Compliance remains the fastest-growing area in the financial services industry. The increase in federal laws and regulations governing financial institutions and the focus of enforcement placed on the compliance efforts of financial companies creates opportunities for attorneys with demonstrated expertise in financial law and compliance. Seton Hall Law School now provides training beyond the J.D. degree to select students, practitioners and scholars in the growing and increasingly complex area of financial services compliance. Interested students may pursue an entirely online LL.M. degree option, or choose to come to campus for in-person instruction.
A candidate seeking admission to the LLM program must have a J.D. degree from a law school that is approved by the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association or the foreign equivalent from a school of law. As Seton Hall Law School admits highly qualified candidates, the program is very competitive. The Admissions Committee considers practice experience, graduate degrees in the financial field, quality of law school academic record, demonstrated interest in compliance, and evidenced ability to excel in academic pursuits. The application process is rolling and applications for admission are accepted at any time.
Each student is given an exam number. In addition to using his or her exam number, each student should indicate on the front of his/her exam that he/she is an LLM candidate. This allows professors to exclude graduate students from the mandatory J.D. grading curve. No other reference to identity should be indicated on the exam. Every effort to maintain a student’s anonymity will be made; however, anonymity may sometimes be compromised due to the small number of graduate students enrolled in a given class.
The in-person LLM student shall write his or her advanced writing requirement in an 3-credit AWR seminar taught by a full-time faculty member. The full-time faculty member teaching the AWR seminar shall serve as the LLM student's supervisor. The final paper should be of Law Review publishable quality, and at least 25 pages in length.
The online LLM student shall write his or her advanced writing requirement in a 2-credit graded writing mentorship, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. During the mentorship, students will conduct advanced research on one or two topics relevant to the student's degree program and produce one or two written papers of Law Review publishable quality, totaling 25 pages in length.
Students may take up to 2 elective courses from another concentration area.
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