LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law

Employment relations in the 21st century are the focus of Wayne Law’s Labor and Employment Law LL.M. This area includes labor unions, employee benefits, anti-discrimination law and other employer compliance issues. Our graduates work for all types of employers, including corporations, government entities, law firms, and labor unions and tax-exempt organizations advocating for workers.

When to start

We encourage you to enroll in fall semester to participate in fall orientation and register for foundational courses that are often prerequisites for advanced study.

Length of program

Full time: One year (often including summer work on master’s thesis)
Part time: Two or more years
Maximum permitted length: Six years, unless extended by the director of graduate studies

Courses (24 credits)

Required: You must take Labor Law and at least one course in employment law.
Electives: You may choose from a wide array of approved courses, including courses in the Department of Employment and Labor Relations, with the consent of the director.

Thesis (2 or 3 credits)

Your thesis demonstrates your expertise, with a well-researched legal article on a significant topic.

Practical skills

Externships and clinics offer opportunities to hone skills permitting you to step into practice.

Career paths

  • Human resources offices
  • Union advisers, union organizers, union lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators/negotiators in union collective bargaining environments
  • Law firms or sole practitioner (employer compliance or union representation)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal agencies dealing with discrimination in employment
  • Law firm hiring offices
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Key Faculty

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Professor Kingsley R. Browne
A Wayne Law professor for more than 25 years and author of two books, he specialized in labor and employment law as a law firm partner and clerked for Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Associate Professor Susan E. Cancelosi
With an LL.M. in health law, she has experience with a national human resources consulting firm and employee benefits consulting practice, as an employee benefits attorney and as assistant general counsel for a publicly traded finance company. Her research focuses on employment-based retiree benefits, both health and pension.


Part-time Professor Joseph P. Canfield
He is a senior field attorney with Region 7 of the National Labor Relations Board.


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