The WSJ Law Blog had a recent posting about faculty members at the University of Houston Law Center who will be teaching a course on corporate compliance and ethics programs (i.e., the policies and procedures an organization implements to ensure that employees abide by its legal obligations and ethical principles). The post makes the following claim for the course:
"Its professors say its the first class on corporate compliance offered by an American law school."
Hmmm. Hate to burst your bubble, but we taught that course at South Texas College of Law (just across town from Uof H) back in 2003. I even wrote an article for Etikos (see starting on p. 5) describing the origins of the course, and how I taught it both as an elective and a skills course. The course was a great experience, and I am proposing it for a course here at University of Dayton. And as the WSJ post highlights, this is definitely a job that while a JD might not be required, it is a big plus, as compliance officers are overwhelmingly JD's.