WVU offering nation’s first Master of Laws degree in white-collar crime

West Virginia University has launched the nation’s first Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in forensics for white-collar crime.

The LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice is designed for lawyers seeking expertise in financial fraud and forensic accounting. The 14-month online program is a collaboration between the WVU College of Law and the Department of Accounting at the WVU College of Business and Economics. Classes start in August.

“By offering this LL.M. degree online, we are providing an opportunity for lawyers across the country to develop their skills in a highly valued area of the law,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “Attorneys who have specialized training in fraudulent financial practices will have an edge in the workplace and the courtroom.”

Students in the program will learn in-depth legal skills for examining financial fraud from professors with experience in law and forensic accounting.

“White-collar criminal lawyers work on some of the most sophisticated cases,” said Jena Martin, director of the LL.M. program and a former attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “Being able to analyze and interpret complex accounting evidence will give them the advantage they need to win.”

Martin says the LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice is beneficial in a variety of career paths, including corporate in-house counsel, commercial litigation, and federal agencies such as the SEC and the FBI.

Applicants to the white-collar crime LL.M. may include newly graduated law students, professionals returning to study after years of practice, or qualified international students on a case-by-case basis. More information is available at https://www.law.wvu.edu/llm.


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Tyler Roberts is an editor for The National Jurist. You can follow him on Twitter at @wtylrroberts