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Seattle University School of Law’s Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program spoke with affiliate faculty member David Chen, JD, in a webinar that explained the necessity for compliance professionals to look at their work through a race equity lens. Chen is general counsel and director of legal affairs and compliance at a technology firm in Seattle.
Attorney Jennifer Williams Chose Seattle U Law’s MLS Program to Pivot Her Career to Compliance and Risk Management
Jennifer Williams is an attorney who chose Seattle U Law’s Online Master of Legal Studies program in Compliance and Risk Management to help her transition from working as a litigator in private practice to working in compliance at a state agency.
She graduated from law school in Texas and practiced family and civil litigation for five years. In May 2019, she began working for the Washington State Government. She says she quickly saw the need and the demand for risk management and compliance skills. “That’s what helped draw me into the Seattle University Law’s MLS program,” she says. “I need to wear ‘new hats’ in my new role. Also, I need to fill in and broaden my knowledge base. I want to expand my career options beyond what is possible with only a JD degree.”
Building on Her Professional Experience, This Student Chooses Seattle U Law’s MLS to Advance Her Career
After years of experience working in roles that involved various aspects of compliance, Margaret Singbeil, entered Seattle U Law’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) in Compliance and Risk Management program because she knew she needed formal education to fill out her skillset and expand her career options.
Don Sullivan chose Seattle U Law’s online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management to pivot his career. “I want to take something I know well–aviation,” he said, “and learn something new, so I can use my experience in a completely different way: working with drones and pilotless aircraft.” Advancing an aviation career in a whole different way.
After three semesters in Seattle U Law’s Online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program, Cynthia Scott landed a senior vice president position at a Seattle-area bank.
“I would not have applied for or received this position without being in the Seattle U program,” says Scott. “This is a C-suite role. There were five levels of interviews, including with the board of directors, who I report to.” At each level of interviews, said Scott, everyone mentioned her participation in the master’s program.
By affecting where we work, the pandemic has shifted the corporate compliance landscape. The move to an online or work-from-home model has disrupted corporate compliance processes and procedures for many businesses and organizations. However, at the same time, the remote work format has introduced new compliance challenges and potentially greater risk. To promote compliance and minimize risk, organizations must review and realign compliance policies to engage employees in remote environments.
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.
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.
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.
Applying compliance with a conscience can help risk management and compliance officers follow COVID-19 Workplace Guidance while protecting businesses.
“The rapid expansion of teleworking and remote operations management occurring across the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will forever change the way companies need to address organizational compliance and ethics.”
—David Chen, JD, Affiliate faculty and Seattle University School of Law alumnus