Program in Labor and Employment Law
Students in the Labor and Employment Law Program can broaden their understanding of the field by organizing and attending speaker events, working on journals, and participating in seminars and courses offered by the Institute for Law and the Workplace.
Many students take part in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition and the Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.
The student-run Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) provides a forum to learn more about current issues in the field by organizing lectures and facilitating interaction with experienced practitioners. LELS also partners with the American Bar Association to present an annual program on the practice of labor and employment law.
Other conferences and lectures available to students include
- The Federal Sector Labor Relations and Labor Law Conference
- The Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
- Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law
- The Peggy Browning Fund National Law Students Conference
- The Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture
- The Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture
Qualified students can serve on the editorial boards of the two publications produced by the Institute for Law and the Workplace: the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal and the Illinois Public Employee Relations Report.
For over a decade, the institute and the law firm Jackson Lewis have co-sponsored the Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law, awarding one $3,000 prize and two $1,000 prizes for papers on workplace law, which are then published on the institute's website.
Chicago-Kent has a strong network of alumni who practice in all areas of law governing the workplace. Every interested student in the Program in Labor and Employment Law is matched with an alumni mentor who works in the student's area of interest.