Compliance

J.B. Ruhl
Young lawyers can develop compliance counseling expertise for an emerging regulatory program as fast as anyone else.

Young lawyers can develop compliance counseling expertise for an emerging regulatory program as fast as anyone else.

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As the regulatory state continues to expand, compliance counseling is growing fast. It is also largely ignored in the law school curriculum as a systematic course of learning. There is no mock compliance competition, or compliance drafting class. Even Richard Susskind’s Tomorrow’s Lawyers—the book I assign in my Law Practice 2050 class at Vanderbilt Law School—leaves compliance counseling out of the picture in its insightful discussion of litigation practice and transactions practice “decomposed.” Yet, compliance counseling is a discipline every bit as much as litigation and transactions.

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