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Law School Public Interest Programs - Student Public Interest Groups

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Albany Law School

Women's Law Caucus (WLC)

National Lawyers Guild

Public Interest Law Society

Environmental Law Society

Health Law Society




American University Washington College of Law

American University has a host of student run public interest organizations that actively contributes to the thriving public interest law community. Students are constantly creating new organizations and implementing new ideas to keep the public interest spirit at WCL alive. For a list of the current active student organizations at WCL visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/




Appalachian School of Law

ASL is a member of Equal Justice Works and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. ASL students are active in a variety of public interest organizations including the Sutin Public Interest Association, ("SPIA") and the Environmental Law Society, ("ELS").




Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law




Arizona Summit Law School




Ave Maria School of Law




Barry University School of Law




Baylor University Law School

The Baylor Public Interest Legal Society is a service-oriented organization which exists to serve Baylor Law School and the Waco community in facilitating the involvement of students in public interest institutions and programs. The Society coordinates and encourages the efforts of students, faculty, and administration in promoting public interest issues on campus and in the community. The Society also assists students in obtaining internships, externships, and employment in public interest fields in coordination with Baylor Law School's faculty and administration.




Boston College Law School

  • Children's Rights Group
  • Community Economic Development Law Group
  • Coalition for Equality
  • Criminal Justice Law Project
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Project
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Immigration Spring Break
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Human Rights Project
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Reproductive Choice Coalition
  • Veterans Association
  • Women's Law Center
For a more detailed listing and additional information, visit: www.bc.edu/schools/law/services/studentorgs




Boston University School of Law

BU Law has an engaged student population with many student organizations including:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Constitution Society (ACS)
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Communication, Entertainment, and Sports Law Association (CESLA)
Education and School Law Association
Energy and Environmental Law Society (EELS)
Environmental Law Society
Family Law Association
Federalist Society
Health Law Association
Human Rights Law Society (HRLS)
Immigration Law and Policy Society
International Law Society
Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA)
Law Christian Fellowship
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA)
National Security Law Society
Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
OUTLAW
Older, Wiser Law Students (OWLS)
Public Interest Project (PIP)
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Women's Law Association (WLA)




Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

Public Interest Law Forum (Equal Justice Works group)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Government & Politics Legal Society

Natural Resources Law Society




Brooklyn Law School

The following student organizations are dedicated to public interest issues. A complete listing of student organizations and additional information about the organizations listed below can be viewed at http://www.brooklaw.edu/studentorg/.

American Civil Liberties Union (BLS-ACLU)
(Co-sponsors debate program, speakers and events.)

American Constitution Society (ACS)
(Co-sponsors debate program, speakers and events.)

Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI)
(Raises funds for and sponsors Summer Public Interest Fellowships and leads many community service activities.)

BLS Motivating Youth through Legal Education (M.Y.L.E.)
(Coaches high school students in a Constitutional debate program.)

Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office, Student Action Group
(Helps vulnerable consumer debtors.)

Legal Association For Women (LAW)
(Helps victims of domestic violence in three different programs.)

National Lawyers Guild
(Helps workers, immigrants, prisoners and others, sponsors debates and programs, and participates in legal monitoring of voting, protests and controversial events.)

Student Hurricane Network (SHN)
(Provides civil as well as criminal defense assistance to those in the Gulf Region suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.)

Tax Law Association
(Helps low-wage earners to file taxes and receive benefits.)

Unemployment Action Center
(Assists unemployment insurance claimants in New York City.)




California Western School of Law

  • Amnesty International
  • Child, Family & Elder Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Health Law Society
  • La Raza Law Student Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Pride Law
  • Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)
  • Student Bar Association
  • Women's Law Caucus




Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Primary:

Pro Bono Council

Campbell Public Interest Law Student Association (CPILSA)

Campbell Law Innocence Project (CLIP)

SBA Community Cares Committee



Student Groups with Significant Public Interest Focus:

American Civil Liberties Union

Black Law Student Association

Delta Theta Phi

Environmental Law Association

Hispanic Law Student Association

Lambda Law

Phi Alpha Delta

Men's Legal Caucus

Military Law Student Association

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Women in Law

A full list of student organizations can be viewed at: http://www.law.campbell.edu/page.cfm?id=419&n=student-organizations




Capital University Law School

Environmental Law Society
VITA




Case Western Reserve University Law School

The Student Public Interest Law Fellowship (SPILF) is a non-partisan student organization that aims to encourage students to consider careers in public interest law; to support and advocate for students who have chosen public interest careers; and to raise money to provide grants to law students who accept summer internships with public interest employers in lieu of more lucrative summer employment.




Catholic University of America School of Law

Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) puts on numerous events and community service/pro bono activities in order to provide information and experience in public interest law. This includes community service and pro bono opportunities, guest speakers, career panels, and general information on various type of public interest opportunities. SPIL also hosts numerous fundraisers throughout the year to provide summer stipends to students working in the public interest arena. The biggest event is the Annual SPIL Auction which raises over $30,000 each year for summer stipends.




Chapman University School of Law

Public Interest Law Foundation - PILF holds a silent auction every spring to raise funds for summer grants to students doing public interest work. PILF also puts on a variety of lunchtime panels throughout the school year to educate students about public interest careers and pro bono opportunities.

http://www.chapman.edu/law/students/PILF/default.asp




Charleston School of Law

Public Interest Legal Society




Charlotte School of Law

CharlotteLaw Public Interest Law Society (PILS)




City University of New York Law at Queens College

The Mississippi Project
Labor Coalition
Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Court Advocates Project
Irish Law Students Association
Latin American Law Students Association
National Lawyers Guild chapter
Public Interest Law Association
Constitution Law Society
New York City Law Review
Moot Court
Contemplative Urban Law Program
Criminal Law Society
CUNY OUTlaws
Muslim Law Students Association
South Asian Law Students Association




Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law




Columbia University School of Law

ACLU Columbia Law School Chapter

African Law Student Society

American Constitution Society

Amnesty International

Asian Pacific Law Students Association

Black Law Students Association

Civil Rights Law Society

Columbia Coalition for Life

Columbia Law Women's Association

Criminal Justice Action Network

Domestic Violence Project

Environmental Law Society

Federalist Society

For Enacting a Humane Drug Policy (FEHDP)

IMPACT

Just Democracy - Active only in 04-50

Latino/a Law Students Association

Muslim Law Student Association

National Lawyers Guild

Native American Law Student Association

Outlaws

Public Interest Law Foundation

Rightslink

Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Society of Law, Health and Bioethics

Student Alliance for Gender Equality

Youth Justice Association




Cornell Law School

American Constitution Society

Black Law Students Association

Christian Legal Society

Jewish Legal Society

Cornell Law Students for Human Rights

Environmental Law Society

Federalist Society

Jewish Law Students Association

Latino American Law Students Association

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

National Lawyers Guild

Native American Law Students Association

Public Interest Law Union

Society of Law and the Arts

Students for Marriage Equality




Creighton University School of Law

Public Interest Law Forum




DePaul University College of Law

American Constitution Society - Hosts speakers and panel events

National Lawyers Guild - Hosted speakers, film discussions. Trained legal observers. Sponsored trip to School of the Americas Protest for law students.

Outlaws- Hosts events to raise awareness about legal issues concerning the gay community

Public Interest Law Association - Hosted speakers and panels; raised and distributed money to students working in public interest fields

The Society for Asylum and Immigration Law - SAIL exposes law students to the area of asylum and immigration law through guest speakers, presentations, conferences, and more. SAIL accepts and encourages an exchange of ideas between different points of view in an effort to create a more complete and educated dialogue




Drake University School of Law

Agricultural Law Association

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society

American Bar Association - Drake University Law School Division

American Constitution Society - Drake Law Chapter

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

Black Law Student Association

Business Law Society

Christian Legal Society

Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

Drake Association for Child Advocacy

Drake Law Democrats

Drake Law LGBT Student Association

Drake Law Republicans

Drake Law School Chapter of the National Association for Consumer Advocacy

Drake Law Women

Environmental Law Society

The Federalist Society

Health Law Student Association

Hispanic Latino Law Student Society

Intellectual Property Law Society

International Law Society

Military Law Student Association

Moot Court Board

Public Interest Law Association

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Student Bar Association




Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law

SPIN - Student Public Interest Network

The Just Society




Duke University School of Law

Women Law Students Association

American Constitution Society

Black Law Students Association

Board of the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Project

Duke Bar Association Community Service Board

Duke Environmental & Policy Forum

Duke Law Democrats

Duke Law Journal

Duke Law Republicans

Environmental Law Society

Federalist Society

Health Law Society

Hispanic/Latino Law Students Association

Innocence Project

International Law Society

Jewish Law Students Association

Public Interest Law Foundation




Duquesne University School of Law

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is dedicated to increasing awareness of public interest issues as well as providing opportunities for students to gain experience in the public interest field. PILA focuses on publicizing the types of public interest careers that are available, presenting students with the opportunity to become involved in the local community by performing public service activities of a legal and non-legal nature, and raising money to fund students who wish to do summer internships with public interest employers. Contact information for the current officers can be found online at http://www.sites.duq.edu/law/student-services/organizations/pila.cfm.




Elon University School of Law

Public Interest Law Society (PILS)

ACLU




Emory University School of Law

Emory Public Interest Committee




Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

Student organizations are encouraged to adopt a public service goal for the year. The Jones Public Interest Law Foundation helps raise funds to support students' deducation to public interest/public service.

The law school is a member of Equal Justice Works and subscribes to PSLAWnet.




Florida A&M University College of Law




Florida Coastal School of Law

Every student group at Florida Coastal performs pro bono work. These student groups include:

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association – Law Student Division
  • Animal Law Society
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Coastal Association of Public Interest Law
  • Caribbean Law Student Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Entertainment Law Association
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Federalists Society
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association
  • International Law Society
  • Irish American Law Society
  • Italian American Law Students Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Society
  • Jewish Law Students Associations
  • Lambda Legal Society
  • Law Students Against Violence
  • Military Law Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Pro Bono
  • Public Speaking for Lawyers
  • Real Property
  • Probate & Trust Law Club
  • South Asian American Legal Society
  • Sports Law Society
  • Women Law Students' Association.




Florida International University College of Law




Florida State University College of Law

Student Bar Association, Public Interest Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Environmental Law Society and ACLU are some of the active law student organizations that are involved in identifying, creating and promoting public interest and community service opportunities to the law school community.




Fordham University School of Law




George Mason University School of Law




George Washington University Law School

  • Amnesty International Legal Support Group
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Domestic Violence Coalition
  • Environmental Law Association
  • Equal Justice Foundation (the Equal Justice Works student chapter)
  • Lambda Law
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Street Law.
For a complete listing of student organizations, see http://www.law.gwu.edu/Resources/Student+Organizations.htm.




Georgetown University Law Center

ACLU

AIDS Law Movement

American Constitution Society

Criminal Law Association

Environmental Law Society

Equal Justice Foundation

Everybody Wins!

Federalist Society

Global Race and Identity Project

Georgetown Human Rights Action / Amnesty International

Georgetown Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Georgetown Youth Advocacy

Habitat for Humanity

HouseReach

Innocence Project

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

National Lawyers Guild

National Security Law Society

Outlaw

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Women of Color Collective

Women's Legal Alliance




Georgia State University College of Law




Golden Gate University School of Law

Student Bar Association (SBA): SBA is the official voice of School of Law students. An umbrella organization funded by student fees, the SBA coordinates various programs, activities, and events to meet the educational, recreational, and interpersonal needs of the student body. All JD students are members of the SBA and pay a fee of $20 per semester to fund SBA activities. In turn, the SBA disburses these funds to support other student groups and activities. Students elect SBA officers and representatives each spring. The representatives come from each class of the day and evening divisions. The officers of the SBA are the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Together with the representatives, these officers constitute the board of directors. The president of the SBA serves on the School of Law's hearing panel and attends meetings of the Golden Gate University Board of Trustees.

ACLU-NC Student Chapter: The ACLU of Northern California works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. We aim to extend these freedoms to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. In addition to the litigation for which the ACLU-NC has been known over the past seven decades, we also educate the public, inform the media, lobby legislators, organize grassroots activists, and disseminate information about our constitutional freedoms.

American Bar Association Law Student Division (ABA/LSD): ABA/LSD seeks to further academic excellence by encouraging law students to participate in the efforts of the organized bar in the formation and revision of standards of legal education. In the past, the School of Law's chapter sponsored a "Surviving Law School" program, introducing both day and evening division first-year students to the reality of law school, and organized an annual Homeless Luncheon.

American Constitution Society (ACS): ACS is a progressive organization comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists, and other concerned individuals working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law. The GGU ACS chapter initiates and organizes events and debates that foster intelligent discussion and thought on current and future legal issues.

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA): APALSA is open to all law students enrolled at Golden Gate University and is dedicated to providing academic, professional, and social support to all of its members. APALSA also encourages and fosters greater minority enrollment at the School of Law and teaches awareness of issues involving Asian Pacific American individuals, minorities, and the surrounding community.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA): BLSA is a national organization dedicated to the recruitment, support (including academic support), and development of African-American law students. The BLSA chapter at Golden Gate promotes academic success and achievement by sponsoring a mentoring program and conducting review sessions and workshops for first-year students. BLSA promotes career development by participating in job fairs and the School of Law's annual Law Career Focus Day and by sponsoring presentations by practicing attorneys.

Employment Law Association (ELA): ELA members promote employment and labor law, uncover the hot issues in these areas, and build a network together.

Environmental Law Society (ELS): ELS discusses current developments in environmental law and works to further the goals of protecting the environment as well as securing placements in the legal field. ELS also participates in the annual Earth Day cleanup and the annual beach cleanup, hosts speakers on environmental issues, and periodically cosponsors a symposium dealing with emerging issues in environmental law. ELS participates each spring in the Environmental Conference in Eugene, Oregon, which provides a setting for interested students to meet and share information about events, school programs, jobs, and new developments in the field of environmental law.

Federalist Society (FS): The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative and libertarian law students, lawyers, and members of the judiciary. The society is founded on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and the rule of law.

Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA): IPLA seeks to forge and maintain relationships among students, the School of Law and firms, corporations, businesses, and other organizations involved in all areas of intellectual property law to educate students about intellectual property law, aid students in obtaining IP-related employment, and promote the integrity of the School of Law's IP law program to the legal community. IPLA has surveyed local firms to determine their hiring preferences regarding recent graduates and summer associate positions, sponsored presentations by local attorneys regarding issues in IP law, and cosponsored activities with professional organizations such as California Lawyers for the Arts.

International Law Society (ILS): ILS brings together students of diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of promoting and fostering an increased understanding and appreciation of international law at all levels, whether public, private, comparative, theoretical, or practical. ILS is an active member of the International Law Student Association (ILSA), a worldwide umbrella student organization.

Iranian Law Student Association (ILSA): The Iranian Law Students Association ("ILSA") of Golden Gate University seeks to promote the professional and cultural advancement of the Iranian community in the Bay Area. ILSA strives to strengthen the Iranian and Middle Eastern communities by participating in cultural, social, and charitable events.

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): JLSA plans social and culturally enriching events for Jewish students and faculty as well as events designed to educate the School of Law community about Jewish concerns.

Latino Law Students Association (La RAZA): A main objective of La Raza is to provide academic and moral support for first-year students. La Raza provides direction and advice to first-year students through its mentor/mentee program and scheduled general meetings. La Raza also strives to facilitate bonds among students who are interested in Latino issues and serves as an information resource group for its members. Upper-division students can benefit from the host of career and scholarship/fellowship opportunities that are available for people of color. Additionally, La Raza brings Latino community issues back to the law student through e-mail postings and announcements at its general meetings.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ): Law Students for Reproductive Justice is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting pro-choice law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights.

Middle Eastern LAW Students Association (MELSA): MELSA was founded to facilitate information sharing and collaboration among law students of Middle Eastern background. The group strives to build a strong alliance with other School of Law associations and to foster a greater understanding between Middle Eastern and non-Middle Eastern law students.

National Italian American Foundation (NIAF): NIAF seeks to provide a unified and effective voice for Italian Americans so that their beliefs and views may be heard by the social, economical, cultural, educational, and political institutions of this country. NIAF also educates members of the Italian American community on issues that are of interest to them and may affect government policy, and aims to protect the history, heritage, and accomplishments of Italian Americans. In addition, NIAF seeks to help young Italian Americans attain their educational goals. This group is also known as "CIAO," the California Italian-American Advocates Association.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG): NLG is a progressive group of lawyers, law students, and legal workers that provides legal support for workers and for persons who are racially, sexually, or politically oppressed. The Bay Area chapter strives to expose law students to a variety of public interest law practices and connect students with practitioners working in areas of particularly urgent need. The Bay Area chapter of the NLG recently organized projects on SSI reapplications, affirmative action, prisoner's rights, and immigrant rights.

Phi Alpha Delta: Phi Alpha Delta aims to unite law students, teachers, judges, and attorneys in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and the encourage members' moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement.

Phi Delta Phi: The purpose of Phi Delta Phi, which is open to all students, is to form a strong bond uniting law students and professors with members of the bench and bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of justice and community service.

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): PILF is dedicated to advancing public interest through law by encouraging and supporting members who give back to the community. PILF assists students in finding legal employment and involvement opportunities in public interest and in government. It also provides forums to hear from faculty and practicing attorneys about their public interest experiences and to discuss issues within public interest fields. PILF helps administer the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which provides grants to help repay a portion of educational loans to School of Law graduates who work in low-paying public interest jobs. Each spring, PILF awards summer grants to current students working in public interest positions and holds an auction and raffle to raise money for these programs.

Public Policy Project (PPP): PPP, a non-partisan organization, aims to promote awareness of the relationship between law and politics and to engage and participate in the public policy sector by facilitating the understanding of the many considerations and tenets that underlie policy and how it serves the community.

Queer Law Student Association (QLSA): QLSA is concerned with individual rights and legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Members are committed to playing an active part in legal and social reform. QLSA has spearheaded dialogue within the School of Law community on the issue of gays in the military by publishing information and bringing in speakers on the subject. QLSA also engages in networking by way of a mentor program with Bay Area attorneys through BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom).

Student Elder Law Forum (SELF): The Student Elder Law Forum (SELF) creates opportunities for students to get involved in the rapidly growing field of elder law. SELF invites leading elder law attorneys to address students on campus, maintains a website and other resources for interested students, and regularly sponsors events to encourage students to apply their skills in the important and rewarding practice of elder law.

South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA): SALSA is an organization that aims to build networks between South Asian law students and lawyers that will continue throughout their professional careers. SALSA strives to come together to help the community through volunteer work and fundraising. SALSA hopes to educate the community about South Asian issues and promote social synergy throughout the school's South Asian community.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF): SALDF provides a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

The Women's Law Association (WLA): WLA is dedicated to educating and fostering dialogue on issues that impact women's rights, especially in the legal field. It sponsors social and educational activities for the entire student body as well as events primarily of interest to women. In the past, WLA has provided a mentor program for first-year students.

Youth Law Association (YLA): The Youth Law Association aims to open up the field of Youth Law at GGU through panels and networking events. We strive to assist students in their exploration of this dynamic area of practice.




Gonzaga University School of Law

Environmental Law Caucus

Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project

Just Democracy

Sexual Orientation Diversity Alliance

Student Bar Association

Tax Law Society - VITA

Thomas More Scholars

Women's Law Caucus




Hamline University School of Law




Harvard University Law School

African Law Association (HALA)

Alliance for Independent Feminists (AIF)

American Constitution Society (ACS)

Asia Law Society (HALS)

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

Big Brother Big Sister

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Child and Youth Advocates

Direct Action Against Poverty

Environmental Law Society

Forum on Local Govt. and Politics

Gender Justice Working Group

Harvard Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy

HLS ACLU

HLS Democrats

HLS KSG Association for Law and Policy

HLS Republicans

HLS Veterans Association

Immigration Project

Just Democracy

Kids in the Court

Labor and Employment Action Law Project (LEAP)

Lambda

Latin American Law Society

Law Students for Choice

Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)

Multiracial Law Students Assn.

National Lawyers Guild

Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)

Project on Wrongful Convictions

Recording Artists Project

South Asian Law Students Assn.

StopDV

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

Student Public Interest Network (SPIN)

Tax Help Club

Women's Law Association (WLA)




Hofstra University School of Law

The Public Justice Foundation (PJF) – The Public Justice Foundation is the Law School's public interest law student organization. The objectives of PJF are twofold: first, to raise awareness about public sector law practice by facilitating student employment in the area; and second, to expose the Law School community to important legal issues through debate and discussion. PJF holds various fundraisers, including an annual service auction, which fund summer fellowships for Hofstra Law School students who take nonpaying jobs in the public sector that they otherwise would be unable to accept due to financial constraints. In furtherance of its second objective, PJF has sponsored debates and other educational programs

Domestic Violence Courtroom Advocates Program (CAP)

Unemployment Action Center (UAC)

Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Legal Emergency Aid Project (LEAP)




Howard University School of Law

ACLU
American Constitution Society
Barrister
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Justice Society
Education Law Students Association
Family Law Society br /> Howard Energy & Environmental Law Society br /> Howard Public Interest Law Society br /> OUTLAW br /> Women's Law Student Association




Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago-Kent College of Law

Kent Justice Foundation (KJF) - Approximately 20 students receive grants from the student-run Kent Justice Foundation, ranging up to $5,000 for ten weeks of public interest work in the summer. This fundraising is supported through a student-run spring auction, a fall wine event and other fundraising efforts throughout the year, as well as additional support from the Faculty, the Student Bar Association, and the Dean. Through KJF students volunteer with the Self-Help Web Desk at the Daley Center/Circuit Court of Cook County. At the Daley Center students assist pro se litigants by helping them access legal resources so that they can effectively represent themselves in court. This project is coordinated through Chicago-Kent's Center for Access to Justice and Technology, with student organization support.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) - The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. They seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. The NLG student group at Chicago-Kent is active in training students to be legal observers when there are protests or controversial trials taking place in the Chicago area.

Access to Justice Student Editorial Board- is a student-staffed initiative aimed at researching and supporting access to justice projects, including A2J Author projects and other internet related projects.

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association - Students participate in a monthly clinic opportunity at Asian Human Services.

Black Law Students Association - This law student group conducts one major and one minor community service activity every semester.

Chicago-Kent's Environmental Law Society (ELS) focuses on enhancing Chicago-Kent's profile as one of the top-rated environmental law schools. The group promotes sustainability within the law school and helps others do the same; raises eco-consciousness, and encourages personal sustainability throughout the student body. The group also supports students financially in their quest to serve the environment and contribute to the enhancement of the environmental law curriculum.

The International Law Student Association holds program on international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law. Chicago-Kent has an international nation-building project in Kosovo and Bosnia that students participate in though travel to those countries and assistance in nation-building there.

Student Bar Association (SBA) - the SBA participates in the Walk Against Breast Cancer and other volunteer fundraising initiatives every year.

Society of Women in Law (WIL) - WIL stages an annual production of the Vagina Monologues with contributions going to Rape Victims Advocates. They also provide law students with summer fellowship opportunities & mentors.

Student Hurricane Network – Law students from across the country formed the Student Hurricane Network (SHN), a national association dedicated to providing assistance to communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The legal questions and problems facing the individuals and communities throughout the Gulf Coast region are monumental in scale, and will remain for years to come. The Chicago-Kent Student Hurricane Network organization was created to support and organize Chicago-Kent students who are interested in providing assistance to legal agencies involved in hurricane-related projects. The organization works with students at Chicago-Kent and around the state of Illinois to coordinate travel and fund-raising efforts for service trips to the areas affected by the hurricanes. The organization also helps match students interested in performing remote research with organizations that are seeking assistance.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund – The Chicago-Kent SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of the field of animal law.




Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington)

  • American Constitution Society
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Feminist Law Forum
  • Health Law Society
  • Latino Law Student Association
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Outlaw
  • Public Interest Law Foundation (already listed)
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Women's Law Caucus




Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis

Equal Justice Works, Indianapolis chapter




Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law




John Marshall Law School




John Marshall Law School – Atlanta

Public Interest Law Society




Lewis & Clark Law School

Public Interest Law Project (PILP): PILP's mission is to contribute to the public interest by financially supporting students and graduates who choose careers working for the public good. Throughout the academic year, PILP holds fundraising events, culminating in an annual auction. Events have included trivia contests, karaoke with professors, and a poker tournament. PILP funds 10-20 students every summer to work in public interest positions. Summer stipend recipients have worked for a variety of organizations, dealing with issues such as children’s rights, environmental protection, domestic violence, and civil rights.

American Civil Liberties Union: The purpose of Lewis & Clark Law School ACLU is to promote the cause of civil liberties among the students, faculty and staff at Lewis & Clark Law School.

American Constitution Society: The goal of ACS is to strengthen the intellectual foundations of a more progressive vision of the law. ACS provides forums for discussion and debate within the L&C Law School Community on issues such as: privacy, freedom of speech, federalism, antidiscrimination and affirmative action, gay rights, reproductive choice, disability rights, labor and consumer rights, and protection of health, safety, and the environment.

Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association: APALSA works to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Asian American students in Lewis & Clark Law School; to foster and encourage an attitude of professional excellence; to highlight the relationship of Asian American Law Students to their respective communities and to the legal system.

Black Law Student Association: The Black Law Student Association is a student run club that includes members from diverse backgrounds. BLSA is dynamic and is dedicated to increasing diversity and communication among students and legal professionals.

Christian Legal Fellowship: The Christian Legal Fellowship is a group committed to providing a space for people to grow in faith. CLF is committed to social justice, community service, and following Jesus.

Coalition Advocating Transportation Solutions: The mission of CATS is to raise awareness and use of sensible, alternative, and sustainable modes of transportation.

Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance: The Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance (CVRA) works to raise awareness and educate future attorneys about crime victim advocacy by exploring current dilemmas in the field, offering solutions, promoting discussion, and encouraging collaboration among legal groups in acknowledging and furthering the rights of crime victims.

Criminal Law Society: The Criminal Law Society promotes awareness and understanding of the criminal justice system, both by the lawyers that work within the system and the society that is affected by its outcomes.

Employment Law Society: The Employment Law Society (ELS) is dedicated to promoting student opportunities in employment law through informational programs, volunteer events, and lively discussion of the latest employment law issues.

Environmental Justice Advocates: The Environmental Justice Advocates’ mission is to advocate for and support, through direct action and the law, communities’ efforts toward environmental justice.

Environmental Law Caucus: ELC provides a forum for law students to connect with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and embrace environmentalism on a personal level.

Family Law Society: The Family Law Society’s mission is to raise awareness of the family law field and opportunities therein for the student body, to establish and maintain relationships with family law attorneys, and to enrich the role of family law practice in the community.

Federalist Society: The Federalist Society seeks to redefine the terms of legal debate by providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, academics, and the architects of public policy.

Health Law Group: The Health Law Group advances the health law curriculum, sponsors campus events, and engages in community outreach to promote health equity.

International Law Society: ILS seeks to promote international law; to encourage communication and cooperation among students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize educational and career opportunities in international law.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society: J. Ruben Clark Law Society strives to promote the values of (1) public service,
(2) loyalty to the rule of law, and
(3) appreciation for the religious dimension in society and in a law student’s personal life.

Jewish Legal society JLS seeks to create a community for Jewish law students, their spouses, partners, children, friends, or those of Jewish heritage. JLS is active in a variety of ways including, on campus ethical education, international law, religious and interfaith programming.

Latino Law Society: LLS serves to promote the recruitment and retention of Latino students, to promote unity among the Latino students, and to promote awareness and understanding in the law school and the community of Latino perspectives, culture, heritage, and issues.

Minority Law Student Association: MLSA promotes diversity at Lewis & Clark and in the Oregon legal community by hosting events on minority issues and providing a network for students. MLSA sponsors speakers, mentoring opportunities, and a variety of networking and social events.

National Lawyers Guild: NLG strives to support activists by providing legal observers to document violations of freedom of expression at events and rallies, to present Know Your Rights Trainings to students and the community, to be a radical presence on campus and to continue to work for human rights in new ways.

Native American Law Student Association: NALSA’s goals are to educate the Lewis & Clark Community about legal issues affecting Native American and Alaskan Native communities, promote the study of Federal Indian law, and encourage interaction with local tribes.

Northwest Environmental Defense Center: NEDC provides legal support to individuals and grassroots environmental organizations and engages in litigation independently or in conjunction with other environmental groups. In October, NEDC hosts a retreat for members and volunteers, where students are introduced to environmental legal issues.

OUTLAW: OutLaw provides a forum for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, questioning students and their allies to meet, exchange ideas, share experiences, and bring pertinent legal and political issues of the LGBT community to campus.

Secular Legal SocietySLS provides a venue for students at Lewis & Clark Law School, practicing attorneys, scholars and community leaders to discuss and debate both secular and non-secular legal theories, philosophies, and issues in addition to promoting and creating awareness of secular humanism.

Student Advocates for Business & Environmental Responsibility: SABER’s goal is twofold: to advocate for incentive-driven solutions to environmental and economic issues and to provide a collaborative, career-focused atmosphere for our members.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund: SALDF coordinates opportunities for animal law pro bono work, community service, and activism, and holds many informative and celebratory events throughout the year that promote critical thinking about the relationship of animals to humans and exploration of legal duties to the animals in those relationships.

Students for International Environmental Law: SIEL’s mission is to promote education and collaboration on issues of international environmental law within local, national, and global communities.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy: SSDP creates safe spaces to have open, critical, and honest conversation about drug policy reform, works to educate fellow law students and the greater Portland community about drug policy reform issues.

Student Trial Lawyers Association: STLA is committed to fostering interest in the variety of trial practice careers that exist in the legal profession and educating students about how best to prepare for a career as a trial lawyer.

Women’s Law Caucus: Women’s Law Caucus seeks to bring together the community of Lewis and Clark students interested in exploring the wide spectrum of legal issues affecting




Liberty University School of Law

None at this time.




Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Public Interest Law Society (PILS) - PILS focuses on three areas: community service, pro bono work and searching for and funding public interest internships. Its goal is to increase the number of public interest and pro bono opportunities available to LSU law students by administering a fellowship fund for summer public interest internships and organizing pro bono projects to help the local community during the school year.




Loyola Law School: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Public Interest Law Foundation - PILF is a student-run, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the careers of law students who choose to work in public interest law by promoting legal employment and involvement opportunities to combat social, political and economic injustices. Each year during the month of October, PILF organizes and sponsors the annual PILF Auction and Casino Night. All proceeds earned at the event are utilized to fund PILF Summer Interest Grants.




Loyola University Chicago: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

American Civil Liberities Union

American Constitution Society

Asian American Law Student Association

Black Law Student Association

Business Law Society

Catholic Laywer's Guild

Child Law Society

Decalogue

Elder Law Society

Federalist Society

Health Law Society

Justinian Society

Latino American Law Student Association

Loyola LAMBDA

Loyola Law Republicans

National Lawyers Guild

Public Interest Law Society

Women's Law Society




Loyola University New Orleans: Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Loyola Public Interest Law Group

Spanish American Law Students Association (SALSA)

St. Thomas More Society




Marquette University Law School

Public Interest Law Society

Marquette Law Schools most popular and active student organization is the Public Interest Law Society. The purpose of PILS is to act as a resource for Marquette University Law School students interested in public interest law, and to stimulate interest in this area of law. This purpose is carried out by sponsoring programs, seminars, and social activities that deal with current topics in public interest law and by acquainting members with professionals in the community. PILS is also dedicated to providing community service and enhancing public opinion of the profession. Each year PILS sponsors a Thanksgiving dinner and the PILS Auction & Gala to raise money for PILS Summer Fellowships. In addition, PILS sponsors speakers on important public interest issues and appoints a liaison to the State Bar of Wisconsin Public Interest Law Section Board of Directors.

Other student organizations which are involved with community service include:

Association for Women in the Law

The Black Law Students Association

Children and Family Law Society

Christian Legal Society

The Health Law Society

The Student Bar Association




Mercer University School of Law

  • Public Interest Law Society




Michigan State University College of Law

Contact Information for groups above without websites: http://www.law.msu.edu/directory.php#student




Mississippi College: Mississippi College School of Law




New England School of Law: New England School of Law

American Civil Liberties Union Chapter

Children's Law Society

Environmental Law Society

National Lawyers Guild Chapter

Public Interest Law Association

Shelter Legal Services Foundation Chapter

Women's Law Caucus




New York Law School: New York Law School

Public Interest Coalition

Domestic Violence Project

Unemployment Action Center




New York University: New York University School of Law

In addition to the Student-Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects described in detail above, the following student groups are active in public interest issues. Please see http://www.law.nyu.edu/students/studentorganizations/ for a complete list of student groups.

  • American Constitution Society
  • Coalition for Legal Recruitment
  • Cuba Legal Studies Group
  • Dean's Cup
  • Education Law and Policy Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Health Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • Law Students Against the Death Penalty
  • Law Student Drug Policy Forum
  • Law Students for Economic Justice
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Mental Health Law Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • NYU ACLU
  • OUTLaw
  • Project on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Public Interest Law Foundation (PILC)
  • Public Service Auction
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Student Bar Association
  • Youth and Criminal Justice Society




North Carolina Central University School of Law

ACLU Chapter

Environmental Law Society

Hispanic Law Students Association

Student Bar Association

Women's Caucus




Northeastern University: Northeastern University School of Law

Alliance for Israel
American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Cooperative Income Sharing Program
Federalist Society
Human Rights Caucus
International Law Society
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
National Lawyers Guild, NUSL Chapter
Northeastern Employment & Labor Law Association
Northeastern Environmental Law Society
Queers United in Radical Rethinking (QUiRR)
Society for Restorative Justice
Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)




Northern Illinois University: Northern Illinois University College of Law

Public Interest Law Society - Marla Dickerson Chapter (Equal Justice Works chapter)




Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

The Chase Public Interest Group is a student organization whose mission is to educate future lawyers about the inequities that exist in our legal system, and to prepare them to dedicate their professional efforts to developing a more just society. This group's activities include hosting speakers from the public interest field, educating students about opportunities in public interest law, participating in public service activities, and raising funds for fellowships for Chase students who accept unpaid summer public interest work.




Northwestern University: Northwestern University School of Law

Advocates for Reproductive Freedom

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Constitution Society

Amnesty International

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

Black Law Students Association

Diversity Coalition

The D.R.E.A.M. Society

Environmental Law Society

The Federalist Society

Latino Law Students Association

Law School Democrats

National Lawyers Guild

OUTlaw

Public Interest Law Group

South Asian Law Students Association

St. Thomas More Society

Student Bar Association

Student Effort to Rejuvenate Volunteerism

Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship

Women's Leadership Coalition




Notre Dame: Notre Dame Law School

  • Asian Law Students Association
  • Black Law Students of Notre Dame
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Systems
  • Hispanic American Law Association
  • Irish Law Students Association
  • Italian Law Students Association
  • Jus Vitae of Notre Dame
  • The Public Interest Law Forum
  • Social Justice Forum
  • Society of International Human Rights
  • Student Bar Association, Community Services Division
  • Women's Legal Forum.




Nova Southeastern University: Shepard Broad Law Center

Public Interest Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Criminal Law Society
Inter-American Center for Human Rights




Ohio Northern Claude W. Pettit College of Law




Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Advocates For Children: Sponsors a needy local family during the holidays and collects toys and money to be able to deliver items of clothing, toys and food to family.

International Justice Mission: In pursuing the work of justice, the chapter sponsors events at the law school and in the Columbus community to raise awareness of international human rights abuses, organize advocacy and intervention efforts on behalf of victims of that abuse, and raises money to support the International Justice Mission in its work abroad.

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit student organization committed to reducing the financial barriers to working in public interest law. PILF does so by offering summer fellowships to law students who wish to work in the public sector and by educating students about the rewards of pursuing public interest careers.




Oklahoma City University: Oklahoma City University School of Law

Public Interest Law Group




Pace University School of Law

American Constitution Society

Asian-American Law Students Association

Environmental Law Society

International Law Society

National Lawyers Guild

PILSO

Women's Association of Law Students




Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law

Information on students organizations including the Public Interest Law Fund, Amnesty International, and the Environmental Law Society can be found at http://law.psu.edu/current_students/student_organizations.




Pepperdine University: Odell McConnell Law Center

Advocates for Public Interest Law – (A) Provides Pepperdine students with opportunities for community service; (B) Makes students aware of career opportunities in public interest law; (C) Works to provide funding for students who wish to pursue careers in public interest law;(D) Encourages students to make pro bono work a part of their careers; and (E) Educates students with regard to the different areas of public interest law and its importance in the legal field




Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico




Quinnipiac University School of Law

Animal Law Society

Fundraiser for CT Humane Society Black Law Students Association

Thurgood Marshall Awards, Law education project in community middle school

Brehon Society

Constitutional Law Society

Democratic Law Society

Environmental Law Society

Family & Juvenile Law Society

Family Law Society

International Law Society

Law & Medicine Society

Legal Times/ATLA

Phi Alpha Delta

Probate Law Journal

Public Interest Law Project

SBA

Society for Dispute Resolution

Tax Law Society

Women's Law Society




Regent University: School of Law

Public Interest Legal Advocates of Regent (PILAR)




Roger Williams University: School of Law

Student Chapters of State, National, and International Organizations:

  • RWU National Lawyers Guild
  • Student Branch - Rhode Island Association for Justice (SRIAJ)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Student Chapter
  • American Constitution Society (ACS)
  • Association for Public Interest Law (APIL)
  • Christian Law Student Society
  • Criminal Law Society (CLS)
  • Elder Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS)
  • Family Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Health Law Society
  • International Law Society (ILS)
  • Negotiation and Mediation Association (Society for Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Quahogs
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
  • Tax Law and Business Society (TLBS)

Cultural and Common Interest Groups:

  • Multi-Cultural Law Students Association (MCLSA)
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)
  • Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
  • Jewish Law Students Association (JLS)
  • The Alliance (LGBT)
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (S.A.L.D.F. )
  • Women's Law Society (WLS)




Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Center for Law and Justice (Newark)

Asian/Pacific-American Law Students Association (APALSA)

Association of Black Law Students (ABLS)

Association of Latin-American Law Students

Gay and Lesbian Caucus

Law Students for Choice

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)

Rutgers ACLU

Rutgers International Law Society

Student Lawyers Guild

Women's Law Forum




Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden

American Constitution Society

Association for Public Interest Law (APIL)

Womens Law Society




Saint John's University School of Law

  • Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA)
  • Courtroom Advocates Program
  • Multilingual Legal Advocates
  • Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA)




Saint Louis University: Saint Louis University School of Law

Black Law Student Association

Toys for Tots

Public Interest Law Group

Student Bar Association

Hurrican Katrina Relief, Blood Drives, Tax Assistantce Program

Women's Law Student Association

Project Angel Tree




Saint Mary's University of San Antonio: St. Mary’s University of San Antonio School of Law

Public Interest Law Association




Saint Thomas University: St. Thomas University School of Law (FL)

Association of Public Health Law Students
Criminal Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Public Interest Law Student Association
St. Thomas More Catholic Law Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Tax Law Society




Samford University: Cumberland School of Law

Hispanic Interest Law Students' Association




Santa Clara University: Santa Clara University School of Law

The Public Interest & Social Justice Coalition (PISJC) is the student arm of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service. The PISJC is a coalition of law students that raises awareness and addresses issues of public interest and social justice. PISJC provides a network for students and unites concerned student organizations engaged in public interest goals. PISJC sponsors Donate-a-day, which fundraises for the Social Justice Summer Grants; and co-sponsors numerous events with other student organizations and the Center. Visit the Coalition http://law.scu.edu/pisjc/index.cfm

There are a host of other student organizations whose mission includes a commitment to public interest and social justice including but not limited to:

American Civil Liberties Union-Northern California

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Amnesty International

National Lawyers Guild




Seattle University: Seattle University School of Law

American Constitutional Society (ACS)

Black Law Students Association

Dispute Resolution Board

Hispanic Organization for Legal Advancement (HOLA)

Labor and Employment Law Association

Outlaws

Public Interest Law Foundation

Student Bar Association (SBA)




Seton Hall University: Seton Hall University School of Law

American Constitutional Society (ACS)

Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)

Black Law Student Association (BLSA)

Health Law Forum

International Law Society

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)

Public Interest Auction Committee

Public Interest Network (PIN)

Republicans

Student Bar Association

Student Outreach Society




South Texas College: South Texas College of Law




Southern Illinois University School of Law

Equal Justice Works

Law Day Event - (Providing Legal Services to the Community)

Law School Democrats

Law School Republicans

Lesbian and Gay Law Student Association

Phi Alpha Delta

Student Bar Association

Women's Law Forum




Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law




Southern University Law Center




Southwestern University: Southwestern Law School

Asian-Pacific-American Law Student Association

Black Law Students Association

General Relief Advocacy Program

Immigration Law Students Association

Latino Law Students Association

Native American Law Students Association

OUTlaw

Public Interest Law Committee

Student Bar Association

Tax Law Society

Teen Court Student Association

Women's Law Association




Stanford Law School

SLS public interest student groups have a variety of purposes, from focusing on specific practice areas like Environmental Law and International Law, to addressing the needs and interest of traditionally underrepresented groups, like Native American law students and queer students. Please visit http://www.law.stanford.edu/students/life/orgs.html for more information on these organizations.

American Constitution Society (ACS)

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a recently formed national organization of law students, law professors, judges, practicing lawyers and others.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

The Stanford Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA)

APILSA members are involved in activities that promote the interests of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) law students as well as the larger Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

BLSA is but one chapter in a national organization that includes more than 170 member law schools.

Criminal Law Society (CLS)

The Stanford Criminal Law Society is a student group that strives to promote criminal law dialogue, practice, policy, and scholarship at SLS.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

ELS, founded in 1969, is the oldest student environmental law society in the nation. Since its inception, ELS has provided students with opportunities to engage with environmental law issues, environmental professionals, and each other.

Federalist Society

The Stanford Federalist Society is the Law School's chapter of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, a nationwide organization of conservative and libertarian law students, attorneys, professors, judges, and government officials interested in the current state of the legal order.

International Law Society (ILS)

The International Law Society (ILS) provides a forum for students interested in international law to interact with one another and engage in constructive dialogue. In addition to offering opportunities for getting to know other students and faculty who have international interests, ILS serves as a lobby to ensure that international law continues to be a priority for the Law School administration, arranges an annual Spring Break trip to learn about another country's legal system, and organizes speaking events and discussion groups.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

OUTLAW

OUTLAW is concerned with the situation of queer people in society, in the legal community, and at Stanford University. We serve as a social, support, and political group, and actively combat homophobia, heterosexism, and any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity at the Law School.

Shaking the Foundations

Shaking the Foundations is an annual conference that brings together law students, practitioners, and academics from around the country who share a commitment to use the law for positive, progressive social change.

Stanford International Human Rights Law Association (SIHRLA)

SIHRLA is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of international human rights law and advocacy. By providing students with a forum to explore and engage in human rights work, SIHRLA seeks to raise awareness and promote the rights of women, children, and men throughout the world.

Stanford Latino Law Students Association (SLLSA)

SLLSA is committed to creating and maintaining a community for Latino students at Stanford Law School and sending highly qualified, dedicated, and responsible Latino lawyers into every legal arena.

Stanford Law and Policy Society (SLAPS)

The Stanford Law and Policy Society (SLAPS) is a student-run organization at Stanford Law School intended to educate students about policy work, create a forum for networking, and provide support for action. SLAPS is strictly non-partisan and welcomes policy ideas from any part of the spectrum.

Stanford National Security & the Law Society (SNSLS)

The Stanford National Security & the Law Society aims to raise awareness and encourage interest in national security issues, and foster a productive non-partisan dialogue.

Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF)

SPILF is a nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation established in 1978 by Stanford Law School students and alumni. Its initial purpose was to increase funding for public interest law projects serving groups that have traditionally been denied adequate access to legal representation.

Street Law

Street Law's mission is to empower Bay Area incarcerated and at-risk youth by teaching classes about the law, focusing on criminal procedure and a juvenile's legal rights.

Women of Color Action Network (WCAN)




Stetson University: Stetson University College of Law

American Bar Association – Law Student Division

Public Service Fellows

Equal Justice Works

Calvin Kuenzel Student Bar Association




Suffolk University Law School

American Civil Liberties Union – http://www.law.suffolk.edu/highlights/stuorgs/orgs.cfm

Environmental Law Society – http://www.law.suffolk.edu/highlights/stuorgs/orgs.cfm

National Lawyers Guild - http://www.law.suffolk.edu/highlights/stuorgs/orgs.cfm

Shelter Legal Services – http://www.law.suffolk.edu/highlights/stuorgs/orgs.cfm

Suffolk Public Interest Law Group – http://www.law.suffolk.edu/highlights/stuorgs/orgs.cfm




SUNY Buffalo Law School

American Constitution Society
Armed Forces & Veterans Law Students Association
Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Buffalo Environmental Law Society
Buffalo Public Interest Law Program
Domestic Violence Task Force
Enabling Justice
Latin American Law Students Association
OUTLaw
National Lawyers Guild
Prison Task Force




Syracuse University: College of Law

Syracuse Public Interest Network http://www.law.syr.edu/students/GOProgram/index.aspx




Temple University: James E. Beasley School of Law

Student Public Interest Network (SPIN)




Texas A & M University School of Law




Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law




Texas Tech University School of Law

The Student Public Interest Initiative (SPII) is a student-run organization established in 2002. Its mission is to raise funds for (1) summer stipends for students doing public interest internships and (2) loan forgiveness or loan repayment for Tech law students who choose to work in public interest jobs upon graduation. In addition, students have been involved in promoting public interest work through career fairs and other activities, including assisting with client intake through Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. The organization has been successful in raising money each year through an Annual Talent Show and Auction to support public interest work.




Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

ABA/ LAW Student Division

ADR Society

APALSA

ATLA

Black Law Students Assoc

Enviromental Law Society

Family Law Society

Federalist Society

National Lawyers Guild

OUTLAW

PAD

Public Interest Law Foundation

SBA

TJSL Tax Society

Women's Law Association




Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Cooley student organizations having public interest initiatives include the ABA Law Student Division, the Student Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Asian Pacific American Student Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Black Law Student Association, the Christian Legal Society, the Federalist Society, the Human Rights Alliance, the Jewish Law Students Association, the Native American Law Students Association, the St. Thomas More Society, and the Women's Law Alliance. Students are encouraged to become involved in an area that interests them. If a chartered organization does not exist in a student's area of interest they are able to initiate one by obtaining a faculty sponsor and organizing.




Touro College: Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Public Interest Law of Touro - Hosted 2005 Cover Retreat, Held fundraiser for Loan Forgiveness; Sponsored Speakers Series




Tulane University: Tulane University School of Law

Student Public Interest Groups– see http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsOrgs/pilf/




University of Akron: C. Blake McDowell Law Center

Akron Public Interest Law Society (APILS): APILS is highly involved in public interest endeavors. Activities include inviting public interest related groups to speak at Akron Law. APILS members have volunteered at the CASA Guardian Ad Litem Program of Summit County as well as Community Legal Aid. APILS members have been involved in pro bono research projects, mediation at the Akron Municipal Court and have served food at a local homeless shelter. Members of APILS have attended the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair and many other public interest conferences.

The Student Bar Association (SBA): The SBA is actively involved with public interest issues. The SBA Auction represents a portion of the monies used to fund the PIFP fellowships. The SBA fosters a cooperative working relationship with Habitat for Humanity.

Other Student Group community service and pro bono activities include:

Asian-Latino Students Association / Black Law Students Association: Students tutor school children in the local area and are actively involved with the local Akron community.

Law Association for Women (LAW): LAW regularly and historically coordinates Red Cross blood drives, as well as food, clothing and gift drives for area shelters and agencies.

Phi Alpha Delta: Phi Alpha Delta regularly and historically conducts canned goods drives.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL): NACDL regularly and historically coordinates public interest speakers at brown bag lunches and/or dinners.

Street Law: Students volunteer with local attorneys and high school teachers to teach academic courses in local public schools on the issues of law and public citizenship.




University of Alabama: University of Alabama School of Law

Public Interest Student Board

Black Law Student Association

Civil Rights Law Students Association

International Law Society

Phi Alpha Delta

Student Bar Association

Student Farrah

Dorbin Society




University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Black Law Students Association

Criminal Law Association

Federalist Society

International Law Society

Law Women's Association

National Lawyers Guild

Phi Delta Phi

Pride Law

Public Interest Law Organization

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Student Chapter, ACLU




University of Arkansas at Little Rock: William H. Bowen School of Law

None.




University of Arkansas School of Law

  • ABA Law Student Division
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Equal Justice Works
  • Environmental Law
  • Asian Law Student Association
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Women Law Students Association
  • Student Bar Association
  • Community Life Committee




University of Baltimore School of Law




University of California - Irvine School of Law

American Constitution Society (ACS)
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
Black Law Students Alliance (BLS Alliance)
Children's Advocacy Group
Criminal Law Society
Environmental law Society
Immigration and International Migration Law Society
Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
Jewish Law Association
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA)
National Lawyers Guild
Orange County Human Rights Association (OCHRA)
OutLaw
Public Interest Law Fund (PILF)
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association (SBA)
underrepresented Student Alliance (uRSA)
Women's Law Society (WLS)




University of California - Los Angeles




University of California at Davis: University of California at Davis School of Law

The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/khlf/

KHLF is a student run nonprofit public interest foundation independent of the School of Law. Founded in 1978, KHLF is dedicated to promoting law and law related efforts in the public interest and to address the needs of those without adequate access to legal services. KHLF supports public interest law internships and provides financial and other assistance to students involved in public interest projects.

KHLF is financed by contributions from King Hall students, alumni, and community members. Student members are responsible for directing fundraising efforts, recruiting members, and coordinating summer projects. KHLF also hosts an annual Spring Auction to raise funds to award summer public interest fellowships to first and second year law students.

National Lawyers Guild

ACLU

La Raza

Davis Refugee Aid Project




University of California, Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Advocates for Youth Justice

American Constitution Society

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

Berkeley Law Foundation

Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Boalt Environmental Law Society

Berkeley Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights

Boalt Disability Law Society

Boalt Hall Democrats

Boalt Hall Federalist Society

Boalt Hall Labor Coalition

Boalt Hall Women's Association

California Asylum Representation Clinic (CARC)

Coalition for Diversity

Community Legal Outreach

Critical Race Scholars Society

East Bay Community Law Center Steering Committee

East Bay Workers' Rights Clinic

Expulsion Representation Clinic

Juvenile Hall Outreach

La Raza Law Students Association

Law Students for Justice in Palestine

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Law Students of African Descent

Middle Eastern Law Students Association

National Lawyers Guild, Berkeley Law Chapter

Native American Law Students Association

Pilipino American Law Society

Queer Caucus

San Quentin Restorative Justice Program

South Asian Law Students Association

Social Justice Student Network

STudents OPposed to Domestic Violence (STOP DV)

Thelton E Henderson Center for Social Justice Student Advisory Board

Women of Color Collective Advocates for Youth Justice




University of California-Hastings College of the Law

Animal Law Society

Association of Youth Advocates

Clara Foltz Feminist Association

Family Law Society

General Assistance Advocacy Project

Hastings Chapter, National Lawyers Guild

Hastings Criminal Law Society

Hastings Environmental Law Society

Hastings-to-Haiti Partnership

Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation

Hastings Race and Poverty Law Organization

Homeless Legal Services

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Law Students for a Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Immigrants' Rights

A full list of student organizations can be viewed at:
http://www.uchastings.edu/student-life/organizations/index.php




University of Chicago: University of Chicago Law School

For a list of student public interest groups, go to: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/publicinterest/studentorgs




University of Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati College of Law

ICLAP

National Lawyers Guild – Visiting Speaker

Public Interest Law Group (PILG) – Public interest fundraisers

Student Bar Association – Community Service Event




University of Colorado: School of Law

The Public Interest Law Student Association (PISA) works to create student awareness of public interest opportunities during law school and after, and works to raise funds for a public interest summer fellowship for students doing unpaid public interest legal work during their summers. PISA has organized students to volunteer at "Legal Night" in Denver where students are paired with an experienced volunteer attorney and help members of the community get information - free of charge - in the areas of immigration, credit, housing, landlord/tenant issues, employment and family law. Additionally, PISA, along with other students, organized a panel to address the Governor's proposed budget cuts to the Aid to the Needy and Disabled program. Since the Governor's office has announced funding will continue, the panel will be re-focused to address more general funding needs of the needy and disabled communities of Colorado. PISA always encourages its members to be proactive and volunteer in the community.

The Juvenile and Family Law Club is engaged in pro bono work by hosting a legal night program with local attorneys to give basic legal advice to victims of domestic violence. This student organization is also involved in the community by providing dinner for a local women's shelter every second Tuesday of the month and they also tutor students at West Denver Prep High School.

The Women's Law Caucus is dedicated to the awareness of women's issues in the legal profession. engaged in pro bono work by sponsoring fellowships for students who work in unpaid legal work relating to women's issues over the summer. In addition, the WLC will be hosting a canned food drive for Thanksgiving and they serve as annual volunteers for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non Violence's Chocolate Lovers Fling

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The ACLU is community oriented and dedicated to ensuring civil liberty protection locally, state-wide, and nationally. The ACLU is engaged in pro bono work by getting involved as legal observers, legislative lobbying, and "Know Your Rights Trainings." The group also reaches out to the immigrant community regarding rights protections.

The Environmental Law Society is concerned with public interest environmental issues. It is engaged in pro bono work by getting involved in political canvassing for candidates who are friendly to the environment in the 2008 election. In addition, the ELS sponsors fellowships for members who work in unpaid summer public interest positions. Each year $7000 is given to four to six members who work in unpaid positions. This student organization is also involved in the community by getting involved with environmental clean-up and restoration activities.

The Latino Law Students Association sponsors a citizenship drive each semester to help immigrants complete paperwork to become U.S. citizens. The citizenship process can often be a frightening and trying experience for those who have difficulty understanding the complex forms and processes. In addition to overcoming a language barrier, most of the immigrants are from economically disadvantaged families or migrant farm workers who would not otherwise receive organized assistance. Not only have LLSA members used their foreign language skills to assist in the process, acting as interpreters between immigration experts and potential citizens, but also they have used their legal knowledge to answer questions and guide immigrants through the process. With the help of lawyers, judges, and other immigration experts, LLSA has assisted over 100 immigrants in the citizenship process.




University of Connecticut: University of Connecticut School of Law

The Law School has a Public Interest Law Group (the Law School's Equal Justice Works chapter) devoted to promoting public interest/public service. This group hosts an annual auction, funds numerous summer grants, and organizes various events highlighting public interest/public service topics throughout the academic year.

The Law School also has an emerging on-line journal, the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, whose first issue was published electronically in fall 2001.

The Connecticut Unemployment Action Center (CUAC) is another student group on campus that engages in public service activities. The CUAC represents unemployment insurance claimants in the greater Hartford area.

The Law School also has many other groups that host organized public service, including Amnesty International, the Women Law Students' Association, Phi Alpha Delta and the Student Bar Association.




University of Dayton: University of Dayton School of Law

Public Interest Law Organization

Student Volunteer Lawyers' Project




University of Denver: Sturm College of Law

  1. Public Interest Law Group (PILG) aims to encourage law students to devote their careers to the struggle for social justice, expose students to the broad range of work being done to advance progressive legal goals, provide a forum for discussion and an information base, and inspire students to follow their hearts. PILG encourages involvement in the community through its tutoring program, educates and provides a forum for discussion by bringing in and co-sponsoring speaker panels, raises its own funds via the Annual Auction to allow students to work for non-profit organizations during the summer through the clerkship program. PILG attempts to encourage law students (and the legal community) to devote time, energy, and intellect to helping disadvantaged individuals obtain access to our legal system. Public interest law addresses the political, social, and economic welfare of communities, with an emphasis on society's underrepresented issues and groups. PILG is dedicated to issues within, but not limited to, the substantive areas of constitutional law, criminal law, civil rights law, gay and lesbian law, elder law, environmental law, family law, immigration law, labor law, urban law, poverty law, Native American law, and legal ethics.
  2. The Ralph Timothy Potter Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Membership is open to all in the University of Denver law school community who support our mission of promoting and protecting civil rights. Activities include intake, case investigation, and research at the Colorado Affiliate Office, presentations on civil liberties issues, publication of a civil liberties newsletter and internet update, participation on ACLU legal panel and board, and promotion of civil liberties on campus and in the community.
  3. The National Lawyers Guild student chapter works with the CO chapter and is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members - lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees - the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people
  4. The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a group of students concerned about American law and politics. They believe deeply in the importance of law as the mechanism that governs the relationships between and among the individuals and institutions that form our society, and recognize the direct relationship between legal theory and the broader political debate about the kind of society in which we live.
  5. Amnesty International is an international human rights organization that works impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, and the end to torture, and executions. The Chapter at the College of Law presents several speakers on these and related topics throughout the year. It also initiates campaigns by writing letters to government officials and prisoners, and participates in Legal Support Network, a program recently initiated for lawyers and law students.
  6. Children's Legal Advocacy Group (CLAG) is a student organization focused on legal issues involving children and families. CLAG goals include increasing student awareness of legal issues involving children and families, and having an active influence in the community.
  7. The Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association (SSLA) is the student branch of the Lawyering in Spanish (LIS) program at DU. The SSLA works to facilitate the use of the Spanish language in the practice of law for DU law students and for the Denver legal community, while promoting global cultural understanding and a practical awareness of current legal issues in the Spanish-speaking community, both domestically and internationally.
  8. The Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society serves, educates, and provides information to law students regarding these important fields. NRELS sponsors several guest speakers throughout the year to provide its members, and all students, with topical and balanced information regarding legal and political issues of local, national, and global importance.
  9. The Elder Law Society is committed to working with DU Law students to further an interest in this complex area of law within the school and our community. The society believes issues affecting the elderly are important and that all law students should be informed to protect their family and friends in this truly service-oriented area of law.
  10. Various affinity groups, including the Black Law Students Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Students' Association, the Native American Law Students Association, DU OUTlaws, the Latino Law Students Association, the Jewish Law Students Association, the Middle Eastern and North African Law Society, Women's Law Student Association, and the Muslim Law Students Associationall organize events, some related to public interest as well.




University of Detroit Mercy School of Law




University of Florida: Fredric G. Levin College of Law

ABA-Law Student Division

Amilie Poulion

Association for Public Interest Law

Caribbean Law Student Association

Christian Legal Society

Environmental and Land Use Society

FAMILY LAW SOCIETY

John Marshall Bar Association

Law Association for Women

Military Law Students Association

National Lawyers Guild

Phi Alpha Delta




University of Georgia School of Law

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Equal Justice Works
  • Environmental Law Association
  • Asian Law Student Association
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Gay and Lesbian Legal Network
  • Hispanic Law Students Association
  • Jewish Law Student Association
  • Women Law Students Association
  • Student Bar Association




University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law




University of Houston Law Center

Public Interest Law Organization




University of Idaho: College of Law

Public Interest Law Group. The Public Interest Law Group (PILG) serves law student contemplating careers in public interest law by providing stipends so that meritorious law students are able to accept unpaid public interest internships. The Group also forges contacts with successful public interest attorneys and organizations, provides public service volunteer opportunities, helps students navigate the challenges unique to the application process for public interest jobs and internships, and raises the visibility of public interest law at the University of Idaho.




University of Illinois College of Law

The dynamics of the student body allow the College of Law to present a wide diversity of public interest groups which vary on an annual basis in light of student interest and demands. In addition to the following organizations which are annually made available to the student body, the College also entertains proposals for new groups previously not available or on new and emerging issues.

  • American Civil Liberties Union-College of Law Chapter
  • American Constitution Society for Law & Public Policy
  • AMICUS
  • Disability Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Health Law Society
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Exploratory Committee
  • Prisoners' Right Research Project
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Public Service Task Force
  • Sexual Orientation & Legal Issues Society
  • Society for Legal Assistance to Abused Women




University of Iowa College of Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
American Constitution Society for Law & Policy
Asian American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Environmental Law Society
Equal Justice Foundation
Federalist Society
Intellectual Property Law Society
International Law Society
Iowa Campaign for Human Rights
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Jewish Law Student Association
Latino Law Students Association
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Middle Eastern Law Student Association
Native American Law Student Association
Organization for Women Law Students and Staff
Outlaws
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Pro Bono Society




University of Kansas: School of Law

Advocates for Life

American Constitution Society

Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Christian Legal Society

Federalist Society

Global Lawyers Society

Green Law Society

Health Law Society

Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA)

International Law Society

Islamic Law Students Association

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Jewish Law Students Association

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Native American Law Students Association

Non-Traditionals in Law Association

OUTLaws & Allies

Public Interest Law Society (PILS)

St. Thomas More Society

Traffic Court

VITA




University of Kentucky College of Law

The Student Public Interest Law Foundation ("SPILF") is a student group at the College of Law that focuses on public interest issues and public interest employment. The Associate Dean for Career Services (Susan Steele, 859-257-8320) each year seeks a grant on behalf of SPILF from the Kentucky Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account ("I.O.L.T.A.") Fund to support summer public interest fellowships for students. The amount included in any grant is supplemented by funds that students raise through activities like the annual student auction for SPILF. Students then apply to receive grants to support summer work for public interest groups.




University of La Verne College of Law

Public Interest Law Foundation




University of Louisville: Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Student Bar Foundation - Charity Auction to fund student public interest fellowships

Brandeis Equal Justice Committee (Equal Justice Works chapter).




University of Maine School of Law

Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL)

Environment Law Association

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund




University of Maryland: University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

http://www.law.umaryland.edu/students/life/orgs/




University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth

The law school's public interest student groups are:

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Criminal Law Association (CLA)
  • International Law Students Association (ILSA)
  • Legal Association of Women (LAW)
  • OUTLaw
  • Student Veterans Association (SVA)




University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Public Action Law Society

Student Bar Association

Christian Legal Society

Black Law Students Association

Association for Women Attorneys

Law Review

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Memphis Association for Law & Business

Mental Health Law Society

Mental Health Law Journal

Outlaw




University of Miami School of Law

The Public Interest Leadership Board is comprised of HOPE Fellows, Miami Scholars, project leaders and volunteers who play an instrumental role in the programming and policy setting for public interest initiatives.




University of Michigan: University of Michigan Law School

American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Asia Law Society
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Bankruptcy Law Society
Black Law Students Alliance
Campbell Competition Board
Catholic Law Students Association
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Law Society
Education Law and Policy Society
Entrepreneurial Law Association
Environmental Law Society
Family Law Project
Federalist Society
Food Futures
Frank Murphy Society
Future Advocates In Training
Human Rights Advocates
Intellectual Property Students Association
International Law Society
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
JDs in the D
Jessup International Moot Court
Jewish Law Students Association
Latino Law Students Association
Law School Democrats
Law School Student Senate
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Legal Advocates for Children and Youth
Legal Alternative Winter Breaks
Michigan Election Law Project
Michigan Energy Law Association
Michigan Health Law Organization
Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
Muslim Law Students Association
National Lawyers Guild
National Security Law Society
Native American Law Students Association
Older Wiser Law Students
Organization of Public Interest Students
Outlaws
Poverty Law Society
Prisoners' Rights Organization of Students
Public Benefits Advocacy Project
South Asian Law Students Association
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Funded Fellowships
Wolverine Street Law Organization
Women Law Students Association




University of Minnesota: University of Minnesota Law School

Public Interest Law Student Association: PILSA is a student advocacy organization focused on enhancing the U of M Law School's programs for students pursuing public interest careers.

Minnesota Justice Foundation Student Chapter: The MJF Student Chapter fundraises for summer public interest clerkships for students. They also serve as advisors for the MJF Staff Attorney and organize public interest oriented programs for the general law student body.




University of Mississippi School of Law




University of Missouri - Columbia: School of Law

American Constitution Society
ACLU Student Chapter
Federalist Society
J. Reuben Clark Society
Law Students for Public Media
Missouri Equal Justice Foundation
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Women's Law Association




University of Missouri Kansas City University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

  • Public Interest Law Association

  • Pro Bono/Public Interest Committee (students are chosen to work on committee with Pro Bono/Public Interest Committee Faculty members to help improve programs at the school)

  • Midwestern Innocence Project Student Organization

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

  • National Lawyer's Guild

  • Constitutional Law Society

  • Federalist Society

  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • Animal Law Society

  • Environmental Law Society

  • Family Law Society

  • International Law Society

  • Association of Women Law Students

  • Black Law Students Association

  • Hispanic Law Student Association

  • Outlaws

  • Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association

  • Christian Legal Society

  • Jewish Law Student Association




University of Montana: University of Montana School of Law

American Association for Justice
ACLU – UM Law Student Chapter
American Constitution Society
Christian Legal Society
Environmental Law Group
Federalist Society
International Law Student Association
Military Law Society
Montana Law Review
Montana Public Interest Law Group
Native American Law Student Assocation
Phi Delta Phi
Public Lands and Resources Law Review
Rural Advocacy League
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association
Women's Law Caucus




University of Nebraska: University of Nebraska College of Law

Equal Justice Society

Nebraska Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest




University of Nevada, Las Vegas: William S. Boyd School of Law

Public Interest Law Students Association – PILA is a student organization that promotes public interest and public service activities. Each year PILA raises funds to provide summer grants to students who work in non-profit or government agencies representing underserved or indigent populations.




University of New Hampshire School of Law

University of New Hampshire law students get involved in participating and helping the law school and local New Hampshire communities. Student-initiated groups focused on public interest include:

  • The Public Interest Coalition (PIC)
  • Women's Law Student Association
  • Teen Court
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Constitutional Law Society
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Lambda Legal
  • Significant Others and Spouses Organization
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association




University of New Mexico School of Law

The Association for Public Interest Law at UNM.




University of North Carolina: University of North Carolina School of Law

American Civil Liberties Union - Carolina Law Chapter

American Constitution Society

Carolina Law School Republicans Society

Carolina Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Carolina Law Young Democrats

Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO)

Center for Civil Rights-Civil Rights Appellate Advocacy Team

Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity

Federalist Society

Feminist Action Initiative

Health Law and Policy Association

National Lawyers Guild




University of North Dakota School of Law




University of Oklahoma College of Law




University of Oregon: University of Oregon School of Law

Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER)

Land Air Water

Oregon Innocence Project

Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund

Phi Alpha Delta

Public Interest Public Service Program

Womens Law Forum




University of Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Equal Justice Foundation

This organziation hosts an annual auction for fund students pursuing summer internships in public interest.




University of Pittsburgh: School of Law

Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF), Student Hurricane Network. Additionally, various student organizations host pro bono and public interest events throughout the year.




University of Puerto Rico School of Law




University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law




University of Saint Thomas: School of Law (MN)

American Constitutional Society
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Law Association (CLA)
Delta Theta Phi
Elder Law Society
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
Family Law Society
Federalist Society
Health Law Society
Immigration Law Society
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP)
Latino Law Student Association
Law Democrats
Law Republicans
Lawyer's Council on Social Justice (LCSJ)
Lex Vitae
Military Law Society
Minnesota Justice Foundation
Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
Native American Law Student Association
Out!Law
Public Discourse
St. Thomas More Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund




University of San Diego School of Law

Law Student Public Interest Law Foundation

Pro Bono Legal Advocates




University of San Francisco School of Law

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)




University of South Carolina: University of South Carolina School of Law

James L. Petigru Public Interest Law Society

Women in Law




University of South Dakota School of Law

Women In Law (WIL)

Law Fraternities

Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Public Interest Law Group (helps provide support donated through fund-raising activities to help students pay travel expenses while working pro bono )




University of Southern California Gould School of Law

American Constitution Society

Community Service Affairs Committee

Diversity Affairs Committee

Federalists Society

Latin Law Students Association

Legal Aid Alternative Break

USC Black Law Student Association

USC Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association

USC Gay and Lesbian Law Union

USC Public Interest Law Foundation

USC Street Law




University of Tennessee College of Law

The following student organizations have participated in various public interest initiatives: TAPIL (Tennessee Association for Public Interest Law); Criminal Law Society; Child Law Society; UT Pro Bono; Law Women; Black Law Student Association; Environmental Law Organization.




University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Domestic Violence Survivor Support Network, http://www.utexas.edu/law/orgs/dvssn

Environmental Law Society

Human Rights Law Society, http://www.utexas.edu/law/orgs/hrls/

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

National Lawyers Guild - University of Texas Law School Chapter

Pro Bono in January, http://texaspbj.blogspot.com

Public Interest Law Association

Street Law, http://www.streetlawtexas.org

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Texas Law Fellowships, http://www.texaslawfellowships.org




University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Many of the David A. Clarke School of Law student organizations allow students to contribute directly to the public interest in a wide range of areas and are involved in service projects. A sampling of such student organizations recognized by the School of Law are:

  • Black Law Students Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Delta Theta Phi Fraternity
  • International Law Students Association
  • Women's Law Society
  • Jewish Law Student Association
  • Asian Pacific Law Student Association
  • Gay and Lesbian Association of Students
  • Voces Juridicas Latinas Association
  • Equal Justice Works
  • Native American Law Students Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Christian Law Society
  • Innocence Project




University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Pacific McGeorge boasts an involved and committed student body, represented many of the student groups on campus:

American Constitution Society

American Association for Justice

Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)

Black Law Student Association (BLSA)

Environmental Law Society

Governmental Affairs Student Association (GASA)

International Justice Mission

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Jewish Law Student Association

Lambda Law Students Association

Latina/o Law Students Association

McGeorge Animal Law Society

McGeorge Business and Tax Society

McGeorge Federalist Society

McGeorge Health Law Association

Middle Eastern/South Asian Association (MESAA)

OWLS: Older Wiser Law Students

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Delta Phi

Public Legal Services Society

Women's Caucus




University of Toledo: College of Law

The College of Law supports a number of student public interest groups, including the Public Interest Law Association (PILA), the Student Hurricane Network (SHN), Women Law Student Association (WLSA), OutLaw, and the Environmental Law Society.




University of Tulsa: College of Law

Public Interest Law Society

Women's Law Caucus

Paw Law

Christian Legal Society

Black Law Students Association

Hispanic Law Student Association

Native American Law Students Association

Military Law Society

Phi Alpha Delta

ABA/Law Student Division

Family Law Society

J. Ruben Clark Society




University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law

PILO - The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) is dedicated to raising awareness of, and taking action on, public interest law issues. The organization encourages student participation in public interest law, develops public interest placement resources, engages in pro bono and community service projects, and has established a summer stipend program.




University of Virginia School of Law

ACLU-UVA Law
Action for Better Living (ABLE)
American Constitution Society
Conference on Public Service and the Law
Domestic Violence Project
Federalist Society
Health Law Interest Group
Human Rights Study Project
J. B. Moore Society of International Law
Lambda Law Alliance
Legal Assistance Society (LAS)
Pro Bono Criminal Assistance Project (PCAP)
Public Interest Law Association (PILA)
Rape Crisis Advocacy Project (RCAP)
Virginia Employment and Labor Law Association
Virginia Environmental Law Forum
Virginia Law Veterans
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
Women of Color




University of Washington: University of Washington School of Law

American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Center for Human Rights & Justice
Center for Labor & Employment Justice
Disability Law Alliance
Disorient: Critical Legal Journal of the Northwest
Federalist Society
The Forum on Law & Policy
GreenLaw
Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
Innocence Project NW-Student Chapter
Law students for Reproductive Justice
National Lawyers Guild
Outlaws
Public Interest Law Association
Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.




University of Wisconsin: Law School

Wisconsin Public Interest Law Foundation (UW-PILF)
The University of Wisconsin Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation (UW-PILF) is a student-run organization committed to supporting law students who want to work in public interest law.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union is a group whose primary goal is to protect our civil liberties, as set out in the constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU was formed in 1920, and has been the party to more litigation in the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a national organization of law students, law professors, practicing lawyers and members of the community. We want to help revitalize and transform legal debate, from law school classrooms to federal courtrooms.

Children's Justice Project
The Children's Justice Project brings together people interested in promoting justice for children and juveniles, including the rights of children and juveniles in the legal, educational, health care, and social services systems. The Project does this through interdisciplinary advocacy and study.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
The Environmental Law Society welcomes all students interested in the application of law to environmental issues at the state, national, and international levels. The Society studies all sides of the issues because it recognizes that environmental law applies to both those interested in classic environmental preservation, as well as persons whose activities create environmental impacts.

Health Law Students Association
The UW Health Law Student Association was founded in 2009. UW HLSA provides resources, networking opportunities, and a forum to discuss legal issues for students interested in health and public health law.

Legal Information Center (LIC)
Formerly known as the Community Law Office, LIC provides free legal assistance to University students and low income Madison residents in the areas of landlord-tenant, small claims, employment, consumer, divorce, residency, misdemeanor information, name change, contracts and traffic law. LIC is staffed primarily by law student volunteers. Students interested in volunteering can attend a training session in the beginning of the fall or spring semester.

National Lawyers Guild (University of Wisconsin Law School Chapter)
The Madison Chapterof the NLG is a community chapter with both lawyers and law student members. The National Lawyers Guild is a nationwide organization of lawyers and law students dedicated to working for social justice. Formed in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the country, the Guild tries to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, and minority groups upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who actively seek to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties; and who view the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than their repression.

Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic
The Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic is staffed by volunteer student advocates who assist clients in obtaining unemployment compensation benefits. Student advocates work closely with supervising attorneys and gain litigation and case management experience while helping those in need of benefits who cannot afford representation.




University of Wyoming School of Law




Valparaiso University: Valparaiso University School of Law

Valpo Law has over 20 student organizations. Below is a sampling of those groups with a public interest focus:

American Civil Liberties Union

Equal Justice Alliance

Just Democracy

Valparaiso Environmental Law Society




Vanderbilt University Law School

American Constitution Society

Black Law Students Association

Criminal Law Society

Health Law Society

Latin American Law Society

Legal Aid Society

Vanderbilt Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization

Vanderbilt Bar Association

Women Law Student Association




Vermont Law School

Alliance

Asian Pacific Law Students Association

Black Law Students Association

Environmental Law Society

Equal Justice Foundation

Latin American Law Students Association

Law Students for Choice

National Lawyers Guild

Native American Society

Solutions Conference

Women's Law Group




Villanova University: Villanova University School of Law

Family Law Society
Latin American Law Students Association

Public Interest Fellowship Program

Women's Law Caucus




Wake Forest University School of Law

Primary:

Public Interest Initiative
Public Interest Law Organization (PILO)

Student Groups with Significant Public Interest Focus:

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
Youth Advocacy Group (YAG)
Teen Court
Phi Alpha Delta
Innocence Project (works on projects with the Winston-Salem-based Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice)
Guardian ad Litem (GAL)
Domestic Violence Advocacy Center (DVAC)
Civil Liberties Union
Environmental Law Society




Washburn University School of Law

  • WAPIL
  • National Lawyers' Guild
  • Criminal Justice Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
Other organizations (BLSA, HALSA, AALSA, NALSA, Gay & Lesbian students' group Women's Legal Form and religious groups) host individual speakers and provide public service opportunities.




Washington and Lee University: School of Law

Environmental Law Society
Health Law Association
International Law Society
National Lawyers Guild
Public Interest Law Students Association
Shepherd Poverty Law Organization
Tax Law Society/VITA
Women Law Students Organization
American Constitution Society
Black Law Students Association
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Alpha Delta




Washington University: Washington University School of Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • Black Law Students Association

  • Criminal Law Society

  • Environmental Law Society

  • International Law Society

  • L-Span (formerly BAIL)

  • Phi Alpha Delta

  • Pro Bono Jurists (formerly NAPIL)

  • Women's Law Caucus




    Wayne State University Law School

    Public Interest Law Association; Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.; Hurricane Relief Network




    West Virginia University College of Law

    Public Interest Advocates

    SBA

    WV Fund for Law in the Public Interest




    Western New England College: School of Law

    American Constitution Society

    Christian Law Society

    Environmental Law Society

    Just-Us street law program

    MCLSA (Multi-Cultural Law Students Association)

    Multi-Cultural Law Students Association

    National Lawyers Guild

    Student Bar Association




    Western State University College of Law

    Association for Human Rights Awareness

    Criminal Law Association

    National Lawyers Guild

    VITA




    Whittier Law School: Whittier Law School

    Center for Children's Rights fellows

    WPILF




    Widener University School of Law--Delaware Campus

    All Student Organizations

    The Public Interest Law Alliance

    Women's Law Caucus




    Willamette University: Willamette University College of Law

    • American Constitution Society
    • Christian Legal Society
    • Environmental Law Society
    • J. Reuben Clark Society
    • Multicultural Law Students Association
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • The Project (Public Interest Project)
    • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
    • Willamette Students for Civil Liberties
    • WiLLO (Willamette Lambda Legal Organization)




    William and Mary Law School

    Student organizations with a public interest mission and/or that sponsor public interest activities are included in the list at http://law.wm.edu/studentlife/studentorganizations/index.php.




    William Mitchell College of Law: William Mitchell College of Law

    American Constitutional Society - invite and promote public interest speakers on campus

    National Lawyer's Guild

    Elder Law and Estate Planning Society and the Center for Elder Justice and Policy– sponsors National Healthcare Decisions Day, where law students and alumni provide free assistance to anyone who wishes to complete an advance health care directive.

    Minnesota Justice Foundation Student Chapter - sponsors or facilitates mentor activities, raises money for summer Public Interest Legal Fellowships, sponsors the Pro Se Clinic, and organizes several educational programs on public interest topics such as access to justice and living in poverty.

    Law Students for Legal Disaster Relief –was created to sustain the work of law students who volunteered with legal organizations in the Gulf Coast region following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The organization is committed to providing assistance to the lingering legal effects of disaster, not only in the Gulf Coast region but elsewhere in the country.

    PLP Program (Perspectives on the Legal Profession) - a wide variety of student organizations present speakers on public interest topics such as community development, election protection, and homelessness.




    Yale University: Yale Law School

    Africa Law and Policy Association
    American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
    Animal Legal Defense Fund
    Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
    Black Law Students Association
    The Capital Assistance Project
    Green Haven Prison Project
    The Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, Inc.
    The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
    Latino Law Students' Association
    Lowenstein Human Rights Project
    Middle Eastern and North African Law Students’ Association
    Native American Law Students’ Association
    OutLaws
    Pro Bono Network
    Project for Law and Education at Yale
    Rebellious Lawyering Conference
    Temporary Restraining Order Project
    Women of Color Collective
    Yale Environmental Law Association
    Yale Federalist Society
    Yale Health Law and Policy Society
    Yale AIDS Network
    Yale Incentive for Public Interest Employment
    Yale Society of International Law
    Yale Law Women




    Yeshiva University: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

    Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women

    Cardozo Advocates for Kids

    Cardozo Law Students for Reproductive Justice

    Cardozo National Lawyers Guild

    Cardozo Students for Human Rights

    Cardozo Unemployment Action Center

    Cardozo Youth Advocates

    Labor and Employment Law Society

    Outlaw, Gay and Lesbian Law Students Association

    Public Interest Law Students Association

    Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

    Suspension Representation Project

  • Updated: 6/18/2014

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