Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets

Contact Information

Institute for Compliance

Felice Batlan, Director
565 W. Adams St., Room 765
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5341

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Institute for Compliance


The Institute for Compliance promotes careers in financial compliance, trains and prepares students for such careers, increases knowledge of the importance of compliance, and provides various events for the Chicago-based compliance and legal community. It is the first institute of its kind located in a law school.

Spring 2015 Classes

Course information for Compliance-related classes is now available. Click here to learn more about recommended classes.


Compliance Career Chat with Lauren Friedlen

Lauren FriedlenTuesday, March 24, 2015
12:00 PM, Room 305

Join us for pizza and a discussion with Lauren Friedlen, Compliance Specialist at the Chicago Board Options Exhange (CBOE). Lauren focuses on general corporate compliance, enterprise risk management, and compliance with SEC and CFTC regulations. After graduating from Chicago-Kent in 2013, Lauren worked as an Investigator in the CBOE's Regulatory Services Division, focusing on financial regulatory compliance. She conducted routine examinations of Broker-Dealer Trading Permit Holders, surveilling for non-compliance with various SEC regulations and exchange rules. Shortly thereafter, Lauren transferred into CBOE's Compliance Department, reporting directly to the Chief Compliance Officer.

>> Learn more about the Institute of Compliance's past events.

Elements of the Institute

Lecture Series

The Institute for Compliance holds a number of lectures and conferences related to current issues involving compliance. These events provide free CLE credit and are open to the public. 

Compliance Career Conversations

Chicago-Kent has numerous alumni who work in compliance—some in very senior positions. Using these connections, the Institute hosts a series of relatively informal discussions about careers in compliance for students and alumni.

Traders at the American Stock Exchange in New YorkClasses

The Institute for Compliance has created a curriculum for those students interested in compliance. The Institute arranges for a number of semester-long courses that are offered to IIT Chicago-Kent students. Chicago-Kent course offerings include Introduction to Compliance, Futures and Derivatives Regulation, Securities Regulation, Banking Regulation and Business Ethics.

Internships and Externship Opportunities

Internships and externships in compliance departments are crucial for training students so they acquire real-word, everyday experience regarding how compliance departments function and the types of issues those departments handle. The Institute for Compliance seeks to foster and find compliance-related internship and externship opportunities for Chicago-Kent students. 

Board of Advisors

The Institute's Board of Advisors consists of leading practitioners in the compliance field, including general counsels at major investment banks, numerous chief compliance officers, partners at law firms, and former regulators.


Professor Felice Batlan is director of the Institute for Compliance. She can be reached at

Abby Schwartz Eisenberg is assistant director for the Institute for Compliance. She can be reached at