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Human Resource Law, M.S.

Saint Louis University School of Law’s master’s program in human resources law, offered through our William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law, allows you to pursue studies and research on the legal framework of human resources without the time and resource commitment of a three-year J.D. degree.

About the Program

SLU LAW’s master’s program in human resources law explores the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. You’ll also gain specialized expertise in legal topics of most interest to human resources professionals, including the prohibition of discrimination; collective bargaining relationships; regulation of employee benefits, workplace health and safety; and arbitration and mediation of labor and employment disputes.

About the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law

Founded in 1987, the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law offers an extensive curriculum that provides students with the necessary foundation for successful practice in the evolving area of employment law. One of the first and few programs to specialize in this area, the center sponsors opportunities for student interaction with employment law practitioners and specialists throughout the year.


Saint Louis University School of Law was founded in 1843 and is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. The strength of the faculty, breadth of course offerings and extensive clinical and professional skills experiences provide students with a well-rounded legal education. The School of Law's rich history consists of strong connections to the community and a long tradition of public service. The law school’s location in the heart of the city of St. Louis offers you unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and a unique opportunity to see the law in action.

Program Highlights

The demands of the modern business world require that human resources professionals regularly make decisions with a multitude of legal ramifications. Coursework explores areas such as:

  • Anti-discrimination and affirmative action
  • Minimum wage, equal pay and overtime requirements
  • Family and medical leave
  • Retirement and health care program regulations
  • Noncompete agreements and trade secret protections
  • Employee privacy
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Occupational safety guidelines
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Executive compensation structures
Curriculum and Program Details

SLU LAW’s human resources law master’s program is a 30-credit program for non-J.D. students looking to gain expertise in the law relating to human resources. The program is designed as either a one-year full-time course of study, or a multi-year part-time program.

Because credits earned through the program cannot be transferred for credit toward a J.D. program, the master’s in human resource law is designed for human resources professionals who want to study and understand the law but are not interested in becoming practicing attorneys.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Legal Analysis: MHRL Program
  • Legal Research Methods in Human Resources Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Relations
  • Labor Law
  • Advanced Studies in Human Resources: MHRL Program
  • Matthew T. Bodie, J.D., L.L.M.
  • Marcia McCormack, J.D.
  • Susan A. Fitzgibbon, J.D.
  • John J. Ammann, J.D.
  • Miriam A. Cherry, J.D.
  • Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.
  • Josef Rohlik, L.L.B., C.Sc., L.L.M
  • Gary Rutledge, J.D.
Graduates of SLU LAW’s human resource law program are prepared to seek employment or advance their careers as human resource professionals.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
Most graduate students are eligible for federal work study and federal student loans. To begin the application for government student aid, please complete the FAFSA. Be sure to include SLU’s school code of 002506 to ensure that we receive a copy of your application. Financial aid packets are mailed beginning on March 1 of each year for new students. To receive a financial aid packet, you must file the FAFSA. For more information, visit Law Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

All applicants to SLU’s human resource law program must have a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Students should apply for the spring semester by Nov. 1.