Concentration in Employment Law

Since 1987, the Wefel Center for Employment Law has offered students the opportunity to achieve a Concentration in Employment Law while pursuing the J.D. degree. To obtain the concentration, students must complete 11 hours of approved coursework and write a publishable paper on an employment law topic in addition to meeting the requirements of the J.D. degree. Students pursuing the concentration are required to take and pass with a grade of C or higher either Labor Law or Employment Law (students are strongly encouraged to take this foundational class in their second year), but can otherwise choose from approved employment law classes. These choices can include directed research projects to focus studies in the areas of employment law which are of most interest.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the Employment Law semester in Washington D.C. program in the Spring of their third (or final) year. Students also have the opportunity to obtain externships through the School of Law Clinic with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency for the City of St. Louis (although the credits earned through these clinic externships will not count toward the concentration).

Courses and seminars that apply toward a Concentration in Employment Law:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (2)
  • Disability Law (3)
  • Employment Discrimination (3)
  • Employment Law (2 or 3)
  • Information Privacy Law (3)
  • International & Comparative Employment Law (3)
  • Labor Law (3)
  • People Analytics (2)
  • Unions and their Members (2)
  • Virtual Work (3)
  • Workers' Compensation (1)
  • Sports Law: Labor Wrangling (2)
  • Seminar: Current Issues in Employment Law (2)
  • Seminar: Advanced Topics in Labor Law (2)
  • Seminar: Employee Protections in Non-traditional Workplaces (2)

For more information about the Concentration in Employment Law or the Wefel Center, please contact Professor Marcia McCormick, Director of the Wefel Center for Employment Law (Room 954; phone: 977-4263; email: mmccor20@slu.edu).

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