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New England Law | Boston is one of the few law schools to offer a compliance and risk management certificate, taking advantage of this booming field. And with Boston’s many businesses and varied industries—many within walking distance of our campus—there is no shortage of exciting opportunities to pursue hands-on work. 
Law school certificate in Compliance and Risk Management
Learn more about our certificate in Compliance and Risk Management

Whether you’re interested in the financial industry, higher education, health care, workers compensation, or another compliance or risk management niche, you will graduate prepared for this rewarding, impactful, and intellectually stimulating legal work.

Students at New England Law also benefit from the opportunities afforded by our on-campus Center for Business Law, which provides unique research projects, mentoring, volunteer opportunities, and networking events.

What Do Compliance and Risk Management Lawyers Do?

Compliance and risk management involves the practical implementation of law within organizations, through understanding external rules imposed on an organization and developing policies and mechanisms of internal controls to ensure adherence to these rules. This work spans many substantive areas of law, including financial services, health, education, environmental, information technology, employment, immigration, and even sports.

Compliance lawyers may oversee the development and implementation of internal regulations, represent clients seeking redress for damages suffered through the lack of regulation, or represent organizations and their interests.

“Compliance and risk management has long been a rewarding and in-demand career path. Complying with legal and regulatory requirements at both the federal and state level is critical, and lawyers working in this area are uniquely qualified to combine their analytical and problem-solving skills with an in-depth knowledge of the relevant organizational framework and mission.” —Professor Eric A Lustig, Certificate Program Director

Related: A Look at Compliance—the Best Legal Career You’re Not Considering

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students in our Compliance and Risk Management certificate program must meet an experiential learning requirement. Some of the hands-on learning experiences available to them include:

Compliance and Risk Management Courses

This certificate is awarded in conjunction with our JD degree. In addition to their foundational legal coursework, students pursuing a certificate in Compliance and Risk Management can choose among many exciting elective classes to meet their credit requirements. These may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Compliance and Human Rights
  • Business Organizations
  • Corporate Counsel: Risk Management, Governance, and Compliance
  • Education and the Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Financial Sector Compliance
  • Health Care Law
  • Hospital Law
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Securities Regulation
  • Sports Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Workers' Compensation

Compliance Alumni Profile

Corporate Counsel:  Risk Management, Governance, and Compliance
Rochelle Levy, compliance law school alumni
Rochelle Levy '10, Director in Compliance, BNY Mellon Investment Management

Rochelle Levy is a Director in Compliance at BNY Mellon Investment Management, one of the world’s leading investment management organizations and one of the top U.S. wealth managers. In previous Risk & Compliance roles at J.P. Morgan Chase and State Street Global Advisors, she oversaw compliance with the Investment Advisers and Investment Company Act, conducting regulatory reviews, due diligence, and controls testing where she presented findings to Boards, senior management, and regulators. After graduating Levy practiced criminal and immigration defense, including white collar criminal defense against the SEC and FINRA.
During law school, Levy took advantage of the clinical law courses and completed internships at the Department of Justice, United Nations, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and Immigration Court. She was one of the first members of the Immigration Law Association, was a lead article editor at the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, and received the Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Award, a commencement award that recognizes the student who has shown the greatest promise of making outstanding contributions to public service.

Compliance and Risk Management Faculty


Director: Eric A. Lustig

BS University of Florida
MS University of Baltimore
JD University of Miami School of Law
LLM University of Florida College of Law

Professor Eric Lustig, director of the Compliance and Risk Management certificate program, also directs New England Law’s Center for Business Law. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1993, he worked as an attorney-adviser to the Honorable Lawrence A. Wright of the U.S. Tax Court, taught in the University of Florida College of Law’s Graduate Tax Program, and served as a certified public accountant. Learn more

Professor Allison M. Dussias

Allison M. Dussias

AB Georgetown University
JD University of Michigan Law School

Acting Dean and Professor Dussias practiced corporate and securities law at a law firm before joining the New England Law faculty. She researches and publishes extensively on American Indian law, including tribal environmental regulation and religious freedom. Learn more


Lawrence Friedman

BA Connecticut College
JD Boston College Law School
LLM Harvard Law School

A recognized expert on constitutional law, Professor Friedman teaches Information Privacy Law, National Security Law, and Constitutional Law. Before joining the New England Law faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Learn more

Professor Wilton Hyman

Wilton B. Hyman

BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JD North Carolina Central University School of Law
LLM University of Florida School of Law

A former solo practitioner focusing on tax, administrative, and regulatory matters, Professor Hyman’s research includes tax matters related to social, economic, and political issues, particularly with regard to race and class. Learn more


Lisa J. Laplante

BA Brown University
MEd University of Massachusetts Amherst
JD New York University School of Law

Professor Laplante is a recognized expert on transitional justice, which concerns countries transitioning from situations of violent conflict (wars, repression, apartheid etc.) to peace. She came to New England Law | Boston after working as a human rights lawyer in Peru and researcher with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She also served as a fellow with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. Learn more


Peter M. Manus

BA Dartmouth College
JD Cornell Law School

Professor Manus joined the New England Law faculty after serving as an associate at the Boston law firms of Goodwin, Procter and Peabody & Arnold. He is coauthor of several books on environmental law and regularly engages in environmental projects on a pro bono basis, often with the assistance of interested students. Learn more


Monica Teixeira de Sousa

BA Brown University
JD Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Teixeira de Sousa is a founding member and past chair of the Rhode Island Education Justice Council. She has presented on issues of equity and education in numerous settings. She directs the school’s First Generation Students Program. Learn more


J. Russell VerSteeg

AB University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
JD University of Connecticut School of Law

Professor VerSteeg is the author of seven books and thirty-five articles, including such topics as the role of instant replay in sports, sports concussions, and Native American trademarks. Learn more

Learning Outcomes

When you graduate from New England Law with a certificate in Compliance and Risk Management, you will:

  • Be prepared to work in a compliance and/or risk management setting.
  • Have hands-on experience related to your professional goals and interests.
  • Understand the roles of a lawyer in various compliance and risk management contexts.
  • Know your professional and ethical responsibilities to your clients—and appreciate the power of the law and your ability to affect the lives and well-being of others.
  • Have strong foundational lawyering skills, such as legal research and analysis, problem-solving, and communicating effectively. 

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