Typically the MS and JD are pursued separately. The JD requires 90 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis within three years. At the Schmidt Labor Research Center, the MS program requires 39 credits, which can be completed on a full-time basis within two years.
A student matriculated in the joint program will transfer some credits taken in one of the courses of study to help satisfy the overall credit requirements of the other degree program as well. As indicated below, the School of Law will accept 15 labor relations and human resources credits as transfer credits. The dual degree student would only need to register and pay for 75 law credits.
The Schmidt Labor Research Center will accept 9 law credits toward the overall total of 39, so that the student in the joint program would only need to register and pay for 30 labor relations and human resources credits.
The effect of these credit transfers would be to reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees from five years to four.
The following 15 credits, which are all part of the MS core curriculum, may be transferred toward satisfaction of the 90 credit graduation requirement at Roger Williams University School of Law.
- LRS/MGT 500 Labor Relations and Human Resources
- LRS/ECN 526 Economics of the Labor Market
- LRS/PSC 521 Comparative Labor Relations Systems
- LRS 542 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
- LRS 580 Professional Seminar in Labor Relations and Human Resources
Law Courses Eligible for Transfer to Labor Relations and Human Resources
A total of 9 credits may be transferred from the JD program toward satisfaction of the 39 credit graduation requirement of the MS program. The following courses are eligible for transfer credit.
- LAW 631 Administrative Law
- LAW 820 Employment Law *
- LAW 822 Labor Law **
* Substitute for LRS 531
** Substitute for LRS 541
The jointly matriculated student would be required to satisfy the School of Law Graduation Writing Requirement and the comprehensive exam requirement for the MS degree at the Schmidt Labor Research Center.