Work Law

Overview

Work law is an exciting and fascinating practice area because of the evolving nature of the employment relation and its social and economic significance for everyday life. The Work Law Concentration provides UC Hastings students with the opportunity to pursue a critical, integrated study of the laws and policies governing the workplace, the labor market, and the legal relationships between businesses and workers.

Through core, elected, and clinical courses, students learn to analyze not only the law, but also how different stakeholders think about the regulation of work and the problems of inequality, insecurity, and discrimination that arise in and through the workplace. Equipped with legal, political, and historical knowledge of employment regulation, our students pursue careers across the non-profit, law firm, corporate, government, and union sectors.

Concentrators are required to take five core courses: Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Labor Law, one of two Capstone Seminars, and either the Workers’ Rights Clinic or the Individual Representation Clinic. Concentrators must also take several electives. Qualifying electives cover a wide range of relevant topics, including arbitration, bankruptcy, and critical race theory. For real world experience, students are also required to enroll in either the Workers’ Rights Clinic or Individual Representation Clinic.

Course descriptions are listed in the Course Catalog. In extraordinary circumstances, and in consultation with the Academic Dean, the concentration advisor may allow substitution of the one of the elective courses for one not listed. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis will not count towards the work law concentration.

Advisor: Professor Veena Dubal

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 22 units

Relevant Faculty: Professor Veena Dubal, Professor Reuel Schiller, Professor Joan Williams

Qualifying Courses

Courses: Concentrators will be required to complete at least 22 units of qualifying coursework, as follows: