This yearlong clinical course is offered in partnership with the Legal Aid Justice Center, and course meetings are held onsite at the firm. LAJC’s clinics are designed to educate students about the range of strategies used by attorneys to identify, investigate and attack systemic injustices, encouraging holistic and community-partnered approaches to lawyering.
In addition to classroom instruction during the fall semester in the substantive and procedural aspects of employment law, students will participate throughout the year in advising on, developing, and litigating actual employment cases. These cases may include unemployment compensation claims, unpaid wage litigation and employment discrimination claims, as well as other potential 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, under the supervision of an attorney, to perform most lawyer functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of pleadings, and negotiation. Students also may argue some cases (with appropriate Third Year Practice Certification); 2Ls and 3Ls without a Third Year Practice Certification 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, please visit the PELLS website. Students will earn three credits during the fall semester and five credits during the spring semester.