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Transnational Worker Rights Clinic

A partnership of the EJC and the University of Texas Law School

A Law School Clinic Centered Around a Public-Interest Employment Law Practice

  • University of Texas Law School students enrolled in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic work out of the Equal Justice Center: helping unpaid workers recover their wages; gaining legal practice skills; and studying and influencing the emerging field of transnational labor rights.
  • The Clinic is taught and directed by EJC Executive Director and senior attorney, Bill Beardall, who also serves as Clinical Professor of Law on the Law School’s faculty.
  • Law students enrolled in the basic Transnational Worker Rights Clinic earn 6 credit hours in a semester; students in the Advanced Transnational Worker Rights Clinic earn up to 3 credit hours in a semester.
  • Clinic students learn to advance social justice through community-based lawyering.

Law Students Represent Workers in Civil Litigation

  • Clinic students serve as lead counsel prosecuting civil employment law cases to recover unpaid wages for low-income transnational worker clients.
  • Students gain hands-on legal experience applying low-wage employment laws, navigating civil litigation procedures, and adapting those laws and procedures to better protect vulnerable workers in our rapidly growing transnational workforce.

Law Students Work on the Cutting Edge of Emerging Labor and Human Rights Law

  • Clinic students come to understand the human face of transnational labor issues, working directly with individuals whose livelihood and families are vitally impacted by the resolution of those issues.
  • Clinic students participate in adapting U.S. and international law to the evolving realities of our global labor market.
  • They learn to use new tools from the emerging field of international labor and human rights law to protect basic workplace fairness, both here and abroad.

Learn more about the Clinic on the website of the University of Texas Law School.