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 MJ 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.

MJ 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

MJ students are encouraged to work closely with the environmental regulation program director to tailor a specific course of study that draws on the UW's robust and diverse offerings. Below are some sample curricula.

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

Sample Curriculum
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Employment Law-Related Courses: 28 credits

  • Advanced Research and Writing Seminar
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Law
  • Collective Bargaining & Labor Arbitration
  • Corporate Reorganizations and Acquisitions
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Law of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Negotiations