Dayton unveils certificates in cyber law, global corporate compliance

Paul McGreal is making changes at University of Dayton School of Law. The third-year dean has unveiled a series of initiatives designed to encourage academic success and prepare students for life beyond the classroom.

The school unveiled a CyberLaw Center that is being run by cyber law expert Susan Brenner; a concentration in global corporate compliance; and leadership training for select third-years.

The CyberLaw Center will offer a certificate in cyber law for law students with courses on cybersecurity and national security law, cyberspace law, social media and criminal law, digital evidence, data privacy and protection of children from online pornography. The law school also is exploring an online certificate for non-lawyers.

The certificate for law students would one of five in the nation offered by a law school while the certificate for non-lawyers would be the first in the nation.

"Cyber attacks on United States government and infrastructure by foreign nations, terrorists, rogue actors and hackers are no longer science fiction, but reality," said Brenner, whose internationally known website,, was featured on NBC Nightly News. "Cyber attacks on United States power plants are now routine, with two plants shut down by hackers within the last year, one for two weeks."

Dayton Law also will roll out a concentration in global corporate compliance that focuses on foreign corrupt practices and bribery, trade laws and money laundering. Those subjects have been in the news recently with IBM settling a case for $10 million and Microsoft and JPMorgan coming under fire. This concentration is the first in the nation, according to McGreal.

"There is huge job growth projected for compliance officers. Lawyers have a serious leg up in this job market," McGreal said. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects compliance officer employment growth of 15 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Also new for this year, select upper-level students will receive leadership training from the University's Center for Leadership. These dean's fellows, along with a faculty advisor, will lead new learning communities designed to assist first-year students with the transition to law school and offer tips for success.

"This program is more than just study skills. It also focuses on professional skills and service," McGreal said. "This formalizes something students have been asking for. We want the dean's fellows and advisors leading the program to engage in community building."