July 17, 2012 – Beginning next Spring the University of Houston Law Center will offer a course on corporate compliance which one of its instructors calls the first of its kind in the nation.
The class, “International Corporate Compliance,” will cover topics ranging from trade control compliance and environmental risk to internal audits and investigations. Adjunct Professor Ryan McConnell, a former federal prosecutor and partner at Baker & McKenzie, will teach the course.
“Although there are a variety of law school classes that focus on compliance related topics, such as anticorruption, trade controls, and environmental law,” McConnell told the Wall Street Journal when it touted the course, “we have seen no U.S. law school class that focuses on building and maintaining a risk-based compliance program.”
“Compliance has become big business and more and more lawyers are finding they must deal with compliance issues,” said Associate Dean Richard Alderman, Dwight Olds Chair in Law and director of the Center for Consumer Law. “I was really unaware of how important compliance issue had become until talking with Ryan about it. We put on the compliance conference in June, and then it was a natural extension to offer it to our students.”
The class will address the challenges of today’s multinational companies in a global economy and will provide legal training for students who want to focus on compliance as a practice area. According to McConnell, the course is the first U.S. law school class of its kind.
In addition to McConnell, the course will also be taught by Adjunct Professor Jay Martin, chief compliance officer at Baker Hughes Inc., and Law Center Alumnus Charlotte Simon, a law clerk for the federal district court in Houston.
Click here to read the Wall Street Journal blog about the new course.