Financial Regulation and Compliance

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Curriculum developed with the advice of leading financial institutions and the Florida Bankers Association.

The Juris Master in Financial Regulation and Compliance is an online, 30-credit-hour master’s in law that can be completed on a part-time basis. The program enables working professionals to gain an in-depth understanding of the law and regulations to advance their careers in today's heavily regulated financial industry.

You will gain a strong understanding of banking law, regulatory compliance, and financial transactions. Working professionals will better understand the compliance issues surrounding their work and be able to effectively strategize for, identify, and understand potential legal and regulatory hazards. Students also gain an understanding of how to implement intelligent risk management programs and determine when legal counsel is needed.

The curriculum is designed for compliance officers and legal risk managers, as well as for other financial professionals, including loan officers, broker-dealers, asset managers and investment bankers. Students begin their studies by taking foundational courses in Contracts, Torts, Legislation and Regulation, Legal Studies and Research, and Regulatory Compliance. These are all core legal areas that students are likely to encounter while working at a bank or other financial institution. Students will then proceed to study more advanced topics in courses such as: Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance; Consumer Compliance: Deposits, New Products and Operations; Consumer Compliance: Lending; Financial Privacy and Cybersecurity; Economic Sanctions; Broker-Dealer Regulation; and many elective courses for a specialized focus.

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Program Highlights

 Online with Asynchronous Courses – Learn whenever, wherever; there is no on-campus requirement. Courses include pre-recorded lectures and interaction with peers and professors through discussion boards and constructive feedback on assignments.

 Innovative and Relevant Curriculum – Benefit from a curriculum developed with the advice of industry professionals and prominent in-house and outside counsel to combine academic knowledge and practice-based learning. The program offers numerous and varied courses that target real-world compliance issues faced by many industries.

National Recognition – Earn a degree from a top 50 law school and top 20 Public University (U.S. News & World Report, 2022).

► Affordable Tuition Rates – Obtain a competitively priced degree at $683 per credit for in-state students and slightly higher, after scholarships, for out-of-state students. Find more information on our Juris Master Online Tuition page.

 Flexible and Customizable – Take the number of courses that makes sense for your schedule. Students have the flexibility to take the number of courses that works best for them each semester. Additionally, students can select courses from other concentrations, tailoring their curriculum to meet their own professional and personal goals. 

 Outstanding Faculty Engage in courses taught by the same world-class professors who teach on campus, coupled with prominent industry experts.

 Professional Networking  Interact with alumni, potential employers, faculty members and fellow students in virtual engagement and professional development opportunities.

 Academic Resources – Access online research databases and other resources available to on-campus students. 

 Career Services – Launch or advance a career with support from a full-service career center.


If you have questions and would like to speak with a member of the Juris Master Program team, please contact us at or 850.644.7591. 

Business Law, Contracting, and Risk Management Electives

Business Organizations

An introduction to the law of business organizations, including agency, partnership, and business corporations. Topics include formation and structure of the corporation, power and fiduciary responsibility of management, rights and liabilities of shareholders, shareholders' derivatives litigation, acquisitions and tender offers and insider trading.

Civil Litigation Fundamentals

The potential for lawsuits plays a critical role in business decisions, particularly in regulatory compliance, risk management, and contract procurement and vendor risk management. This is often especially true in highly regulated fields such as healthcare, finance, HR, cybersecurity, and supply chain management. Litigation – whether in front of administrative agencies or courts – is generally the endgame for regulatory, contractual, or other liability problems that institutions may face. This class provides students with a basic understanding of the process of civil litigation in the U.S. We will trace the pathway of a lawsuit from the initial pleading stage to the appeal. Students will gain a solid grasp of the concepts and vocabulary that underlie the U.S. litigation system. Topics include types of lawsuits, forums, pleadings, response, discovery, trial procedures, appeals, administrative adjudication, and arbitration.

Consumer Protection Law

A study of consumer protection regulations, including consumer lending, mandatory and voluntary disclosures, common law fraud, and unfair and deceptive acts and practices. 

Contract Risk Management

This class covers contract risk management best practices, as applied to both individual and portfolio of contracts. Topics include contract negotiations, term sheets, pre-contractual liability, contract performance, breach, waivers, post-breach actions, and the relationship between liability and business risks. Students will also learn about key contract terms including representations and warranties, conditions, default, indemnification, arbitration, liquidated damages, and choice of law and venue. 

Enterprise Risk Management

This course will cover the principles, frameworks, and best practices for analyzing and managing risks within business firms. Students will learn how to construct frameworks for managing strategic, operational, financial, and legal/regulatory risks. They will also learn how to assess and measure these risks.

Governance, Risk Management and Compliance

An introduction to corporate governance, risk management, and compliance within business firms and financial institutions. Topics include: the role of the board of directors and executives in managing firms and overseeing risk management and compliance; Codes of Ethics; internal controls; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; whistleblowers; crisis management; and disclosure requirements under Federal Securities Laws and under banking statutes and regulation.

Insurance Contracts

A study of insurance contracts and insurance law. Topics covered include: the nature of insurance, insurable interests, persons and interests protected, contractual obligations of the insured and insurer, the claims process, bad faith, and subrogation. We will explore insurance contracts from the point of negotiation and execution through the claims process, settlement and dispute resolution.

Introduction to Legal Studies and Research

Introduction to Legal Studies and Research introduces students to the American legal system, the study of law and effective legal research techniques. This course provides students with practical, hands-on experience with legal resources and research tools. This course emphasizes building the practical research skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. 

Negotiations & Bargaining: Theory and Practice

In this course, you will learn the main principles, concepts, tools, and skills of negotiations and bargaining. These will not only help you develop a good understanding of the subject but will also equip you with what is needed to be a “successful” negotiator. We will give primary attention to negotiation and bargaining in legal contexts. These include: contract negotiations; bargaining during the performance of long-term contracts and during other long-term relationships; bargaining between a business firm and its employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, and investors; bargaining among business firms regarding joint ventures and supply chain management; and bargaining during legal conflicts, both before and during litigation. You will learn how to identify the parties’ relative bargaining power and how to increase bargaining power–e.g., by using pre-commitment devices and acquiring information. You will also learn about the factors that can lead to quick, efficient agreements and those that can lead to costly delays and bargaining breakdowns, including the role played by bargaining procedures, informational gaps between parties, “credible” and “non-credible” threats, and trust and fairness.

Program and Project Management: Governance, Contracting, and Compliance

In this course, students will learn about program management and project management from the perspectives of governance, contracting, and regulatory compliance. Topics: Project management lifecycle, from project conception, negotiation, and initiation through project delivery and closure. Predominant project management types—e.g., Waterfall, Agile, and Lean/Scrum. Selecting and managing the project team, assessing and managing risk, engaging and managing stakeholders, and determining and managing outsourcing and procurement strategy. The course gives special attention to legal risk management issues. These include project governance, contract risk management, project finance, human resources and employment law, intellectual property, and vendor risk management.

Vendors and Other Third-Party Risk Management

A study of the legal issues related to outsourcing contracts, including liability issues arising from these relationships. Students will also learn about best practices for assessing, monitoring, and managing vendor and outsourcing risks.