J.D. Certificate in Labor and Employment Law
Only Labor and Employment Law program to earn a top A+ rating –preLaw magazine Winter 2019, their most recent ranking
Chicago-Kent's Program in Labor and Employment Law combines theoretical education and skills training with experiential learning opportunities that offer interaction with leading academics and prominent legal practitioners. And it is nationally recognized: It was the only employment law program in the country to receive an A+ grade by preLaw Magazine during its most recent ranking.
The Program in Labor and Employment Law is the academic cornerstone of Chicago-Kent's Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center dedicated to research, training, dialogue, and reflection on law that governs the workplace. Created in 1996, the institute has become the intellectual home of the labor and employment law community, both in Chicago and nationwide. Leading scholars and professionals pool resources to train students and practitioners, monitor workplace trends, and discuss labor and employment law issues in a neutral academic setting.
Students benefit from the institute's varied resources, which allow them to work on publications, compete in writing competitions and for scholarships, participate in special events and conferences, and receive both formal and informal mentoring from institute sponsors.
There is also plenty of peer support: The student-led Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) organizes lectures and facilitates interaction with experienced practitioners. The institute and LELS annually co-sponsor a career program in labor and employment law.
Chicago-Kent also enjoys a strong network of alumni who practice in all areas of law governing the workplace—partners and associates in law firms representing management, labor, and employees; in-house labor/employment counsel with corporations, public employers, and labor unions; employee benefits law specialists; workers' compensation law specialists; and federal and state governmental regulatory agency staff and officials. Every student in the program has the option to be matched with a mentor—a Chicago-Kent graduate who introduces students to his or her practice areas and offers advice based on valuable experience.
Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace
The ILW is a national center dedicated to research, training, dialogue, and reflection on law that governs the workplace. Created in 1996, the institute has become the intellectual home of the labor and employment law community, both in Chicago and nationwide.