Concentration for J.D. Law Students
Compliance is a rapidly growing field particularly in highly regulated industries such as finance, banking, insurance, internet security, and health and life sciences. Career opportunities for those interested in compliance exist in law and consulting firms as well as in-house in corporate ethics and compliance departments. Global companies seek to fill positions wherever they do business. The result: unprecedented demand for compliance expertise in these fields and, hence, career opportunities for experienced lawyers and graduating J.D. students.
Seton Hall Law School was one of the first law schools in the nation to offer global compliance education and training for compliance professionals. Now, Seton Hall Law has expanded its education programs to provide a Concentration in Compliance for J.D. candidates who aspire to succeed in this burgeoning area of professional practice.
Upon graduation, the compliance program will be reflected on graduates' transcripts, and they will receive certificates indicating receipt of the Compliance Concentration. Students pursuing the concentration may list it on their resumes.
Concentration Planning & Advice
Before registering for each semester, students are encouraged to attend the Health Law Curricular Advisement session held just before registration by Professor Timothy Glynn regarding upcoming Health and Life Sciences Law courses. Faculty advice is available to students pursuing or considering the Concentration or the Compliance track.
To graduate with a Concentration in Compliance, students must fulfill the Compliance concentration requirements outlined below. Students seeking curricular advisements should contact Professors Kathleen Boozang, Timothy Glynn or Stephen Lubben.
Students interested in the Compliance Concentration are required to take a minimum of 15 credits of approved courses, listed below.
- Business Associations (4 credits, already required for the J.D. degree)
- Administrative Law (3 credits)
- One compliance-focused course (2 or 3 credits)
- Compliance Skills
- Law of Governance
- Risk Management
- Compliance Fraud and Corruption
- A compliance-related skills course OR a compliance-related externship (2 credits)
- One course in which the student must complete a paper that satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR) through a compliance-related AWR seminar (3 credits) OR another AWR seminar on a pre-approved compliance topic in a related substantive area (2-3 credits) OR a journal note on a pre-approved compliance topic (1-3 credits).
- General Electives
- Additional compliance-focused courses (beyond the minimum required above)
- Accounting for Lawyers
- Focus Area Electives
- Finance (Securities Regulation, Financial Institutions, Current Issues in Securities and Corporate Governance, Bankruptcy, etc.)
- Information Privacy and Security (Information Privacy, Cybersecurity, etc.)
- Human Resources (Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Employee Benefits, etc.)
Seton Hall Law School's externship program offers students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a compliance setting. These externships provide students with unparalleled opportunities to meet attorneys who represent the compliance professionals who can become a bridge to their careers in health law. Students pursuing the Concentration are encouraged to participate in an externship. However, an externship is not a requirement for completing the Concentration.
To learn more about these exciting externship opportunities, please contact the Office of Career Services at [email protected]. If you wish to discuss your options with a faculty member, please see Professor Timothy Glynn.
Summer Compliance Fellowships
Each year, several health and life science companies offer paid summer compliance fellowships to students who have completed their first year of law school. These opportunities expose students to the world of compliance, thereby enabling them to compare the compliance profession to the practice of law after spending the second year summer in a law firm or other legal setting. Fellowship applications are generally available after first semester grades become available. Questions may be directed to Amy Matey in the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy or Erin Scherzer in the Office of Career Services.