Get ahead of the compliance curve.
Get ahead of the compliance curve.

Corporate Compliance Certificate Program

Pitt Law’s Online Corporate Compliance Certificate program is designed for U.S. and foreign corporate employees who already work in the corporate compliance field, or wish to make a career move to focus on this area of business, making this certificate program perfect for paralegals, lawyers, and other compliance professionals in finance, internal audit, human resources and environmental sustainability.

After earning your Corporate Compliance Certificate, you will know how to establish an effective program to monitor organizational misconduct, audit compliance and ethics risks, evaluate the effectiveness of the ethics and compliance program, and much more. Enhance your career by expanding your knowledge, skills, and professional understanding of corporate compliance with Pitt Law.

*Our Corporate Compliance Certificate program will launch in Fall 2023.

Program Benefits

  • Learn on your schedule with asynchronous classes
  • Certificates can be completed in 10 months
  • Learn from experienced, working legal experts who teach and practice corporate compliance
  • Gain access to a valued and diverse network of colleagues and mentors within the Pitt Law and broader Pitt communities
  • Learn how to establish an effective corporate compliance program
  • For non-lawyers, build concentrated expertise to work more knowledgeably with lawyers

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Find the online program that fits your needs. Our Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their careers through a legal education with a versatile alternative to the traditional three-year JD degree. Our graduate certificates can further your expertise within a specific area of the law in 10 months. Students who complete a certificate program have the option of applying those 15 course credits toward the Online MSL degree.

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Pitt Law’s Corporate Compliance Certificate Program Students

The Corporate Compliance Certificate is ideal for:

  • U.S. and international professionals who work in a corporate environment and are focused on, or looking to focus on, securities compliance, antitrust issues, and other compliance-related activities
  • U.S. and international non-lawyers, including paralegals and other business professionals who work closely with lawyers day-to-day, including financial, insurance, and legal support professionals
  • U.S. lawyers who wish to expand their knowledge and practice portfolio of corporate compliance
  • Foreign-qualified lawyers seeking a flexibly obtained U.S. credential that does not require residence in the U.S.

Position yourself for leadership in:

  • Corporate compliance and ethics
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Compliance program training
  • Policy development, including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • Auditing and monitoring
  • Financial fraud
  • Environmental and other corporate compliance
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Objectives of the Online Corporate Compliance Certificate Program

The Corporate Compliance Certificate program was developed to meet the growing need for compliance professionals. Busy professionals will build a strong compliance foundation by learning how to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of corporate compliance
  • Design a compliance program from the ground up, as well as related policies and procedures
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of ethics and compliance programs
  • Work with third-party mechanisms to report misconduct and seek advice
  • Audit for compliance and ethics risks
  • Manage other issues around public company disclosures and compliance programs
  • Understand the nuances of the different potential clientele students may work with, such as individuals, for-profit and nonprofit corporations, and hybrid and governmental entities

Corporate Compliance Certificate Courses

The Corporate Compliance Certificate consists of five courses totalling 15 credits.

  • Introduction to Corporate Compliance (3 credits)
  • Ethics and Compliance Programs (3 credits)
  • Designing, Measuring Effectiveness, and Auditing Compliance Programs (3 credits)
  • Conducting Investigations and Risk Assessments (3 credits)
  • Special Topics in Compliance Seminar (3 credits)

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Meet Corporate Compliance Online Program Director Max Laun

University of Pittsburgh alumnus Max Laun served as Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Arconic Inc., before retiring in 2020. His major area of legal practice was international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and over the course of his Alcoa career, he led transactions on six continents, including major greenfield investments by the company in Saudi Arabia and Iceland, state privatizations in Hungary, Italy, Spain, Russia, China and Venezuela, and other private transactions in 15+ countries across Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Professor Laun currently serves on several public service non-profit boards of directors, including the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN); the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA); on the Pennsylvania PA Continuing Legal Education Board; and on the Advisory Council to Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE).

Earning Your Corporate Compliance Certificate is Just the Beginning

With your certificate, you will have a sure footing in corporate compliance. Certificate students who successfully complete a graduate certificate program with a 3.0 GPA have the option to pursue the Master of Studies in Law degree at Pitt Law.

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Certificates Admissions Deadlines

Preferred Priority Deadline
May 5
Fall 2023
Final Deadline
August 14
Fall 2023
Start Date
August 21
Fall 2023

*Our MSL with a specialization in Corporate Compliance and certificate program will launch in Fall 2023