Wake Forest Law launches new online certificate in Workplace Legal Fundamentals as part of Master in Studies of Law degree program

Photo of Sarah Saint (JD '17) with her laptop in the common study area in the Worrell Professional Center

Wake Forest Law will offer an online certificate in “Workplace Legal Fundamentals” beginning in January 2017 as part of its Master of Studies in Law degree program.

The fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate programs are specially designed for professionals who need to navigate the law to better manage risk in the workplace.  While the degree program includes specialized courses in Human Resources and Health Law & Policy, all students benefit from a core curriculum taught by Wake Forest Law faculty.  Applications being accepted here for January 2017 starts in either the MSL certificate or the degree program.

“The new certificate allows professionals in a wider range of industries to benefit from the market-driven curriculum, helping them become even more valuable assets and reduce overall risk in the workplace,  while earning a valuable credential,“ says MSL Director Ellen Murphy (JD ’02), assistant dean of instructional design.

The core courses explore the relationship of contract, property and tort law in private business and the economy, the legal systems governing business relationships, as well as regulatory law and the roles of different law enforcers.  Developed with input from industry leaders, all courses are specially designed for and taught only to these professional students, focusing on real-world issues that are immediately applicable, and add value, in the workplace.

Current MSL degree student Sean E. Rogers of Ithaca, New York, says he couldn’t be happier that he decided to pursue this program. “I’m very impressed with how well everything is organized, and with the rigor and richness of the content. The professors and staff have been super responsive and available. What you and Wake (Forest) Law have created is very impressive!”

Wake Forest University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of North Carolina in online programs. We are currently only accepting applications from residents of the following 35 eligible states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. Authorization is pending in other states.

The MSL is a partner degree for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Blue University. The degree, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence of Wake Forest Law.

For more information or to apply for the January 2017 degree and certificate program start, visit http://msl.law.wfu.edu/.