Affinity Student Organizations

student at the student org fair
Students representing the South Asian Law Students Association at the student organization fair.

The UChicago Law School is home to more than 60 student organizations with a wide variety of purposes, and new student groups are always being formed to meet the changing needs of the student body. Affinity student organizations are made up of individuals that share a common interest or goal, or are connected by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political ideology, religious affiliation and more. These affinity spaces provide students the opportunity to engage with one another around shared interests and identities.

Race and Ethnicity

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA):The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association represents the Law School both locally and nationally, facilitating interaction with other Chicago-area APALSAs.

Black Law School Association (BLSA): The University of Chicago Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is part of a national student organization which includes over 190 member chapters.

Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA): Our diverse membership includes Latinos from all parts of Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and the U.S. Our organization exists to create an academic and social support network to help students adjust to the rigors of law school.

Native American Law Students Association (NALSA): The Native American Law Students Association supports Native students at the Law School and provides a forum for education and discussion surrounding American Indian Law and issues that affect Native populations.

South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA): From samosa parties to political discussions, the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) was formed to promote an understanding and appreciation of South Asian political, legal, and social issues.

Southwest Asian and North Afrikan law Students Association (SWANA): The purpose of this SWANA is to create a community for students who have an interest in Southwest Asian and north Afrikan cultures, politics, and legal institutions.

Historically Underrepresented Groups

First Generation Professionals (FGP): The First Generation Professionals (FGP) is a student-run organization whose mission is to publicize, discuss, and educate the many issues that first generation professionals confront.

Law Women's Caucus (LWC): The Law Women's Caucus addresses the interests and concerns of the women of the Law School and beyond.

Outlaw: Since its founding in 1984, OutLaw has sought to further three goals: to increase social acceptance of gay students at the Law School, to educate the Law School community on the legal status of gays and lesbians, and to provide a supportive atmosphere for gay and lesbian law students.

Religious Groups 

Christian Legal Society (CLS): The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a group of students from a wide range of denominational backgrounds, who, on top of their involvement in the law school in and their local churches, come together as a group to encourage each other in their faith.

Dallin H. Oaks Society: The purpose of the Dallin H. Oaks Society is to increase awareness within the Law School community of the presence, beliefs and concerns of law students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) offers a wide range of programming to address the diverse social, cultural, religious, and intellectual interests of Jewish students.

Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA): The Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) offers a wide range of programming to satisfy the diverse social, cultural, religious, and intellectual needs of Muslim students. The MLSA strives to introduce the Law School community to issues of importance to Muslims worldwide.

St. Thomas More Society: The St. Thomas More Society is the association for Catholic students at the Law School. Membership is open to anyone interested in learning about Catholic perspectives on legal questions and social issues.

Political Ideology

American Constitution Society (ACS): The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a national, nonprofit organization comprised of students, judges, legal scholars, and practicing lawyers who view the law as an important mechanism governing the relationships among the individuals and institutions that form our society.

Federalist Society: The Federalist Society is a group of libertarians and conservatives interested in the current state of the legal order.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG): For 75 years, the National Lawyers Guild has aimed to represent progressive political movements and to protect human rights over property rights in the pursuit of social justice.  The University of Chicago Chapter strives to inform and advocate for considerations of social and economic justice in

 

Veterans Groups

Law School Veterans (LSV): LSV's mission is to provide law students who are prior or current members of the armed forces of any country opportunities for fellowship, to increase awareness of legal and policy issues affecting veterans within the greater Law School community, to connect members with Veteran alumni for career networking purposes, to assist Law Students pursuing careers as JAGs, to work with the Law School’s administration to achieve a fuller recognition of the value of Veterans in our community, to facilitate opportunities for students to provide pro bono assistance to Veterans in need, and to coordinate with the Dean of Admissions to improve outreach to prospective students with military backgrounds.