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Labor & Employment Law Certificate Course Requirements
Fall 2013 and Later

To earn the Labor and Employment Law Certificate, a student must (1) complete at least 9 units of approved course work in the subject area, including at least two courses in the core subject area; (2) complete a practicum requirement related to employment law; and (3) complete an Upper Level Research and Writing Requirement analyzing an issue related to labor and employment law.
 
Any remaining units (to reach the required total of 9 units) must be completed by taking additional core courses and/or courses from the list of approved employment law elective courses.

Note: the curriculum below is subject to change and not all courses are offered every year.

Core Courses (choose two) Units
Employment Discrimination 3
Employment Law 3
Labor Law 3
Elective Courses Units
Administrative Law 3
Employee Benefits (ERISA) 3
Employment Law Seminar 2
Labor & Employment Law in China 2
Work, Gender & the Law 3

Practicum Requirement

To earn the certificate, a student must participate in an experiential learning activity that is focused on labor & employment.  Students must fulfill this practicum requirement in one of  the following ways:
(1) completion of the Employment Law Clinic;
(2) participation in the International Human Rights clinic if work is relevant to labor and employment law;
(3) completion of a three unit (minimum) externship relevant to labor & employment law law;
(4) completion of 141 hours of paid work relevant to labor & employment law; or
(5) completion of a simulation or professional skills class designated as "LE Prac" on the course schedule.

Writing Requirement

To earn the certificate, a student must complete a substantial research paper analyzing an issue relevant to labor and employment law. The paper must demonstrate the ability to identify, describe, and analyze the subject matter, and, if possible, should, where possible, propose a resolution. The paper must meet the standards for an Upper Level Research and Writing Requirement project and may be used to satisfy that requirement and/or the requirements of a course taken for credit.

Scholastic Requirements

Labor & Employment Certificate recipients must achieve a grade of C+ or higher in each course applied to meet the certificate requirements and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.700 or higher for all courses applied to the certificate. 
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A student achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.500 or higher for all courses applied to meet the requirements of the certificate is awarded the certificate with honors.

Transfer Units

All course work must be taken at USF with the exception of one elective course (for a maximum of three units of credit). If a student wishes to apply a course taken at another law school to meet the requirements of the Labor & Employment Law Certificate, prior approval must be obtained by the assistant dean for academic services. The student must take the course for a letter grade and earn a grade of C+ or higher for credit to be applied to the Labor & Employment Law Certificate.

A course taken at another law school will be transferred as "credit" only for purposes of determining the Labor & Employment Law Certificate grade point average as well as for calculating the USF semester and cumulative grade point average.

Applying for the Certificate

To be eligible to receive a Labor & Employment Law Certificate, a student must submit an application to the USF School of Law Office of the Registrar. Applications are due the student's second-to-last semester. Applications must be submitted on or before the last day to drop classes in that semester.

Students may obtain only one certificate. No student will be awarded more than one certificate upon completion of the JD degree, even if such student completed the requirements to more than one certificate program.

It is each student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the Labor & Employment Law Certificate are satisfied in a timely manner.