School of Law Student Organizations
- American Constitution Society
- Animal Legal Defense Fund University of San Francisco School of Law Student Chapter
- Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
- Black Law Student Association
- Business Law Association
- Christian Legal Community
- Criminal Law Society
- Disability Rights & Advocacy Law Student Association
- Environmental Law Students and Alumni Society
- If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
- Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association
- International Cannabis Bar Association
- International Law Society
- Jewish Law Student Association
- Latinx Law Student Association
- Labor and Employment Law Student Association
- Music and Art Law Society
- Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association
- National Lawyer's Guild
- Pilipino American Law Society
- Pride Law
- Privacy Law Association
- Public Interest Law Foundation
- Real Estate Law Society
- Space and Aeronautical Law Student Association
- Sports and Entertainment Law Association
- Student Bar Association
- Student Immigration Law Association
- Students of Tax and Estate Planning Society
- Technology, Entrepreneur and Start-Up Law Association
- Women's Law Association
- Admiralty and Maritime Law Society
- Family Law Society
- Fashion Law Society
- USF Federalist Society
- Food & Law Society
- Ignatian Student Association
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Student Chapter
- USF Law Democrats
- USF Parents and Advocates Law Student Association
- Veteran Law Student Association
- Vietnamese American Law Society
- Youth Advocacy Association
The Admiralty and Maritime Law Society aims to promote interest in Maritime law. The organization coordinates events and career panels that are targeted at giving its members exposure to a breadth of different practice areas in the field of Maritime law and facilitate networking opportunities between students and practicing maritime lawyers.
As a student organization, our main goal on campus is to embody the values of the national organization we take our name from, and to educate students on the work and impact of this important legal force. In line with the ACS goal of “building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas,” we specifically aim to work in collaboration with the Bay Area ACS chapter to provide high-quality networking and educational opportunities for the students at USF Law, both to expand their vision in respect to their own professional journeys, and to create connections that can help move those journeys along. From the National website: "The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values."
Animal Legal Defense Fund University of San Francisco School of Law Student Chapter
The Animal Legal Defense Fund University of San Francisco School of Law Student Chapter 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. The activities of the student chapter shall include, but not be limited to: hosting speakers, debates, and conferences on current issues in animal law; carrying out research projects for attorneys and organizations promoting animal protection; networking with students, legal professionals, and animal advocates; conducting educational events such as information tables and film screenings; volunteering at animal sanctuaries; participating in Animal Legal Defense Fund’s weeks of action; and advocating for plant-based (vegan) food at USF.
USF's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) is a community service, academically, professionally and socially based law student organization dedicated to serving the Asian and Pacific Islander American community at USF and the APA community at large. As one of the largest and most visible law student organizations on campus, APALSA strives to be a meaningful resource for all USF law students. Throughout the year, APALSA seeks to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the issues and needs confronting Asian Pacific Americans and other historically disadvantaged communities, encourage its members to serve the social and legal needs of these communities, facilitate programs that connect students and the school to the Bay Area legal and professional community, and provide all students with academic and peer support.
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is a student run organization at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Its purpose is to utilize collective resources to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs of Black law students.
The USF Business Law Association (BLA) was founded to help expand Business Law interest and educate students about the interrelationship between business and the law. The BLA consists of law students focused on a wide variety of goals from presenting distinguished speakers and panels to expanding cross registration and providing mentorship opportunities. The BLA also works with student groups at the USF Masagung Graduate School of Management to coordinate programs and expand the social and professional networks of USF Law and MBA students. BLA would love to hear from you. Pease e-mail BLA with any questions or ideas to help make the organization even greater.
USF School of Law Christian Legal Community was created to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, provide a space for community and conversation, and provide spiritual support. We are a group of believers serving the people around us through community. Every person is welcome at CLC. Just as Jesus served others through unconditional love and truth, we are here to do the same.
The Criminal Law Society's (CLS) goal is the pursuit of justice and the promotion of zealous advocacy in the field of criminal law. The focus of CLS is to host events that will inspire other students to pursue a career in the criminal field by giving them the opportunity to experience what a real criminal case is like and to hold panels where real District Attorneys and Public Defenders can discuss their experiences in the field of criminal law.
Disability Rights & Advocacy Law Student Association
The Environmental Law Students and Alumni Society (ELSAS) exists to enhance the law school experience by fostering the study and awareness of legal issues surrounding sustainability and the environment. Through our various networking opportunities, professional resources and referrals for clinical placements, ELSAS seeks to inspire, support, and train the next generation of environmental leaders. In addition, ELSAS works with other organizations on campus to promote sustainable events by educating student leaders and by setting event sustainability standards. In years past, ELSAS has hosted symposia that focused on pertinent environmental issues such as clean technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water law. ELSAS members have actively participated in the annual water law symposium conducted by a diverse consortium of California law schools.
It is the mission of the Family Law Society to:
1. Serve as a forum for members centered on topics that are prominent in the family law area of practice and the issues related to those areas such as: youth advocacy, juvenile justice, and domestic relations issues such as marriage, adoption, and domestic violence.
2. Help members increase their awareness of efficient family law practice and technologies, understand the needs and processes of private practice, and develop skills necessary for the growth and success of their law office;
3. Form a group of members interested in promoting and exploring the areas related to family law, and create a basic networking opportunity to rely on;
4. Allow students, who have not decided if family law is their area of interested practice, the ability to explore the society and its events in order to develop a greater understanding of issues involved in family law and the related legal areas.
The Fashion Law Society aims to inform the USF Law community about the exciting ways that law can be applied to the fashion and beauty industries. From intellectual property, to business, employment, and even human rights and environmental law, there are many opportunities to combine a legal education with a love of fashion. The Fashion Law Society has many great ideas for events and panels to help USF Law students to make an impact in this vibrant and emerging field of law.
Food is necessary for physical survival. The social benefits of food, however, are often overlooked. History shows that food has always played an integral role in society and culture. In today’s competitive workforce, food continues to play an important role in business networking and the hiring process. The Food & Law Society (FLS) endeavors to use food as a market tool in the global market place. To meet this end, FLS will aim to broaden students’ palettes by introducing them to a diverse range of foods. In addition, FLS will teach students proper dining etiquette for events such as cocktail networking mixers, lunch interviews and corporate dining parties. As a law society, FLS will also look at legal trends in food law. FLS will discuss and analyze food law policy, seminal cases, legislation and current technologies and trends in good service that will impact food law.
If/When/How is a national network of law students and legal professionals from all backgrounds who know that reproductive justice doesn't just happen. It takes thoughtful action and strategic activism: acknowledging the intersection of identities, collaborating across disciplines, and working toward a critical transformation of the current legal system. Because ensuring that all people can decide if, when, and how to create families depends entirely on if, when, and how hard we fight. Our legal system should support and advance reproductive justice for all. But all too often, it functions as yet another vehicle of reproductive oppression - we exist to change that.
The USF Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Association connects students with the legal community in California. We focus our efforts on networking with professionals that are involved particularly in intellectual property and cyberlaw issues. We bring events and speakers to campus while also utilizing the strong resources of the USF School of Law and its faculty. We aim to assist our members as they move through the law school and into the professional community.
With the emergence of Cannabis legalization efforts across the nation, it is imperative that we have a student organization that educates and informs the student body of the growing field and opportunity of and in Cannabis Law.
The University of San Francisco School of Law has a proud history and commitment to Global Lawyering. As the lead student organization dedicated to issues involving international law, the USF International Law Society (ILS) seeks to supplement the Law School?s impressive global curriculum, by sponsoring timely and important programming in the fields of public and private international law. USF International Law Society seeks to encourage careers in international law, development, and inter-governmental organizations as well as to facilitate meaningful opportunities for student, practitioner and alumni networking.
USF International Law Society Association is a local student chapter of the International Law Students Association, and works closely on campus with the Center for Law & Global Justice.
USF Law's Jewish Law Students Association seeks to bring together Jews, allies, and friends, regardless of religious affiliation or cultural association, to come together in community. We recognize the importance of finding a community of like-minded people at law school, and aspire to create such a community based around Jewish culture and tradition. Goals this year include expanding outreach, both within the law school community and to the Bay Area Jewish community; organizing meaningful events that feel applicable to the law student experience; celebrating Jewish holidays together; and sharing resources for Jews living in the Bay Area.
The Latinx Law Students Association (“LLSA”) is dedicated to empowering Latinx law students to become the next generation of attorneys that will strive to achieve progress for their community. Our organization was formerly known as the La Raza Law Students Association, but a name change took place to reflect our desire to remain as inclusive as possible for all Latinx-identifying students at the USF School of Law. Prior to our name change, this student organization has been active at the USF School of Law for over 20 years. During this time, our organization has promoted the School of Law's commitment to social justice and social equality through its active engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area community.
LELSA is an inclusive student organization that explores all aspects of labor and employment law. With a focus on networking and preparing members to secure summer employment, internship and externship opportunities, and post-bar employment, LELSA collaborates with plaintiff's side, defense side, non-profit, government, and hybrid labor and employment law firms.
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) is committed to promoting cultural awareness within the legal community and fostering professional development for Middle Eastern law students. As future members of the legal professional, the members of MELSA feel it is their responsibility to create an academic and professional environment that promotes tolerance and excellence. MELSA strives to fulfill this mission by working closely with faculty, staff, local attorneys and other student organizations. MELSA's primary mission is to unite all members of the Middle Easter community and to host events where pressing legal issues affecting the Middle East and Middle Easterners around the world are raised.
Music Law Society
The purpose of the Music Law Society is to provide members with opportunities to learn about careers in music entertainment law.
The Music Law Society aims to expose students interested in music entertainment law to the gamut of current trends and issues within the field, focusing on building the foundation of practical knowledge and skills needed to excel in their respective careers and the industry in general. The group aspires to not only enhance law students familiarity with the intricacies of legal issues in the music industry, but also to provide networking and career-building opportunities not found anywhere else. This is achieved through alumni events, panel discussions with experienced professionals in the music industry, as well as mixers with other organizations and programs at USF.
The Music Law Society will organize activities designed to expose students to this existing area of law while allowing them to interact with other students and currently practicing attorneys that share similar interests.
The National Lawyers Guild is a national non-profit legal and political organization of lawyers, legal workers, law students, and jailhouse lawyers. We represent progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice.
Our aim is to bring together all those who regard adjustments to new conditions as more important than the veneration of precedent; 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 seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.
-National Lawyers Guild Charter
The Pilipino American Law Society is an organization that aims to increase awareness about Filipino Americans in the law. Our goal is to bring together law students, Filipino or not, and to ensure that we have a voice on campus. Most importantly, this organization aims to build long lasting relationships not only within the law school, but also with the greater Filipino American legal community through our involvement with FBANC (The Filipino Bar Association of Northern California).
Pride Law is a student-run organization at USF Law School dedicated to promoting equality and justice for the LGBTQIA+ community through the law. Our mission is to educate the community about issues specific to the LGBTQIA+ community in order to eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and other affronts to the dignity of individual human beings. Furthermore, the organization is a mechanism by which LGBTQIA+ students, allies, and alumni can meet, network and work together to build a strong future for academic achievement, career placement and community involvement for all involved. Members may join regular Pride Law meetings, attend Pride Law social events, and partake in Pride Law run networking/alumni events.
Privacy is a growing and novel area of law. The fact that enterprise companies such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and etc, in recent years have created positions, such as Privacy Counsel, in their organizations is indicative that privacy law is a stand-alone field of law. By starting a new organization dedicated to privacy law, we aim to bridge the gap for the growing opportunities in privacy law for USF law students.
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student-run organization whose goal is to enable students at the University of San Francisco School of Law to work in unpaid summer internships in the public interest/public sector and to provide support to help them pursue careers in the public interest/public sector upon graduation.
The USF Real Estate Law Society (RELS) is a young, but motivated group comprised of USF Law students and alumni advisors that work tirelessly to bring the world of real estate law to life for all that wish to learn about and involve themselves within the field. RELS focuses on issues concerning the real estate environment and its interaction with the legal field, primarily focusing on real estate law issues within the Bay Area. The members of RELS work to provide professional resources and networking opportunities for anyone that wishes to become involved with the organization. RELS also makes an effort to work closely with other campus organizations in order to ensure that members receive the chance to diversify themselves and branch out within the legal field. Since its inception, RELS has hosted events of all sizes ranging from panels discussing the legal issues in the Millennium Towers litigation to debates concerning the legal ramifications of Airbnb. The Real Estate Law Society's overarching goal is to engage and educate law students and alumni by initiating a dialogue concerning the field of real estate law and other similarly related fields of law.
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil and criminal justice through education and trial advocacy. Continuing the traditions started by a small group of legal warriors, SFTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education, preserving access to justice for everyone, and creating social and networking opportunities.
The USF Chapter of the St. Thomas More Society is an inclusive group of Catholic law students and friends of any or no faith tradition who are dedicated to building community, fostering spirituality, and promoting social justice. The St. Thomas More Society is the oldest fellowship of Catholic lawyers and judges in the West. The Society is named for the 16th century lawyer, judge and diplomat who became the first layman to serve as Lord Chancellor of England, the the crown’s chief minister as well as its highest judicial officer. Our chapter of the Society works closely with the San Francisco chapter to provide opportunities for mentoring, networking, community service, and spiritual growth with legal practitioners in the Bay Area. We organize networking events, volunteer at the annual Red Mass, attend "Theology on Tap" and STM Luncheon events, and participate in community services opportunities throughout the year.
SAALSA's mission is to encourage and educate a new generation of Space Law Attorneys, and to bring awareness and understanding to the legal issues surrounding the current state of Space Law. We foster development of students interested in pursuing a career in Space and Aeronautical Law through making connections with practitioners of Space and Aeronautical Law, and the Space Industry community at large.
The Sports & Entertainment Law Association (SELA) seeks to provide members with opportunities to learn about careers within the sports and entertainment law realms. Throughout the year, SELA organizes guest speakers from both the local and national legal community with respect to the sports and entertainment industries. SELA works to make students aware of local and national ABA events concerning sports and entertainment law. SELA aims to provide academic, professional, and personal support for students, especially first year students, interested in sports and entertainment law at USF. By expanding access to sports and entertainment law, our goal is to give interested students the opportunity to pursue this exciting, but also extremely competitive, area of legal practice. SELA is devoted to providing students the necessary resources, guidance, and contacts that will fully prepare them to engage in contemporary legal topics and further pursue these interests in a future professional career.
The Student Immigration Law Association (SILA) is a student-run organization dedicated to the development and maintenance of future immigration law practitioners and advocates. SILA connects the University of San Francisco School of Law to the community by recruiting and organizing students to volunteer with community agencies that provide free and low-cost legal services for immigrants. SILA is dedicated to maintaining immigration-and immigrant rights-related dialogue on the USF School of Law campus and the greater Bay Area community.
The USF Students of Tax and Estate Planning Society's (STEPS) main purpose is as a student run networking club to connect students with alumni practitioners in the fields of estate planning and tax. WE have a strong alumni board and have continuously had a successful career panel and spring mixer as long as the club has been around. Our goals are to provide students with as many quality contacts in the field of their interest to grow the alumni base of practitioners willing to offer internships and jobs in these fields, as well as to provide students with a forum to raise any opportunities to grow in these fields, whether it be tax writing competitions, ABA or other group meetings/dinners, etc.
The USF Technology, Entrepreneur, & Start-up Law Association (TESLA) aims to connect USF Law School students to entrepreneurial and technology events within the Greater Bay Area and Silicon Valley communities. This student-led group focuses on networking and thought leadership events to stimulate passion and responsibility in building a framework for sustainable ventures.
Our goal is to expand and promote the entrepreneurial mindset among students by providing a platform to explore substantive legal issues surrounding technology, emerging markets, venture capital financing, social entrepreneurship, and other relevant topics spread across practice areas.
The Federalist Society is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
The USF Law Democrats is the USF law student chapter of the national Democratic Party. The mission of the USF Law Democrats is to encourage participation in the political process, expose students to possible careers in politics and government and educate the USF law community about the values and vision of the Democratic Party. The USF Law Democrats seek to create an open forum for the discussion of public policy to keep students, faculty and staff informed about current events and engaged in emerging progressive issues. The USF Law Democrats also seek to link students to the broader Democratic community by connecting them with elected officials and legal professionals in politics and providing them with opportunities to participate in campaigns and/or advocacy work on the local, state or federal level.
USF Law Parents and Advocates Law Student Association (PALSA) is a student organization at USF Law dedicated to providing support and advocating for students who are juggling the arduous and costly task of going to school and raising a family. Our aim is to make parents and their children feel welcomed on campus and promote parental/familial rights. Everyone is welcome to join!
The USF Veteran Law Students Association is a family of military students dedicated to the representation of military interests and image at the University of San Francisco. The VLSA aims to support fellow student veterans and aspiring military professionals attending undergraduate and graduate USF programs, connect with other military organizations to promote and maintain a positive impression of both the school and the military, and provide humanitarian assistance to our veteran community and society at large.
The purpose of the University of San Francisco, School of Law’s Vietnamese American Law Society (VALS) is to encourage and promote the professional growth of its members; to foster the exchange of ideas and information among its members and with the community at large; and to support the Vietnamese legal community.
The Women's Law Association’s (WLA) ultimate goal is to create an inclusive community for the women at the University of San Francisco School of Law. The WLA seeks to foster an environment where women feel supported academically, professionally, and personally by their fellow members. USF’s WLA provides a variety of services and opportunities, including support for first-year students through a mentoring program, social, volunteer and networking events. The group functions as a space to engage in an informed conversation about gender specific issues in the legal field and in broader society. The WLA interacts with numerous women’s organizations, such as the Women Lawyers Committee and Ms. JD, to give students the opportunity to connect with legal professionals and explore career options. WLA members are encouraged to actively engage with the group and share their programming ideas, interests, and needs.
With a focus on legal advocacy for one of the most vulnerable populations today, the Youth Advocacy Association (YAA) at the University of San Francisco School of Law strives to educate its law school community on the important realities affecting children and youth. Towards this goal, YAA embraces dialogue surrounding aspects of the law related to criminal law, delinquency, dependency, the education system, family law, immigration law, policy and reform, and more. By connecting its members with service and career opportunities, YAA connects law students with professional pathways to a fulfilling legal career in the various fields of child advocacy.