Labor & Employment Law: Curriculum & Courses

Upon completion of first-year law classes, interested students may take one or more of the four gateway courses in the Labor and Employment Law program, highlighted below. These four courses are considered gateways because they prepare students for advanced courses, internships, and other experiential opportunities in different, yet interdependent, areas of labor and employment law. Marquette University Law School also offers a number of advanced labor and employment law courses that build upon the core curriculum.

The four gateway labor and employment law courses are:

Labor Law

Labor law is a survey of the law of labor relations, including organization and representation of employees, strikes, picketing, boycotts, and collective bargaining. This class is strongly recommended for students interested in working with unions, both in the public and private sectors.

Employee Benefits Law

Employee Benefits Law examines the regulation of employer-sponsored pensions and welfare benefit plans. This course deals largely with the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), and the ongoing impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the workplace.

Employment Law

Employment Law, the catchall class of the Labor and Employment Law curriculum, provides a broad overview of major areas of law concerning the regulation of the workplace. Students will be introduced to common law, statutory, and constitutional areas of workplace law.

Employment Discrimination Law

Employment Discrimination Law concerns federal antidiscrimination statutory law under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and related laws. The course examines how these laws seek to protect employees from unlawful discrimination in the workplace based on a number of protected characteristics.

Marquette University Law School also offers a number of advanced labor and employment law courses that build upon the core curriculum, including, but not limited to:

  • Advanced Legal Research: Labor and Employment Law
  • Disability Law
  • Education Law
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation

Students are encouraged to build their knowledge in labor and employment law by taking a selection of these courses, depending upon the student's practice interests.

In addition, the breadth of the Marquette University Law School curriculum gives students ample opportunities to expand their knowledge of issues related to the labor and employment law field, as well as to develop courtroom and transactional skills. Any of the following courses will broaden your legal education, enabling you to better serve future clients: Administrative Law, Advanced Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Amateur Sports Law, Antitrust Law, Arbitration, Business Associations, Business Torts, Constitutional Law 2: Speech and Equality, Contract Drafting, Evidence, Federal Courts, Law of Privacy, Legislation, Pretrial Practice, Professional Sports Law, Remedies, and Trial Advocacy.