Online Master of Studies in Law

Designed for the human resources professional

Hiring high quality, effective personnel is critical to the success of every organization. Only trained professionals understand the complex legal and regulatory framework that impacts the recruitment, hiring, retention and development, promotion, and firing of employees and independent contractors. Wayne State University Law School's online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree is specifically designed to help specialists in human resources expand their knowledge of legal principles and the U.S. legal system.

If you are an experienced or entry-level HR professional looking to enhance your profile and career opportunities, this MSL program is tailored for you. The program will help you develop the expertise to identify and navigate the complex, law-related issues that can be triggered from the first contact with potential employees through retirement. Designed for working professionals, classes are taught 100% online, so you can learn when it's convenient for you and apply new skills to your career as you go.

Please note that the MSL degree does not qualify you to take a bar exam or practice law.

The MSL program is expected to launch in fall 2020. Sign up using the form below to receive alerts when application information is available or to learn more about the program.

Academic requirements

To qualify for the MSL degree you must satisfactorily complete 30 credit hours in the program. You can pursue the program on a part-time basis but must complete the requirements within six years.

 You will take the following specialized courses in workplace-related law:

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Law and Practice
  • Employee Benefits
  • Dispute Resolution in Employment
  • HR Capstone Paper

You will also be required to complete foundation courses that provide a solid grounding in legal principles and doctrine—an abbreviated version of the first year of law school. Those courses include:

  • Working with Lawyers
  • Survey of the Common Law
  • Civil Procedure and Introduction to Dispute Resolution
  • Government Organization and Regulation

Additional specialized work law courses may be added in the future.

Admission requirements

We seek applicants whose academic background, professional aspirations, personal commitment, and communication skills meet the demands of a rigorous legal master's degree program.

To be eligible for admission to the MSL degree program, applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. There is no GRE requirement. Applicants must complete an Application for Graduate Admission and submit the following supporting documents:

  • transcript from each college or university attended
  • current resume
  • at least one letter of recommendation
  • personal statement

In addition, applicants who are not native speakers of English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a minimum score of 100.


Nikki Taylor-Vargo
Director, Non-J.D. Programs
(313) 577-2733

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