Course Descriptions

MLAW 1020 (3 credits) - Legal Research Methods and Reasoning

The law is never static. Students will learn to review and apply newly issued laws or legal decisions in day-to-day activities. This course will enable students to find the law, to read and understand legal statutes and regulations, and to understand the analytic process lawmakers and lawyers use.

MEML 1030 (2 credits) - Technology and Privacy Concerns in the Workplace

This course will examine the limits on privacy in the employment setting and privacy issues related to an employee's behavior inside and outside the workplace.  Specifically, the course will examine the legal limits on monitoring an employee’s email, computer usage, and outside activities.  The course will also examine the legal limits on drug testing employees and checking an employee’s criminal, credit, and medical background.  Students will develop an understanding of the legal, economic, and social benefits and risks of violating an employee’s privacy.

MLAW 1031 (3 credits) - Administrative Law

This course explores the role of administrative law in labor and employment. Students will review the sources of law for employers and management. In doing so, they will chart the overlapping and sometimes conflicting roles of federal and state legal regulation and study the implications and effects of the various types of laws that govern employment: administrative agency regulations, constitutional provisions, statutes, and court decisions.

MLAW 1032 (2 credits) - Federal Privacy Law

The privacy rights of individuals in all aspects of daily life have been of great concern over the last few years. The Federal government is heavily involved in crafting laws and regulations to protect an individual’s private information collected in a variety of contexts from being accessed and then used. This course will look at the three such federal laws and accompanying regulations: HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and the Federal Privacy Act. The course is designed to introduce the students to the specifics of each of these federal privacy laws and to get the students to critically read and analyze and write about the issues presented by these statutes through a series of written exercises.

MEML 1040 (2 credits) - Overview of Federal Employment Law Statutes and Regulations

This course provides the students with an introduction to Federal legislation and administrative regulations in the field of employment. Topics include Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, OSHA, ERISA, and FLSA.

MLAW 1065 (2 credits) - Survey of Tort and Contract Law

This course provides a detailed introduction to the legal principles and major concepts of tort and contract law. The class will focus on general liability, disputes in the employment context, construction and breach of contractual obligations.

MEML 1080 (2 credits) - Employment Discrimination

This course will focus on the various laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, with a focus on federal statutes and regulations.  Topics include Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and the FMLA.  The students will also learn about how complaints are filed and investigated by the EEOC, with a detailed discussion on how the employer is required to respond to these complaints.

MEML 1090 (2 credits) - Developing and Maintaining Employment Policies and Handbooks

This course provides an understanding of how the laws and regulations impact the employment policies of a business, and how human resource professionals can find information regarding the formation of employment policies.  Students will research and examine different employment policies, and ultimately draft an employment policy for their employers or business.

MEML 2020 (2 credits) - Employee Benefits

This course provides an overview of the basics of employee benefit law.  The course is designed to cover the relevant provisions of ERISA, including how plans are to be administered, how to avoid conflicts of interests, and how to comply with all regulatory limitations.  It will also address how benefits plans can and must be transferred after an employee leaves the business, with a focus on COBRA and HIPAA.

MLAW 2030 (2 credits) - Preventing Workplace Harassment

This course will discuss Title VII anti-discrimination law and how courts attribute liability for harassment to employers.  The course will focus on regulations, strategies, policies and procedures that are designed to prevent harassment or limit the liability of an employer for an employee’s or customer’s harassing conduct.

MLAW 2040 (2 credits) - Hiring, Firing, Promoting and Evaluating Employees

This course will detail the laws that regulate how employees should be hired, fired, promoted, disciplined and evaluated.  The course will explore the steps an employer should take to avoid allegations of discrimination during the hiring, firing or disciplinary process.

MLAW 2050 (2 credits) - Trends in Employee Relations Law

This course will examine the nature of employee relations. It will also examine the role and function of unions and collective bargaining, labor negotiations, employee discipline subject to a labor agreement, labor stoppages and free speech issues relating to unions. Students will build upon their knowledge of contract law as they study the complex nature of legal relationships in the business setting

MLAW 2055 (2 credits) - Immigration and Naturalization Concerns in Employment

The course is designed to introduce students to the complex area of immigration and nationality law relating to employment.  The course will focus on the Immigration and Reform and Control Act, as amended by the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Students will learn about steps employers should take to comply with nationality verification laws, and which persons may or may not work for U.S. businesses.

MLAW 2060 (2 credits) - Law Regulating Wages and Hours

This course will explore the federal wage and hours standards regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The course will focus on which employees are covered by the law and the minimal standards regarding wages, overtime pay and child labor.

MLAW 2070 (2 credits) - Labor Law: Laws Regulating Unions and Management

The course will introduce students to basic labor law principles.  It will focus on how a collective bargaining unit can be established, what constitutes an unfair labor practice, and the rules regulating the collective bargaining process.  Students will learn some of the basic rules employers must follow when employees are trying to start a union, what they must do when a union has been established, and what is required to bargain in good faith.

MEML 2080 (2 credits) - The Intersection of Employment Law and Federal Contract Regulation

This course provides an overview of the federal employment laws that regulate businesses that have federal contracts.  It will focus on how to comply with the different laws regarding employment issues: including wages, safety, hours, age of employees, and anti-discrimination.

MLAW 2090 (2 credits) - Dealing with Whistleblowers and Preventing Retaliation

This course will discuss the law regarding the protection of employees who report violations of an employer or claim discrimination in the workplace.  The course will detail the whistleblower protections allowed under federal law, and the potential liability for retaliating against an employee who seeks redress for discrimination.

MEML 3000 (2 credits) - Remedies in Employment Law

This course will focus on remedies available in employment law, including federal and state litigation, jurisdiction, dispute resolution, and mediation. Special topics will include the limits of remedies in certain areas of employment law, administrative remedies and requirements, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorney's fees.

MLAW 3010 (2 credits) - Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course will be a skill-based course merging legal issues in employment with practical skills of negotiation and dispute resolution. Students will be paired together to work through hypothetical situations that require cooperative efforts to reach common ground on divisive issues. Students will provide reflective analysis on the challenges encountered in their exercises and provide written feedback to the instructor on insights gained through the negotiation process.

MLAW 3020 (3 credits) - Individual Research Project Seminar Part 1

This is the capstone course for the M.S. Education Law, Health Law and Employment Law programs. In the foundation phase of the student’s individual research project (IRP), each student will identify a final research thesis that they will then develop over the course of the next two semesters. Students select and hone their individual research topics with direct collaboration of their faculty advisor and expert consultant. Successful completion of this component of the IRP course requires: timely completion of the IRP topic summary, the IRP topic outline (at least 5 pages in length), timely submission of all discussion board topics, timely completion of all quiz assignments, participation in in scheduled live classroom discussions, and submission of the first rough draft (at least 20 pages in length). All first year courses and 12 credits of electives must be successfully completed.

MLAW 3021 (3 credits) - Individual Research Project Seminar Part 2

In the second phase of the capstone course for the M.S. Education Law, Health Law and Employment Law Programs, students continue to build on the foundation of their research and writing. Students continue to work with their faculty director, expert consultant, and student colleagues. Students will receive comprehensive feedback on their rough draft. Students will incorporate suggested changes and continue to develop their individual research projects. Successful completion of the course requires timely submission of a final written IRP product of publishable quality and an oral presentation on the research thesis by the student to classmates, faculty, and industry consultants during the residential institute. Students must complete all coursework for Part 1 of the IRP course with a passing grade as a prerequisite for Part 2 of this course. All first year courses and 12 credits of electives must be successfully completed.

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