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Labor Law (Burke)
Spring 2020   LAW 509-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 1:00PM - 2:50PM
Silverman Hall 280

Additional Information

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills: The course will require oral presentations and will involve at least one in-class team project.

10% Participation,
60% Exam,
30% Other (Midterm writing exercise is 30% of final grade.)

Take Home,

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

With Permission of Instructor

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.



This course will survey the legal relationship between employers and employee unions, as well as employees engaged in collective activity. Our focus will be on U.S. labor law, at the center of which is the National Labor Relations Act and the unique administrative structure and process that law created. We will study the various encounters and problems labor law purports to address, including union campaigns and elections, collective bargaining, strikes and picketing, and employee grievances. Along the way we will analyze labor law as a social institution and market intervention, discussing not only how it has developed in historical context, but also why parties on all sides presently seem to believe it to be significantly flawed. Students interested in employment are encouraged to enroll, as this course complements coursework in employment law. Classroom sessions will include lecture and discussion of topics and readings, as well as occasional exercises; regular attendance is required. Assessment will be by means of a midterm exercise (30%) and final exam (60%) as well as class participation (10%). Students completing the JD degree may seek permission to use this course in fulfillment of the senior writing requirement in lieu of the midterm and final exam.

Course Concentrations

Employment Law and Employee Benefits Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of employment law and employee benefits; Perform legal analysis in the context of employment law and employee benefits; Communicate effectively on topics related to employment law and employee benefits; Demonstrate an understanding of how employment law and employee benefits affect other areas of law.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.