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Albany Law School Announces New Online Graduate Program for HR Leaders

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Albany Law School announced today a new suite of online graduate programs for professionals seeking to advance their careers in human resources.

Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy is offered in three tracks: as a Master of Science in Legal Studies concentration; as an LL.M. concentration; or as an advanced professional certificate—all offered 100% online.

The law school is currently accepting applications for the inaugural term, which begins January 19, 2021.

Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy is designed for the human resources professional who already is, or aspires to be, a leader in this dynamic and evolving field. The program is aligned with the competencies of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), providing students with a broad and comprehensive education at the cutting edge of HR.

Through the Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy program, candidates can expect to further their professional development by studying the issues faced by senior HR leaders: the important strategic and operational challenges that arise in increasingly complex and technological business environments. Courses include employment law, workplace ethics and compliance, workforce privacy rights and laws, diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and global human resources and the law.

“This program gives students the knowledge and understanding they need to excel as leaders in human resources,” said Dean Rosemary Queenan, the program’s co-director. “Albany Law School provides a unique experience that blends the important legal and policy perspective and combines it with the vital strategic and operational skills and knowledge, positioning our graduates to bring even more value to their organizations.”

“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 careers in human resources to the next level,” added co-director Dean Mary Walsh Fitzpatrick, head of the law school’s Career and Professional Development Center.

The master’s or LL.M. can be completed in just over a year, while the certificate can be completed in as few as three months. The Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy program features six start dates per year: two apiece in the spring, summer, and fall sessions.

Albany Law School launched its first fully online graduate program in 2016. In addition to Human Resources: Law, Leadership, and Policy, the law school also offers online master's, LL.M., and certificate programs in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Financial Compliance and Risk Management, and Health Law and Healthcare Compliance, with more offerings to be announced. All of the programs are designed to give working professionals the law and policy knowledge to advance their careers in these high-growth fields. The master's programs are specifically for non-lawyers.

In March 2020, Albany Law School earned full accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about Albany Law School’s flexible online graduate programs, visit graduate.albanylaw.edu/online-graduate-programs, call 518-390-0261, or email graduateadmissions@albanylaw.edu.