University of Wisconsin–Madison

Labor and Employment Law Concentration

To qualify for the concentration, students must complete at least 15 credits in courses fulfilling Labor & Employment Law Concentration requirements. Students must earn at least a 3.0 Average in the required courses, with a minimum grade of C in each course. Students earning a 3.5 cumulative average in courses fulfilling Labor & Employment Law Concentration requirements will receive Honors in the Concentration.

I.  Introductory Course. Students are required to take 1 introductory course on labor and employment law, which is taught once a year in the fall semester:

• Labor Relations I (Law 745)

II. Advanced Courses.  At least 2 courses must be selected from among the following options:

• Labor Relations II (Law 745) --focuses on union organizing and collective bargaining in the private sector.
• Public Sector Labor Law (Law 955) --focuses on union organizing and collective bargaining in the public sector.
• Equal Employment Law (Law 765) --focuses on a variety of statutes prohibiting employment discrimination.
• ERISA (Law 940) --focuses on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as applied to retirement plans and employee welfare benefit plans which are regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
• Worker Compensation Law (Law 940) --focuses on introducing students to worker’s compensation law and procedure.
• A Labor Law-related externship (Law 854): an externship offered at federal and state agencies related to employment and/or labor law.  

III. Elective Courses.  Students may reach the required 15 credits by either completing more than 2 of the Advanced Courses listed above, or by selecting additional courses from the following list of electives:

• Administrative Law
• Arbitration Seminar
• Civil Procedure II*
• Clinical Program: Neighborhood Law Clinic (4 credits maximum)
• Collective Bargaining seminar
• Consumer Health Advocacy & Patient Centered Care Clinical (4 credits maximum)
• European Union Law*
• Health Law
• Human Trafficking
• Immigration Law*
• Insurance Law*
• Sports Law

*With permission of the Labor Law Concentration Coordinator.

If you believe you qualify for honors in the concentration, you need to submit along with your transcript a calculation of your GPA in the courses fulfilling the concentration, showing that your cumulative GPA in those courses is 3.5 or higher.

Questions with respect to the above Concentration requirements should be sent to Professor Gwyn Leachman at

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