Employment & Labor Law

Labor and employment law is a dynamic and constantly evolving practice area. In recent years, it has been disrupted many times over by the emergence of the gig economy, the rise of remote work arrangements, and the unionization of new industries including coffee shops and nonprofits, among other developments. 

The foundational employment and labor law curriculum at BU Law covers a wide range of issues involving the employee-employer relationship, including affirmative action, religious discrimination, constitutional protections for public-sector workers, and anti-retaliation and whistleblower laws.

On the labor side, students survey the modern landscape of labor management and union relations law in the private sector, including the organization of workers, collective bargaining, unfair practices, arbitration, and the regulation of strikes and lockouts. Other courses cover topics ranging from business immigration and gender equality to executive compensation, hospital law, and sports. Experiential learning opportunities include simulations on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and negotiation. LLM students can choose from all of these offerings and more in the LLM in American Law program.