In a fast-evolving workplace environment and economy, the Graduate Certificate in Human Resources (HR) Law responds to an increasing need for professionals with a solid understanding of the laws and regulations that govern employee management.

The rapidly changing economy and the ever-changing regulatory climate place more pressure on HR departments to solidify their regulatory knowledge and be proactive to minimize their legal risks.

With this certificate, professionals can meet that demand by learning from experienced, industry-focused faculty. This certificate can also support career growth.

As a student, you will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Tailor your education to your schedule. This certificate is offered in a 100 percent online, asynchronous, flexible format, allowing you to take advantage of the program’s rigorous coursework and experienced faculty regardless of your location.
  • Stack your certificate into a master’s degree. The 12 credits from this program can be applied toward a Master of Legal Studies.
  • Learn directly from industry experts, experienced HR law faculty and Northeastern University School of Law professors.
  • Earn a top-ranked education. The School of Law is ranked #1 for practical training by The National Jurist.


To apply to the program, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

To complete the application process, you must submit:

  • Online application
  • Professional resumé
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor or colleague
  • Official TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only) GRE or LSAT scores (optional)


Tuition and fees are set on an annual basis by Northeastern University’s board of trustees. The current estimated cost of this program for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,094 per semester hour/credit.


Fall B: October 14, 2019
Spring B: February 24, 2020