Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Law and the Workplace

Are you concerned about advancing the fair treatment of individuals? Are you interested in learning about dignity and rights at work? Do you know enough about your own rights at work—or do you need to know more? Are you considering going to law school?

Careers Related to Law and the Workplace

Attorney. Attorneys work in law firms, corporations, unions, various advocacy organizations, and government or nonprofit organizations like universities or hospitals. To become an attorney, you must go to law school, and a concentration in Law and the Workplace provides an excellent preparation for law school, particularly for a career focusing on workplace law

Mediator or arbitrator. While most independent mediators or arbitrators have law degrees, some start with a Master of Labor and Employment Relations, which you can earn through our five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s program. In addition, many nonunion employers are increasingly establishing conflict resolution programs that mimic, in part, the protections against unfair treatment that are common in union workplaces. Due to this trend, these programs also are a growing source of employment opportunities for students with this major concentration.

Professional staff representative in a union. Union representatives use the law extensively as they organize workers, negotiate contracts, and represent individual employees who believe they have been treated unfairly by an employer. The Labor Studies and Employment Relations program has provided a starting point for numerous union representatives in New Jersey.

Public policy advocate. Some people don’t just want to know what the law is, they want to change it. They work for a variety of interest organizations, advocating things like greater employee privacy protection, improved health insurance, mandated sick leave for all employees, better treatment for gay/lesbian employees, or higher minimum wages. Others work for organizations that oppose such changes or seek to make changes favorable to employers. Whatever your positions on the issues, a concentration in Law and the Workplace can give you the tools to forcefully advocate for them.

What is required?

  • For the major concentration:

    To complete a concentration in Law and the Workplace, you must fulfill all the requirements of the major, including one course in category A, and three courses in category B from the list below. Courses in the concentration count toward the major.

  • For the minor:

    To complete a minor in Law and the Workplace, six courses are required. You must take either Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations (37:575:100) or Work, Society, and the Quality of Life (37:575:110), one course in category A and three in category B from the list below, and any other course offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department.  

  • Courses specific to the
    Law and the Workplace Concentration or Minor:

    A. Must take at least one course

    37:575:315 Employment Law
    37:575:340 American Labor Law

    B. Must take at least three courses in addition to what is taken in Category A.

    37:575:220 Law for Business & Non-Profit Organizations
    37:575:302 Comparative Social and Employment Policy
    37:575:312 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
    37:575:314 Collective Bargaining
    37:575:315 Employment Law
    37:575:316 Employment Discrimination Law
    37:575:320 Immigrant Workers and Their Rights
    37:575:321 Immigration Law & Employee Rights
    37:575:330 Working Women and the Law
    37:575:338 Occupational Safety and Health
    37:575:340 American Labor Law

Department Faculty with Considerable Teaching or Research in this Area:

Vik Advani, Instructor, J.D., Rutgers-Camden
Rose Cipparulo, Instuructor, J.D., Rutgers-Newark
James Cooney, Instructor, J.D., University of Miami
Adrienne Eaton, Professor, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin
Carla Katz, Instructor, J.D., Seton Hall
Lisa Schur, Professor, Ph.D Berkeley, JD, Northeastern
Paula Voos, Professor, Ph.D, Harvard

Long-Term Adjunct Faculty:

Peter DeChiara, Attorney
Joyce Klein, Attorney
Brian Manetta, Attorney
David Pepe, Attorney
Len Schiro, Attorney