MSJ - Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Law & Compliance

Division of Online Learning

The Master of Science in Jurisprudence (MSJ) degree with a concentration in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law & Compliance was specifically designed for mid-career professionals looking for advancement within or outside their organizations. This 31 credit, online master’s degree exposes students to legal, ethical, and policy issues specific to the life sciences industry and helps students build analytical and communication skills necessary for continued professional development.

All online courses are comprised of week-long modules that allow for one-to-one interaction with professors, and small-group discussions with classmates. Comprehensive, 8-week courses are taken one at a time, so students can devote maximum attention to the subject matter. Professionals graduate in two years on a part-time schedule.

This pharmaceutical law degree is offered through the Seton Hall Law School Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, a leading center for research and scholarship. The Center educates lawyers and professionals in the healthcare and life sciences industries regarding the intricate and multifaceted set of laws that govern patients, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and suppliers. The Center at Seton Hall Law School has 15 years of experience delivering superior compliance education to working professionals.

Course options for this concentration are listed below. Contact us using the form at the right for more information or view our admissions requirements here.

Required Courses

  1. Must take all in sequence
  2. All courses are offered ONLINE only
Number Name Credit Offering

HLTH7390

Introduction to Law and Legal Writing

This course introduces students to the American legal system and the basic components of legal analysis. Topics covered include:

  1. The structure of the American legal system

  2. The role of statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions

  3. Spotting legal issues, identifying governing rules and principles, and applying the law to different factual situations

  4. Using free Internet resources to locate legal documents and research legal issues

  5. Writing clear and accurate legal summaries and analyses

4

online

HLTH7409

Torts: Liability for Civil Wrongs

This course examines the law governing private recovery for injuries to person or property, with a particular focus on the law of negligence. Topics include:

  1. The negligence principle

  2. Affirmative duties to act

  3. Duties based on statutory violations

  4. Causation

  5. Defenses to tort liability

  6. Damages

  7. Defamation

3

online

HLTH7400

Fundamentals of Business Law

This course introduces students to the law of contracts and to basic principles governing different forms of business associations. Topics include:

  1. The nature and limits of contractual agreements

  2. Contract formation

  3. Defenses to contact enforcement

  4. Remedies for breach of contract

  5. Agency and sole proprietorships

  6. Partnerships

  7. Corporations

  8. Business torts

3

online

HLTH7402

Constitutional Law Survey

This course provides an overview of the key concepts and legal doctrines underlying the American constitutional structure. Topics covered include:

  1. The Supreme Court’s authority and role

  2. Justiciability and standing

  3. The commerce clause

  4. Separation of powers

  5. Due process and fundamental rights

  6. Equal protection

3

online

Core Courses

  1. Must take three courses (at least two have to be Compliance Issues in the Life Sciences -- Fraud & Corruption, Compliance Issues in the Life Sciences -- Advertising, Promotion and Transparency or FDA Regulation & Liability)
Number Name Credit Offering

PUBG7801

Administrative Law

This course studies the theory of administrative actions; administrative process; agency organization; determination and promulgation of the administrative regulations; right to notice and hearing; enforcement; judicial review; standing; and the Administrative Procedure Act.

4

in-class

HLTH9529

Biotechnology and the Law

This course examines a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues in the realm of biotechnology. Topics covered include:

  1. Foundational technologies, such as recombinant DNA technology

  2. Current applications, including nanobiotechnology and synthetic biology

  3. Human subjects research and institutional review of clinical trials

  4. Regulatory oversight by federal agencies

  5. Academic-industry relationships

  6. Data privacy and security issues

  7. Protection of intellectual property

3

online

HLTH7680

Clinical Research and the Law

This course examines the legal, regulatory, ethical, and compliance issues that arise for individuals and entities involved in all aspects of clinical trials, including sponsors, researchers, research institutions, contract research organizations, and institutional review boards. Topics covered include:

  1. IRB review

  2. Risk-benefit assessment

  3. Informed consent

  4. Confidentiality and HIPAA compliance

  5. Conflicts of interest

  6. Inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research

  7. Pediatric research

3

online

HLTH7590

Compliance Issues in the Life Sciences - Advertising, Promotion and Transparency

This course provides an overview of the laws, regulations, guidances and enforcement actions related to the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs and medical devices. Topics covered include:

  1. Direct-to-consumer advertising

  2. Off-label promotion

  3. Scientific and educational exchange

  4. Social Media

  5. Constitutional limitations on government regulation of commercial speech

  6. Transparency and disclosure requirements

3

online

HLTH7580

Compliance Issues in the Life Sciences - Fraud and Corruption

This course examines life science companies’ obligations under laws designed to detect and respond to bribery, fraud, waste, and abuse. Topics covered include:

  1. The Anti-Kickback Statute

  2. The False Claims Act

  3. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other international anti-bribery legislation

  4. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

  5. Enforcement mechanisms

  6. Corporate compliance programs

3

online

INDL7550

Cybersecurity & Privacy: Law, Policy, Compliance

This course examines the legal, policy, and compliance challenges raised by efforts to protect the Internet and other forms of networked computer systems from attack by hackers, organized criminal groups, terrorists, and others. Topics include:

  1. Threats to cybersecurity

  2. Domestic and international Internet governance

  3. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  4. U.S. and European Union privacy law and personal data protection

  5. War, international terrorism, and U.S. surveillance law

  6. Private information infrastructure and the law of emergencies

  7. Emerging compliance frameworks for cybersecurity

3

online

CORP7180

European Data Protection and Privacy Law

This course introduces students to the legal regime governing information privacy, data protection, and data security in the European Union. Topics covered include the privacy jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the EU Data Protection Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation, data protection authorities, international data transfers, and cybersecurity in Europe.

3

online

HLTH7560

FDA Regulation & Liability

This course explores the FDA's extensive regulation of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, as well the relationship between FDA regulation and state-law tort liability. Topics covered include:

  1. The drug and biologic approval processes

  2. The medical device approval and clearance process

  3. Postmarket obligations and pharmacovigilance

  4. Products liability and federal preemption

  5. FDA enforcement

3

online

HLTH8500

Food and Drug Law

This course provides an overview of the laws and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration that restrict the sale of unsafe, deceptive or unproven foods and drugs. The pre-market approval system governing drugs will be examined along with the debate about the length of testing. Other topics include the prescription status of drugs, consumer advertisements, and the impact of commercial speech protections. Major issues concerning food regulation are considered such as the appropriateness of a no-risk policy for carcinogens and the use of biotechnology in foods. The justification for the deregulation of dietary supplements will also be explored. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the principal regulatory means used by the agency, such as rulemaking, and court enforcement. In addition students will be able to consider the appropriateness of schemes based on disclosure and those that impose additional restrictions.

4

in-class

HLTH8515

Genetics: Law, Policy, and Bioethics

The course will examine a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues relating to genetics and genomics. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to examination of these issues, drawing upon a diverse set of reading materials within the casebook. Topics to be covered include the intersection of law and science generally; genetics research and bioethical issues in human subject research; commercialization, ownership, and gene patenting; genetic testing and reproduction; access and liability issues; clinical applications of genetics research; and genetic privacy.

3

in-class

CORP7160

Global Corruption: Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of global anti-corruption compliance.  Topics covered include the definition and measurement of corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials; the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the UK Bribery Act; anti-corruption laws in other countries; enforcement and resolution of corruption activities; jurisdiction, corporate liability, accomplice and inchoate offenses; and anti-corruption compliance programs.

3

online

HLTH7504

HIPAA Privacy & Security

This course explores the federal regulatory scheme designed to protect the privacy and security of health information. Topics covered include:

  1. Entities and information to which HIPAA applies

  2. When consent is required for the use and disclosure of health information

  3. Types of health information requiring heightened protection

  4. Use of health information for research and marketing

  5. Security measures required to protect digitized health information

  6. Individuals’ right to access their health information

  7. Business associate agreements

  8. HIPAA compliance and enforcement

3

online

Elective Courses

  1. Must take three
  2. Can be from any of the concentration areas (including health law courses above)
  3. ONLINE and ON-CAMPUS options


Health & Hospital Law

Number Name Credit Offering

HLTH7509

Accountable Care Organizations

The course uses an emerging health delivery and finance model to connect basic health law principles to a very practical setting.  Through health courses and otherwise, health students are exposed to the doctrine that many practicing lawyers have to apply on an everyday basis as they set up, contract with, and regulate ACOs.  These areas include antitrust, fraud and abuse regulation (civil and criminal), corporate, nonprofit tax, privacy, and malpractice/tort. Students will also work with health finance and insurance principles, and public policy principles driving the redirection of health delivery and finance.  The course will address several models of ACO, including Medicare ACOs, Medicaid ACOs, and private market ACOs. 

3

in-class

PUBG7801

Administrative Law

This course studies the theory of administrative actions; administrative process; agency organization; determination and promulgation of the administrative regulations; right to notice and hearing; enforcement; judicial review; standing; and the Administrative Procedure Act.

4

in-class

HLTH9521

Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case

This seminar provides students with the tools to prepare and try a medical malpractice case. Students are provided with three redacted (but otherwise complete) medical charts to analyze. They then conduct medical research, and learn how to locate expert witnesses. Following this each participant prepares pleadings and serves and responds to discovery requests. Students take simulated depositions of parties and experts. They prepare pretrial motions, and attend portions of an on-going medical malpractice trial, a trial call, and motion days. The grade is based on demonstrated competence in preparation of pleadings, discovery documents, motions, and taking depositions.

3

in-class

HLTH9513

Birth, Death and the Law

New technologies expand our options surrounding both the beginning and end of life.  New reproductive technologies give those who want to procreate more options than ever before, while advances in medical technologies can sustain and prolong life for the sick and dying. This seminar will examine the law and ethical problems that involve use of these technologies. Topics covered will include: egg and sperm donation, trait selection through use of reproductive technology, postmortem reproduction, patient demands for futile treatment, physician assisted suicide and organ transplants.

4

in-class

HLTH7524

Children's Health and the Law

This course examines the law governing medical treatment of minors, with an emphasis on the tension between parental authority, the child’s needs and wishes, the duty of medical professionals to provide adequate care, and the state’s interest in protecting the child from harm. Topics covered include:

  1. Religious objections to treatment

  2. Mental health and substance abuse treatment

  3. Reproductive healthcare

  4. The withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

  5. Medical neglect and medical child abuse

  6. Public health and bioethical issues affecting children

3

online

HLTH7680

Clinical Research and the Law

This course examines the legal, regulatory, ethical, and compliance issues that arise for individuals and entities involved in all aspects of clinical trials, including sponsors, researchers, research institutions, contract research organizations, and institutional review boards. Topics covered include:

  1. IRB review

  2. Risk-benefit assessment

  3. Informed consent

  4. Confidentiality and HIPAA compliance

  5. Conflicts of interest

  6. Inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research

  7. Pediatric research

3

online

HLTH7670

Compliance Issues for Healthcare Providers

This course introduces students to the primary areas of law that impose compliance obligations on healthcare providers. Topics covered include:

  1. Nonprofit corporation law

  2. Laws governing state and federal tax exemptions

  3. Federal fraud and abuse laws (including the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act and the Stark Laws)

  4. Patient safety and quality

  5. Peer review and credentialing processes

  6. Medical error and safety programs

3

online

INDL7550

Cybersecurity & Privacy: Law, Policy, Compliance

This course examines the legal, policy, and compliance challenges raised by efforts to protect the Internet and other forms of networked computer systems from attack by hackers, organized criminal groups, terrorists, and others. Topics include:

  1. Threats to cybersecurity

  2. Domestic and international Internet governance

  3. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  4. U.S. and European Union privacy law and personal data protection

  5. War, international terrorism, and U.S. surveillance law

  6. Private information infrastructure and the law of emergencies

  7. Emerging compliance frameworks for cybersecurity

3

online

HLTH7514

Disability Law

This course will examine the laws protecting persons with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as the cases interpreting these laws. We will explore the definition of “disability,” potential claims, covered entities and their defenses, and the range of remedies. Substantive areas to be covered include education, employment, housing, public accommodations, government services, and the rights of persons in institutions.

3

online

PROP7710

Elder Law

Representing clients as they age with a focus on: health care and long term care needs, Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and services; representing clients with diminished capacity and surrogate decision-making options including guardianship; end-of-life, hospice and palliative care planning; estate planning, including financial needs, long term care insurance, strategies to protect assets, protection against spouse impoverishment and support rights, and use of Medicaid qualifying trusts, family law issue in the context of elder law representation, and consumer protection law for older clients.

4

in-class

CORP7180

European Data Protection and Privacy Law

This course introduces students to the legal regime governing information privacy, data protection, and data security in the European Union. Topics covered include the privacy jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the EU Data Protection Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation, data protection authorities, international data transfers, and cybersecurity in Europe.

3

online

HLTH8515

Genetics: Law, Policy, and Bioethics

The course will examine a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues relating to genetics and genomics. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to examination of these issues, drawing upon a diverse set of reading materials within the casebook. Topics to be covered include the intersection of law and science generally; genetics research and bioethical issues in human subject research; commercialization, ownership, and gene patenting; genetic testing and reproduction; access and liability issues; clinical applications of genetics research; and genetic privacy.

3

in-class

CORP7160

Global Corruption: Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of global anti-corruption compliance.  Topics covered include the definition and measurement of corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials; the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the UK Bribery Act; anti-corruption laws in other countries; enforcement and resolution of corruption activities; jurisdiction, corporate liability, accomplice and inchoate offenses; and anti-corruption compliance programs.

3

online

HLTH7503

Health Law

This survey course introduces students to the major legal and policy issues surrounding the provision of health care. Topics include healthcare access and payment, the organization and governance of nonprofit hospitals and other health care organizations, health care fraud and abuse, antitrust issues for healthcare providers, hospital and managed care liability, confidentiality of medical information, informed consent, and medical decisions at the end of life.

6

in-class

HLTH7504

HIPAA Privacy & Security

This course explores the federal regulatory scheme designed to protect the privacy and security of health information. Topics covered include:

  1. Entities and information to which HIPAA applies

  2. When consent is required for the use and disclosure of health information

  3. Types of health information requiring heightened protection

  4. Use of health information for research and marketing

  5. Security measures required to protect digitized health information

  6. Individuals’ right to access their health information

  7. Business associate agreements

  8. HIPAA compliance and enforcement

3

online

HLTH9509

Law of End-of-Life Decision-Making, The

This course explores legal, ethical and public policy issues related to end-of-life medical care. Topics covered include:

  1. Cost of end-of-life care
  2. Supreme Court end-of-life jurisprudence
  3. Advance directives and POLST
  4. Minimally conscious state
  5. Challenges at the beginning of life
  6. Physician-assisted suicide

3

online

HLTH8508

Medical Malpractice

This course focuses on traditional principles underlying New Jersey medical malpractice law, using a practical and substantive approach to the subjection, focusing on the standard of care, expert-related issues, causation and damages relating or pertaining to medical malpractice actions. The school attendance will be in effect for this course, and class participation is expected.

3

in-class

HLTH7511

Mental Health Law

Most basically, this course focuses on the way law treats those who are deemed mentally disordered. This "special treatment" will be explored in both the criminal and civil contexts. In the criminal context, core topics such as the insanity defense, mens rea, and criminal sentencing will be deeply explored. In the civil context, the course focuses on the use of governmental authority to restrict or deprive individuals with a mental disorder of liberty or property by seeking to prevent future harm to self or others. The rules governing expert testimony, the right to refuse psychiatric medication, and competency determinations will also be examined. To provide a foundation for the legal analysis, the nature and treatment of mental disorders will be summarily explored.

3

in-class

HLTH9515

Public Health Law

This seminar examines the use of governmental authority to identify, prevent, and respond to health risks at the population level. Topics include policies related to vaccines and antibiotics, legal responses to infectious disease outbreaks, public health surveillance and screening, and the role of law in controlling unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or eating unhealthy food.

4

in-class

HLTH7690

Stark Law and Compliance

This course provides an opportunity to explore, in-depth, the federal physician self-referral prohibition, known as the Stark Law. Topics covered include:

  1. Key elements of the Stark Law
  2. Regulatory exceptions to the Stark Law
  3. Identification of non-compliance
  4. Implications of Stark Law violations
  5. Mitigating risk of legal exposure under Stark
  6. Structuring compliant physician relationships

3

online

HLTH7660

The Law of Patient Care

This course provides an overview of key legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to the provision of medical care. Topics covered include:

  1. The formation and termination of the provider-patient relationship

  2. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)

  3. Medical malpractice

  4. Informed consent

  5. Medical confidentiality (including HIPAA compliance)

  6. Treatment decisions for patients who lack decision-making capacity

  7. Treatment decisions for children and adolescents

  8. Mental health treatment

3

online


Intellectual Property Law Concentration

Number Name Credit Offering

PUBG7801

Administrative Law

This course studies the theory of administrative actions; administrative process; agency organization; determination and promulgation of the administrative regulations; right to notice and hearing; enforcement; judicial review; standing; and the Administrative Procedure Act.

4

in-class

HLTH9529

Biotechnology and the Law

This course examines a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues in the realm of biotechnology. Topics covered include:

  1. Foundational technologies, such as recombinant DNA technology

  2. Current applications, including nanobiotechnology and synthetic biology

  3. Human subjects research and institutional review of clinical trials

  4. Regulatory oversight by federal agencies

  5. Academic-industry relationships

  6. Data privacy and security issues

  7. Protection of intellectual property

3

online

INDL8301

Copyright

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and doctrines of copyright law. Topics covered include:

  1. Foundational principles of copyright law

  2. Copyright in special issues, such as software, architecture, and databases

  3. Derivative works, work for hire, and joint authorship

  4. The doctrine of fair use

  5. Copyright issues raised by new technologies that facilitate copying

  6. Digital works and information technologies

4

online

INDL9331

Current Topics in Internet Law

This research seminar will focus on specific areas based upon individual student research topics, which may include any aspect of Internet Law, including but not limited to NSA Surveillance, Data Mining, Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, Consumer Contracts, BitCoin and other Virtual Currencies, Filtering & Site Blocking, ISP Liability for User Generated Content, Broadcast/Cable/Satellite/Internet Content Systems, and Search & Seizure of Internet Content. Classes will include overview of specific topics followed by problems and role play. 

4

in-class

INDL7550

Cybersecurity & Privacy: Law, Policy, Compliance

This course examines the legal, policy, and compliance challenges raised by efforts to protect the Internet and other forms of networked computer systems from attack by hackers, organized criminal groups, terrorists, and others. Topics include:

  1. Threats to cybersecurity

  2. Domestic and international Internet governance

  3. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  4. U.S. and European Union privacy law and personal data protection

  5. War, international terrorism, and U.S. surveillance law

  6. Private information infrastructure and the law of emergencies

  7. Emerging compliance frameworks for cybersecurity

3

online

CORP7180

European Data Protection and Privacy Law

This course introduces students to the legal regime governing information privacy, data protection, and data security in the European Union. Topics covered include the privacy jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the EU Data Protection Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation, data protection authorities, international data transfers, and cybersecurity in Europe.

3

online

INDL9328

Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Policy

This seminar examines the foundations and policies underlying intellectual property law.  It considers how and why patent, trademark, and copyright law are similar to and different from one another, the reasons for protecting exclusive rights to intangible creations, and when the public should have unrestricted access to inventions, artistic creations, and source-indicating symbols.  The focus is on completing an AWR paper on any intellectual property topic related to patent, trademark, or copyright.

4

in-class

INDL7325

Gaming Law

The course is a comprehensive study of the law relating to gaming activities with an emphasis on the laws, policies, and procedures that have developed through court decisions and the regulatory activities of the administrative agencies. In addition, the course will provide an overview of public policy issues, the federal role in regulation of gaming, the economics of gaming, the creation of gaming control systems, the licensing process, gaming contracts and gaming crimes. The course will also explore the nature of the eveil sought to be addressed in gaming laws and regulations, will examine the leading approaches to the regulation of gaming, and will deal with some of the current issues in gaming law.

3

in-class

HLTH8515

Genetics: Law, Policy, and Bioethics

The course will examine a variety of legal, policy, scientific, social, and ethical issues relating to genetics and genomics. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to examination of these issues, drawing upon a diverse set of reading materials within the casebook. Topics to be covered include the intersection of law and science generally; genetics research and bioethical issues in human subject research; commercialization, ownership, and gene patenting; genetic testing and reproduction; access and liability issues; clinical applications of genetics research; and genetic privacy.

3

in-class

INDL7301

Intellectual Property

This course will survey the basic doctrines of intellectual property (“IP”) law, including patent, trademark, and copyright law.  We will also briefly look at state law doctrines focusing on trade secrets.  The course is intended both for those who intend to practice in an IP field and for those with a more general interest in the topic.  Given the interrelations and analogies among IP rights, any specialized IP practitioner should have a working knowledge of IP areas outside his or her area of expertise.  Since most lawyers’ business models depend on the commodification of information, any practitioner would benefit from an understanding of this field.

4

in-class

INDL8317

Intellectual Property Licensing

The seminar will provide a comprehensive study of all aspects of Intellectual Property licensing and related issues. Students will analyze and draft various trademark, copyright, character, right of publicity/privacy, merchandizing, music, software, confidentiality, patent/technology, and new media licenses, and develop related negotiation skills and litigation strategies. The focus will be practical and will show how value can be unleashed in Intellectual Property Assets through licensing.

3

in-class

INDL7500

Patent & Trade Secret Law

This course provides an overview of the basic doctrines of patent law, as well as related rights such as trade secret law and drug law exclusivity under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Topics covered include:

  1. Standards and procedures for obtaining patent protection

  2. Patent infringement litigation

  3. The relationship between patent protection and trade secret law

  4. The role of patent law and litigation in the pharmaceutical industry

3

online

INDL9310

Patent Application, Preparation and Prosecution

This seminar develops the writing and analytical skills required to draft applications for United States patents. Patent claim drafting skills are not undertaken in this course. Patent prosecution techniques, however, including evaluation of Patent and Trademark Office Official Actions and preparation of responses to these Official Actions are studied. There also is practice in drafting appellate briefs for submission to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

3

in-class

INDL9305

Patent Claim Drafting

This drafting seminar will focus on the "claim" or "claims" appended to a patent specification. The claim defines the scope of the grant, or the technical extent of the exclusive privilege the patent accords to its owner. Claim drafting assignments will be distributed to the students before each class. Each student's work will be reviewed on an individual basis, with rewriting and revision as needed.

3

in-class

INDL8302

Trademark and Unfair Competition

This course explores common law and statutory protection of ideas, trade secrets, and trademarks. Topics covered include:

  1. Acquisition and loss of trademark rights

  2. Registration and licensing

  3. Problems of infringement, dilution, and misappropriation of trademarks

  4. Fair use and Internet use of trademarks and related remedies

4

online

INDL9322

Trademark Registration

Federal registration provides important benefits to trademark owners, including corporations. Trademarks are among a company’s most valuable assets. Registration work is a staple of many law firm and in-house intellectual property practices. This class will cover the basics of domestic and international trademark registration practice, from selection of a mark and legal screening/clearance through opposition proceedings, registration, and beyond. Hands on, practical use of the USPTO website for filings and research will be explored. Assignments will include hands on drafting of opinion letters, registration papers, and pleadings drawn from real-world examples.

3

in-class


Financial Services Compliance Concentration

Number Name Credit Offering

PUBG7801

Administrative Law

This course studies the theory of administrative actions; administrative process; agency organization; determination and promulgation of the administrative regulations; right to notice and hearing; enforcement; judicial review; standing; and the Administrative Procedure Act.

4

in-class

CORP8190

Advanced Topics in Risk Management

This course explores the theory of risk management and federal and state regulatory efforts to impose risk management obligations on corporations through corporate governance. Topics covered include:

  1. Corporate governance

  2. Relationships and conflicts of interest among the board of directors, senior management, rank-in-file employees and regulators

  3. Effectiveness and execution of risk management roles and responsibilities

3

online

COML8130

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights

This course provides a survey of remedies available to consumer and business debtors and their creditors under state law and the United States Bankruptcy Code. The course covers topics such as: enforcement of money judgments, commencement of bankruptcy cases, the automatic stay, property of the bankruptcy estate, exemptions, secured and unsecured claims, avoidance of transfers, executory contracts, distribution of property, dismissal and conversion of bankruptcy cases, and discharge of debts in bankruptcy.

4

in-class

INDL7550

Cybersecurity & Privacy: Law, Policy, Compliance

This course examines the legal, policy, and compliance challenges raised by efforts to protect the Internet and other forms of networked computer systems from attack by hackers, organized criminal groups, terrorists, and others. Topics include:

  1. Threats to cybersecurity

  2. Domestic and international Internet governance

  3. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  4. U.S. and European Union privacy law and personal data protection

  5. War, international terrorism, and U.S. surveillance law

  6. Private information infrastructure and the law of emergencies

  7. Emerging compliance frameworks for cybersecurity

3

online

CORP7180

European Data Protection and Privacy Law

This course introduces students to the legal regime governing information privacy, data protection, and data security in the European Union. Topics covered include the privacy jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, the EU Data Protection Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation, data protection authorities, international data transfers, and cybersecurity in Europe.

3

online

CORP8160

Financial Crimes Compliance

3

online

CORP8138

Financial Institutions

This course provides an overview of the regulation of the banking and financial services industry.  The class will situate bank regulation in the broader context of other financial institutions, including investment funds, broker-dealers, and insurance firms, and in the context of other national, regional and international approaches to regulation finance. In addtion to covering U.S. banking law basics - safety and soundness, activities and affiliation restrictions, geographic limit, deposit insurance and supervision - the class will consider issues in central banking, resolving complex financial conglomerates, cross-border regulatory cooperation, institutional design for regulating finance, and financial crisis response.

4

in-class

CORP7160

Global Corruption: Regulation, Compliance, and Enforcement

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of global anti-corruption compliance.  Topics covered include the definition and measurement of corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials; the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the UK Bribery Act; anti-corruption laws in other countries; enforcement and resolution of corruption activities; jurisdiction, corporate liability, accomplice and inchoate offenses; and anti-corruption compliance programs.

3

online

CORP8165

Introduction to Corporate Finance

This corporate finance course explores the key financial instruments used by corporations, and the legal rules that govern those instruments. Topics covered include:

  1. Capital structure

  2. Financial instruments

  3. Mergers & Acquisitions

  4. Financial Distress

3

online

CORP8170

Regulating Broker-Dealers

This course explores the roles and duties of brokers and dealers, the legal rules that govern these investment professionals, and the regulatory authorities that create and enforce these rules.  Topics covered include a general overview of the financial markets regulatory framework; the economic realities that create legal obligations under federal securities regulations and self-regulatory organizations' rules; supervision of broker-dealer financial distress, including protection of customer funds and liability for customer losses.

3

online

CORP8175

Regulating Depository Banks

This course introduces students to the primarily laws and regulations governing banks whose primary function is to accept cash deposits.  Topics covered include the regulation of bank formation, bank deposit regulation, capital regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, holding companies and SIFIs, bank governance and supervision, and special areas of regulatory concern.

3

online

CORP8180

Regulating Funds and Investment Advisors

This course examines mutual funds (investment companies) and other related entities like hedge funds and private equity funds. Topics covered include:

  1. Investment Company Act of 1940

  2. Investment Advisers Act Of 1940

  3. Regulation of swaps and other derivatives under Dodd-Frank

  4. Role of the CFTC in regulating this market

  5. Relationship between funds and their broker-dealers

3

online

CORP8185

Regulating Insurance Companies

This course examines federal and state regulation of insurance companies. Topics covered include:

  1. Federal and State Relationship

  2. State Insurance Boards, Commissioners, and Similar Authorities

  3. Regulation of form and content of policies; kinds of insurance

  4. Intermediaries-brokers, broker dealers, producers, compensation, licensing

  5. Rate regulation

  6. Solvency regulation

  7. ERISA and group insurance regulation

  8. Regulation of reinsurance

3

online

CORP9133

Securities and Corporate Law: Theory and Practice

This course is designed to bridge the gap between the legal theory and practical realities of the practice of law by focusing on the various problems that arise in the daily practice of corporate and securities law. The course will include guest speakers who are prominent practicing lawyers. This course will also include field trips to the

American Stock Exchange, to a leading NASDAQ brokerage firm, and to a leading financial publication where students will have the unique experience of seeing how markets are made and reported with respect to major corporations. This course will explore problems engendered by investigations and disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., the stock exchanges and state regulatory authorities. Students will engage in "moot court" arbitrations as council for various parties. The preparation of prospectuses, proxy statements and annual reports will be addressed and students will prepare portions of these documents. Substantive areas of corporate and securities law such as the securities exchange act of 1934 section 10(b) and rule 10b-5 will be discussed. There will be writing assignments during the course of the semester.

3

in-class

CORP7170

Securities Regulation and Compliance

This course focuses on mandatory affirmative disclosure requirements under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, triggered by the public offering of securities and by their trading in public markets. Topics covered include:

  1. Federal regulation of the offer and sale of securities under the Securities Act of 1933

  2. Exemptions from federal registration

  3. Reporting obligations of public companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

  4. Sanctions and civil damage liability for violating these requirements

3

online


Electives not specific to a concentration
ONLINE and ON-Campus options available

Number Name Credit Offering

LABR7030

Conducting Internal Investigations

This course gives you the tools you need to participate in all aspects of internal workplace investigations. Topics covered include:

  1. When companies should (or must) conduct internal investigations

  2. Who should conduct investigations

  3. The role of the investigator

  4. Obtaining cooperation from witnesses

  5. "Adnarim" warnings when attorneys are involved

  6. HR training and development

  7. Privilege and work product issues and their waiver

3

online

HLTH7405

HealthCare Compliance Certification Program

This live course, offered over the course of four days, immerses students in the statutes, regulations and other guidance that comprise the body of law known as “fraud and abuse law.” Topics covered include:

  1. Data Privacy - HIPAA, HITECH, and others

  2. FDA approval and regulation of new drugs and devices

  3. Federal Anti-Kickback Statute

  4. Federal and State False Claims Acts

  5. Federal and State Sunshine Laws

  6. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - including worldwide anti-corruption and enforcement

  7. Government Investigations

  8. Healthcare fraud sentencing, penalties, damages, and other considerations

  9. OIG Compliance

  10. Prescription drug and device marketing and advertising

3

in-class

LABR7000

Managing Legal Issues in the Workplace

This course explores the core doctrines that govern the employment relationship. Topics covered include:

  1. Definitions of “employee” and “employer”

  2. The employment-at-will doctrine and its principal exceptions

  3. Employee harassment

  4. Antidiscrimination protections

  5. Health and familial leave protections

  6. Diversity in the workplace

  7. Wage and hour laws

  8. Employee privacy

  9. Liability and litigation risk management

3

online

LABR7570

Managing Whistleblower Risks

This course explores the vast array of federal and state laws that protect employees who report misconduct by their employers.  Topics covered include:

  1. Common-law whistleblower protections

  2. State and federal whistleblower statutes

  3. Strategies for managing whistleblowers and whistleblowing

  4. The role of human resources and compliance professionals in the whistleblower management process

3

online


Courses denoted with * require prior written approval from Academic Director.



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