Law and the Workplace

Law and the Workplace Concentration or Minor


Are you concerned about advancing the fair treatment of individuals?  About dignity and rights at work?  Do you know enough about your own rights at work?  Are you considering going to Law School?    If so, you should consider Law and the Workplace as a focus of your studies.  We offer this focus either as a concentration within the Labor Studies and Employment Relations major or as a minor!


Careers related to Law and the Workplace

  • Attorney.  Attorneys work in law firms, corporations, unions, various advocacy organizations, and government or non-profit organizations like universities or hospitals. To become an attorney, you must go to Law School, and a minor or concentration in Law and the Workplace provides an excellent preparation for Law School, particularly for a career focusing on labor or employment 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 5-year Bachelor’s/Master’s program.  In addition, many non-union 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
  • 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.  Law and the Workplace provides a great starting point for numerous union representative positions 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 LGBT 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 minor or concentration in Law and the Workplace can help you forcefully advocate for them.


For requirements, 


For the minor:  To complete a minor in Law and the Workplace, six courses are required.  You must take (a) One 100-level Labor Studies & Employment Relations course, (b) one course in category A and three in category B from the list below, and (c) one other course at the 200 level or higher offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department.


For the major concentration:  To complete a concentration in Law and the Workplace, you must fulfill all the requirements of the Labor Studies & Employment Relations 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.


Courses specific to the Law and the Workplace concentration or minor:


A. (Must take at least 1)

37:575:315           Employment Law

37:575:340           American Labor Law


B. (Must take at least 3 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           Immigration and Public Policy

37:575:321         Immigration Law and Employee Rights

37:575:330           Working Women and the Law

37:575:338           Occupational Safety and Health

37:575:340           American Labor Law


Labor Studies & Employment Relations Faculty Involved in this Area
Vik Advani, Assistant Teaching Professor, J.D., Rutgers - Camden

Rose Cipparulo, Assistant Teaching Professor, J.D., Rutgers-Newark

James Cooney, Assistant Teaching Professor, J.D. University of Miami

Carla Katz, Assistant Teaching Professor, J.D., Seton Hall

Peter Rokkos, Instructor, J. D., Boston University

Lisa Schur, Professor, PhD Berkeley; JD Northeastern

Long-Term Adjunct Faculty

Peter DeChiara, Attorney

Joyce Klein, Mediator/Arbitrator, Attorney

Brian Manetta, Attorney

David Pepe, Attorney

Len Schiro, Attorney


For more information contact one of the following:


Amy Marchitto                                  Talia Schank                                                       Prof. Paula Voos

Undergraduate Advisor                 Undergraduate Advisor                                 Academic Program Director                     

848-932-8559                                     848-932-1749                                                     848-932-1748