Labor & Employment Law
Courses in Labor and Employment Law generally deal with the rights and obligations of employers and employees as governed by numerous federal, state and local laws and by the common law.
Labor and employment law practitioners typically represent employees, unions, or corporations in a wide range of workplace related legal problems.Many practitioners in this field are in private practices representing corporate clients or labor unions, while other lawyers in the field serve as in-house corporate counsel, labor relations directors, or employee-benefits specialists. Employment law specialists represent employees who have suffered injuries resulting from unlawful actions such as discrimination, health and safety violations, or wrongful discharge.
A labor and employment practice will likely have many variations and often includes activities requiring a range of substantive knowledge and practical skills. The practitioner may be involved, for example, in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement; handling trials or appeals; appearing before arbitration panels or government agencies; or representing either union members or management in grievance proceedings. Such a broad range of practice possibilities calls for taking a broad array of courses.