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Teaching compliance: The law schools (and a JD) weigh in

Yesterday the FCPA Blog's senior editor Jessica Tillipman talked about GW Law's compliance training for JD candidates. She was responding to our post urging law schools to teach compliance. We've also heard from profs at other schools and a recent grad who's now a compliance officer for a well-known international manufacturer.

Here's what they said:

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Law Schools are catching up. NYU Law School taught its first regular curriculum class on compliance in Spring 2014 and will offer the course on a regular basis. We also have a specialized FCPA class taught to Professor Kevin Davis. My book, The Law of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance was published in March 2014 (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business) and is available as a course book or general introduction for practicing lawyers.Chicago, Northwestern, Fordham, and a number of other schools are also offering this class.
October 29, 2014 | Geoffrey Miller

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I agree entirely with the sentiments expressed her. I've been working in compliance since 1981, even before it was popularly named such, and cannot endorse this piece highly enough. The University of New South Wales in Sydney was teaching a post graduate course in compliance in the late 1990s, under Prof Christine Parker and Dr Angus Corbett. It was a very practically based course that was extremely popular with the compliance fraternity in Australia for a number of years until both lecturers moved on to pastures greener and the university dropped the course unfortunately.
October 30, 2014 | Calvert Duffy

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We covered compliance law with equity and financial services law (heavily focusing on Asian and African issues) at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies in the LLB course. That being said, I have received an extremely cold reception from recruiters and hiring managers in the compliance field who are totally uninterested in hiring someone who 'should be a lawyer'. Before recommending that law schools train compliance professionals better, I think you should ask why the industry isn't hiring the ones it has already produced.
October 30, 2014 | Jacob Petterchak

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Your post Memo to law schools: The world needs compliance officers inspired me to reach out to the law school I attended to suggest a way to showcase the compliance and ethics career path as an option. Like many compliance professionals I have met, this career found me; it wasn’t something I sought. The law school was actually very excited about the idea, and offered to give me an opportunity to speak about the compliance career path. . . . Thanks for the inspiration.

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And our contributing editor Elizabeth Spahn from New England Law | Boston writes that a bi-lingual alum just started in a compliance role with a big retailer in Japan. Another is in Singapore doing compliance and risk for the maritime industry. Two recent JDs are prosecutors in state and federal offices doing anti-corruption work. Another does compliance and risk for a well-known fashion house based in NYC, "as well as a passle of them in the banking and finance industries here in Boston."

"For a small school," Prof Spahn writes, "we have certainly tried to contribute to the field. I think the law schools are catching on, slowly." 


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.