Employment Law

Employment law governs the relationship between employers and employees. As a general rule, labor and employment lawyers either represent employers/management or employees/unions. A labor and employment practice encompasses four key specialties: (1) counseling clients in compliance with employment-related statutes and common law, on issues including workplace safety and health, union activity, equal employment opportunity, family and medical leave, and wage and hour laws; (2) employment disputes and litigation on behalf of employers or employees; (3) ERISA and employee benefits; and (4) labor relations, assisting either management or labor union clients in all aspects of collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration processes, and litigation.

Foundation Courses – Introducing the Basics

  • Contracts I & II
  • Torts I & II
  • Property I & II
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination

Recommended Courses – Employment Law Electives

  • Employment & Labor Arbitration
  • Employee Benefits & ERISA Litigation
  • Labor Law I

Related Courses

  • Immigration Law
  • Critical Race Theory - Civil Rights Seminar
  • Constitutional Law II (required)
  • First Amendment/Freedom of Speech
  • Intellectual Property

Those who are interested in employment litigation, see also Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Those who are interested in advising businesses on employment issues, see also Commercial & Consumer Law.


  • National Labor Relations Board (Ft Worth)

Public Service Placements

  • Disability Rights Texas
  • Lambda Legal
  • U. S. Department of Labor (Dallas)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Dallas)

Student Organization

  • Labor and Employment Law Students Association

Here are some members of the full-time faculty members who teach or have an interest in this area: