Program Overview

Workplace law is a dynamic and challenging field that affects about 140 million civilian workers and their employers. Specializing in this field opens the door to working with large government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the Commission on Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board. You’ll also build the legal foundation you need to represent unions or corporations or to start a private practice. 

A substantial component of workplace law involves settling disputes, and Quinnipiac is uniquely positioned to ensure that you have a competitive advantage in that area. Our Center on Dispute Resolution's training and its Quinnipiac/Yale Workshop on Dispute Resolution are both valuable assets for our law students. The center holds workshops, sponsors prominent speaking events on campus and offers opportunities to train with lawyers in the field. You also can gain practical experience participating in national and regional mock trial and dispute resolution competitions. 

In our Civil Justice Clinic, you’ll have opportunities to represent real clients with cases relating to unemployment and unpaid wages. And in our employment and labor externship program, you’ll perform the work that workplace lawyers do, whether you choose a law firm, a government agency, or work in-house at a corporation. Because this concentration offers a wide variety of courses, you can choose to focus on a specific area in workplace law that interests you, such as mediation and arbitration, discrimination law or workers’ compensation.