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 Antitrust Law Association provides a forum for students to discuss and learn about research, scholarship, and current events in the fields of antitrust and competition law.

The purpose of APALSA is to support Asian and Pacific Islander (API) law students in their academic and career goals; to create a forum for discussion of a wide variety of topics relevant to APIs today, particularly in the legal field; to advocate for the interests of API law students and the API

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

The California Law Students Association (CALsa) is an organization that supports and encourages students who are interested in pursuing their legal careers in California, connecting students with mentors who share their interests and California legal professionals.

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.

CPLA exists to support law students looking to become plaintiff-side attorneys, representing the interests of victims, advocate for consumers’ rights and equal access to justice, and ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s co

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!

Disability Rights, Advocacy, and Community is a student group committed to enhancing the experience of students and lawyers with disabilities, as well as putting a spotlight on disability law in general.

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

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 and 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.

Fashion and Beauty Law Society (FBLS) is a student group focused on connecting the University of Chicago Law School community to the fashion and beauty industries.

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

First Generation Professionals (FGP) is a student-run organization that supports law students who are the first in their families to pursue a college or professional degree, as well as those from lower-income, working-class, or non-white-collar backgrounds.

The Food and Drug Law Society 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):

The Human Rights Law Society (HRLS) provides a forum to broaden the study and awareness of human rights issues at The University of Chicago Law School. HRLS hosts lunch talks, film screenings, and career events to expose students to human rights issues and careers.

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 Impact Initiative Student Organization at the University of Chicago Law School focuses on building meaningful relationships between the University of Chicago and Chicago’s South Side communities through community service and pro bono initiatives.

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.

Globalization affects every area of law. International Law Society (ILS) exposes the University of Chicago’s students to the many facets of public and private international law and cross-border transactions. ILS is one of the Law School’s most active student organizations.

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 700 law schools in more than 100 countries.

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.

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, networking, and other related opportunities.

The Latinx Law Students Association aims to create an academic and social support network to help students adjust to the rigors of law school. Our diverse membership includes people from all parts of Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and the United States.

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 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.

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

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

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 purpose of this organization is to foster an appreciation for the performing arts among law students and learn about the ways lawyers can support non-profit cultural arts organizations.

Law Women’s Caucus’ mission is to promote the interests of women and discussion of issues pertaining to women and gender broadly defined.

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.

The Mark Heyrman Mental Health Advocacy Project will work to (1) promote mental health awareness and advocacy at the law school, and (2) continue the work of the Mental Health Advocacy Clinic in advocating for improving the care and treatment of persons with mental illness in the community.

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

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.

Since its founding in 1984, OutLaw has provided a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students at the Law School and has educated and fostered action around legal issues affecting members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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.

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.

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.

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 Supreme Court and Appellate Society (SCAS) provides a forum for students to discuss, debate, and discover evolving trends in the law of the nation’s various circuit courts and of its Supreme Court.

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

The Hayekians is a student group dedicated to the discussion of libertarian ideas and policies. Socially liberal, fiscally conservative members of our law school and university community often feel left out of both right- and left-leaning student groups.

Founded in 2021, the University of Chicago Business Law Review (UChiBLR) is the Law School’s newest student journal and focuses on business, antitrust, and securities law.

The goal of the Trial Team is to both provide a forum for learning and practicing different aspects of trial advocacy, as well as compete nationally in trial advocacy competitions.

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

Wine Mess, the Law School's popular social event, offers students a few non-academic hours near the end of the week. An extensive array of domestic and imported beers, wines and soft drinks are available. The first two drinks are free. Snacks are always on the house, as is the music.