About UCLA School of Law's Employment and Labor Law Program

At UCLA Law, students study with faculty who are leading experts in the field of labor and employment law. Our curriculum includes courses on federal and state laws governing relations between employers and employees, and also on social policies that inform the relationship between individuals and the labor market. We help students develop a mastery of laws governing unions and collective bargaining, the individual employment relationship and discrimination in the workplace. 

Our students pursue diverse areas of interest spanning work-related benefits, dispute resolution and employment relations in specific industries. They also explore the close relationship among employment, low-wage work and poverty – examining social welfare policies at the intersection of labor markets and individual experience. Through the Globalization and Labor Standards Project, students are engaged in the emerging dialogue on comparative and transnational labor rights.

Students in our Workers’ Rights Clinic build critical, hands-on experience as participants – under the supervision of in-house counsel – in the legal program of UNITE HERE Local 11, a progressive labor union representing hotel and food service workers throughout Southern California.