This seminar begins with a very brief overview of core employment law concepts, including the traditional at-will employment doctrine and its exceptions, the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor, the shifting definition of "employer," the public/private employer distinction, and the importance of agencies to employment law. After building this foundation, students will spend the bulk of the semester on employment discrimination law specifically. The course will address basic employment discrimination theory and doctrine, cutting edge doctrinal issues, and intensive practical skills. By reading key cases and performing various exercises, students will gain exposure to the relationship between federal, state, and local laws limiting employment discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national origin, and genetic makeup.Students will learn specialized research and transactional drafting skills useful for employment lawyers and engage in exercises designed to prepare students for the varied expectations of attorneys practicing in the field. Students will perform work both individually and in groups and will receive intensive feedback on their work. The course meets the upper level writing requirement.