Chicago-Kent graduates first class in online certificate program in Financial Markets Compliance

Monday, August 1, 2016

Image link to Financial Markets Compliance landing pageChicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech has graduated its first class in its seven-month, online certificate program in Financial Markets Compliance (FMC) — a program among the first in the country to provide prospective and entry-level compliance professionals with a deep understanding of the field as it applies across different types of financial institutions.

The program helps students to identify regulatory and business risks in their company that present material compliance concerns and to determine how best to resolve them. The program is geared toward the new graduate seeking entry into the compliance field, the relatively recent compliance hire, and the seasoned professional who desires to transition to a career in compliance.

"Effective compliance requires, first, a firm analytical understanding of the regulatory expectations governing a regulated entity, and second, the ability to design and implement a compliance system that satisfactorily meets these regulatory expectations in light of the compliance risks arising from a company's particular business model," says Alexander Dill, director of the FMC certificate program and also one of its professors. "Our current students are highly qualified professionals, many of whom have advanced degrees."

The first graduating class praised the program for giving them a deeper understanding of the financial markets and regulators' compliance expectations. In the words of one student, the certificate was "by far the best program" since her MBA. Another said course materials were in depth and cover the relevant areas of financial markets compliance with real-life examples from the industry. He added that students and faculty engage in a robust dialogue in the weekly discussion forums and that course content and the professors were "top notch."

For more information about Chicago-Kent's online certificate program in Financial Markets Compliance, please visit

Chicago-Kent's Institute for Compliance is the first institute of its kind located in a law school. The institute 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.

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.