The Employment and Labor Law Concentration provides students the opportunity to focus their studies and a way to signal this interest to prospective employers. To complete the concentration, students must take several required courses (Labor Relations, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, and Advanced Legal Research) and some additional courses from a list of electives. See below for details.
Students must also either complete a research paper of publishable quality or complete an internship with an agency such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, or a similar federal, state, or local agency.
Over the past several years, students in the Concentration Program have been extremely successful at the Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition, which is held each year in New York City. Approximately forty teams from across the country compete, and since 2004, Chase has won the following awards at this prestigious competition:
Students in the Concentration don't just study the law - they make unique contributions to existing legal literature. Many students who have written papers in Concentration classes have published those papers as scholarly articles. Recent articles have appeared in the following publications:
To qualify for a Concentration in Employment and Labor Law, students must satisfy the following four requirements:
1. Take each of the twelve hours of courses and receive an average GPA of 3.00 or better:
2. Take at least three hours from among the following list of courses and receive an average GPA of 3.00 or better:
i. Complete an Advanced Writing Requirement – Research course within the Concentration, in which the student writes a paper that meets or exceeds the minimum standards for obtaining AWR-Research credit, except that the paper must be at least 25 pages in length, must be of publishable quality, and must receive a grade of "B" or higher; OR
ii. Complete a field placement of at least 100 hours over the course of a semester, with an attorney in the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, any state or local equal employment opportunity commission such as the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, or other commensurate administrative agency approved by the Associate Dean for Academics or his or her designee.
4. File a petition with the Associate Dean for Academics or his or her designee, at least two months prior to the expected date of graduation, demonstrating that all requirements of the Concentration have been completed or will be completed prior to the expected date of graduation. Students are encouraged to inform the Associate Dean for Academics or his or her designee in writing as early as possible of the intent to concentrate in order to facilitate students' scheduling of Concentration requirements.
The course Agency, Partnership, and LLC's (or Business Organizations) is recommended but not required for students in the Labor and Employment Law Concentration.
To complete this Concentration, students on Structured Curriculum might be required to take more than the 90 hours otherwise required for graduation.
Students who wish to know more about the Concentration requirements are encouraged to contact Associate Dean Lawrence Rosenthal.