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    Today’s business climate is one of increased regulation. From President Obama’s health care overhaul to the massive Dodd-Frank financial reform law to the EPA clean air and water regulations, these mandates require immense regulatory oversight.

    Well-crafted regulations serve many purposes. They protect people from harmful products, ensure judicious use of our natural resources, and safeguard the environment. They can prevent national and regional economic disasters, and can strengthen industries. They also play a critical role in structuring the economy and paving the way for innovation and competitive markets.

    Greater regulation also means job creation in compliance, legal governance, and risk management. The more regulations there are, the more people are needed to ensure the rules are being followed. While regulations may have significant compliance costs, many times the additional expense may be warranted if the regulations produce even larger economic and social benefits.

    Regulations are mandatory requirements that can apply to individuals, businesses, state or local governments, nonprofit institutions, or others. Congress passes the laws that govern the United States, but Congress has also authorized the EPA and other federal agencies to help put those laws into effect by creating and enforcing regulations. 

    Increased regulations can mean more jobs in the legal studies field. For instance, legal governance, risk management, and compliance, or "LGRC," refers to the complex set of processes, rules, tools, and systems used by corporate legal departments to adopt, implement, and monitor an integrated approach to business problems. In addition, attorneys, corporate legal departments, general counsel, and law firms also need LGRC to govern themselves and their corporations or organizations. 

    There are numerous opportunities today for professionals, leaders, and change agents in fields that lead or support legal efforts and policy-oriented processes within society or organizations. Areas in the law such as legal studies, legal services, paralegal studies, public administration, and policy, including environmental policy, are growing and have tremendous potential.

    Explore the opportunities and find out for yourself if you could be a good fit for the legal studies profession!

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