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How the MJ in Labor and Employment Law Changes Lives and Careers

Is this program right for me? What knowledge and skills will I gain?

The Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law is designed for business professionals within human resource roles or management roles with personnel responsibilities. A formal, academic credential in Labor and Employment Law allows these individuals to comply with the myriad regulations established by state and federal law. It allows them to successfully navigate everything from creating personnel manuals, to engaging in collective bargaining, to administering benefits, to handling sensitive employee relations issues. Students who choose the MJ from Tulane will be able to:

  • Identify current legal regulations affecting the workplace
  • Apply employment and labor law cases, laws, and regulations in the practice of HR
  • Apply knowledge of the law to create policies and procedures that reduce instances of workplace issues resulting in litigation
  • Critically review employment and labor law cases, laws, and regulations
  • Demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.

To discover if this program fits your life and will provide you with the outcomes you see, visit our Program Highlights & Benefits page.


Do I need to have an HR title to apply for this program?

No. While many students who choose this program might have titles like Human Resource Manager, HR Director, or VP of Human Resources, many others will be small business owners, presidents, or office managers. Anyone who has significant responsibility for the personnel functions of an organization, and serves as the liaison between employees/contractors and management, would benefit from pursuing the MJ in Labor and Employment Law. Learn more about Who Chooses this program.


I am new to the field of human resources. Is this program right for me?

Absolutely. The program was designed to address the needs of professionals who are currently in the HR profession, as well as those who have just joined or are looking to make a career shift into HR and are seeking a competitive edge by gaining expertise in labor and employment law.


How can I expect this program to impact my career?

The MJ in Labor and Employment Law was designed to accelerate careers and improve the day-to-day effectiveness of professionals with HR responsibilities. Fewer than 6% of human resource professionals have formal academic training in the law. With the expertise you’ll gain through this program, your job effectiveness will increase — long before your graduation — and you’ll quickly become a highly valued contributor on the job. You’ll become more adequately self-sufficient, and will prove to be a huge asset to your organization as you save money, reduce risks and improve workplace culture.

The lessons in this program are practical. You’ll walk away with the ability to train employees about sexual harassment, to deal effectively with unions, to engage in collective bargaining, to mediate disputes or participate in the arbitrations of labor disputes, to create personnel manuals, to lead executive searches that are EEOC compliant, and much, much more.


Why is an academic law degree from Tulane University so prestigious?

Tulane University is one of the nation’s most prestigious educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane offers degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work. Tulane University Law School is one of the oldest colleges of law in the United States. As a future graduate of the MJ program, you will join a powerful network of nearly 12,000 Tulane Law alumni. Tulane was the first institution in the nation to require pro bono work of its law students in the JD program, and the University continues its commitment to public service today. As a professional who is considering an online graduate degree, you could choose a program from any college or university in the nation. The ability to choose a graduate degree from Tulane allows you to upgrade your resume with the kind of prestige you seek.


How the Program Works

How quickly can I earn my degree?

Most students will finish the MJ degree in approximately two years, taking classes online in a part-time schedule while working full-time. With permission, some students may choose to speed up or slow down their progress toward graduation.


How much time can I expect to spend each week on my coursework?

As with all graduate programs, you get out of it what you put into it. Students in an MJ program should anticipate spending approximately 10-15 hours per week on their coursework. Approximately 1/3 of this time will be spent participating in threaded online discussions, listening to lectures, and watching multimedia lessons. Approximately 2/3 of your study time will be spent on independent reading, writing and collaborative projects with your classmates.


Who will my classmates be?

Students in the MJ in Labor and Employment Law program are working professionals, from across the nation, who have human resources responsibilities at work or are planning to launch a career in HR or personnel management. One cohort of students might include a small business owner who oversees all interactions with employees and contractors, a Director of HR at a Fortune 500 company, an administrator at a K-12 school that employees unionized teachers, and an office coordinator for a mid-sized company. See our Who Chooses page to learn more.


Does the MJ degree qualify me to sit for the bar exam or to practice law?

No. A Master of Jurisprudence degree is an academic law degree, as opposed to a professional law degree like the Juris Doctor. It does not qualify its graduates to sit for the bar exam or practice law, but rather prepares them to excel in a particular area of business by virtue of their expertise in the law.

Is the MJ-LEL a new degree program?

Yes. Based upon a study of the marketplace that indicated a significant need in the United States for legal expertise among practitioners of human resources, the faculty and administration at Tulane University Law School developed this unique, online, non-residential master’s programs for working professionals. The program was created and is run and directed by one of the top law schools in the nation, with Labor and Employment Law experts at the helm. The program enrolled its first class of students in May 2016, and the University expects this innovative new graduate program to quickly become in-demand among the most savvy and forward-looking HR professionals and business leaders in the nation.

Who will my faculty be?

You’ll be taught by faculty members who are national and international authorities on labor and employment issues, like program director Joel Wm. Friedman, author of the most widely adopted law school textbook on employment discrimination law (The Law of Employment Discrimination, Foundation Press, 10th edition, 2015).


The Admissions Process

What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (at time of matriculation) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Proficiency in English. All applicants whose first language is not English must: take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum overall TOEFL score of 90 and demonstrate proficiency in English by completing one year of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • A computer with a high-speed Internet connection and basic computer proficiency, particularly with regard to word processing and Internet skills.

What documents am I required to submit during the admissions process?

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Official grade transcripts of undergraduate degree(s), any other degrees, and any courses completed
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation

Do I need to take the GRE or the LSAT?

No. These entrance exams are not required of applicants to the MJ program.


How do I get started on my application and admissions process?

The best way to get started is by filling out the Request Information form and having a conversation with an admissions counselor.


Are graduate students at Tulane eligible for tuition assistance?

Yes, See the Tuition page for more information about financing your graduate degree.


What makes for a great personal statement?

Your personal statement is an essay about yourself or about a significant experience you have had. The personal statement is your opportunity to provide information not provided elsewhere in your application or transcripts and that you believe should be taken into account by the Committee on Admission when considering your candidacy for acceptance into the MJ program. Your essay should reflect solely your own work. Although neither a minimum or a maximum, a suggested length for your essay is two to three double-spaced, typed pages. Statements that are significantly shorter or longer than this guideline should demonstrate exceptional writing and editing skills.