Program in Workplace Law

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Our jobs represent one of the most important aspects of our daily living. As employees and employers navigate issues arising in the workplace, the laws governing the employment relationship play a key role. Those lawyers who seek to develop a sufficient level of mastery of employer-employee legal concerns can affect many important components of a successful workplace.

In the Workplace Law Program at Texas A&M University School of Law, we focus on practical application of the law in and out of the classroom. Whether desiring to represent employees or employers, students learn about the complexities of employment discrimination, employment, and labor laws along with all other laws that affect the workplace. They also have the opportunity to put their classroom learning to work in many experiential aspects either through simulations, externships, and internships. 

With a burgeoning commitment to developing a niche in this field, we welcome workplace law scholars, alumni, as well as attorneys from firms, the government, unions, and in-house counsel to conferences, workshops, and lectures about the benefits of workplace law. As a result, the Texas A&M Workplace Law Program seeks to offer a unique opportunity for students to learn and gain experience in preparation to become workplace lawyers.

Externships

Students interested in workplace law have participated in prior externships with

  • American Airlines,
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
  • Fort Worth Independent School District,
  • Littler Mendelson P.C., and
  • The Law Offices of Zoe Courtney.

To learn about current workplace law externship opportunities, contact Externship Program Director Cecily Becker at cbecker@law.tamu.edu.

Internships

Summer internships have historically been possible through a program sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. ​In the spring, the DBA’s Labor and Employment Section has interviewed and selected interns for summer positions with:

  • the United States Department of Labor (Dallas),
  • the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Dallas), or
  • the National Labor Relations Board (Fort Worth). 

Students who are enrolled or have taken employment/labor related courses or have relevant business experience in human resources or labor relations have been encouraged to apply. Over the last several years, this program has resulted in the placement of several students at each of the three agencies over the summer. A few of these students have obtained subsequent employment with these agencies after graduation. To learn about current workplace law internship opportunities, contact the Assistant Dean of the Office of Career Services, Arturo Errisuriz, at aerrisuriz@law.tamu.edu.

Mentoring Programs

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, through its Young Employment and Labor Lawyers Committee, is developing a program to pair up attorneys in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who practice labor and employment law with students at the law school interested in labor and employment law as a career.

Advocacy Teams

Students interested in workplace law have previously participated on one of our advocacy teams sent to the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court competition, the ABA Labor and Employment Student Mock Trial competition, and various Dispute Resolution competitions where workplace issues were addressed. To learn about current workplace law advocacy team opportunities, contact Advocacy Director Jennifer Ellis at jellis@law.tamu.edu.

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