Passion for Justice

Equipped with a strong conceptual understanding of the law and intense training in practical legal skills, USF graduates are responsible global citizens who advance justice in the public sector and corporate world.

Photo of Amol MehraThrough USF’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, I worked in the halls of the United Nations in Geneva, an experience that put me light years ahead of graduates of other programs and has continued to propel me in my career.

Amol Mehra ’09, director of International Corporate Accountability Roundtable


Our extensive coursework and faculty expertise in public interest law are just the beginning. As a USF law student, you’ll engage in innovative legal programs that serve the local community, the nation, and the world. Students can earn a Public Interest Law certificate, and gain hands-on legal training through externships at government and nonprofit organizations that USF has longstanding partnerships with.

Students work together in support of underserved communities by participating in the law school’s in-house clinics and scholarly centers and institutes. Others provide pro bono legal assistance to rural California communities during winter and spring break service trips or work on death penalty cases in the American South through the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project.

The Public Interest Law Foundation provides financial support to students who pursue unpaid summer internships in the public interest sector. The Law Student Pro Bono Project, co-sponsored by the USF School of Law and OneJustice, matches students with volunteer projects at legal aid agencies, court-based programs, and social service providers.

At the heart of all these efforts is USF’s inclusive mission, which integrates humanity and ethical conduct into the practice of law. USF graduates do well while doing good.

Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice

“At USF, you will find both breadth and depth in public interest expertise throughout our faculty, staff, students, and alumni."

Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice