Labor Lawyer

Negotiate the best possible work conditions for unions and employers.
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Salary Range
$75,000 – $165,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Labor Lawyers do?

As a Labor Lawyer, you specialize in labor-related cases, which means you deal primarily with the relationship between an employer and a union. You handle the bargaining and negotiations that go on between these two camps, ensuring both the rights of the workers and the best interests of the employers.

You counsel your clients regarding their rights as an organized group as a Labor Lawyer. But the majority of your working hours is spent researching precedents rather than counseling clients or arguing in a courtroom. This is because the earlier ruling in a case can weigh heavily on the outcome of your current ones, and knowing the history of cases similar to the ones you’re working on can benefit your argument, and affect your strategy as a Labor Lawyer.

Your workload isn’t too different from the normal workload of any other Lawyer. But it is your area of expertise that helps the “little guy”—hundreds, sometimes thousands of them to boot. Between your negotiations, meetings, and proposals, you have the chance to change the lives of union workers now and for generations to come.

Should I be a Labor Lawyer?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Labor Lawyer

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