The University of St. Thomas is home to one of just two LL.M. programs in the U.S. accredited by AACSB International.

The Master of Laws program (LL.M., 24 credits) is for those who already hold a U.S. law degree but seek an LL.M. degree specifically tailored to a career in ethics and compliance. The on-campus LL.M. program can be completed in two semesters when taken full time or two years when taken part time. If you need to take longer to complete the program, you may petition the associate dean.

Compliance Programming: Design, Operation, and Performance (3 credits)
Compliance and ethics management is a complex management process that requires program design that supports management’s objectives, coordinated activities to be operated across functions and geographies, and performance measurement to reasonably assure effectiveness and a return on management’s investment. This course will engage participants’ personal knowledge and experience – in dialogue with instructors and guests from industry with law and business backgrounds – to explore the following themes: program design frameworks and key elements (including risk identification and assessment, communication and training, investigations and discipline, reporting and disclosure, auditing and monitoring, and remediation), leading practices relating to these program elements, and how to measure effectiveness (from the perspectives of both ethics and economics). The course will also use case method and other practical examples to explore the familiar distinction between compliance-based and integrity-based programs as a link to the course, “Ethical Culture.”

Ethical Culture (3 credits)
Cultures of economic competitiveness and legal compliance are necessary but not sufficient for corporate responsibility. This course will examine the elements of ethical decision-making and ethical corporate cultures from the perspective of an organization’s leadership. The premise of the course is that leaders are the architects of corporate culture – and that the moral agenda of leaders includes three practical imperatives: elucidating, institutionalizing and sustaining ethical values. The first two imperatives (elucidating and institutionalizing) involve placing moral considerations in a position of salience and authority alongside considerations of competitive strategy and compliance in the organization’s mindset. The third imperative (sustaining) has to do with passing on the spirit of this effort in two directions: to future leaders of the organization and to the wider network of organizations and institutions that make up the social system as a whole. The case method will be used to introduce frameworks for making reasoned, thoughtful ethical decisions and to diagnose both positive and negative cultural leadership. Students will learn to recognize and resolve ethical issues and identify practical ways (1) to enhance sound ethical cultures and (2) to remediate weak ethical cultures.

Executive Perspectives on Ethics and Compliance (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about compliance from the perspective of executives and leaders in the industry. Practicing compliance executives will discuss goals, strategies, activities and challenges associated with their business. Students will have an opportunity to relate the philosophies and techniques developed in the MSL/LLM Compliance program to those presented. Through candid and in-depth conversations with participating executives, students will learn about compliance from a leadership perspective relevant to today’s complex business environment.

Several colleges and schools within the university offer electives, some of which require preapproval. Examples of electives our Organizational Ethics and Compliance students have taken are included below. Total electives amount to 15 credits for LL.M. students. Not applicable to students in the online LL.M. program.

Administrative Law (3 credits)
Banking Law (3 credits)
Compliance Externship (3 credits) 
Corporate Governance (3 credits) 
Ethical Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
Employment Discrimination (2 credits)
Employment Law (3 credits) 
Environmental Law (3 credits) 
Health Law: Regulation and Liability (3 credits) 
International Anti-Corruption Law (2 credits)
Investigations (2 credits) 
Privacy Law (3 credits) 
Securities Regulation (3 credits)
White Collar Crime and Compliance (2 credits)

Competitive Strategy (3 credits)
Effective Teams Management (3 credits)
Financial Accounting (3 credits)
Global Risk Leadership (3 credits)
Leading Organizational Change (3 credits) 
Leading Self and Others (3 credits) 
Legal Strategy (1.5 credits) 
Legal Strategy for Global Business (3 credits)
Managerial Writing & Presentations (3 credits)
Negotiation Skills (3 credits)
Organizational Communication (3 credits) 
Overview of Health Care Systems (3 credits) 
Persuasion (3 credits) 
Project Management (3 credits) 
Reputation and Stakeholder Management (3 credits)
Risk Management (3 credits)
Spreadsheet Modeling & Visualization (3 credits)
Statistical Methods for Decision Making (3 credits)
Storytelling - Influencing Organizational Decisions (3 credits)

International Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices (3 credits)
Medical Device Regulatory Submissions (3 credits)

Data Analytics and Visualization (3 credits)


Subject to change. The University of St. Thomas reserves the right to amend the degree requirements and to add to or delete from the list of courses that satisfy the degree requirements at any time.

The estimated tuition for the on-campus Organizational Ethics and Compliance program in the 2022-23 academic year is $1,576 per credit. Students enrolled in 6 or more credits per semester will be assessed a technology fee of $120 per term, a student activity fee of $80 per term, and a health fee of $60 per term. If enrolled in fewer than 6 credits per semester, students will be assessed a technology fee of $60 per term, a student activity fee of $80 per term, and a health fee of $30 per term.


St. Thomas offers a guaranteed discount rate (GDR) to all qualified and accepted applicants in its organizational ethics and compliance program. In other words, you will automatically qualify for the GDR if you are admitted into the program. For more detailed information on the GDR, contact Colleen Dorsey, director of organizational ethics and compliance programs, at or (651) 962-4864.


As a student in our Organizational Ethics and Compliance program, you will have the option of applying for student loans. To be eligible for financial aid, you must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits per term. More information is available from Graduate Financial Aid.

Our Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every application to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of each prospective student. All information you submit is considered, and we encourage you to be thorough and straight forward. We want to make sure that the University of St. Thomas School of Law is a good fit for you, and that you are a good fit for the School of Law.


You must hold a Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school or be enrolled in a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school to be eligible for admission into the LL.M. in Organizational Ethics and Compliance program.


A completed application for the LL.M. in Organizational Ethics and Compliance will include: 

  • an application form,
  • official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended,
  • two letters of recommendation (no more than four),
  • a written response to essay questions posed on the application form, and
  • your resume or CV.

If you are a current student or graduate of St. Thomas Law, your J.D. application materials and academic records will be considered along with your application for this program. You are not required to resubmit transcripts already on file with the law school. Letters of recommendation are optional. 


Sept 1: Application available. St. Thomas operates on a rolling admissions basis
Jan. 1: FAFSA application available. File any time between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1
July 1: FAFSA priority filing date
July 15: Final application deadline for Fall students
Aug. 22-25: Orientation week
Aug. 29: Fall classes begin


Option 1: Apply online through the University of St. Thomas Graduate Admissions

1. Complete the online application.

Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums

2. Ask at least two people to submit their recommendations to the Office of Admissions. Use the Letter of Recommendation Form LLM/MSL form provided.

3. Arrange to have official academic transcripts, from all universities attended, sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Mailing address and contact info:
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Office of Admissions
1000 LaSalle Avenue
MSL 124
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

(651) 962-4895 or (800) 328-6819 (Ext. 2-4895)



Option 2: Apply online through LSAC

  1. Sign up for an account at
  2. Register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS)
    • Arrange to have official academic transcripts, from all universities attended, sent to LSAC to be included in your LL.M. CAS report
    • Submit at least two letters of recommendation (no more than four)
  3. Complete the St. Thomas electronic application directly through LSAC. 
    • Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums.


English Proficiency: All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must meet one of the English proficiency requirements listed below before qualifying for an I-20/DS-2019 or being allowed to register for classes. Score reports can be no more than two years old.

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 80 (school code: 6110)
  • IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5
  • Dulingo English Test overall score of 105
  • Pearson PTE Academic overall score of 53 or higher.
  • ELS level 112. (Only available in the following programs: Education, Engineering, Theology, Software, Law, Social Work)
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Candidates who do not meet the English Proficiency requirements but can offer other strong evidence of English proficiency may qualify for admission. Often candidates who have educational or professional experience in the English language can submit alternative documentation to demonstrate strong evidence of English proficiency. The Admissions Committee will thoroughly review your application to understand your unique strengths, skills and potential. Detailed English proficiency requirements can be found here.
International Transcripts:  If your undergraduate work was done outside the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada, then the University of St. Thomas School of Law requires that your foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Two recommended services are WES and ECE.


Because many of our courses directly cover compliance, ethics, risk, corporate governance, internal controls and other relevant topics, they can be submitted to count toward live training and/or continuing professional education requirements. This includes certifications offered by:

  • SCCE/CCB including the following trademarked certifications: CCEP, CCEP-I, CCEP-F, CHC, CHC-F, CHRC, and CHPC;
  • CPE credits related to the Certified Internal Auditor certifications offered by The Institute of Internal Auditors;
  • CE credits required for any of the certifications offered by the American Bankers Association; and
  • CPE’s required by The American Anti-Corruption Institute for its Certified Anti-Corruption Manager professional qualification

If your certifying body is not listed, but you would like to explore whether courses in our program would count as continuing professional education in your chosen focus area, please contact Colleen Dorsey at or 651-952-4864.