Worker Advocacy Practicum
Students in this practicum undertake legal advocacy, community legal education, and/or policy research projects regarding the workplace rights of low-wage workers under the supervision of clinical faculty. Students may also provide advice and counsel to low-wage workers on a range of workplace matters, such as unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, and wage and hour, discrimination, and family/medical leave protections. The course will include introductory classes on federal and state workplace-related laws and protections that are particularly relevant to low-wage workers, including: the independent contractor v. employee distinction; minimum wage, overtime, family and medical leave, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation provisions; and workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance systems. Students will develop core lawyering skills, such as interviewing; counseling; fact investigation; legal drafting; and administrative advocacy. They will also develop important problem-solving skills in context as they use legal tools to address policy issues affecting low-wage workers. Either or both semesters may be taken. Pass/Fail. Enrollment Limited.