Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law is accepting applications for two online master’s degrees in financial services regulatory compliance: the new Master of Laws (LL.M.) for lawyers, and the Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) for non-lawyers.  Cumberland’s partnership with ACFCS will provide students with certification, training and membership benefits.

These advanced degrees will prepare students for roles in financial compliance, regulatory affairs, financial crimes prevention, and more.  The fully online Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) degree is a 36-hour program designed primarily for non-lawyers interested in pursuing a graduate degree that will position them for advancement in their current field.

A 30-credit-hour LL.M. is also available for students who have earned a J.D. The 30-credit-hour LL.M. curriculum can be completed in just 24 months, with students taking one class per term for the first fall and spring, followed by two courses per term for each term thereafter.

Admission to the Master of Laws program is open to individuals who have already earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. A joint-degree option for current Cumberland students pursuing their J.D. is also available.

“The LL.M. program is designed for lawyers interested in pursuing a graduate degree that complements their current practice or opens doors to a new area of practice,” said Laura Tomlin, director of graduate and professional programs at Cumberland School of Law.  “The first cohort will begin in fall 2018,” Tomlin added.

Faculty members for the online graduate programs are industry experts, practicing attorneys, Cumberland School of Law faculty and Samford faculty from other disciplines. The curriculum for both programs focuses on foundational and specialized knowledge as well as real-world, practical skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

Although the programs are completely online, students must attend an on-campus orientation which will take place Aug. 10 and 11.  According to Tomlin, this on-campus event “affords students the opportunity to connect with their peers, professors and advisory board members, facilitating better communication and networking throughout the duration of the programs.”

The application deadline for admission into either program for the fall 2018 academic semester is June 1.  Fall classes begin Aug. 27.

For more information about the Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) with a concentration in financial services regulatory compliance, visit

 About Samford University

Samford University is a premier nationally-ranked Christian university. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South, and Samford is recognized as the top-ranked university in the state of Alabama in national rankings published by Forbes Inc, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.