Labor and Employment Law (J.D. Certificate)

Chicago-Kent's J.D. Certificate in Labor and Employment Law prepares students for the increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape of workplace law.

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The field of labor and employment law has never been more dynamic and challenging. With globalization and digital communications, the increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape of the workplace requires legal professionals to function well in an interdisciplinary environment and adapt readily.

Chicago-Kent’s J.D. Certificate in Labor and Employment Law combines theoretical education and skills training with experiential learning opportunities that offer interaction with leading academics and prominent legal practitioners.

Program Overview

This program combines theoretical education and skills training with experiential learning opportunities that offer interaction with leading academics and prominent legal practitioners.

Career Opportunities

Labor and employment lawyers can be found in law firms, labor unions, corporate law departments, state and local governments, employee benefit funds, consulting firms, and a variety of federal and state governmental regulatory agencies, including the EEOC, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Office of Labor-Management Standards, National Mediation Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Possible jobs include: 

  • Administrative law judge
  • Employer-side attorney
  • Employment discrimination attorney
  • Labor lawyer
  • Mediator
  • Union representative

To earn a certificate, students must complete four core courses, a seminar course, a practicum, and an additional labor/employment elective. The core courses include Labor Law, Employment Relationships, Employment Discrimination, and a specialized advanced legal research and writing course in labor and employment law.

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This program is open only to J.D. students at Chicago-Kent College of Law.