Master of Legal Studies

Risk Management and Compliance

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Risk Management and Compliance


Texas A&M University School of Law’s career-relevant Master of Legal Studies (MLS) with an emphasis in Risk Management and Compliance is designed for non-lawyer professionals who don’t intend to practice law. Combining up-to-date legal education and real-world skills, you’ll gain the legal perspective and build the expertise you need to tackle legal complexities and gain a professional edge in your industry.  


As one of the nation’s largest universities, Texas A&M ranks #1 for endowment size among public universities, ranking seventh overall. You’ll have access to the worldwide Aggie network of over 500,000 alumni, which includes more Fortune 500 Top 100 corporate CEOs than any university in the nation.

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Small class sizes provide students with personal attention from our world-renowned, nationally ranked faculty.

Customized Academics

No entrance exam requirement, flexible start dates, and a full or part-time course load allow for an academic experience that fits into your personal and professional life.

Master of Legal Studies | Risk Management and Compliance Emphasis

30 credits | 3 hours core courses, 27 hours approved elective courses  

Gain a legal perspective in the risk management industry with a Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in Risk Management. Built for non-lawyers, this program combines an up-to-date legal education with the real-world skills you need to identify, analyze, and respond to the ever-changing nature of risk and risk management.  

Offered in a flexible online format, this program prepares non-lawyers for leadership opportunities that call for a mastery of risk management as it relates to law. This program is perfect for working professionals who want the same education as on-campus classes but require the flexibility inherent in an online education. The curriculum itself is flexible, allowing you to create a course load that aligns with your career aspirations, including courses in subjects such as: 

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
  • Insurance Law and Risk Transfer
  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • Securities Regulation
  • Government Contracting Risk and Compliance
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • White Collar Crime
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy
  • Counterterrorism
  • Enterprise Risk Analytics

Certificate | Risk Management and Compliance

12 credits | 3 hours core courses, 9 hours specialized courses 

Graduate-level law certificates at Texas A&M University are designed for professionals interested in specialized legal training and an in-depth understanding of legal aspects of their industry without the monetary and time commitment of a full master’s degree. Courses are offered via asynchronous distance learning, allowing working professionals to access coursework and assignments on their own schedule. This online format includes case study assignments and regular interaction with classmates through video meetings, audio casts, chat rooms, discussion boards, and group breakout sessions. 

The Certificate in Risk Management and Compliance is designed for new and experienced risk management professionals, including compliance officers, risk specialists, fraud/anti-money laundering analysts and asset forfeiture managers. The certificate prepares these individuals to effectively address complex legal and policy challenges in the risk management industry as they apply to policies, business, and economic factors. Participants learn about important federal and state laws, regulations and policies in the risk management industry, advances in theory and practice, and applications of law, regulation and policies through case studies. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be able to synthesize scenarios, practice, and legal regulation in the risk management industry and provide analysis or judgments for consideration to organizational leadership with a nuanced perspective. 


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