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Our programs are designed to help the human resources professional, who either already is, or aspires to be, a leader in this dynamic and evolving field. A senior leader in human resources needs to be able to navigate the important strategic and operational challenges that arise in the increasingly complex and technological environment in which modern organizations operate. This program, Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy, is aligned with the competencies of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).. This mark of excellence ensures that, by enrolling in this program, you will be at the cutting edge of your chosen career and boost your professional development with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in human resources.

Master’s Degree (100% Online)

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Complete in a little over a year

LL.M. Program (100% Online)

  • JD or LL.B. required
  • Complete in one year

Certificate Program (100% Online)

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Complete in as little as 3 months

This program gives our students the knowledge and understanding they need to excel as a leader in human resources. Albany Law School provides them with a unique experience that blends the important legal and policy perspective and combines it with the vital strategic and operational skills and knowledge to equip them as current and future leaders in increasingly complex organizations.

Rosemary Queenan, J.D., Associate Dean, Professor of Law, and Co-Director of Human Resources: Law, Leadership and Policy program


The Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy program, is aimed at equipping the current and future generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to take their career in human resources to the next level.

Mary Walsh Fitzpatrick, J.D., Assistant Dean, Adjunct Faculty, and Co-Director Human Resources: Law, Leadership and Policy program


The Master’s degree requires 30 credits, and the Certificate program 9 credits. To earn a concentration at least 18 credits must be completed from courses within the concentration. The Master’s requires a Thesis course and the Introduction to Law and Legal Methods. That leaves room for either completing additional courses within the concentration or taking some electives. The programs are built for flexibility.


HR courses include:

Employment Law

Human Capital Analytics and Workforce Planning

Labor Law and Human Resources: An Introduction to Labor-Management Relations

Workplace Ethics and Compliance

Wages, Hours, and Benefits

Global Human Resources and the Law

Title IX from an HR Perspective

Strategic and Financial Planning and Assessment

Workforce Recruitment, Retention and Development: Law and Practice   

Workforce Privacy Rights and Laws

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce 

HR Negotiations