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Michael LeRoy

Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations
and College of Law

Michael LeRoy

In Brief

Teaching Philosophy

I use two basic methods. In courses such as Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment, student interaction and experiential learning are heavily emphasized. Here I use “the guide on the side,” leading students through a series of structured discussions and mock arbitration cases. In Government Regulation (employment law), where an expert body of knowledge must be conveyed, I like the “sage from the stage” approach. Even though this involves a more traditional format, students are assigned original case and statutory materials to sharpen their analytical skills.  

In the News

Paul M. Barrett, “When Students Fight the NCAA in Court, They Usually Lose,” Businessweek (July 2, 2014),

Ken Belson, “N.F.L. Makes Open-Ended Commitment to Retirees in Concussion Suit,” New York Times (June 25, 2014),  

Study: NCAA Wins More Than 70% of Athlete Lawsuits,” Inside Higher Ed (July 8, 2014),

Courses Taught

Selected Research Publications

How a ‘Labor Dispute’ Would Help the NCAA," University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue (2014),

An Invisible Union for an Invisible Labor Market: College Football and the Union Substitution Effect,” Wisconsin Law Review (2012),


Curriculum Vitae

To reach Professor LeRoy:

247C LER Building, MC-504
504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820-6297
(217)244-4092; (217)244-9290 fax
email: m-Leroy@illinois.edu