Master of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law, MJ-LEL for short. Miss Jackson if you're nasty.
I knew for a while that I wanted to pursue a master's level degree, and I wanted it to be worth my while. I've been in the SHRM universe for some time; past president of a super mega chapter (that's a real thing), on the state council, and I teach the SHRM certification prep course. So I wasn't interested in a program that would offering course subjects that I could get through SHRM or somewhere else. I wanted bang for my buck and my time.
I went to an information session about the program that Tulane offered, and it was the course list that sold me.
Now listen. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I was about 4 months postpartum when I decided to dive in and join the MJ-LEL team. This is nothing short of delusional. Except that it wasn't, actually. The way the courses are designed, I was able to figure out how to complete the coursework in a way that made sense for me all while going back to work after maternity leave and taking care of my perfect little babe.
It's the best decision that I could have made. There are things that we hear in HR a lot about why we must do something to comply with the law, but this program forces you to dig into why and where can you quickly find the legal justification for your decisions or advice and how to interpret the law from the primary source.
Going into my last semester is bittersweet. I'll feel incredibly accomplished once I've graduated, but I will miss the courses. The time spent in this program has been tremendous.
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