Compliance professionals with the right training, experience and skills are in high demand. Students entering law school may have not a sense of this rapidly expanding field that integrates an understanding of law, ethics and business as well as enforcement and regulatory priorities.
Successful careers in compliance and ethics necessitate knowledge of legal requirements but also the skills to design, implement and oversee ways to prevent, detect and respond to violations of legal, ethical and regulatory standards. Compliance career paths may involve working in-house at a compliance or law department, serving as outside counsel or with an accounting firm advising industries on enhancements to their compliance programs or serving as government prosecutor in fraud or corruption cases.
Temple Law students who may be interested in compliance may explore the field through a variety of courses. Students will usually want to focus on foundational courses first and then consider more advanced courses as they refine their interests.
Foundational Compliance Related Courses
- Introduction to Compliance (Essential)
- Administration Law (Essential)
- Corporations (Essential)
- Accounting for Lawyers (Recommended)
- Corporate Scandals and Crises (Recommended)
Beyond these initial courses, students may want to focus on areas of law that are priorities for many corporate compliance programs as well as enforcement authorities. These courses tend to relate to highly regulated industries. In some cases, foundational courses will be prerequisites for more advanced courses; in other cases, they will not.
Health Care Compliance
- Introduction to Health Care Compliance (will be posted shortly)
- Health Care Law and Regulation (will be posted shortly)
- Drug and Medical Device Law
- Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Students may also develop research, writing, and analytical abilities on a compliance related topic by working with a faculty member in an area of the student’s interest and the faculty member’s expertise.
Temple Law recognizes that the best education allows our students to thoughtfully explore the big ideas as well as gain hands-on experience with the skills to be effective problem solvers. Our students may apply for compliance practicums for credit in the Fall or Spring Semesters or apply to the Center’s Summer Fellowship Program.
Fall & Spring Semester Practicums
Compliance practicums are unique experiential learning opportunities where a student and full-time faculty member engage collaboratively to solve problems for a real client. 2-3 compliance practicums are typically offered in the Fall and Spring semesters for credit.
Summer Compliance Fellows Program
The Summer Compliance Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Center for Compliance and Ethics. Through this program, participating organizations hire current 1Ls or 2Ls for an 8-10 week paid summer fellowship.
Each fall, the Center for Compliance and Ethics and the Office of Career Services hosts a panel on careers in compliance feature a panel that represents the diverse opportunities that are available to students interested in compliance.
The Center and the Office of Career Services are also available to advise individual students. Mentoring and networking opportunities are also available through the Center’s Advisory Board which includes compliance, legal and business leaders, from various industries as well as the private and public sectors.