Labor and Employment Law

Law students participating in class. As a labor or employment lawyer, you’ll be empowered with the critical role of defending the rights and obligations of employers and employees. At USF, you’ll learn the building blocks and gain hands-on experience essential for a successful career in this arena.

Our Employment Law Clinic and Mediation Clinic provides students the hands-on opportunity to represent clients in a variety of venues. Some students represent federal employees in Merit Systems Protection Board hearings, or mediate regularly in San Francisco Small Claims Court. 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 represent merchant mariners in license revocation cases before the U.S. Coast Guard.

Under the guidance of leading scholars in a broad range of courses, students learn the skills necessary for negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, handling trials or appeals, representing either union members or management in grievance proceedings, and more.

Our externships offer upper-division students the opportunity to gain useful practical experience and make meaningful professional connections, while earning academic credit. At the center of one of the world’s most dynamic cities, you’ll have easy access to leading law firms and government agencies.

“I had the opportunity to advocate on behalf of a federal employee, and thanks to our legal training, skills, and efforts, we were able to help a man who without it would have suffered an injustice and probably still be jobless today. It was by far my most personally rewarding time in law schools and the most beneficial in terms of skills and career experience.”

Karen L. Majovski ’13, Employment Law Clinic participant

Select Courses

  • Arbitration
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA)
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Law Seminar
  • Labor Law
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation

Faculty

  • Tristin Green specializes in employment discrimination and inequality
  • Maria Ontiveros focuses on employment law with an emphasis on immigrant workers’ rights
  • Robert Talbot is an expert on employment law and clinic education
  • Michelle Travis is a leading scholar in employment law with a focus on disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and work/family balance

 Certificate

  • Labor and Employment Law

Clinics

  • Employment Law Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic

Representative Externships

  • Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP
  • DeVito Law Group
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Liuzzi, Murphy & Solomon, LLP
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administration Law Judges
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

Student Organization

  • Labor and Employment Law Students Association

The widely diverse student body at USF presented me with a three-year workshop in how to get things done with people whose approaches and objectives were different from mine. This left me with the optimism that I could change the world—or at least the minds of judges.

Lindbergh Porter ’81, shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C.