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A concentration in Employment and Labor Law is available for students who seek to develop depth and breadth within a field that affects virtually every business, governmental unit, and nonprofit entity because they all engage employees. Students take three foundational courses: Employment Law, which focuses on both the burgeoning law affecting nonunion workers in the private workforce, as well as important federal statutory schemes that affect the employment relationship; Employment Discrimination Law, providing a close examination of the concepts, policies, and doctrinal principles of federal anti-discrimination law; and Labor Law, which studies the law governing unionized workers in the private sector.
In addition to the foundational courses, students choose from the school’s roster of advanced and specialized courses, such as Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, Employee Pension and Benefits Law, Sports & Entertainment Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and seminars on such topics as work and family issues and disability law. Finally, the Project requirement may be satisfied by participation in the Employment Law Clinic, a research paper, completion of an appropriate project in a seminar, or by participation in a related Moot Court competition.
The law school’s commitment to exposing students to labor and employment law is not limited to course offerings. Every year, the law school sponsors a lecture series that brings in nationally recognized experts in labor and employment law, giving students the opportunity to learn about the cutting issues in the area. The law school also funds students to attend various labor and employment law conferences in and outside Ohio. The students who have participated in these conferences have found them intellectually stimulating and important for networking with lawyers throughout the country.