University of Miami School of Law CourseLink Course Description - Online System
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Summer 2020

Course Description
Students will explore the critical role of compliance, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility through the lens of in-house counsel, the compliance officer, the board of directors, institutional investors, regulators, and community stakeholders. We will begin by looking at the role of the corporation in society and the increasing importance of sustainability initiatives and disclosure regimes. Students will then learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of compliance: setting the tone, the code of conduct, helplines/hotlines, due diligence, risk assessments, dealing with the board of directors and regulators, data analytics, training, whistleblowers, and investigations. We will focus on specific areas of compliance such as anticorruption, money laundering, data protection/privacy, employment law, and business and human rights by using real life case studies. This will be a very practical “how to” class, with special focus on current evolving issues and how companies are dealing with them.

This is a hybrid online course. Each week, students will receive a presentation and readings to review in advance. On most weeks, the class will meet together online synchronously to hear from guest speakers and to conduct simulations and in class exercises either in small breakout groups or as a full class. This course will be of interest to students who plan to work in-house, for a law firm that advises corporate clients, or for a regulatory agency.

Course Schedule

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Compliance and Risk Management and/Business Associations preferred but not required.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will be graded on class participation, short written assignments similar to what compliance officers or outside counsel would write, and a take home exam that simulates a compliance problem.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes:
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Additional Materials:
Professor will provide the materials for the course.  
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-284-6534