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TLS_0050 Labour Law in the United States 3 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Ariana R. Levinson, Associate Professor, University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Preceding studies
Exposure to the United States legal system or to labor relations in any country will be helpful but not necessary

General description

We will cover basics about the legal system in the United States and the labor relations system in the United States. We will read seminal cases in the labor relations area and essays that tell the stories behind these cases. We will consider any pending or new legislation in the labor relations area and discuss the significance (or lack thereof) of international law in the labor relations area.

Learning outcomes

Understand the structure of the United States legal system and the various types of legal materials used in the United States
Read and understand seminal labor relations cases in the United States
Set a seminal labor relations case into its legal, social, economic, or historical background
Understand the process involved in advising a client on a labor law issue


1. Introduction to Labor Law in the United States
2. Organizing Campaigns and Elections
3. Company and Minority Unions and Good Faith Bargaining
4. The Duty of Fair Representation, Contract Enforcement, Remedies
5. Legislative Hearing re Card Check, International Law

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 16 h 0 h

Including socratic method, discussion, role play and student presentation

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Participation in classroom work [English]
Role-play/Presentation to class [English]
Written take-home exam [English]

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
20% of the grade is the role-play presentation which will assess ability to assess a proposed change to the law. 80% of the grade is the written take-home exam which will have two questions. One will ask students to advise a client on a Labor Law problem. The other will ask the students to read the story of a seminal case and to write about what they learned about the case that wasn't apparent from simply reading the case.

Study materials

Labor Law Stories (Laura J. Cooper & Catherine L. Fisk, eds, Found Press 2005) and materials posted on TWEN a service provided by Westlaw for which you will be able to sign up in order to access the materials via the Internet

Further information

TIME: IV period
SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 24 students. 1/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students of the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:
1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
MDP in Law and Information Society
Turku Law School
Doctor of Laws