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Centers and Programs

The USF School of Law's centers and institutes blend diverse course offerings and student journals with faculty research to enrich curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

The Center for Law and Global Justice is committed to international justice and legal education with a global perspective. The center, which has worked in Cambodia, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Vietnam, and more than 20 other locations, develops and implements international rule of law projects and protects and enforces human rights through litigation and advocacy. Students may participate in research projects, international externships, and volunteer human rights initiatives.

The J. Thomas McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law was founded by intellectual property law pioneer Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, who is recognized as a pre-eminent expert in the field. The institute serves as the center of USF's intellectual property program, which features a distinguished faculty, internationally-focused curriculum, and innovative clinical offerings. The institute includes the Center for the Empirical Study of Trademark Law, advances research on IP law, cyberlaw, and trademark law and their relationship to emerging technologies and globalization.

The objective of the Center for Law and Ethics is to teach students to become ethical lawyers. Through various projects, it engages practicing attorneys in discussions about ethics and explores possibilities for reform and improvement of the legal system, such as humanizing legal education and practice.


The USF School of Law each year features a dynamic calendar of symposia, which bring together scholars, practitioners, and other leaders to address critical issues and emerging trends in the law. Recent symposia have focused on topics including trademark law, the future of same-sex marriage, California water law, climate change, and antitrust enforcement in the pharmaceutical industry.


Special projects at the USF School of Law include the Project to End Juvenile Life Without Parole, which aims to reform juvenile sentencing in the United States. The project has been pivotal in raising the issue of juvenile life without parole sentencing practices, and was cited in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing the sentence in some cases. The law school also maintains the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project, in which law students work in the American South each summer for capital defense offices. The Human Rights in Criminal Sentencing Project works to aid lawyers and activists who are advocating for sentencing reform in the United States by availing international law and the practices of other nations as potential tools.