Human Resources

Human resource professionals need to have a thorough understanding of the many laws that affect their work. An MLS degree allows you to understand the basic laws, regulations, and policies that constitute human resources and benefits management so that you can ensure compliance in the workplace and protect your organization and its employees.

Careers in human resources that you can pursue with a Master of Legal Studies degree include:

Human Resource Manager

Human resource managers need to understand the various laws that affect employment, and how to apply legal reasoning to personnel issues, such as implementing benefit programs and terminating employees. With an MLS, you will understand and know how to implement effective compliance programs as well as how to ensure your organization is compliant with current employment laws, regulations, and policies.

  • The mean annual wage for human resource managers was $129,570 in May 2019.1
  • The job outlook for human resource managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028.2

Human Resource Compliance Officer

Through our MLS program, you will learn how to draft compliance policies and procedures and implement effective human resources compliance programs. You will gain the practical skills needed to give compliance training to managers and employees, as well as the knowledge needed to maintain and audit compliance programs throughout your organization.

MLS courses relevant to jobs in the human resources field

Prepare for the Next Phase of Your Career

Learn more about how an MLS can help you advance in your career in human resources. Explore the online Master of Legal Studies program at American University Washington College of Law today.

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The included data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is not directly associated with American University’s online MLS degree. It also does not take into account unpredictable changes to job outlook due to the economy.

  • Salary statistics are the mean annual wage found by the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
  • Job outlook statistics are the projected employment change from 2018 to 2028. For reference, the average growth rate for all occupations is 5 percent.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Human Resources Managers, Accessed June 2020arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, Human Resources Managers Outlook, Accessed June 2020arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference

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