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Understand the letter of the law when it comes to running a business

Intellectual property laws. Healthcare compliance. Labor relations. It’s not easy operating and maintaining a successful business in today’s complex marketplace. It requires practical knowledge of U.S. law and legal systems and staying within the boundaries of professional ethics to sustain real-world objectives.

National University’s Master of Law and Business degree program is designed to help non-lawyers achieve their goals in business and other industries where legal knowledge is an asset. You’ll explore substantive areas of law and the regulatory environment often needed and encountered in operating a business. Coursework includes the foundational concepts of civil litigation, legal research, document drafting, and ethical conduct, and examines the interaction and use of law in interrelated professional environments.

NU’s curriculum offers a choice of four concentrations, giving you the opportunity to focus your studies in a particular area of interest: Healthcare Law, Compliance and Ethics, Employment Law and Labor Relations, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and Privacy and Compliance. You’ll also complete a capstone course requiring written analyses on various topics in legal and business fields.

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Program Requirements

  • 10 courses; 30 credit hours

In this course students will examine how the legal system in the United States was created, and how it has changed over time. Students will be oriented to the sources and types of law, the process of creating and enforcing laws, and the methods of resolving legal conflicts. The course will introduce students to various substantive areas within the law and they will have the opportunity to read and interpret primary legal sources.

In Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis, students will learn the fundamentals of legal research, writing, and analysis. Students develop and execute research strategies and conduct searches through dedicated legal search engines to locate primary authority. Along with research methods, students will analyze legal concepts, and apply them through the process of legal writing. Students gain the skills and resources needed to communicate their research effectively.

This course will examine the fundamental ethical and legal theories and issues that impact the business environment. This course will focus on specific ethical and legal rules that govern business practices, including whistleblower laws, privacy, technology, diversity, product liability, contracts, and intellectual property. In addition, the course will examine and analyze case studies that assist in identifying relevant ethical and legal standards within a business environment.

Civil procedure is the roadmap that litigants, lawyers and judges use to navigate the civil legal system. Whether they are state-specific, or contained in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the rules describe, among other things, how to commence a case, what the time frames are for answering a complaint or responding to a motion, and how to conduct a trial. This course explores how the rules provide guidance on all aspects of the civil case from pre-action filings through post-trial procedures. In this class, you will learn that civil procedure and litigation are inextricably intertwined because only by following proper procedure can one successfully commence a case, perform discovery, prepare for trial, pick a jury and then try the case.

In this course students will be introduced to the legal issues and fundamental building blocks related to contract formation, enforcement, avoidance and termination. Students will also examine the drafting and interpretation of certain common contractual provisions and the analysis of basic contract language.

This course is offered to increase understanding and develop appreciation of communication processes in law and business. Topics covered include effective writing and speaking methodologies for a variety of audiences, interpersonal communication techniques within global legal and business environments, the utilization of effective tone and language in virtual and non-virtual settings and so on. Students will be expected to prepare and present business and law-related written assignments and oral presentations.

Concentrations of three (3) courses follow in order.

Students must complete all core and concentration courses prior to starting the capstone course.

Healthcare Law, Compliance, and Ethics

This course will serve as an advanced study of leading-edge concepts and laws concerning the interaction and business between health care providers and those served in compliance. Topics will include ethical considerations, patient record requirements, confidentiality and informed consent, access to public health information, risk management, and health care fraud and abuse. Law cases in healthcare compliance will be examined. Readings will include the textbook and web-based resources.

In this course, you will examine the legal structures and policies found within the healthcare industry. You will also investigate the legal and ethical issues common to managers and providers in healthcare organizations. Strategies for ethical decision making as well as for communicating with stakeholders also will be discussed.

In this course, you will explore health policy as it applies to the context of the United States health care system. You will analyze the legal basis of existing policies as well as the processes of development and implementation for new policies. You also will evaluate stakeholder needs in healthcare policy development.

Employment Law and Labor Relations

In this course students will learn the fundamental questions and issues relating to the formation and organizational structure of a variety of business entities commonly used in the United States. Further, students will explore substantive areas of law and the regulatory environment that are often needed and encountered in operating a business.

In this course, students will examine the history and development of labor relations, the structure of union organizations, and the process of negotiations and contract administration. The course begins by establishing the present state of the labor movement and models the decision process that can be used to decide whether or not to participate in organizing a union. Also covered are the laws and regulations governing collective bargaining, risk management, impasse resolution, employees’ safety, and contract administration. Students will conclude the course by examining global issues with regards to unionization and how international labor organizations can affect a domestic company and its employees.

This course is designed to enable you/Human Resources Manager to recognize and analyze potential legal implications of common workplace situations. This course will help you understand and evaluate current trends and issues in employment laws, regulations, and HR policies and to apply this knowledge in a way that effectively manages risk in the employment relationship. In this course, considerations are addressed regarding the employment relationship, employment laws, and HR policies resolving employment disputes and examining global matters with regards to unionization and current/future trends in employment and Human Resources laws and regulations.

Cross-Cultural Perspectives

This course provides a knowledge of basic Spanish terminology to assist professionals in the business and legal profession communicate with clients and other professionals, including a focus on Spanish vocabulary used in a range of legal and business situations. The course will be taught in English and will explore Spanish basic terminology, both in written and oral format, that deals with a range of professional and legal situations, including seeking employment, business travel, business, and legal correspondence, gathering client information, immigration law, real estate transactions, employment law, criminal and personal injury law, telephone, and office etiquette.

In this course students will learn basics of immigration law in the United States. Students will learn about the historical development of U.S. immigration law from the founding to today and about the structure of the federal government and its role in establishing and implementing U.S. immigration law. Students will examine the sources of immigration law, the process of creating and enforcing it, and how it is applied in the workplace. Students will learn about important immigration concepts, such as admissibility, visas, citizenship, protection from harm, and removability. The course will introduce students to the various ways people come to the U.S., whether through nonimmigrant or immigrant visas, employment-based or family-based visas, or through entrepreneurship.

In this course you will investigate leadership roles, styles, philosophy, and behaviors in globally diverse organizations. The course explores leadership through the challenge and implementation of change in global organizations. It focuses on realistic managerial situations and the techniques involved in managing change and responses to opportunities and threats.

Privacy and Compliance

This course is a study of core areas of the business and legal aspects of intellectual property: trademark, trade secrets, patents and copyrights. It examines fundamental principles of these bodies of law, their underlying policies, and how the laws inter-relate. Specific focus will be upon ethical situations involving intellectual property. Students will also read cases and prepare briefs on areas related to the subject matter.

This course will help students acquire a solid knowledge of the statutory landscape in the U.S. Students will explore the practical aspects of navigating complex privacy requirements to better understand privacy laws and data protection. Students will evaluate best practices and historical context to protect an organization and safeguard P .I.

This course will explore the strategies for assessing risks and managing compliance functions. Students will be introduced to compliance programs that address an organization’s specific risk profile. The impact of a robust and ethical compliance program will be explored. Students will evaluate formal compliance programs and recommend practical strategies to create compliance policies and procedures that address and prevent corruption.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of National University’s Master of Law and Business degree, you’ll be able to:

  • Examine the structure and operation of the U.S. legal system
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional communication within legal and/or business fields
  • Transform legal research into a well-crafted written document
  • Explore the function of distinct civil actions within the U.S. court system
  • Evaluate contract formation principles through critical thinking and problem-solving behaviors
  • Synthesize legal and/or business theories to support sustainable real-world objectives

National University’s Master of Law and Business program is structured to help students targeting a career in the business world understand the complex laws that govern workplace issues relevant to healthcare, contracts, insurance, DEI, ethical conduct, and many other areas.

The business side of the curriculum focuses on challenging you to sharpen your strategic and business communication skills in preparation for a position of leadership in corporate America as well as small businesses. Our curriculum is relevant to every industry, from healthcare and technology to education and social work.

With this career-focused master’s credential, you’ll be able to pursue positions like:

  • General and Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Court Administrator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Contract Administrator
  • Policy Development Consultant

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: June 26, 2022. DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

In today’s complex commercial landscape, business and law go hand in hand, and even common legal issues can become complex. In order to achieve your goals in business, NU’s Master of Law and Business degree program examines the interaction and use of law in interrelated professional environments. It also offers a choice of specializations that allow you to concentrate your studies in a particular area of interest.

  • Healthcare Law, Compliance and Ethics – In this specialization, students will be immersed in the relevant healthcare-related laws, regulations, ethics, and compliance policies across multiple industries. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be equipped with the tools to interpret and evaluate regulatory, compliance, and ethical issues in the field and have the knowledge and skills to work toward implementation of effective strategies and best practices.
  • Employment Law and Labor Relations – In this specialization, students will be immersed in the dynamics of human interaction focused on labor and employment laws, regulations that govern human resources, and relationships within organizations. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be able to navigate the applicable law and understand the regulatory frameworks, and to strategically work toward implementation of effective strategies and best practices.
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives – The aim of this specialization is to increase awareness in multicultural interactions by focusing on diversity challenges in global organizations, understanding immigration law and policies, and bridging the linguistic communication gap. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll know how to effectively communicate with people of different backgrounds, comprehend the intricacies and purposes of applicable law, and engage in effective strategies and best practices across cultural divides.
  • Privacy and Compliance – The focus of this specialization is to empower students with the ability to navigate the complex landscape of privacy requirements, deconstruct different compliance frameworks and laws, and recognize, secure, and defend intellectual property rights. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll know how to assess the effectiveness of privacy portfolios, compliance programs, and intellectual property laws, and to engage in effective strategies and best practices.


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