J.D. Certificate Program in Labor and Employment Law
The field of labor and employment law has never been more dynamic and challenging. With globalization and digital communications, the increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape of the workplace requires legal professionals to function well in an interdisciplinary environment and adapt readily.
IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Labor and Employment Law combines theoretical education and skills training with experiential learning opportunities that offer interaction with leading academics and prominent legal practitioners.
The Program in Labor and Employment Law is the academic cornerstone of Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center dedicated to research, training, dialogue and reflection on law that governs the workplace. Created in 1996, the institute has become the intellectual home of the labor and employment law community, both in Chicago and nationwide. Leading scholars and professionals pool resources to train students and practitioners, monitor workplace trends, and discuss labor and employment law issues in a neutral academic setting.
Students in the program reflect a broad range of backgrounds. From human resource managers to union officials to employee benefits consultants, some have real-life experience in labor or employment relations. Others are simply attracted to a particularly dynamic area of law.
Students benefit from the institute's varied resources, which allow them to work on publications, participate in special events and conferences, and receive both formal and informal mentoring from institute sponsors.
The student-led Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) organizes lectures and facilitates interaction with experienced practitioners. The institute and LELS annually co-sponsor a career program in labor and employment law.
Chicago-Kent also enjoys a strong network of alumni who practice in all areas of law governing the workplace—partners and associates in law firms representing management , labor and employees; in-house labor/employment counsel with corporations, public employers and labor unions; employee benefits law specialists; workers' compensation law specialists; and federal and state governmental regulatory agency staff and officials.
Every student in the program has the option to be matched with a mentor—a Chicago-Kent graduate who introduces students to his or her practice areas and offers advice based on valuable experience.