Discrimination Law

Professor Maria Ontiveros and three students sitting around her desk

From employment to consumer transactions, discrimination law touches every area of the law. At USF, you’ll build your practical and theoretical foundation for a career in discrimination law.

Our coursework is taught by leading scholars, and delves into topics like race, employment, immigration, poverty, and more.

In our Racial Justice Clinic law students work with seasoned felony and misdemeanor trial lawyers to track racial disparities in bail settings, write, draft and argue bail hearings in court and design and implement creative strategies to reduce disparate pretrial detention and confinement of prisoners.

Select Courses

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


  • 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
  • Michelle Travis specializes in employment law with a focus on disability discrimination, sex discrimination, and work/family balance


Representative Externships

  • Dhillon Law Group
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Student Organizations

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