Boston University School of Law

JD906 Current Issues in Employment Law (S)


This seminar focuses on selected developments in employment law as seen from the perspective of a practitioner. The course will examine how the common law notion of the workplace has changed over time, how tort theories of job protection have expanded, and how privacy and free speech issues are looked at in the age of Facebook and the Internet. The course will also review employment discrimination issues involving a protected status such as age, sex, gender, race, religion and disability. The grade for the course will be based on weekly comments to problems, a paper and class participation. PREREQUISITE: A prior course in labor or employment law, or permission of the instructor, is required. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is frequently offered in alternating years. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.