Employment Law and HR Risk Management

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Begin your application today by entering the Graduate Admissions Portal. Applicants can review our Admission Procedures, which includes information regarding required and optional application materials.

We encourage all applicants to submit their application by the priority deadline below to receive the quickest admissions decision. However, the J.M. Program can work with interested applicants to complete their application by the College of Law deadline.

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

Fall 2024 Term
Currently accepting applications!
Priority deadline: July 1, 2024
College of Law deadline: July 26, 2024

Spring 2025 Term
Currently accepting applications!
Priority deadline: November 1, 2024
College of Law deadline: November 8, 2024

Summer 2025 Term
Opens: August 1, 2024
Priority deadline: March 1, 2025
College of Law deadline: March 14, 2025

Fall 2025 Term
Opens: August 1, 2024
Priority deadline: July 1, 2025
College of Law deadline: July 15, 2025

    Learn more about the Juris Master degree by attending one of our information sessions. Each virtual presentation will provide a program overview, which will include curriculum, benefits, admission requirements, deadlines, and more. Our team will be ready to answer your questions.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024
    6-7 p.m. ET
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      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.

        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.


        SHRM Provider Seal 2021

        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.

        Admissions Procedures


        Program Highlights

         100% Online Delivery – Built for working professionals, our 100% online and asynchronous platform affords students the flexibility they need to earn a degree while also working full-time.

         Innovative and Relevant Curriculum – Benefit from a career-focused 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 – The program is competitively priced for both in-state and out-of-state students.

         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. 

         Top-Rate Law Faculty Engage in courses taught by highly respected full-time faculty of the College of Law and expert practitioners in their fields.

         Professional Networking  Work alongside world-class professors and industry experts in a collaborative and immersive learning environment.


        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.