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College of Law

Labor Law

Course Number: 6740
Professor: Michael C. Duff
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This course deals with labor law in the private sector. Labor Law is defined as the Federal regulation of private sector disputes between employers and groups of its employees (usually unions) and of the relationship between unions and their members. Traditionally the course surveys the establishment of a collective bargaining relationship between employers and unions, the subsequent negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement resulting from that relationship, the administration of that agreement through its grievance-arbitration provisions, and the economic weapons used by parties to various kinds of labor conflicts. Increasingly, labor law concerns itself with protected concerted activity not involving a union, the relationship between labor law and immigration law, the relationship between a union and its members, and the use by unions of non-traditional weapons to achieve their objectives. We will consider as many of these issues as time permits.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture and modified Socratic method.
Written Assignments: None besides mid-term exam and final paper.
Type of Exam: Final paper (does not satisfy upper division writing requirement) and mid-term exam.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: The final paper will count for 75% of the grade and the mid-term will count for 25% of the grade.
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