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Courses|College of Law

Labor Law

Call Number: 21947
Course Number: 6740-01
Professor: Michael C. Duff
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
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: Students have the option of writing a major paper rather than taking the final exam. The major paper may, if the student desires, be written to fulfill the law school writing requirement.
Type of Exam: Three hour open book; or students can write a major paper in lieu of taking the exam.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: It is anticipated that the final examination will count for 90% of the grade, and class participation will count for 10% of the grade.
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