Recent years have seen a massive increase in the number and extent of workplace laws, such as Congress's expansion of the statutes banning race, sex, and religious discrimination, the Supreme Court's recognition and strengthening of sexual harassment claims, and the passage of new federal laws on disability discrimination, family/medical leave, and employee whistleblowing about corporate misconduct.
Today, "[e]mployment and labor litigation has ballooned to a significant percentage of the federal court docket" - roughly 12 to 14 percent, of all federal litigation - "and has also substantially increased in many state courts."1 This increase means more lawsuits for plaintiffs' lawyers to file as well as more need for employers to obtain reliable legal advice and counseling from law firms and in-house counsel.
Marquette's labor and employment law course offerings match up well with any school's. In addition to "the big three" courses - Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, and Labor Law - Marquette offers a wide variety of specialized electives, such as Employee Benefits, Workers' Compensation, and various courses on discrimination, labor unions, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Marquette also offers a broad range of relevant clinics and practical skills workshops, including live-client representation of workers claiming unemployment benefits and internships with state and federal labor and employment law agencies.
More broadly, Marquette's strong curricula in litigation and in dispute resolution ensure that students can hone the practical skills needed to hit the ground running as a labor and employment lawyer.
1 Ann C. Hodges, Mediation and the Transformation of American Labor Unions, 69 MO. L. REV. 365, 369 n.27 (2004).