Workplace Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (J.D. Certificate)

Drawing on the strengths of the certificates in labor and employment law and in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, this program prepares students for careers as labor and employment practitioners.

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The J.D. Certificate Program in Workplace Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution is designed for students who want to market themselves to potential employers as well-versed in the highly complementary areas of litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and labor and employment law. 

Students take doctrinal courses in labor and employment law and work in Chicago-Kent’s legal clinics.

Program Overview

The J.D. Certificate Program in Workplace Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution is designed for students who want to market themselves to potential employers as well-versed in the highly complementary areas of litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and labor and employment law.

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
  • Arbitrator
  • Employer-side attorney
  • Employment discrimination attorney
  • Labor lawyer
  • Labor negotiator
  • Mediator
  • Union representative

To complete the certificate, students must take seven core courses in labor and employment law, litigation and ADR, plus two approved electives.

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