Student Organization Directory

The 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. The University also has a wide variety of Recognized Student Organizations that law students are welcome to join.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Chicago Law Chapter provides a forum for students interested in issues pertaining to civil liberties. The Chapter organizes speaker engagements, panel discussions, activist activities, and educational outreach projects.

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.

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

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

Chicago Electoral Reform Society is a law student organization dedicated to fostering dialogue about democracy issues and institutional solutions for a more equitable, representative, and accountable electoral system.

CJIL is a student-edited forum for discussion and analysis of international law and policy issues. CJIL is committed to publishing timely and concise scholarly work written by academics, judges, practitioners, policymakers, and students.

The Chicago Law Foundation (CLF) is a student-directed, not-for profit group that awards grants to law students who devote their summers to working in the public interest.

The China Law Society is a student group dedicated to studying and discussing legal issues related to China.

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.

The purposes of the University of Chicago Criminal Law Society are to promote exploration and discussion about the field of criminal law and to create opportunities for students interested in criminal law by hosting speakers (including practitioners, judges, and members of community organizations

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).

Defenders is a student group focused on programming related to indigent defense and public defender work, and on creating a network for students interested in being public defenders. We encourage all to attend and participate!

2017-18 President: Blake Eaton

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote dialogue in the University of Chicago community about special legal issues and social barriers facing people with mental and physical disabilities.

The Domestic and Sexual Violence Project aims to promote awareness, education, and discussion about the legal issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Edmund Burke Society is a conservative parliamentary debating society. Its membership is drawn largely from the Law School with significant participation by students from other parts of the University.

Education and Child Advocacy Society (ECAS) works to educate students about issues in education and child law, including intersections with race, gender, child maltreatment, and juvenile justice.

The Entertainment & Sports Law Society aims to promote student understanding of entertainment, sports, and telecommunications law; and first amendment, libel, and media law. The Society sponsors panel discussions and debates by faculty, practicing attorneys, and students.

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is a group of students interested in environmental protection. ELS hosts a number of speakers to discuss green policy issues.

The FBA represents the federal legal profession and includes more than 16,000 federal lawyers, law students, and 1,200 federal judges, working together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary.

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

The Food and Drug Law Society (FDLS) is a group of students committed to encouraging thoughtful discussion and awareness of the laws, regulations, and policies surrounding food, pharmaceuticals, and health care.

The Hemingway Society serves to introduce the Law School community to a wide variety of tipple through regular tastings, professionally organized outings, and professor-led discussions on drinks-related topics.

The Edward W. Hinton Moot Court Competition is the Law School’s own moot court competition, open to 2L and 3L students in the Law School. Participants gain experience in appellate advocacy—both written and oral—in three rounds of competition (one each quarter):

HRLS is a student organization dedicated to learning about and practicing international human rights law. We invite professors, practitioners, and advocates to speak about a variety of human rights issues on campus.

The University of Chicago Law School chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (LRJ) (formerly "Law Students for Reproductive Justice") works to normalize reproductive justice within the law school, grow the reproductive justice movement, and realize reproductive justice in our c

The Immigration Law Society (ILS) works to promote discussion of important immigration law and policy issues and invites inter-disciplinary conversation from all sides of the immigration debate.

The IPLS is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering interest in, and lively discussion about, the practice of IP law. To that end, the IPLS sponsors various presentations throughout the school year highlighting opportunities and current events in IP law.

Almost every area of law is affected by the globalization of world economies. International Law Society (ILS) is an organization for students interested in the many facets of public and private international law and cross-border transactions.

We are the University of Chicago Law School's chapter of the national organization and work to ensure that the United States fulfills its promise to assist Iraqis and Afghans who helped the United States escape threats and come to the United States, and to

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries.

The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) offers a wide range of programming to satisfy the diverse social, cultural, religious, and intellectual needs of Jewish students, and to introduce the Law School community to issues of importance to world Jewry.

The Labor and Employment Law Society fosters a greater understanding of the practice of labor and employment law at the University of Chicago through lunch talks, small-group brown bag lunches, pro bono work, moot court and writing competitions, a mentoring program, networking and other related o

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.

The Law and Business Society is a registered student organization devoted to keeping the university community abreast of relevant developments in the intersection between law and business.

Over the last half century, few intellectual movements have been as influential as Law and Economics, and no institution has been more important in its rise than the Law School.

The Law and Technology Society aims to both educate University of Chicago Law students on issues on the frontier of law and technology and provide opportunities for them to engage on associated legal and policy issues.

Law of the Land is a student organization devoted to exploring legal issues physically grounded in the greater Chicagoland region.

The University of Chicago Law Review is a quarterly journal of legal scholarship. Often cited in Supreme Court and other court opinions as well as in other scholarly works, it is among the most influential journals in the field.

The Law School Democrats serve as an umbrella organization for politically moderate and liberal students.

The best show you'll see during your law school career is right under your nose. Even law students can have a good time, and the Law School Musical proves that. Original lyrics to familiar tunes supply the structure for a satirical take on life in the Law School.

The Law School Republicans strive to provide a forum for Republican minded students to interact with other students sharing a similar ideology. The Law School Republicans sponsors various prominent speakers throughout the year that address both state and federal issues.

A long standing Law School tradition, the annual trivia contest gives students and faculty members a much needed break from the sometimes less (and sometimes more) trivial pursuit of the law.

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

What is LSA?

  • The Law Students Association (LSA) is the Law School’s student government.

What does LSA do (generally)?

Law Students for Life seeks to foster dialogue concerning bioethical issues within the law school community, particularly from a pro-life perspective. The organization also provides pro-life students the opportunity to connect and discuss issues important to the movement. 

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

The Legal Forum is the Law School's topical law journal. Its student board annually publishes a volume of articles (by academics and practitioners) and comments (by students) that focus on a single area of the law.

Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) is an independent, non-partisan institution for public interest advocacy, research, and education. The Center's mission is to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to promote justice for all.

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.

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

Founded in 1993, Neighbors is the Law School’s primary community service organization.

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.

The People’s Collective (the Collective), a parliamentary debating society, serves as a means for students to gather and engage in discussions about the issues of the day.

The Public Interest Law Society of the University of Chicago aims to expose students to the wide breadth of public interest law by:

A) Fostering clear conceptions of the myriad ways lawyers can serve the public interest.

The Securities and Investment Law Society (SILS) has the basic mission of providing informational opportunities to students interested in securities litigation, industry compliance, white collar criminal defense of the securities industry, and investment management law by inviting industry actors

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.

Spring Break of Service is a group organized by and for those students interested in providing legal services as part of a weeklong volunteer opportunity over spring break.

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.

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.  SALDF is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized a

The Texas Law Society gives Texans and friends the opportunity to come together and learn about professional opportunities in the Lone Star State.

Email: tls@law.uchicago.edu

The Vincent Gambini Society (or "GamSoc") organizes film screenings, hosted by the distinguished faculty and staff of The University of Chicago Law School.

The happiest hour at the Law School is 3:30 on Friday. With another grueling week of classes behind them, students and faculty alike can put aside law, economics, and other questionable social sciences for a few hours, and go where everybody knows their names.