Labor Law Clinic
"This has been one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences in law school for me."
The Labor Law Clinic provides students interested in the field of labor and employment law with the opportunity to deepen their understanding through practice.
Students represent the interests of workers and their unions with a range of labor and employment law issues, including unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, organizing activities, collective bargaining, grievance resolution, mediation and arbitration and statutory employment claims. The Clinic also handles international labor law cases that can relate to the ILO, Inter-American Human Rights System, labor provisions in trade agreements and enforcement of private agreements involving transnational enterprises.
All of the clinic's work is client-driven and students are at the forefront of the representation and counseling. Students will develop a range of valuable lawyering skills, including: 1) interviewing and counseling;2) practice-oriented research, writing and drafting;3) trial skills (opening, direct and cross-examination, dealing with evidentiary issues);4) working collaboratively;5) public presentations;6) transactional case work;and 7) strategic planning. Students gain an understanding of client representation in the administrative process and through the private dispute resolution mechanisms of mediation and final and binding arbitration.
This clinic focuses on workers' collective rights and freedom of association. In this context, our work can have a much broader and more lasting impact on advancing workplace rights and economic justice.
"Helping Robert get his job back was the single most fulfilling thing I've done in law school," said Evan Hall. "I'll always be grateful for the experience."
Students will also have the opportunity to work on international labor law cases and projects. The clinic has done extensive international labor law work, sending students to Haiti, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Cambodia for case-related work.
Recent News Articles:
- Labor Law Clinic Students Win Settlement for Worker Fired for Union Activities
- Labor Law Clinic Receives Friend of Labor Award on Labor Day
- Labor Law Clinic Students Settle Case for Terminated Worker
- Law Clinic Students Work with Garment Workers in Cambodia
- Angela Cornell Argues before Inter-American Court
- Professor Angela Cornell Delivers High-Level Talks on Labor Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Mexico
- Angela Cornell Helps Develop Bolivia’s First Legal Clinic
- Field Research in Peru: Clinic Students Visit Lima to Investigate Labor Laws
- Students put theory into practice in Cornell's first Labor Law Clinic