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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.”

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After Three Semesters, a New Job in the C-Suite

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. 

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How Remote Work Is Impacting Corporate Compliance

​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. 

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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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Seattle U Law’s Online Programs Prepare Students for a Hot Job Market

Students in Seattle U’s Online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) in Compliance and Risk Management program have plenty of career options when they graduate. We love to prepare students for a hot job market. Also, according to, some of the hottest jobs for new lawyers and other legal professionals,  are in “alternative legal careers.” Compliance, in particular, is an especially lucrative field. 

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Important Dates


Priority Application Deadline

June 6th, Fall 2022 Term

Next Start

September 6th Fall 2022 Term

“Our curriculum is designed to help leaders see beyond ‘checking a box’ and learn to ethically create value for any organization.”
Linda Hiemer, JD, Senior Director, Graduate Law Programs, Seattle University School of Law

“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