Throughout its history, Northeastern University School of Law has earned its nationwide reputation as an institution that trains labor and employment lawyers. The concentration in Labor, Work and Income offers students the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to represent employees and employers in both the unionized and non-unionized sectors. With three tenured faculty members and numerous adjuncts teaching courses within the concentration, we focus both on the substance of the relevant law and the practice skills needed to perform with excellence in this area of practice.

Concentration Advisor: Professor Emily Spieler

Core Courses:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Labor Law I
  • Labor Law II
  • Employment Law – Job Security and Rights
  • Employment Law – Compensation, Benefits and Retirement
  • Employment Law – Health and Safety
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Arbitration Workshop
  • Social Welfare Law

Relevant Courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Disability Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Health Law
  • Immigration
  • Legal Interviewing and Counseling
  • Negotiation
  • Sports Law
  • Whistleblower Law


  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.
  • Students must submit a “Concentration Declaration Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs no later than October 1st of their last year.
  • To finalize the concentration, students must submit a “Concentration Certification of Completion Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs not later than the end of the second week of their final quarter.

Please note that concentrations are available only to those students who entered in the fall 2020 term or prior.  
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