Employment and Labor Law

Why Employment and Labor Law?

Employment and labor law is a dynamic field that often intersects with many other areas of law.  Attorneys with this legal background can work in a variety of capacities in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Whether you want to represent employers, employees or labor unions, this concentration offers students wide latitude in charting their preparation for work in the field of employment and labor law.

USD School of Law has built a strong, core academic program with full-time and adjunct professors who bring years of experience teaching and practicing employment and labor law at the highest levels.

JD with Employment and Labor Law Concentration

  • Total required credits: 18
    • To attain this concentration, students must successfully complete all core courses and a sufficient number of credits from the approved electives to reach a minimum of 18 credits.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA): 2.2
    • The minimum cumulative GPA required to obtain the concentration will be based on an average of grades received in courses eligible for concentration credit.
  • Recognition: Certificate and transcript notation
  • Application Process: JD concentration applications must be submitted no later than the applicable deadline stated below. Concentration applications are evaluated after all grades for the graduation term are finalized and JD degrees are officially conferred. Applicants will be notified of the status of their concentration application via email once evaluations are complete.

    application deadlines

    Graduation Month

    Concentration Application Deadline


    April 1 of graduation year


    July 1 of graduation year


    November 1 of graduation year

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