Labor & Employment Law Concentration
- Unique and wide variety of core, specialized and interdisciplinary courses throughout the University of Minnesota
- Opportunities for students to serve as staff members and editors of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law
- Capstone Course in Labor and Employment Law
- Externship programs at the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Minnesota Department of Human Rights
- Workers’ Rights Clinic, representing low-wage workers
- Part-time and summer employment in state and federal agencies, law firms and Fortune 500 corporations
- Active Student Employment and Labor Law Association
- Networking and career employment opportunities with alumni worldwide
- Concentration courses range from introductory courses in labor and employment law to specialized courses on the Americans with Disabilities Act in the workplace, alternative dispute resolution, employment discrimination, comparative labor and employment and an advanced topical seminar in employment law.
- Interdisciplinary graduate study opportunities available throughout the University of Minnesota, including the Carlson School of Management, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the departments of sociology and applied economics.
The University of Minnesota Law School is the editorial home of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, distributed to the more than 25,000 members of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. The Journal is a student-faculty collaboration. Second-year students help prepare professional articles for publication and write their own articles for possible publication in the Journal. Third-year students serve as editors, guiding the work of second-year students, and editing all of the professional- and student-authored articles.
- Capstone Course in Labor and Employment Law: students work as team to represent a client in an elaborate simulation, instruction by practicing attorneys.
- Workers’ Rights Clinic: students represent low-wage workers in claims for unemployment compensation and denial of employment licenses.
- Students earn course credit for externships at the National Labor Relations board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Minnesota’s Human Rights Department and Bureau of Mediation Services.
- The Twin Cities vibrant business and legal community offers students abundant opportunities for part-time work during the school year or full-time work during the summer in labor and employment law.
- Prospective employers from around the country come to the Law School to interview students for summer and permanent positions. Our graduates work in law and business schools, at state and federal agencies, as arbitrators and mediators, and as in-house counsel in corporations and unions, in large and small private law firms.
Student Employment and Labor Law Association (SELLA): one of the most active student organizations at the Law School, hosting networking events and monthly meetings with speakers who address controversial issues in the field.