The Workplace Law Concentration (WLC) is designed to provide students with a rigorous introduction to labor and employment law. Labor and employment law is a area of important and lucrative practice in Las Vegas in the big firms, small plaintiffs' firms, and in businesses on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Students who take courses in labor and employment law at Boyd will have an advantage over others applying for jobs in many of these legal practices. Moreover, employment discrimination case filings are numerous at the EEOC in Las Vegas and represent a large portion of cases in federal courts. This means that our students will benefit from knowledge in federal employment discrimination law if they hope to clerk for a federal magistrate judge, federal district judge, or a federal court of appeals judge. Labor and employment law have long been recognized as highly specialized areas that are difficult to learn on the job.

In order to graduate with a concentration in the Workplace Law at Boyd, students must complete five (5) courses with a grade of B- or higher, must complete their Capstone Writing Requirement in an approved labor and/or employment law topic, and must participate in and attend programs offered by the Workplace Law Concentration at Boyd. Students must meet the requirements set out below:


Coursework Requirements

Core Courses: Complete four of the courses from the following list, with at least three of those courses marked with an asterisk (*) below, with a grade of B- or higher.
* Disability Law
* Employment Discrimination
* Employment Law
Gender and The Work of Lawyers Seminar
International Labor and Employment Law
* Labor Law
Masculinity, Law & Popular Culture Seminar

Elective Course: Complete one of the following elective courses with a grade of B- or higher. (Courses not already counted as a core course above also can fulfill the elective course requirement). If the law school offers other courses related to labor and employment law, for example, Arbitration, Workers' Compensation Law, or Wage and Hour Law, those courses may satisfy the requirements of the Workplace Law concentration as well. Students should consult with a member of the Workplace Law concentration faculty to determine which courses may count toward the concentration's requirements.

Administrative Law
Business Organizations
Entertainment Law
Externship in a Public Office doing Employment/Labor Law (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) (up to 3 credits will count toward the concentration of an externship)
Federal Income Taxation
Health Law
International Business Transactions

Writing Requirement

Take a core or elective course above through which the student produces a paper/project that deals specifically with labor and/or employment law, subject to the approval of the Co-Directors, that would meet the standards of Boyd's Capstone Writing Requirement.


Participation Requirements

  • Attend and participate in a minimum of two Workplace Law programs per year offered at Boyd. A list of such programs will be published on the Workplace Law website.
  • Join and participate in the activities of the Workplace Law Association.

Procedure and Certification

Upon deciding to concentrate in Workplace Law, the student should schedule a meeting with one of the Co-Directors of the WLC, Professor Ann McGinley or Professor Ruben Garcia, to plan how he or she will meet the Concentration's requirements. Students should then download and complete the letter of intent and submit it to the Co-Directors. Upon completion of the WLC requirements, and before graduation, the student shall submit an application form in My BoydLaw (login required), certifying completion of certification requirements with signatures of the Co-Directors of the student's concentration completion.