Oklahoma Banking Department InBox: Op Ed

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OCU Law to serve the Banking & Finance Sector

Op Ed – State Banking Department Newsletter

Dean Jim Roth, Oklahoma City University, School of Law

Over the past decade, banking has seen increased federal regulatory and compliance requirements. In response, the Oklahoma City University School of Law has developed a part-time, strategic online program to teach the law for “non-lawyers.” The program is designed to provide a resource for local businesses and their employees to help navigate contractual, compliance and regulatory issues affecting their company.

In response to suggestions from local companies, public sector partners, and the nonprofit community, OCU Law School has crafted a new online master in legal studies (MLS) program beginning in January 2021. It is designed for anyone with a bachelor’s degree (in any subject), needing to understand increasingly complex legal issues relating to their company and the work they perform. This program will be of interest to employers wanting to increase knowledge of key staff, and employees wanting to further their careers in areas such as banking, project management, procurement, compliance, contract writing and management, and more.

This program requires only 30 credit hours and is 100% online. It is currently a part-time program taking as little as two years. There is a core curriculum for all MLS students, with an opportunity to concentrate in Banking and Finance, which includes Business and Banking Law, Ethics and Compliance, and Regulatory and Compliance Systems. The MLS degree is taught by law professors, attorneys, and leading professionals in their field.

As business and industry navigates increasingly complex legal territory, having internal staff with legal expertise can better position your firm to stay within a legal framework, and partner more effectively with attorneys, when needed. We look forward to working with our Banking and Finance partners to help grow their teams and their success. To learn more about the program or enroll, please see https://law.okcu.edu/mls or contact Jennifer Prillman at jsprilliman@okcu.edu.