Programs to Help Students Navigate Co-op & Post-Grad Opportunities

By Tricia Gould, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement

One of the most outstanding things about NUSL is the incredibly wide spectrum of experiential learning opportunities available to students when applying for their four co-ops. Having said that, one of the most important tasks for students is to strategically choose among the options – all with an eye towards building a network that will lead to post graduate employment.   Where and how do you begin? Read on to find out.

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Faculty Post: Collaborating with Students on Employment Law Issues

By Emily A. Spieler, Edwin W. Hadley Professor of Law

As an expert in labor and employment issues, I seek out NUSL students who share my interests. I am interested working collaboratively with students on projects that matter in the outside world.

Here are two examples from this past spring:

I asked one student to act as my research assistant for the quarter. She was going to graduate, and she was particularly interested in the intersections between law and policy in the labor area. As Chair of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee – a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Labor – I was asked to testify before a Senate committee regarding the effectiveness of the law that forbids retaliation against workers who raise safety complaints. She and I together conducted a full literature review of the subject, read the legal cases, looked at data that was compiled by the Department of Labor, and worked together to finalize my testimony. She said it proved to her that one can combine interests in policy and in law in ways that matter. The testimony from that hearing is posted on the Senate HELP Committee website.

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Faculty Blog: When Labor and Sports Collide

Mellon Arena, March 10, 2009

Mellon Arena, March 10, 2009 (Photo credit: AxsDeny; Courtesy of Creative Commons)

by Professor Roger Abrams
Richardson Professor of Law

As November progresses and hockey fans continue to lament the lack of a season, it’s hard not to think about labor strife in the National Hockey League. This is the third time in the short reign of Commissioner Gary Bettman that the fastest game on ice has been placed on hiatus by the owners. This dispute, like previous ones, is over a significant amount of money. The owners want a larger share of the multi-billion dollar pie baked by the athletes. However, no one can say that hockey players are not well paid. They are entertainers and, as such, are more than adequately compensated.

I teach Sports Law to upper level students at NUSL, and the course focuses on the relationships among players, unions, agents, leagues and owners. The principles of labor law and antitrust law thread throughout our class discussions. While many students take the course because we read cases involving baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and numerous other pastimes, the legal issues we address are quite challenging.

Over the past 15 years, I have been writing books and articles about the law and business of sports, learning, in the process, about the economics of the games we enjoy so much.  Much of my work focuses on social history, placing important legal issues into context. Sports mirror society in many ways. In class, we use a casebook I was invited to co-author, and I have been integrating social and business perspectives into the course materials. Students write a research paper for the course, and the best papers are often published in journals around the country.

I think you will find Northeastern University School of Law a place where you can learn the skills of lawyering in a supportive and diverse environment. From the first days of orientation until your graduation, you will be part of a community of bright men and women that is committed to excellence in legal education. You will be part of a team of winners. I hope you will consider joining us.