The Master of Science in Law Program has seven expected learning outcomes for students in each program. Each outcome has multiple enumerated sub-skills. A successful recipient of the Master of Science in Employment Law degree is expected to:
1. Demonstrate a solid grounding in the basics of employment and labor law.
- Use legal terminology appropriately.
- Apply knowledge of the structure of the legal system to understand the validity of various types of legal pronouncements, rulings and regulations.
- Identify various types of legal issues when encountering them in the workplace.
- Identify forms of legal remedies available under employment laws.
- Identify the steps of the litigation process.
- Identify the basic attributes of the court system and of common-law development.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects of the structure, history and values underlying employment relations in the U.S.
- Trace the development of federal and state government regulation of the employment relationship.
- Trace the development of employee rights in employment and labor law.
- Remain current with changes in labor and employment law.
3. Identify situations that frequently present legal issues affecting employers and employees and understand the legal, social, and economic risks of potential legal claims.
- Apply basic legal principles to facts seen in the workplace.
- Evaluate the likelihood of legal implications resulting from those facts.
- Understand the administrative process and the role it plays in resolving disputes that frequently arise in employment settings.
4. Research the broad outlines of the legal question at hand.
- Locate federal and state statutes in legal texts and online.
- Locate federal and state regulations in legal texts and online.
- Locate case law in legal texts and online.
- Locate legal secondary sources in hard copy and online.
5. Recognize when a legal issue requires the involvement of a lawyer.
- Analyze the way a lawyer will approach a legal issue.
- Understand how basic legal principles and theories intersect with the workplace.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of legal arguments regarding the issue at hand.
6. Discuss legal matters intelligently with a lawyer when called upon to do so in their professional lives.
- Apply knowledge of the relevant statutes, regulations and case law to situations arising in the workplace.
- Display familiarity with and understanding of a legal vocabulary by communicating with lawyers by properly using their vocabulary.
- Understand and follow the lawyers' reasoning process as presented orally or through memoranda.
- Understand and follow the lawyers' use of various legal practice skills.
7. Communicate conclusions clearly and logically.
- Write a logically constructed, clearly worded, properly supported paper proposing a practical solution to a legal issue in the workplace.
- Deliver to an audience with diverse backgrounds, including lawyers, a professional oral report clearly communicating factual predicate, analysis and conclusions regarding a legal issue.
- Write employment policies and procedures that minimize legal risks.