Employment & Labor Practice

Employment and Labor Law relate to all aspects of the relationship between employees, unions and employers. Labor Law deals with unions and the concerted activity of non-union employees to collectively advocate for their rights. Employment law encompasses all other employee-related matters, including hiring, wages, hours, working conditions, discrimination and unemployment, among others.  

Employment and Labor Law are fundamentally about human relationships—how people work together, supervise each other and interact in the workplace. Attorneys practicing in the areas of Employment and Labor Law may execute a wide-range of tasks—litigating cases; drafting contracts, severance agreements and employee policies; counseling employers or employees; and investigating HR-related complaints.

Villanova Law offers a number of courses related to the practice of Employment and Labor Law. Students pursuing these fields have the opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience in the Farmworkers Legal Aid Clinic, which regularly handles employment-related matters. Cases have included worker’s compensation, unemployment, sex discrimination, harassment, wages and hours and working conditions. Additionally, the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship assists start-ups with a variety of legal issues, including employee policies and non-compete clauses.

Students interested in these areas are also encouraged to pursue an externship in the field. A hallmark of Villanova’s educational experience, our externship program offers placements in a variety of practice settings, including in government, at law firms and with non-profit organizations (see below for a list of recent placements). Externships are supervised by both an on-site field instructor and a full-time faculty member who works closely with each student to monitor progress and to ensure overall professional development.

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are fundamentally associated with this practice area.

Of the courses listed below, the foundational doctrinal courses—Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law and Torts—and an upper level Legal Writing (Transactional or Litigation) are required. The remaining courses are helpful but not required for those interested in the field.

  • Because of Sex: Sex Discrimination
  • Contracts
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy
  • Workers’ Compensation Law

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are related, but not necessarily essential to this practice area. Students interested in this field may consider enrolling in these courses to supplement their studies. 

  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Rulemaking: The Regulatory Process
  • Contract Drafting
  • Interviewing/Counseling
  • Privacy Law