M.J. Curriculum Employment & Human Resources Law

The field of employment law is enormous, global and growing. Human resources professionals are integral to the success of all public and private enterprises, and the opportunities for growth and development in the human resources industry is vast.

Students seeking an M.J. in Employment and Human Resources Law increase their knowledge and professional stature by learning, understanding and being able to apply knowledge of employment law, labor law, and workers' compensation in their current or future positions.

M.J. students accrue a strong foundation in the legal underpinnings of employment law through our core foundation courses, employment and labor law courses, and courses on business and administrative law and negotiations. They build on that knowledge with a more nuanced understanding of employment as it is applied in federal, state and local government; public employers; private employers; and unions and employee organizations.

Sample Curriculum Option

M.J. students work closely with the program director to tailor a specific course of study that draws on the UW's robust and diverse offerings.

Professional Goal: To become a human resources administrative/management professional with the capacity for upward advancement.

Sample Curriculum

Foundational Courses: 12–14 credits

Sample Specialty Courses: 31–33 credits

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Disability Law and Policy
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Relations and the Law
  • The Law of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Negotiation
  • Drafting Business Documents
  • Privacy Law