Academics: Professional Training

Employment Law Clinic

ADJUNCT PROFESSORS Mary F. Charlton, Patrick S. Levy-Lavelle, and Erin M. Trodden; 8 Credits

This yearlong clinical course is designed to give students first-hand experience in the practice of employment law.

Students will receive classroom instruction only during the fall semester in the substantive and procedural aspects of employment advocacy. There will be no classroom instruction during the spring semester, but the clinical aspect of the course (participating in actual cases under the supervision of an attorney) is required both semesters. In cooperation with the Legal Aid Justice Center and local attorneys, students will participate throughout the year in litigating actual employment cases. These cases may include unemployment compensation claims, unpaid wage litigation, or any other claims arising out of the employment relationship. Specific assignments will vary according to the inventory of cases available at the time, but students should be able to conduct client interviews, participate in discovery, draft motions, and assist with trial preparation. Students also may argue some motions (with appropriate Third Year Practice Certification); 2Ls may provide direct representation in unemployment insurance hearings. Students will be expected to arrange a satisfactory schedule with their supervising attorney.

For additional information about the employment and labor law curriculum, visit the PELLS website. Students earn three credits during the fall semester and five credits during the spring semester.