Professors Daniel Alterman, Carlin Meyer
Combines a seminar with a supervised externship in employment law at a law firm, government agency, union, corporation, or related citizen group. Placements are selected by the professors in consultation with the student. The seminar addresses issues faced by employment lawyers in a variety of settings: interviewing to discern potential claims and establish the facts necessary to prove them; fact gathering and ethical and other related issues; writing complaints and other documents; establishing damages through the use of experts such as psychologists and actuaries; special issues in picking juries; and more. Also addresses substantive issues in employment law. Workshop participants must devote at least 140 hours (averaging 10 hours/week for 14 weeks) to their externships, and meet periodically with their faculty and externship mentors. Selection will follow individual interviews with applicants. A limited number of students unable to participate in a placement may be admitted to the two-credit seminar only. All students are required to complete weekly assignments or exercises before class; together with class participation, these assignments are the basis for grades. 2 seminar credits are graded and 2 placement credits are pass/fail. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes. No more than 14 placement credits may count toward the J.D.
Prerequisite: Any of Employment Discrimination Law (LEL110); Employment Law (LEL140); or Labor Relations Law (LEL130).