The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits
Enhance Your Marketability with an MS in Employee Benefits
In fall 2005, we began offering a Master of Science (MS) in Employee Benefits to enhance the marketability of non-lawyer professionals, including human resource executives, actuaries, accountants, investment advisors, and others working in the employee benefits field. While you will not be able to practice law upon graduation, the MS program will open the door to lucrative opportunities previously unavailable to you.
We take pride in the depth and breadth of the materials covered in our curriculum. As a result of the continuous input from our faculty and advisory board, our curriculum remains timely, focused, and relevant to the field of employee benefits law. As an MS candidate, our transactional approach to employee benefits law will help you develop an impressive knowledge of legal and policy issues, as well as new skills to enable you to think analytically and critically in this ever-changing field.
Degree candidates can also earn our MS in Employee Benefits entirely online through John Marshall's eDegrees distance education.
MS in Employee Benefits candidates must have five years of previous employee benefits experience, and must complete 24 credit hours in order to earn their degree. In addition to required courses, candidates must complete two introductory law courses (see below). Thereafter, candidates pursuing the degree will select elective courses from the same offerings available to attorneys seeking their LLM in Employee Benefits. Additionally, you must present at least one publishable academic research paper to the program director before graduation. (We will assist you in getting your article published in legal and employee benefits journals.)
To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full-time and completed over two semesters or completed part-time in less than five years. Classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, and on Saturdays. One-week accelerated courses are also offered during the academic year.
|Employee Benefits Law (2 Credits)|
|Year One, First Semester|
|Introduction to Legal Analysis (1)|
|Substantive Law Overview (2)|
|Survey of Executive Compensation Plans (2)|
|Year One, Second Semester|
|Fundamentals I of Retirement Plan Issues (3)|
|Tax/Employee Benefits Research (2)|
|Year Two, First Semester|
|Fundamentals II of Retirement Plan Issues (3)|
|Survey of Welfare Plan Issues (2)|
|Independent Employee Benefits Research (1)|
|Year Two, Second Semester|
|Employee Benefits Electives (6)|
This proposed schedule is based on a two-year degree track. The MS in Employee Benefits can be completed in one year.
- » Employee Benefits Law (EB 360, 2 Credits)
- » Fundamentals I of Retirement Plan Issues (EB 361, 3 Credits)
- » Fundamentals II of Retirement Plan Issues (EB 362, 3 Credits)
- » Survey of Executive Compensation Plans (EB 365, 2 Credits)
- » Survey of Welfare Plan Issues (EB 363, 2 Credits)
- » Tax/Employee Benefits Research (EB 333, 2 Credits)
Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.
- » Cash or Deferred Arrangements (EB 354, 2 Credits)
- » Compensation Law: Taxation & Other Legal Issues (EB 344, 3 Credits)
- » Contemporary Benefit Issues (EB 367, 2 Credits)
- » Employee Benefits in Corporate Transactions (EB 376, 1 Credit)
- » Employee Benefits Litigation (EB 358, 2 Credits)
- » Employee Benefits Practice & Procedure (EB 357, 2 Credits)
- » Employee Benefits Public Policy (EB 378, 2 Credits)
- » ERISA Fiduciary Law (EB 356, 2 Credits)
- » ESOPs (EB 355, 1 Credit)
- » Executive Compensation Benefits: Advanced (EB 369, 2 Credits)
- » Graduate Seminar: Employee Benefits Law (EB 368, 2 Credits)
- » Independent Employee Benefit Research (EB 394, 1-3 Credits)]
- » International Employee Benefits (EB 388, 1 Credit)
- » Lawyering Skills IV: Drafting - Employee Benefits (EB 377, 3 Credits)
- » Specialized Employee Benefit Plans (EB 366, 2 Credits)
- » Welfare Benefits Plans: Advanced Issues (EB 364, 2 Credits)