Loyola University Chicago


School of Law

Business Law Compliance Studies

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is leading the way in Compliance Studies. The Center for Business Law is one of the few programs in the country allowing students to earn a masters level degree with a concentration in Compliance Studies.

Corporations and corporate officers operate in world of ever increasing rules and regulations. Having an organized program for complying with the law has not only become standard, but many entities are also now obligated by federal law to adopt compliance programs. The Wall Street Journal recently identified compliance as “the hottest job in America.” Compliance has opened a new career path to integrate law and operations.

The Center for Business Law offers students a unique opportunity to focus their studies in compliance at a time when a number of industries are desperately in need of compliance professionals.

Our online programs allow students to choose electives that cover the structure of compliance programs as well as regulatory subject-matter areas. Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) and Master of Laws (LLM) students interested in focusing on compliance are encouraged to choose a thesis topic addressing some aspect of compliance.

Compliance Faculty

The Center for Business law offers access to a national faculty who are not only engaging instructors but living what they are teaching. The faculty for the compliance-related courses comprise leaders in the field and some of the founders of the compliance profession.

Ryan Meade serves as Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies for the Beazley Institute and supervises students who are interested in concentrating in Compliance. Professor Meade has practiced health care regulatory law for over two decades and designed compliance programs for a large cross-section of types of health care organizations. He sits on several of the CCB exam committees. In his role as Director, he provides career counseling for students interested in transitioning to compliance jobs.

Practitioner Faculty:

Theodore Banks, a partner at Scharf Banks Marmour LLC, is an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Business Law. Professor Banks teaches courses in corporate compliance. He has a national reputation for work in corporate compliance and antitrust. Professor Banks founded and served as first chair of the North Shore Compliance Officers’ Roundtable, and is a member of the steering committee of the Chicago Regional Business Ethics Network. Professor Banks is also an active member of the American Bar Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics.

Compliance Courses

Although many business law courses have some regulatory law dimension to them, Loyola’s compliance-related courses allow students to study an area of compliance with academic rigor while giving students a window into the ways compliance laws play out in real-life situations.

Our faculty develop course material which balance theory and practice. Students who are already working as compliance professionals are able to apply their courses right away to their work life.

The introductory course in Corporate Compliance familiarizes students with the world of corporate compliance and provides basic skills to be employed in a corporate compliance department. Students obtain an understanding of the legal principles related to compliance, or preventive law, and learn the interplay between compliance and ethics.

Forthcoming offerings in compliance will include courses regarding information privacy and security, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and case studies in compliance.

Careers in Compliance

The ever-changing and increasing regulation of corporations creates a growing need for compliance professionals. Compliance professionals ensure that entities follow all laws and regulations that apply to the entity’s existence and operations. Both attorneys and business professionals qualify for many compliance positions.

For more information about careers in compliance, visit the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics or the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association

More Information

For specific questions about Compliance Studies at Loyola, please contact Professor Ryan Meade at rmeade@luc.edu.

For more information about the MJ in Business Law with a concentration in compliance, please contact Lindsay Dunbar at HLBLstudentadvising@luc.edu.