Mitchell Hamline’s Certificate in Bank Compliance builds J.D. students’ familiarity with the operations of banking and financial services companies. It supplements the J.D. degree and fully prepares students for the exploding compliance industry through exposure to foundational business law, key principles of business as well as ethical problem solving of complex business issues.
To earn the Certificate in Bank Compliance, students must complete a rigorous course of study that includes foundational, required, and elective courses in a range of business and banking topics including accounting and finance, organizational structure and governance, banking and administrative law, banking compliance audits, consumer lending, and deposit regulation and bank operations. Students will also gain practical experience in business through the Law and Business Externship program or equivalent clinic, externship, or work experience.
The following program description applies to the regular on-campus student body.
To obtain the Certificate in Bank Compliance, a student must complete the Foundational Courses and Required Courses listed below as well as six (6) credits of electives from the Elective Courses listed below.
- Corporate Accounting & Financial Reporting
- Business Organizations
- Administrative Law
- Banking Law
- Business Ethics
- Bank Compliance Audits, Compliance Risk Management Programs and Regulatory Agencies
- Consumer Lending
- Deposit Regulation & Bank Operations
Foundational Courses and Required Courses may not be used to satisfy the Elective Course requirement. Courses used to satisfy the Practical Experience Requirement also may not be used to satisfy the Elective Course requirement.
- Advanced Business Entity Taxation
- Banking Law
- Bankruptcy Law Externship
- Business Communication Skills
- Business Entity Taxation
- Business Law Clinic
- Business Regulation and Compliance
- Commercial Law Survey (highly recommended, bar examination course)
- Compliance Externship
- Corporate Finance
- Employee Benefits
- Employment Discrimination
- Employment Law Survey
- Labor Law
- Law and Business Externship
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Secured Transactions
- Securities Regulation
Courses other than those listed above and that are sufficiently focused on business or business law may also meet the criteria for an Elective Course. Students should consult with their assigned faculty advisor and the director of the Business Certificate programs.
Practical Experience Requirement
To obtain the Certificate in Bank Compliance, a student must obtain practical experience with a substantial foundation in law and business through the equivalent of four (4) credits provided by an externship or clinical experience listed in the Elective Course list above or a work experience equivalent to four (4) credits that is approved by the director of the Business Certificate programs.
To obtain the Certificate in Bank Compliance, a student must complete a scholarly paper on a business law or business topic. The paper must meet the guidelines applicable to the Advanced Research and Writing (ARW) requirement for graduation from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and be approved by the director of the Business Certificate programs.. A student may satisfy the Writing Requirement by completing a paper or a course that satisfies the ARW requirement, provided that the subject of that paper or course is business law or business.
To obtain the Certificate in Bank Compliance, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (calculated at the time of graduation) in all of the Foundational Courses, Required Courses and Elective Courses and any independent research and writing project that the student completed to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
A student who is interested in pursuing the Certificate in Bank Compliance will be assigned to a faculty advisor in the student’s area of interest. Once assigned an advisor, the student is required to meet with their advisor before each registration period. The faculty advisor will mentor and advise the student in selecting courses, fulfilling the practical experience and writing requirements, and completing the other steps necessary to obtain the Certificate in Bank Compliance.
Extra-Curricular Activities Requirement
To obtain the Certificate in Bank Compliance, a student must attend six extra-curricular activities in the area of law and business over their law school career.
Effective November 2015