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Participate in the NLG L&EC.  We have national events and various local NLG chapters have local L&ECs and activities.  Check our local webpages for information on local activities.  And please periodically check back on this webpage for new information.

Join the NLG L&EC.  Students interested in labor and employment law are encouraged to JOIN the NLG L&EC. 

L&EC ListServe.  Once you join the L&EC (students pay only $15 annually), we will add you to our member list serve (the list serve is not a discussion list serve so you will not get overwhelmed with emails).

L&EC JOBS ListServe.   The NLG L&EC has a jobs list serve that circulates postings received from around the country.  Anyone can subscribe to the list serve by contacting the list serve coordinator.  Click here for more details on how to join that listserve or post a job listing.  Additional general information about a few attorney positions can be found on this L&EC webpage.

The NLG L&EC periodically hosts law student conference calls regarding potential study and work opportunities.  Our last call was on October 20, 2015.  Click here for details of the 2015 call. 

Be a Student Representative on the L&EC Steering Committee.  And find out more about the role of the Steering Committee.  During the 2015-2016 school year, Sarah David Heydemann is the 3L student representative to the L&EC Steering Committee.  Each fall, the L&EC seeks student representative(s) to serve on the L&EC Steering Committee.  We try to have 1L, 2L and 3L reps with geographic and other diversity.  Click here for more information about the Role of the Student Representative to the Steering Committee. Applications are being accepted now for law students in their first or second year of law school.  We hope to hold interviews and make a selection shortly.  And plan to meet us at the NLG Convention in New York City in August if you are starting or already in law school in the fall of 2016.  

Meetings.  In addition to local law student chapters of the NLG, in some parts of the country there are local L&EC committees that meet and welcome law students.  As well, the national L&EC meets twice a year and all are welcome to attend.   We meet at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee annual conference in the spring and at the NLG Convention in the fall.  We also host an annual breakfast at the LCC (locations vary) open to everyone -- unfortunately, however, the LCC conference is only open to LCC members.

Convention.  We will post information about our L&EC Convention activities and welcome students to participate in programs and social events.  Save the date for the 2016 Convention in NYC.  We will post a L&EC focused Convention schedule (2016) and the full NLG Convention schedule (2016) when available.

Mentorship Program.  You can click here to sign up for a mentor. 

Local Work.  And you can get active with us on a national level and also participate in the activities of a local Labor & Employment Committee in your area.  

International Work.  We are involved in international labor issues  and the International Commission for Labor Rights is one of our important partners.  We also have a joint project with the NLG International Committee that may be of interest - the International Labor Justice Working Group - and you can get involved with that group too.  Come to the NLG Convention and participate in our programs.  Consider joining us for our annual Cuba research program.

Job Opportunities

 
The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee [LCC] has a Hiring Hall publication with monthly lists of labor law positions posted by LCC members.  It also has a Resume Bank which allows you to post your resume if sponsored by an LCC attorney or LCC-affiliated labor law professor (contact lcc@aflcio.org). 


The NLG L&EC has a jobs list serve
that circulates postings received from around the country.  Anyone can subscribe to the list serve by contacting the list serve coordinator.  Additional general information about attorney positions can be found on the L&EC website.

Other Opportunities

AFL-CIO Law Student Resources

The AFL-CIO has a number of opportunities and resources for law students. See the AFL-CIO LCC Law School Outreach Project webpages for more information.  

AFL-CIO Minority Outreach Program

The AFL-CIO has a Minority Outreach Program.  Contact Angelia Wade Stubbs for more information.  

AFL-CIO Fellowships

The Legal Department of the AFL-CIO annually sponsors a one-year, full-time legal fellowship open to graduating 3Ls, clerks and recent law school graduates. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of issues. The fellow assists experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. Contact Angelia Wade Stubbs and click here for 2016 information

AFL-CIO Law Clerk Program

The AFL-CIO’s Legal Department seeks law clerks to assist on a variety of legal and public policy issues throughout the year. Law clerk duties include legal research and writing in a wide range of areas, including the National Labor Relations Act and a host of legislative, regulatory and public policy matters. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in issues affecting working families. 2Ls preferred. To apply, send cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to Angelia Wade Stubbs.

AFL-CIO Law Student Summer

The AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for first- and second year law students that combines front-line labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in real, ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO affiliated unions in various regions of the country. In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.  Contact Matt Ginsberg and click here for more information. 2016 flyer.  2016 application.  2016 eligibility infomation

AFL-CIO Union Summer Program

The AFL-CIO has a union summer program for students generally.  Read a short article on the 2013 union summer wrap up for an idea of what the program entails.

NLG Haywood Burns Memorial Scholarship

The application for the NLG's Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2015 is now available.  The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice.  The application for the fellowship can be downloaded on the NLG website or click here.  The NLG webpage provides information about previous Fellows who did amazing work, a history of the Fellowships, and a short biography of Haywood Burns.  Students and legal workers actively involved in NLG activities are given preference for the Fellowship.  If you have any questions, email or call student organizer Traci Yoder or call (267) 702-4654.  Applications are usually due in early January. Click here for more information.

Peggy Browning Fund Conference + Summer Opportunities

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit corporation established in memory of Margaret Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board. The Fund’s mission is toeducate and inspire the next generation of law students to become advocates for workplace justice.  Through Summer Fellowships, an annual National Law Students Workers' Rights Conaference and networking opportunities, it provides law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers’ rights.  The Fund seeks to increase the students' understanding of the current issues workers face as well as to promote the students' entry into the practice of public interest labor law.  Click here for more information.

Service Employees International Union SEIU Fellowships + Summer Opportunities

SEIU offers year round, summer, and post grad law clerk positions.  SEIU is a progressive, dynamic and growing labor organization representing over 2 million workers in the United States and Canada, principally in the building service, public service, and healthcare fields.  Attorneys in SEIU's Legal Department engage in innovative lawyering to further the organization's interests in organizing new workers, improving working conditions, engaging in political action, and achieving social justice.  This includes representation of the International, local unions, and members in litigation enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, election statutes, and local, state and federal labor management relations laws.  To apply for post-grad fellowship opportunities please click here.

National Labor Relations Board Honors Program

The Honors Program of the National Labor Relations Board provides attorneys with superior records who have just completed law school, an LLM program, or a judicial clerkship with opportunities to work directly with the presidentially-appointed Board Members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Assignments will include rotations of work on one or more Board Members staffs, in the Office of Representation Appeals, the Office of the Solicitor, and/or the Office of the Executive Secretary.   Click here for more information.

Department of Labor Honors Program

The Honors Program of the Office of the Solicitor is designed for attorneys completing law school or judicial clerkships and are interested in a public service career handling a broad range of labor and employment matters.   Click here for more information.

Student Writing and Advocacy Competitions in Labor and Employment Law

Click here for a list of writing competitions focused on labor and employment law that offer cash prizes that could assist with the cost of law school. Check with your law school’s or state bar association’s websites for other writing competitions for students.