Whether you’re interested in the financial industry, higher education, health care, workers compensation, or another compliance or risk management niche, you will graduate prepared for this rewarding, impactful, and intellectually stimulating legal work.
Students at New England Law also benefit from the opportunities afforded by our on-campus Center for Business Law, which provides unique research projects, mentoring, volunteer opportunities, and networking events.
What Do Compliance and Risk Management Lawyers Do?
Compliance and risk management involves the practical implementation of law within organizations, through understanding external rules imposed on an organization and developing policies and mechanisms of internal controls to ensure adherence to these rules. This work spans many substantive areas of law, including financial services, health, education, environmental, information technology, employment, immigration, and even sports.
Compliance lawyers may oversee the development and implementation of internal regulations, represent clients seeking redress for damages suffered through the lack of regulation, or represent organizations and their interests.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Students in our Compliance and Risk Management certificate program must meet an experiential learning requirement. Some of the hands-on learning experiences available to them include:
Compliance and Risk Management Courses
This certificate is awarded in conjunction with our JD degree. In addition to their foundational legal coursework, students pursuing a certificate in Compliance and Risk Management can choose among many exciting elective classes to meet their credit requirements. These may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Administrative Law
- Business Compliance and Human Rights
- Business Organizations
- Corporate Counsel: Risk Management, Governance, and Compliance
- Education and the Law
- Employment Law
- Environmental Law
- Financial Sector Compliance
- Health Care Law
- Hospital Law
- Information Privacy Law
- Insurance Law
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Privacy and Data Protection
- Securities Regulation
- Sports Law
- White Collar Crime
- Workers' Compensation
Compliance and Risk Management Alumni Profile
Peter H. Dinwiddie ’04
As senior vice president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, Peter H. Dinwiddie oversees compliance with the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and is involved in player contract negotiations and salary-cap management. He also is responsible for managing the basketball department’s day-to-day responsibilities.
During law school, Dinwiddie was involved in the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and he held internships with the New England Patriots, K Sports and Entertainment, the Center for Study in Sports and Society, and the Law Offices of Patti Jones.
After graduating, Dinwiddie served as the director of basketball administration and the manager of group sales for the Pacers. He also was a contract attorney for The Finish Line, Inc.
Compliance and Risk Management Faculty
When you graduate from New England Law with a certificate in Compliance and Risk Management, you will:
- Be prepared to work in a compliance and/or risk management setting.
- Have hands-on experience related to your professional goals and interests.
- Understand the roles of a lawyer in various compliance and risk management contexts.
- Know your professional and ethical responsibilities to your clients—and appreciate the power of the law and your ability to affect the lives and well-being of others.
- Have strong foundational lawyering skills, such as legal research and analysis, problem-solving, and communicating effectively.
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