Degree Program
Human Resources Track

Job growth for human resources managers is projected to increase 9% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.1  The outlook for HR professionals with legal compliance training is even better, with an expected 14.7% associated pay boost.2  Today’s highly regulated workplace demands that these directors, managers and administrators have the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate a growing number of complex employment laws and regulations. In fact, the Department of Labor currently enforces more than 180 federal laws, covering a range of workplace activities for 125 million workers.3

The Master of Studies in Law in Human Resources provides these professionals with the necessary legal compliance knowledge and skill to reduce risk and increase value for their business, in a flexible, accessible degree format.

Working professionals can earn their degree in less than two years without coming to campus.

The 30-credit degree includes:

  • Twelve credits in a required core curriculum, which provides a deep foundation in the law and the legal context of decision-making and risk management
  • Eighteen credits of electives, described below, which may include an experiential capstone, under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Human Resources Electives

All 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. The HR elective courses cover fundamental and current areas of employment law, to help human resource professionals learn how to ask the right questions and reach the right business decisions.

Courses may include:

1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm#tab-6
Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections program December 17, 2015

2 Weisser, Cybele, et al. “The 21 Most Valuable Career Skills.” Money Jun. 2016: 42-50.
3 https://www.dol.gov/general/aboutdol/majorlaws

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