Skip to content university of illinois at urbana-champaign

School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Certificate in Labor & Employment Law

The Certificate in Labor Studies lays the foundation for educated union participation and future leadership.

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, the Labor Education Program within the School of Labor & Employment Relations at the University of Illinois will begin offering an exciting new Certificate in Labor & Employment Law for open-enrollment students. All classes will be taught by Stephanie Brinson, Lecturer, J.D., who was a practicing Chicago union-side labor attorney for 13 years before joining the U of I faculty. Students may enroll in any one course or take all six 7-hour courses (42 total hours) to complete the Law Certificate. Note that students completing the Labor Education Program Certificate may take any one of the Law Certificate classes as an elective satisfying the legal class element of that certificate program.

Below is a description of our 2019-2020 Law Certificate course offerings, including the dates and times in which each class meets. All classes meet one day for eight hours on a Saturday. The fee per class is $150. However, the fee for students who enroll in two or more classes is $100. Unions which enroll a minimum of five students can also receive a discounted bloc rate.

Classes take place in Chicago at The Rice Building, Suite #110, 815 W. VanBuren, Chicago, Illinois 60607. Complete registration using the link in the menu.
Click here for printable course descriptions and registration (.pdf).
For more information, email Barbara Nelson or call 312-996-2127.

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Labor Law Seminar For Private Sector – Saturday, October 12, 2019
9AM – 4:30PM

Introduction survey course and deep critical analysis of essential Constitutional rights, statutes, regulations, and case law related to the National Labor Relations Act (private sector).

Labor Law Seminar For Illinois Public Sector – Saturday, November 9, 2019
9AM – 4:30PM

Introduction survey course and deep critical analysis of essential Constitutional rights, statutes, regulations, and case law related to the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act (public sector).

Employment Discrimination Law Seminar – Saturday, December 14, 2019
9AM – 4:30PM

Introduction survey course and deep critical analysis of essential Constitutional rights, statutes, regulations, and case law related to employment discrimination including, but not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), EEOC, ADA, ADEA, and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Employment Relations Law Seminar – Saturday, January 25, 2020
9AM – 4:30PM

Introduction survey course and deep critical analysis of essential Constitutional rights, statutes, regulations, and case law related to employment relations including, but not limited to, FLSA, FMLA, Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, disability rights and OSHA.

Legal Advocacy Skills for Union Reps – Saturday, February 22, 2020
9AM – 4:30PM

Intensive Legal Writing Workshop – Saturday, March 21, 2020
9AM – 4:30PM

The two intensive labor & employment legal writing workshops are an advanced writing workshop for those interested in developing successful written advocacy when representing union members before various legal tribunals including arbitrators and labor boards.