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Clinical Programs - Labor Law Clinic

Labor Law Clinic

Labor Law Clinic

"I enjoyed the opportunity to do real work that actually helped clients. This was a truly rewarding experience and since I plan to go into labor and employment law, this was a great educational experience, and I was glad that I got to help my clients."

The Labor Law Clinic provides a unique opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the substantive law and procedures that govern workers who organize collectively into unions.

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Labor Law Panel

Students will gain valuable practice experience researching labor and employment law topics, providing advice and representation to unions, in addition to furthering their substantive knowledge of the field through a classroom component. Students will work directly with clients and gain interviewing and counseling skills. Some students may have the opportunity to represent a union in an arbitration and develop trial advocacy skills.

To further enrich the learning environment, there will be panel discussions offered featuring experts in the field, with topics such as the National Labor Relations Board/Public Employment Relations Board, collective bargaining and international law. Students will also observe labor arbitrations and hearings during the course of the semester.

The myriad labor issues that could surface in any given semester are likely to relate to:

  • Organization activities
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Union elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Contract interpretation
  • Grievance resolution/arbitration
  • Statutory employment claims of members and/or union members

"This has been one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences in law school for me."

A small number of students will have the opportunity to dedicate their clinical time to international labor law issues. These students will support the legal work of non-profit organizations currently working in this arena. Student contribution in the international labor law area will likely be research oriented.