USF's Work Law and Justice Program will prepare you to practice well before you sit for the bar. We take learning seriously, and we don't believe it can happen without practical experience in the labor and employment law field. So you hit the ground running in moot court competitions and externships designed to turn you into an excellent work law practitioner, not just an excellent student.

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.

Moot Court Competitions

Each year, students compete in two labor and employment law moot court competitions, designed to build advocacy and leadership skills necessary to represent different clients.

  • The Robert F. Wagner National Moot Court Competition is administered by the New York Law School Moot Court Association. It is the largest student-run moot court competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law. USF Law students have participated for more than a decade and have taken home top honors.
  • In The Tulane Sports Negotiation Competition, students compete as they negotiate NFL player contracts, learning about collective bargaining power and sharpening negotiation skills. The competition is a simulated contract negotiation using real life scenarios and actual upcoming NFL free agents.

Externships

Students can earn academic credit for externships at a variety of public and private organizations such as:

  • California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • California Department of Industrial Relations
  • Equal Rights Advocates
  • Legal Aid at Work
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission