John Marshall Law School to Offer International Compliance Certificate in LLM Degree Program from the Center for International Law

CHICAGO, May 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To meet the growing demand for professionals with global trade and customs compliance skills, The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will offer a new track for working lawyers this fall. The school's new certificate in International Compliance is the latest offering from the Center for International Law aimed at providing LLM students with the most relevant courses in seeking advanced degrees.

Founded in 1992, the Center for International Law promotes the study of law in an international context. John Marshall offers one of the few LLM programs in the United States in International Business and Trade Law. Drawing upon the rich resources of the Chicago business and trade communities, the Center offers practicing attorneys a graduate program that is structured around the rules, regulations and legal approaches underlying international business and trade law.

"John Marshall's LLM in International Business and Trade Law Program has prepared students from the United States and over 38 countries worldwide to take their place in the challenging arena of today's global marketplace," said Virginia Russell, associate director of the Center for International Law. "With a solid foundation in international economic law, our graduates have found employment in law firms, corporations, government and the military."

The Center's new international compliance will focus on customs and trade compliance, international corporate compliance, and compliance with international banking and finance laws and regulations.
These areas have been an attraction for many financial sector professionals. When it came time for Katherine Haennicke to choose an LLM program, the 2001 grad and Senior Counsel and Vice President for BMO Financial Group had no doubts about which was best suited for her.

"Choosing John Marshall and deciding to get a LLM in International Business and Trade Law went hand-in-hand for me," Haennicke said. "I saw that international borders were getting closer and issues for companies becoming increasingly more complex."

Haennicke added: "I wanted to embark on my career with a foundation to spot those issues and have the tools to analyze the problem to determine solutions. Now, being in the anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and anti-terrorist financing field, my LLM has provided that additional edge to understand the global picture, the analytical skills to understand the legal issues, and the confidence to enter emerging areas of law."

To enable its students to stay current with new issues facing international law, John Marshall continues to add new courses, such as Compliance with International Anti-Bribery Conventions, Derivatives Law and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. In addition to fall, spring, and summer classes, John Marshall also offers courses online, during spring break, between semesters, as well as at night to accommodate the schedules of working attorneys.

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