Forensic Justice: White-Collar LL.M.

August 21, 2019
Next Start Date
$1,118
Per Credit Hour

Overview

West Virginia University has the nation's only Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in White-Collar Forensic Justice approved by the American Bar Association. This 14-month online program—a collaboration between the WVU College of Law and the WVU College of Business and Economics—is designed for lawyers seeking expertise in financial fraud and forensic accounting. This degree is for attorneys who want to better serve their clients and advance their career to the next level. This is a low-residency program, requiring site visits to campus for two-day residencies during the first (fall) and third (summer) semesters.



Accreditation

The West Virginia University College of Law is approved by the American Bar Association Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Since 1952, the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education as the recognized national agency for the accreditation of professional schools of law.



Admissions

Applicants must have a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited university (or equivalent, as determined by the WVU College of Law in accordance with ABA guidelines) with a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or other demonstrated indication of likelihood of success.

Application Requirements

  • Apply online at LSAC.org
  • Submit two letters of recommendation via LSAC's Credential Assembly Service and released to WVU Law
  • Request official transcripts from all law schools attended be sent to LSAC.org Credential Assembly Service and released to WVU Law
  • Submit a personal statement detailing (1) your reason(s) for applying to the White-Collar Forensic Justice Program and (2) one of the following: (a) how a WVU Law LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice will help you achieve your goals or (b) your professional activities since earning your J.D.
  • Application deadline is June 1.
  • Contact Alice Foley, assistant director of admissions, for more information, or email llm@mail.wvu.edu, or phone (304) 293-8002.



Cost

Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019

$1,118

Per Credit Hour

$1,118

Per Credit Hour

To the exceptional applicant some financial assistance and scholarships may be available. Please inquire with WVU Law Admissions. Any financial assistance will be awarded shortly after acceptance into the program.



Curriculum

The LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice is a 14-month program requiring 30 credit hours, split between courses offered by WVU College of Law and courses offered by the Department of Accounting in the WVU College of Business and Economics. Course work will also be completed during the in-person residencies.

 

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Schedule and Curriculum

 

Fall 2018: August 15 - December 6

 

Accounting for Forensic and Fraud Investigators
ACCT 580 / 3 credits
Prof. Richard Dull
6 modules / 1st half of the semester

 

Fraud Data Analysis
ACCT 582 / 3 credits
Prof. Mark Nigrini
6 modules / 2nd half of the semester

 

Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
ACCT 581 / 3 credits
Prof. Scott Fleming
6 modules / 2nd half of the semester

 

Spring 2019: January 7 - April 26

 

Analytical Methods for Lawyers
LAW 712 / 3 credits
Prof. Will Rhee
7 modules / 1st half of the semester

 

Fraud and Fraud Examination in the Law
LAW ___ / 3 credits
Law Faculty TBA
7 modules / 1st half of the semester

 

Health Care Fraud
LAW 793A / 3 credits
Prof. Valarie Blake
7 modules / 2nd half of the semester

 

Summer 2019: May 13 - August 1

 

Fraud Criminology Legal Issues
ACCT 583 / 3 credits
Prof. Richard Riley
6 modules / 2nd half of the summer

 

Advanced Fraud Investigation
ACCT 584 / 3 credits
Prof. Richard Riley
6 modules / 2nd half of the summer

 

Forensic and Expert Evidence
LAW 661 / 4 credits
Prof. Kirsha Trychta
14 modules / full semester

 

Fall 2019: August 21 - December 12

 

LL.M. Seminar Hot Topics
LAW 670 Part 2 / 2 credits
Prof. Jena Martin
6 modules 1st half of the semester

 

Residencies

 

Two two-day residencies are required during the first (fall) and third (summer) semesters.

 

Residency 1 - Dates TBA

  • Financial Crime Scene Investigation (CSI-F) at WVU's Crime Scene Complex
  • Pitch-to-Prosecutor
  • Advanced Data Mining

Residency 2 - Dates TBA

  • Full day of Interviewing and Interrogation training
  • Moot Court
  • Wrap-up session

Residency 2 prerequisite: successful completion of the ACCT 583 and 584 online requirements.


 



Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the LL.M. in White-Collar Forensic Justice degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

 

Criminal Investigator or Special Agent

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Fraud Examiner, Investigator & Analyst

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Government Investigator

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Lawyer

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Law Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14%

Judge, Magistrate Judge

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Private Investigator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Forensic Accountant

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

 

 

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).