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Read Our Student Stories and How Seattle U’s MLS in Compliance and Risk Management Can Help Advance Your Career

Seattle U Graduates Share Their Stories

When three recent graduates gathered to talk about their experiences of the Seattle U Law online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program, it didn’t take long for them to establish what they have in common. All received significant raises and promotions, even before graduating from the program!

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.”

Drones and Pilotless Aircraft in His Future: Advancing an Aviation Career

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, 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. 

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.

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.

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