Labor and Employment Law Concentration

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

• Labor Relations I (Law 745)

II. Basic Courses. Students must take a minimum of 12 credits in this category.

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) (3 credits) --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.
• Protective Labor Laws (Law 747) (3 credits) --focuses on statutory protections, including wage and hour law, workers compensation, safety and health, and employee benefit protection.
• Clinical Program: Labor Law Externship (Law 854) (3-6 credits) --clinical externship offered at the Department of Labor (Chicago); the EEOC (Milwaukee); the Employment Section of the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office (Madison); the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (Madison and Milwaukee); or the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (Madison). 

Students may select their remaining courses from this list:

• Administrative Law
• Arbitration Seminar
• Civil Procedure II*
• Clinical Program: Neighborhood Law Clinic (NLC)
• Collective Bargaining seminar
• Consumer Health Advocacy & Patient Centered Care Clinical (768)
• Employee Benefits
• Employment Law Counseling
• ERISA
• European Union Law*
• Health Law
• Human Trafficking
• Immigration Law*
• Insurance Law*
• International Labor Standards
• Labor Arbitration
• Mock Labor Arbitration Competition
• NLRB Seminar
• Sports Law
• Worker Compensation Law

*With permission of the Labor Law Concentration Coordinator.

Note: 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 cumulative average of a B+ (3.3) or better in courses fulfilling Labor & Employment Law Concentration requirements will receive Honors in the Concentration.  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 3.3 or higher.

Questions with respect to the above Concentration requirements should be sent to Professor Gwyn Leachman at gleachman@wisc.edu .


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