

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