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Risk Management is a High-Demand Field

Risk has always been a part of business. Yet today, with globalization and an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, the stakes are higher than ever. As a result, the risk management job market is growing. Risk managers and compliance experts play a vital role in business success, both by helping to avoid threats and by identifying opportunities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that risk managers play in organizational success. Also, businesses are looking for qualified risk management professionals who can help them navigate this new normal. There has never been a better time to pursue a Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management and advance your career as a risk manager. 

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How To Write A Personal Statement For Graduate School

When applying to graduate school, many students find themselves stuck on the personal statement requirement. They wonder what they should write about, how to start, and how long the statement should be. Since the goal of any personal statement is to help an admissions committee understand you as an individual, there is no perfect template for writing one. However, you can follow some guidelines to make the task less daunting. 

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Seattle University MLS Student Named Among 2020 Women Leaders in Technology

Anne Bayerkohler is only two semesters into the Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program at Seattle University School of Law, but her accomplishments are already gaining recognition. Bayerkohler was named among the 2020 Women Leaders in Technology by Consulting Magazine.

As part of the first cohort of students to enroll in the online MLS program, she knew that it would be valuable to her career—she just didn’t expect to see results so quickly.

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Student Profile: Get to know Thijs’ story and why he chose the MLS program.

The primary reason for enrolling in this course online is because I live in Anacortes (located about two hours north of campus). For me to commute to Seattle every week for classes would not only be difficult, but that traffic would absolutely cause additional unhealthy stress. Thus, taking the course online allows me a more valued working space and the ability to feel like I am in control of my own schedule.

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Compliance With A Conscience

At Seattle University School of Law, we believe that compliance benefits society when practiced ethically. This is what we mean by “compliance with a conscience” — a core value of our program. 
In practice,  this means we train professionals to approach their work with an “I get to” attitude as opposed to a “because I have to” mentality. 

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Common Questions About the MBA and MLS Degrees

Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees are often the go-to degrees for traditional career advancement, but they aren’t always the best degree in today’s complex market. The legal field is growing, with a need for non-lawyers to step in and provide legal focus in the workplace and the community[1]. Prospective students often ask us about the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree, both of which are offered at Seattle University.

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Why you need a Master of Legal Studies Degree

Organizations increasingly depend upon business executives with knowledge of legal concepts, policies, and regulations specific to their industry. These professionals mitigate risk and navigate complex legal issues at all levels of the organization. Because of this,...

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Important Dates


Application Deadline

August 8 Fall 2020 Term

Next Start

September 8 Fall 2020 Term

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“I am particularly impressed with the professors, who often work at tech companies and bring a wealth of expertise, and they’re also enthusiastic about helping their students build a strong network in the field.”

— Sharena Akers, graduate student

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“Everything I do, and I mean every single thing, I’m using the skills I learned in law school.”

— M. Lorena González ’05, Seattle City Councilmember and civil rights attorney

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“Everyone at the law school genuinely wants students to succeed and are committed to going the extra mile to ensure that they do. I have never felt so supported.”

— Shaquelle Duncan, second-year student

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“By promoting diversity in our profession, Seattle University helps make our community so special, by making the law inclusive instead of exclusive, and challenging the status quo for the better.”

— Efrain Hudnell, second-year student

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“Seattle University offers an incredible education and overall experience. The instructors are incredibly versed in the subjects they teach, and they encourage the students to participate so as to maximize the experience.”

— Jennifer Paul, part-time student

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“The most rewarding part of the law school experience so far, for me, has been being challenged to think in a whole new way. It is exciting and invigorating to be training to see the world through a whole new lens.”

— Ray Ivey, third-year student