Designed for the human resources professional

Taught by full-time law professors and experienced employment law practitioners, our courses are designed specifically for MSL students. The curriculum includes required, core courses and electives meant to introduce students to law, practical applications of law to human resource situations, best practices and current topics.

Classes are 100% online so students can learn when it's convenient and apply new skills immediately to their careers. 

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

Core courses (12 credit hours)

  • LEX 8900: Working with Lawyers (3 credits)

    An introduction to the language of the law and the basic structure of the legal system. It teaches legal research and writing for non-lawyers, with a focus on producing investigative reports. Much of the course will deal with the nonlawyer professional's interface with legal counsel, both within and outside the organization. The course will include instruction regarding the types of activities nonlawyers can handle and what activities should be reserved for lawyers, emphasizing the relevant ethical constraints.

  • LEX 8901: Survey of the Common Law (3 credits)

    An overview of torts, contracts and property. It includes an introduction to basic legal concepts, especially those likely to be encountered in the business world, including agency, vicarious liability, the differences between civil and criminal liability, and how rights are enforced through legal remedies.

  • LEX 8902: Civil Procedure and Introduction to Dispute Resolution (3 credits)

    How legal disputes unfold, from demand letters, pleadings, and service of process through discovery, trial, and appeal. It addresses both formal courtroom process — the life-cycle of a lawsuit — and informal processes such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The course touches upon due process issues and includes an overview of evidence principles.

  • LEX 8903: Government Organization and Regulation (3 credits)

    An introduction to the structures of government. The course covers the key concepts of our constitutional system, including the enumerated powers of the federal government, separation of powers, federalism, the role of the judiciary in constitutional interpretation, and criminal procedure. It also addresses the processes of legislation and administrative law.

HR concentration courses (18 credit hours)

  • LEX 8910: Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals I (3 credits)

    Focuses on the formation, duration, and termination of the employment relationship, including such considerations as the common law of contract, prohibitions on status discrimination, employment agreements, tort, duties of loyalty, trade secrets/copyright/patent rights, workplace privacy issues, and covenants not to compete. Primarily considers issues in the nonunionized private-sector employment relationship, its regulation and role in society.

  • LEX 8911: Employment Law for Human Resources Professionals II (3 credits)

    Delves into more specialized issues that may be encountered in the workplace, including distinctions between public and private sector workplaces, the Fair Labor Standards Act and other wage, hour and benefits legislation, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the WARN Act, and National Labor Relations Act issues commonly encountered in a nonunionized workplace.

  • LEX 8912: Employment Discrimination (3 credits)

    Discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, and disability, including the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Includes diversity and inclusion, affirmative action, unconscious bias, and disability accommodations.

  • LEX 8913: Labor Law and Practice (3 credits)

    Right to organize, engage in collective bargaining, strike, and pursue grievances under the National Labor Relations Act and other labor laws. The role of labor unions and other organizations in both the private and public sectors. Collective bargaining agreements, unfair labor practices, and labor arbitration. May include some comparative content, such as European works councils.

  • LEX 8914: Employee Benefits for Human Resources Professionals (3 credits)

    Employment-based retirement plans, health plans, short-term and long-term disability insurance, executive compensation, and fringe benefits. Coverage of relevant statutes, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Internal Revenue Code (as applicable to benefits), COBRA health insurance coverage, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • LEX 8915: Dispute Resolution in Employment (2 credits)

    A context-based survey of the dispute resolution processes most often used in employment, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and hybrid processes, as well as human resources investigations, interaction with governmental regulators, and termination agreements. Consideration of emotionally volatile interactions.  Includes some hands-on simulation.

  • LEX 8995: MSL Capstone-HR (1 credit)

    A supervised independent study, drawing on concepts covered in other courses and focusing on a specific problem or area of interest.