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LLM in Compliance and Risk Management

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

Program Overview

Drake Law School and Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration offer an LLM 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.

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

The 24-credit LLM in Compliance and Risk Management is designed for students who have earned their JD, LLB, or comparable law degree. Required courses are scheduled to accommodate working professionals with some online components.

Required Courses

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

*May be individualized for each student.

Elective Courses

Students will use their remaining 5-12 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 Laws (LLM) degree.

Attendees can receive 1 credit toward the LLM 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.

Compliance and Risk Management Program Director:

Steve Parrish, Interim Director and Adjunct Professor

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