Master of Studies in Law in
Corporate Compliance

Delivered Online from Fordham Law School

Fordham Law School offers an online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in Corporate Compliance that can be completed in as few as 12 months. Through this online master’s program designed for non-lawyers, you can develop the skills needed to excel in this growing field and solve complex compliance challenges that ensure your organization complies with best practices and legal regulations.

The online master’s in compliance program is designed for professionals who do not hold a degree in law.

Fordham Law School also offers an on-campus MSL in Corporate Compliance program, along with other MSL, LLM, and JD degree programs. Visit the Fordham Law School website to learn more about in-person programs.

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Why Fordham MSL?

Application Requirements

Prepare to Uphold the Integrity of a Business

In a time where business transgressions make regular news headlines, compliance experts have become necessities in protecting businesses from violating laws and regulations. As a student in the online master’s in compliance program, you will acquire the skills needed to assess your organization from a compliance perspective and confidently act with foresight.

The program’s curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how the law impacts the way corporations operate and the potential implications of unhealthy business practices. You will develop advanced legal knowledge required to handle compliance issues and operational risk management across a range of corporate settings.

Develop the Skills Needed to Advance in the Growing Compliance Field

Learn to promote better business practices through the online master’s in compliance.

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Learn from a Specialized Curriculum

Our curriculum provides an introduction to U.S. law and legal institutions. Coursework covers areas such as investment management, legislation and regulations, business organizations, and risk assessment.

The master’s in compliance curriculum comprises 30 credits and can be completed in as few as 12 months or as many as 36 months.

The flexible online curriculum can be completed at your own pace. You will take nine courses online and attend an in-person colloquium at Fordham Law’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City.

To learn more about the curriculum, please refer to our course descriptions.




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Featured Online MSL in Corporate Compliance Courses

Introduction to Corporate Compliance

This course explains the major features of an “effective” corporate compliance program. Students will examine various areas of law, regulation, and policy that impact modern compliance programs.

Compliance Risk

The course covers the basic elements of compliance risk assessment and how the assessment functions within an overall compliance program. Students will learn key compliance risk and themes across various corporate industries, including banking and financial services.

International Financial

This course examines insider trading, market manipulation, money laundering, government corruption and bribery, and related topics. The primary focus will be U.S. laws and regulation, but with consideration for the international dimensions of criminal activity and enforcement.

Develop Key Fundamental Compliance Skills

Earn your MSL in compliance online in as few as 12 months.

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Why Study Online at Fordham Law School?

Located in the heart of New York City—one of the corporate capitals of the world—Fordham Law School is a top-40 law school committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to advance in their compliance-related careers.1 In 2016, we became the first law school in the country to offer a compliance-focused master’s degree.

With the introduction of our fully online version of this program in 2019, students from everywhere can access our distinguished faculty, unparalleled network, and specialized curriculum. We’ve developed a student-centered, personalized experience that is grounded in the latest technology and offers opportunities to meaningfully connect with our community as you pursue your degree.

Distinguished Faculty

Learn from and cultivate relationships with top compliance experts in the field. You will come face-to-face with Fordham Law faculty in weekly, live, online classes.

Flexible Coursework

Complete engaging coursework using features like dark mode, searchable video transcripts, and streaming to tailor your learning to your preferences. You can take assignments anywhere—and even make progress offline—using our full-service mobile app.

Networking Opportunities

Launch your career by attending compliance-specific networking events, often hosted in partnership with Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, and taking advantage of Fordham’s New York City connections and global alumni network.

In-Person Colloquium

Interact with classmates and faculty during an in-person colloquium at Fordham Law’s New York City Lincoln Center campus. During the colloquium, you will have the opportunity to network with top compliance professionals and Fordham Law alumni.

LinkedIn Premium Career

LinkedIn Premium Career gives you the tools to showcase your new compliance skills, boost your professional growth, and feel more confident in your corporate compliance job search. You will gain access to a suite of career-enhancing benefits, including personalized feedback, coaching, and advice to help you optimize your LinkedIn profile and prepare for corporate compliance job interviews.

Class Profile

Fordham MSL Online students are experienced, driven professionals from a
range of professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds.

13 + DC

States Represented

6-10 Years

Years of Work Experience for the Majority of Students

28-42 Years

Age of the Majority of Students






Historically Underrepresented

Historically Underrepresented: African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

The above self-reported information reflects enrolled students as of May 2020.

Approximately two-thirds of our enrolled students fall within the above years of work experience and age ranges.

Accelerate Your Career with an MSL in Compliance

In this challenging profession, you will be responsible for keeping up with frequent regulatory and compliance changes that can affect the viability of your organization. The compliance skills learned through the online master’s in compliance program will qualify you to develop processes and protocols that protect your business from legal risks.

Apply to the Online MSL in Compliance Program

Upcoming final application deadline: November 9, 2021

Apply today to start classes in January 2022.

Application Requiremements

All applications to the online Master of Studies in Law in Corporate Compliance program should include the following:

  • personal statement
  • two letters of recommendation
  • resume
  • official transcripts
  • application fee of $70

Applicants with compliance-related work experience are preferred.

If you have earned a J.D., an LL.B., or any other law degree, you are not eligible for the online master’s in compliance program. You should instead explore Fordham Law School’s in-person LL.M. in Compliance.

Invest in a Career in Compliance

Become an integral asset to your organization with a Master of Studies in Law in Corporate Compliance online from Fordham Law.

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