Labor and Employment Law

Prepared by Chris Byrne
Updated September 2014

Workers on strike


How to Build and Manage an Employment Law Practice, Mindy Farber, Chicago, Ill: ABA, 1997.
Although this book is intended for practicing lawyers, much of the author's advice is worthwhile for students exploring career options. Sections titled "What to Expect of Employment Law Today" and "A Day in the Life of an Employment Lawyer" are particularly useful.

The Labor and Employment Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide, Dipanwita Deb Amar, Chicago, Ill: American Bar Association, 2007.
KF8925 .L33 A86 2007

Employment Law Stories, Samuel Estreicher, Gillian Lester, and Cynthia Estlund, eds., New York, NY: Foundation Press, 2007. 
KF3457 .A7 E56 2007

Labor Law Stories, Laura J. Cooper and Catherine L. Fisk, eds., New York, NY: Foundation Press, 2005.
KF3368 .L34 2005

Vault Guide to Labor & Employment Careers, Timothy Grubb, New York, NY: Vault Inc., 2003.
KF299 .L3 G78 2003

Inside the Minds: Leading Labor Lawyers: Labor Experts Share Their Knowledge on the Art & Science of Labor Law. Bedford, Mass: Aspatore Books, 2002 printing, c2001.
KF299 .L3 I57 2002


Find organizations, attorneys and firms involved in the area of labor and employment law using the sources below.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory - Labor and Employment Law Listings

West's Legal Directory - Labor and Employment


Chen, Vivia. "Women's Work: Labor and Employment is One Practice Area in Which Women Lawyers Have Flourished. Is There Something Particularly Feminine About the Field?" 32 American Lawyer 512 (May 2010).

Weiss, Marley, S. "International Labor and Employment Law: From Periphery to Core." 25 The Labor Lawyer 487 (Spring 2010).

Ward, Whitney. "Must Love People: Breaking into Labor and Employment Law." 36 Labor & Employment Law 13 (Summer 2008).

Stansky, Lisa. "Labor and Employment Law Gets Personal." 36 Student Lawyer 14 (September 2007). (Available in library's periodicals collection.)

Adcock, Thomas. "That's Life in a Small-Firm Union Practice: Young Lawyers Find Good Work, Autonomy in Representing Prison Guards' Group." 229(7) New York Law Journal 16 (col. 2) (Jan 10, 2003). (Available on Lexis.)


American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
tel: (800) 285-2221
web: This section addresses all aspects of employment and labor law. It provides members with information about the substance and practice of labor law.

International Labour Organization
4 Route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 22
tel: +41 (0) 22 7996111
The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards.

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

417 Montgomery Street
Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
tel: (415) 296-7629
NELA provides assistance and support to lawyers in protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar. NELA publishes the Employee Advocate Newsletter quarterly.

Other organizations may be found using:
Encyclopedia of Associations. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1961-
Covers more than 100,000 nonprofit membership associations worldwide. Available on Lexis.

Photo: Associated Press