Discrimination Law

Law students listening to a lecture. From employment to consumer transactions to political participation, the impact of discrimination law reaches far and wide. At USF, you’ll build your practical and theoretical foundation for a career in discrimination law.

Our coursework is taught by leading scholars and experts in a wide variety of discrimination areas. Courses provide opportunities to delve into topics like race, employment, immigration, poverty, and more.

Our externships offer upper-division students the opportunity to gain useful practical experience and make meaningful professional connections, while earning academic credit.

Our Employment Law Clinic provides students the hands-on opportunity to represent clients in a variety of venues. Some students represent clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediations involving alleged discrimination, or federal employees in Merit Systems Protection Board hearings. Others get involved in wage and hour disputes before the California Labor Commissioner, make presentations on employment rights at local high schools as part of the EEOC's Youth at Work program, or in one of our newest programs, represent merchant mariners in license revocation cases before the U.S. Coast Guard.

“There is great joy in telling a mariner he can retain his license to work at sea—you’ve saved a man’s livelihood. The thanks each mariner has expressed is palpable.”

Alicia Kauk ’13, Employment Law Clinic participant

Select Courses

  • Elder Law
  • Employment Benefits (ERISA)
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • Issues of Race and Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Sexuality Law


  • Tristin Green is a scholar on employment discrimination and inequality
  • Bill Ong Hing is a nationally known expert on immigration law
  • Rhonda Magee is an expert on race law and policy, and humanizing legal education and the practice of law
  • Julie Nice is a leading scholar on sexuality law, constitutional law, and poverty law
  • Maria Ontiveros is an expert on employment law with an emphasis on immigrant workers’ rights
  • Robert Talbot is an expert on employment law and clinical education
  • Michelle Travis specializes in employment law with a focus on disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and work/family balance


  • Employment Law Clinic
  • Racial Justice Clinic

Representative Externships

  • Disability Rights California
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Department of Education—Office of Civil Rights

Student Organizations

  • American Constitution Society
  • Immigration Law Society
  • Labor and Employment Law Student Association
  • Pride Law
  • Women's Law Association