Workers' Rights Clinic – 7015
This course provides an introduction to practice in employment law with an emphasis on unemployment compensation and wage claims. The Clinic has a weekly, two-hour class component. Class work will include training in the core lawyering skills, such as evaluating cases, interviewing clients, counseling, negotiation, administrative hearing skills, and ethics.
The clinic provides free legal representation to low-income clients in unemployment compensation. We will also handle wage claim cases if they arise. Students will work in pairs to analyze client cases, identify legal issues, advise clients about possible remedies, and determine whether to proceed to a hearing or take other action. Students will also learn about unemployment compensation, wage claims, EEOC investigations, and other aspects of employment law and practice skills with mock exercises and examples. It is our goal that each student will represent at least three clients in unemployment compensation hearings. Students will conduct client interviews, identify legal issues, develop a case theory, conduct direct and cross-examination, and deliver closing statements.
Students who take the Clinic in their second year are eligible to apply to be Student Directors during their third year. Student Directors provide resources and assistance to clinic students and assist the Supervising Attorney with administration of the clinic.