Graduate Certificate: International Business and Compliance


About the Certificate

In recent decades, U.S. and foreign enforcement authorities and multilateral development agencies have increased their focus on investigating and prosecuting fraud and corruption in a variety of industries. Corporations are required to develop comprehensive compliance and ethics programs to adhere to a range of domestic and foreign laws, minimize risk, and avoid legal repercussions and reputational damage, all while maximizing operational performance. Professionals with compliance training, experience and skills are in high demand.

The graduate certificate in International Business and Compliance is designed for international law students and foreign-trained lawyers who want to be credentialed as a compliance specialist. This program supports the existing LLM program by furthering its goal to provide foreign students with a comparative and deep understanding of the U.S./common law systems. Students in the certificate program who are already in the field can enhance the classroom experience with a real-world international perspective.

The certificate program is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of compliance-related topics with a focus on international issues. The chief learning outcomes that each student should attain include:

  • an understanding of the legal, corporate governance and enforcement aspects of compliance and ethics;
  • a practical understanding of the implementation and operation of an effective compliance and ethics program; and
  • exposure to a variety of substantive areas of law that are relevant to compliance and ethics programs through elective courses.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: One semester

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The certificate must be completed on a full-time basis.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: The certificate may not be taken on a non-matriculated basis.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15

APPLY to this certificate program.

Applicants must have earned a first degree in law, such as an LLB, outside of the United States. All application materials listed below must be submitted in English. Translations must be certified by a credentialed evaluation service. Submit both the original and the translated versions.

  1. Official law school transcript or proof of passage of home country lawyer license examination provided in a sealed envelope with English translation, if needed
  2. Two professional/academic letters of recommendation
  3. Personal statement that is one to two pages in length
  4. Current resume
  5. $50 application fee, which may be waived upon request
  6. English proficiency is one of the most important predictors of success in our program. To ensure students have the requisite language skills to succeed at Temple Law, we require proof of English proficiency from every applicant who is not a native English speaker or who did not complete a degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English. Scores for a standardized test of English must meet these minimums:
    • TOEFL iBT: 88 (send officially from ETS using institution code 2906, department code 03)
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5, with no individual score below 6.0
    • Duolingo: 115

Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants must have graduated from a non-U.S. law school or currently be enrolled in a law school outside of the United States.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is expected.

Interview: Although an interview is not required, prospective applicants are welcome to visit us or schedule an informal video chat so that we may answer questions about the program.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

Core Courses
JUDO 5042Introduction to Compliance and Ethics2
JUDO 5053International Compliance2
MLTX G422Introduction to the American Legal System3
Select courses from the following totaling a minimum of 5 credits:5
Administrative Law
Cyberprivacy Law
International Law
International Commercial Transactions
International Organizations
Bus Mergers/Acquisitions
Drug and Medical Device Law
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 2.5 minimum in all courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Office of Graduate and International Programs

Temple University Beasley School of Law

1719 N. Broad Street, 710 Klein Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6002


Fax: 215-204-2282

Mailing Address for Application Materials:

Office of Graduate and International Programs

Temple University Beasley School of Law

1719 N. Broad Street, 710 Klein Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6002

Department Contacts:

Director, Center for Compliance and Ethics:

Michael Donnella


Assistant Director for Global Legal Studies:

Allison Lamson