Michael Oswalt (hl4477)

University information

Title: Associate Dean
Unit: Law Instruction Units
Department: Law School

Contact information

Law School


Michael Oswalt joined Wayne State in 2022 and serves as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He primarily teaches labor and employment law, and his writing focuses on how laws structure workplace relationships and collective advocacy. Michael’s current research explores the law and practices surrounding pay secrecy rules and will appear in the Indiana Law Journal. He is also a co-author of two labor law casebooks.

Before joining Wayne State, Michael was a faculty member at Northern Illinois University College of Law and served as the Interim Director of the Martin H. Malin Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law from 2021-2022. He worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Service Employees International Union from 2009 to 2013.

Michael graduated from Haverford College and has degrees in law and theology from Duke University. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Office Location:

 Room 3255

Degrees and Certifications:

J.D., Duke Law School
M.T.S., Duke Divinity School
B.A., Haverford College

Courses Taught:

Labor Law, Labor Law and Practice, Employment Law, Torts, Advanced Topics in Work Law

Title: Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Professor of Law
Selected publications:

Journal Articles

 Other Writings

Books and Book Chapters 

Michael Oswalt

Courses taught by Michael Oswalt

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

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