Curriculum and Requirements

Certificate Program in Labor and Employment Law

If you have questions, please contact Professor Emily Aleisa, Professor Michael Oswalt, or Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson.

You are required to take seven courses to earn the Labor/Employment Law Certificate:

  1. Employment Discrimination
  2. Employment Relationships
  3. Labor Law
  4. Legal Writing 4 – Labor/Employment Law

If you are eligible for the Legal Writing 4 Equivalency because you are on Law Review, in Moot Court Honor Society/Appellate Advocacy course, taking a judicial externship, or taking Pre-Trial Litigation or Criminal Litigation, you are required to do two things – take the Equivalency in the same semester as the semester in which you do the qualifying activity (except for summer judicial externships, where you are permitted to take the Equivalency the immediately following semester) – and arrange to attend the research training segments of one of the Legal Writing 4 Labor/Employment courses in the spring. This spring we were able to record those classes and students were able to view the recording when it was convenient for them.

  1. A labor/employment elective.
  2. A Practicum – to fulfill the Practicum requirement, you can take the Employment Litigation class, offered in the fall in the evening, or do an externship through Assistant Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson, or take Employment Clinic for four credit hours. All of these activities must be done in your last year of law school or, if you are evening students, during any of your last three semesters. Day students who took Employment Relationships as first year students may do the externship in the spring of their second year. Others who may wish to do the externship in the spring of their second year should contact Dean Marsha Ross-Jackson. Additionally, you may satisfy the Practicum requirement by taking Pre-Trial Litigation if you are working toward the joint LADR/Labor and Employment Certificate and you are taking or have taken either Employment Discrimination or Employment Relationships.
  3. You must take a seminar on a labor or employment law topic, or do independent research in lieu of a seminar with a sponsoring faculty member. Note that to fulfill C-K’s graduation requirement, you must take your seminar after you have completed at least 54 credit hours and after you have completed Legal Writing 4, unless you have permission to do otherwise from Dean Sowle. We have also approved students’ taking other seminars if they write their paper on a labor or employment law topic. You must receive written permission from ILW faculty (Professor Aleisa, Professor Oswalt, and Dean Ross-Jackson) ahead of time for a different seminar to count towards the certificate. 

If you are in the joint LADR/Labor and Employment Certificate program, there are a total of nine required courses, as follows:

    1. Labor Law
    2. Employment Relationships
    3. Evidence
    4. Legal Writing 4 for Labor/Employment
    5. Seminar on a labor/employment law related topic
    6. Either Pre-trial Litigation or Employment Litigation
    7. Mediation and ADR Procedures OR the ADR in the Workplace intensive intersession course
    8. PLUS TWO of the following –

Employment Discrimination
Labor or Employment Law Externship
In-house Employment Law Clinic
Trial Advocacy I

If you are unable to meet the general guidelines, or would like to make a substitution, you should contact us, and we will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.