Employment Law and HR Risk Management

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The Juris Master in Employment Law and HR Risk Management is a 30-credit-hour degree specifically designed for HR professionals seeking additional training to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the law and advance their careers.

Modern HR professionals can no longer rely on having a tacit knowledge of employment laws and regulations. Employment discrimination, wage and hour standards, sexual harassment, workplace investigations, employee privacy, family and medical leave, employee benefits, immigration, and workplace safety are just some of the highly regulated areas that HR professionals routinely deal with.

Since all of the classes are online, students have the flexibility to complete weekly coursework on their own schedule from anywhere in the world.

In designing the program, we worked closely with HR professionals, in-house counsel, and other lawyers with expertise in employment law and HR compliance. Graduates of the Juris Master leave the program with the specialized knowledge in employment law and HR compliance needed to effectively strategize for, identify, and understand potential legal and regulatory hazards. Students also gain an understanding of how to implement intelligent risk management programs and determine when legal counsel is needed. 

Students begin their studies by gaining a solid foundation in law, and then proceed to more advanced topics in courses such as Employment Law and HR Compliance, Employment Discrimination, Conducting Workplace Investigations, HR Documentation and Employee Policies and Procedures, Workplace Safety and Wellness, and Workplace Privacy and Cybersecurity.


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Who should apply? HR professionals of all types, including HR managers, HR generalists, recruiters, benefit analysts, staffing specialists, and corporate trainers. HR professionals working in the health care field are able to enrich their program by taking electives from our Health Care Regulation Juris Master concentration.

The use of the official seal confirms that this Program has met HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) criteria for re-certification credit pre-approval.

FSU College of Law's Juris Master Program is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

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Program Highlights

 Online with Asynchronous Courses – Learn whenever, wherever; there is no on-campus requirement. Courses include pre-recorded lectures and interaction with peers and professors through discussion boards and constructive feedback on assignments.

 Innovative and Relevant Curriculum – Benefit from a curriculum developed with the advice of industry professionals and prominent in-house and outside counsel to combine academic knowledge and practice-based learning. The program offers numerous and varied courses that target real-world compliance issues faced by many industries.

National Recognition – Earn a degree from a top 50 law school and top 20 Public University (U.S. News & World Report, 2022).

► Affordable Tuition Rates – Obtain a competitively priced degree at $683 per credit for in-state students and slightly higher, after scholarships, for out-of-state students. Find more information on our Juris Master Online Tuition page.

 Flexible and Customizable – Take the number of courses that makes sense for your schedule. Students have the flexibility to take the number of courses that works best for them each semester. Additionally, students can select courses from other concentrations, tailoring their curriculum to meet their own professional and personal goals. 

 Outstanding Faculty Engage in courses taught by the same world-class professors who teach on campus, coupled with prominent industry experts.

 Professional Networking  Interact with alumni, potential employers, faculty members and fellow students in virtual engagement and professional development opportunities.

 Academic Resources – Access online research databases and other resources available to on-campus students. 

 Career Services – Launch or advance a career with support from a full-service career center.

We are currently accepting applications for the summer and fall 2024 terms! You can find our deadlines here.

The Juris Master Program encourages all applicants to submit their applications by the priority deadline.

If you are interested in applying after the priority deadline, please email jmadmissions@law.fsu.edu to discuss how to complete an application.


If you have questions and would like to speak with a member of the Juris Master Program team, please contact us at jmadmissions@law.fsu.edu or 850.644.7591.