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Tulane Law School launching online master’s in labor law

December 08, 2015


Tulane Law Professor Joel Friedman leads the school’s new program offering an online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law.
Classes are scheduled to start in May.

Recognizing the growing complexity of the regulatory environment governing today’s human resources field, Tulane University Law School is launching an online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law. The new offering meets a need for high-quality legal education in employment law from a top-ranked institution while giving students the flexibility to study from anywhere around the globe.

The new degree program is being led by Professor Joel Friedman, a 40-year Tulane Law faculty veteran who is a leading authority on employment and labor law and writes the major casebook that law schools use to teach employment discrimination law.

“This program will equip non-lawyers with the tools to understand and act upon current and future employment law,” Friedman said. 

The degree is designed to help human resources and human capital professionals as well as other workforce leaders further their careers in the employment field.

The program offers a 25-credit-hour master’s degree and can be completed in less than two years, entirely online. Tuition will be $32,000, with all coursework developed and taught by Tulane faculty.

The curriculum will incorporate a comprehensive blend of learning tools: students can complete readings and listen to recorded lectures at a pace convenient to their schedules, while live virtual sessions via online classroom Indigo will allow for regular interaction and discussion. While Tulane faculty design and teach all courses, the instruction will be delivered using an online platform managed by Colloquy, a division of Kaplan, Inc., to ensure reliable and sophisticated content delivery.

“We are excited about the potential of this new degree program to meet an important and growing need for legal understanding in the human resources field,” Tulane Law Dean David Meyer said.

“Organization leaders and human resource professionals now require basic understanding in the legal architecture that frames every decision to hire, train, promote, or discipline an employee. This program will provide that understanding in a format that enables professionals at all career stages to benefit.”

The program is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is expected by January 2016. The American Bar Association has given the new degree formal acquiescence. Classes are scheduled to start in May.


About Tulane University Law School 

Tulane University Law School, established in 1847, is the 12th-oldest law school in the United States and uniquely offers students the opportunity to study both of the world’s great legal systems: the common law system upon which English and U.S. law are based, and the civil law system governing most of the rest of the world. 

Located on the main campus of Tulane University in uptown New Orleans, Tulane Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since May 1925. Tulane Law School has world-renowned Maritime and Environmental Law programs, strong business, corporate and intellectual property law courses and a vibrant Sports Law Program. Tulane Law School was the first in the country to require pro bono legal work as a condition of graduation. 

About Colloquy 

Colloquy is a leading provider of online education strategy, consulting and delivery to higher education. Colloquy’s solutions ensure that institutional leaders can more rapidly and effectively execute their vision for online delivery of degrees. Colloquy offers the full range of resources and knowledge necessary to plan, market, launch, build courses and manage a total online experience, both domestically and internationally. The team has significant online program management experience partnering with law schools to deliver master of jurisprudence and LLM degrees.

Colloquy applies a best-practices approach to market research, marketing and enrollment management, curriculum design and development, learning management systems and student success services. Colloquy is part of the University Innovations business unit within Kaplan, one of the largest global, diversified education companies. 



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