Degree Program

The MSL curriculum was developed by Wake Forest Law faculty in collaboration with industry leaders in both Health Law & Policy and Human Resources. With a focus on mitigating risk in the increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment facing these industries, the MSL provides professionals with the tools to balance the needs of business with the legal requirements of their workplace. The MSL is a partner degree for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Blue University.

The 30-credit degree includes:

The MSL’s courses are designed specifically for and uniquely tailored to working professionals. Students take all classes with their cohort and MSL peers, not with JD candidates or students in other law programs who seek a different type of legal training.

Curriculum

The core curriculum provides a broad yet focused foundation in the law and its relevance in the workplace. It includes the following 3-credit courses:

  • The Workplace: Its Legal Context
    The fundamentals of law for the workplace, with insight into the legal context of decision-making and risk management.
  • Private Law
    The relationship of contract, property and tort law in private business and the economy.
  • Public Law
    Regulatory law, including rule-making, the roles of different law enforcers and the role of the judiciary.
  • Business Law & Literacy
    The legal systems governing relationships within for-profit business organizations.

This set of courses begins with an overview of the legal system’s role in today’s workplace providing insight into the legal context of decision-making and risk management. Students explore the relationship of contract, property and tort law in private business and the economy, along with the legal systems governing business structures and relationships. An entire course is devoted to the processes by which administrative agencies promulgate regulations and the roles of different law enforcers.

Professional Tracks

With a focus on the complex legal and regulatory environment facing these industries, the MSL degree provides professionals with the tools to balance the needs of business with the legal requirements of their workplace.

Online Learning

The MSL courses are taught asynchronously through the Canvas learning management system, allowing students to schedule their work independent of time and place. Courses are divided into units and students progress through units each week, with regular assignment due dates, peer collaboration, professor interaction and feedback. Courses include pre-recorded videos and podcasts created and produced by the teaching professor and assignments focus on solving real-world problems.

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