The Charles T. Schmidt, Jr. Labor Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and the Roger Williams University School of Law offer a concentrated dual degree program for students interested in the extensive study of issues relating to employment and labor relations.
The dual degree program allows matriculated students to complete the Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources (MSLRHR) and the Juris Doctor (JD) in an accelerated period. By combining course work at the two institutions, students are able to reduce the overall time needed for the completion of the two degrees by up to one year.
To earn the degrees, students must complete 30 credits at URI’s Schmidt Labor Research Center and 75 credits at Roger William’s School of Law. Students must be accepted separately by each institution. Further information is available from the Schmidt Labor Research Center at 401-874-2239 and from the Roger Williams University School of Law, Office of Admissions, at 401-254-4555.
Typically, the MSLRHR and the JD are pursued separately. At the Schmidt Labor Research Center, the MSLRHR program requires 39 credits that can be completed on a full-time basis within two years. The JD degree requires 90 credits that can be completed on a full-time basis within three years.
A student matriculating in the joint program will transfer some credits taken in one degree program to help satisfy the overall credit requirements of the other degree program as well. As indicated below, the Schmidt Labor Research Center will accept 9 law credits toward the overall total of 39, so that the student in the joint program will only need to register and pay for 30 labor relations and human resources credits.
The School of Law will accept 15 labor relations and human resources credits as transfer credits, so that the dual degree student will need to register and pay for 75 law credits. The credit transfers will reduce the time needed to complete both degrees from five to four years.
Admission Requirements and Policy
Applicants must apply to and be accepted into each program separately and inform both schools of their intention to pursue the dual degree program. Ordinarily, applications to the separate institutions should be filed simultaneously, even if the student will not be taking courses at both institutions during the first year of study. However, a student already matriculated in either the JD or MSLRHR program could apply to the other institution in order to pursue the dual degree prior to the end of the first year of study.
SLRC Courses eligible for transfer to RWU School of Law
|LHR 500||Labor Relations and Human Resources|
|LHR 526||Economics of Labor Markets|
|LHR 521||Comparative Labor Relations Systems|
|LHR 542||Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations|
|LHR 551||Human Resource Strategy|
Law Courses eligible for transfer to URI
|Law 631*||Administrative Law|
|Law 820**||Employment Law|
|Law 822***||Labor Law|
|*||Elective in the MS in LRHR program|
|**||Substitutes for LHR 531|
|***||Substitutes for LHR 541|