Wayne State starts masters program for non-lawyers

Wayne State University Law School has launched a Master of Studies in Law program with a concentration in human resources.

The inaugural cohort of 20 students is 86% female and 67% minority, with individuals ranging between 22 and 65 years old. The cohort consists of those working in human resources or who have ambitions of joining the field, hailing from such industries as automotive, health care, higher education, government, nonprofit and retail. 

The program is 100% online and offered only to non-lawyers (from the U.S. and outside the U.S.), with start dates in January and August. Wayne Law is currently accepting applications for fall 2021.

Courses are tailored to address employers’ growing desire for human resources professionals to be versed in legal terminology and legal principles, especially as the world adapts and recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. Skills gained in the program are immediately applicable and provide an edge in the job market to individuals entering the profession. This semester’s course offerings include “Survey of the Common Law” and “Civil Procedure and Introduction to Dispute Resolution.”

If you are an employer interested in the program for your team or a prospective student, contact Assistant Dean of Non-J.D. Programs Nikki Taylor-Vargo at mslprogram@wayne.edu. For more information on application deadlines and course offerings, visit law.wayne.edu/msl. The Detroit school intends to add more concentrations soon.

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