- White Collar Forensic Justice, LL.M.
The program shall consist of a one-year course of study requiring 30 credit hours, which will be evenly split between courses offered by the College of Law and courses offered by the Department of Accounting at the WVU College of Business & Economics. Candidates will also be required to complete a substantial piece of written work, final paper, or field-work project. Students will be required to participate in two on-campus residencies.
Both a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C are required to graduate from the program.
|Both a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C are required to graduate from the program.|
|ACCT 580||Accounting for Forensic and Fraud Investigators||3|
|or ACCT 585||Forensic and Fraud Examination Advanced Analytical Techniques|
|ACCT 581||Fraud Investigation||3|
|ACCT 582||Fraud Data Analysis||3|
|ACCT 583||Fraud: Criminology/Legal Issues||3|
|ACCT 584||Advanced Fraud Investigation||3|
|LAW 670||LLM Seminar||3|
|LAW 671||LL.M. Capstone||2|
|LAW 661||Forensic and Expert Evidence||4|
|LAW 712||Analytical Methods for Lawyers||3|
|LAW 793||Special Topics (Fraud and Fraud Examination)||3|
LL.M. Seminar and Capstone. The LL.M. Seminar (3 credits in the fall) covers a wide range of topics relating to the role that forensic evidence plays in the criminal justice system and civil litigation, the strengths and weaknesses of various forensic disciplines and other relevant topics. The seminar may feature guest speakers who will present their scholarship or will lecture on current issues in forensic science. Students will be required to engage in rigorous preparation for each seminar discussion and will be expected to develop a writing project that will be presented at the end of the course. In addition, the LL.M. Capstone course (LAW 671) is a two credit course that will translate the issues raised in the LL.M. Seminar into a substantial focused policy project, a field work project, or a substantial research project in the final summer of the program.
ACCT 580/ACCT585. Either course can meet the credit hour requirement. A student will select between these courses based upon the amount of experience the student brings into the program with the approval of the Program Director.
Specializations. Given the nature of the degree, students will earn their LL.M. in White Collar Forensic Justice without further formal specialization.
Prerequisites. It is expected that the majority of LL.M. candidates will already have taken both Evidence and Criminal Procedure as J.D. students. In the case of practitioners, this prerequisite will be waived if not met. One or both of these prerequisites may also be waived at the discretion of the program director after an individual consultation with the student.
Continuing WVU Students. The College of Law anticipates that some of the students in the program may be recent graduates of, or visitors at, the WVU College of Law, and therefore may have already taken some of the classes offered by the program. If such a student has already taken a significant number of the courses listed in the program curriculum as part of the J.D. course of study at the College of Law such that the student will have difficulty taking 30 credits of course work without repetition, then the program director may authorize such student to take other related courses that are not on the initial program curriculum listing. In all events, however, a student shall be required to meet the 30 credit hour requirement.
International Programs. The College of Law already offers a number of international programs for credit, including trips to Geneva, Mexico, and Brazil. The College of Law could approve participation in any of these international programs for the LL.M. credit, with approval of the program director, as long as there is a demonstrable link between participation in the international program and the student’s course of study.
Portfolio of Work. All LL.M. students will be required to develop a portfolio of work, consisting of at least four written pieces that are representative of the student’s experiences in the course of the program. These pieces may include, but are not limited to, shorter scholarly articles, legal motions, briefs, or memoranda, policy analyses, or draft legislation.
The graduation requirements for the LL.M. in Forensic Justice are as follows:
- A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) upon graduation
- No less than the equivalent of a C (2.0) in any class counted toward the degree,
- Successful completion of the required 30 credits (including the LL.M. Seminar and LL.M. Capstone, which includes a substantial project),
- Development of a portfolio of work (consisting of at least four written pieces) that is representative of the student’s experience in the course of the Program.