American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists, and other concerned individuals who are 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 student chapter at the University of San Francisco School of Law fosters a new generation of progressive leaders by bringing to campus renowned advocates, scholars and judges who address a wide range of legal and policy issues, and providing networking opportunities with local progressive lawyers.
Admiralty and Maritime Law Society
By creating a community for those with an interest in maritime law, The Admiralty and Maritime Law Society will build a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue a career in the maritime industry. By drawing on the University of San Francisco School of Law’s large alumni network in maritime law and partnering with our prominent Maritime Law Journal, the Admiralty and Maritime Law Society will cultivate future maritime lawyers and establish USF School of Law as the premier maritime law school on the West Coast.
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) is the largest and one of the most active student groups on campus. APALSA is known for organizing top-notch professional events and outreach activities designed to help students broaden their professional and social networks. More importantly, APALSA is committed to seeing all our students achieve academic success. In its 30 years of serving the USF Law community, APALSA understands the needs of a diverse student body and encourages students from all backgrounds to take advantage of their membership benefits and unrivaled support system. APALSA prides itself in maintaining good relationships with other student organizations, (such as La Raza, the Black Law Students Association, the Pilipino American Law Society, and the Korean American Law Students Association).
Black Law Students Association
The 2013-2014 BLSA board has planned many dynamic events to serve not only the BLSA community, but the greater USF community. As a part of that plan the BLSA board will work promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of the BLSA community. BLSA will also work to create opportunities to network within the legal community of the Bay Area.
Business Law Association
The Business Law Association's (BLA) mission is to educate the USF Law student body about all of the facets of business law in today's work force. This extends beyond the corporate law setting to help illustrate how business law is necessary in nearly all types of law. In addition, BLA is adamant is help students network and assisting them in finding placements to help jump start their careers.
Criminal Law Society
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.
Environmental Law Society
The USF Environmental Law Society (ELS) seeks to enhance the law school experience by fostering and promoting the study and awareness of environmental law issues; to inspire, support, and train the next generation of environmental leaders by providing resources, networking opportunities, and referrals for clinical and professional placements; and, to encourage environmental advocacy and participation in environmental activities in the legal community and in the community at large.
Equal Justice Society
The USF School of Law chapter of the Equal Justice Society (EJS), founded in 2002, advances a positive agenda of progressive legal change in the areas of human and civil rights. Through collaboration with other student groups, EJS presents roundtables, symposia and media/film presentations all with an eye toward educating the law school community about important legal and policital issues.
Estate Planning & Tax Society
The Estate Planning and Tax Society's mission is to assist law students who are interested in estate planning and/or tax as a career, or simply want to know more about it. The group coordinates events where students and local attorneys in the field can network and build professional relationships.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It 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 Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Food & Law Society
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.
Health Education Association of Law Students
The Health Education Association of Law Students (HEALS) strives to promote awareness and understanding of health matters related to law and policy, in addition to providing support for students who face the extra challenge of managing a physical or mental illness while in law school. Our goal is to educate people about health issues that law students may eventually face in various fields of legal practice, as well as spread interest in health law, while providing an outlet for those already passionate about health law. HEALS attains this goal by sponsoring speakers, being involved in the community through volunteer work, presenting information to educate members, and sharing knowledge of health law organizations and networking events in the Bay Area. Some legal topics HEALS focuses on include health care policy, public interest advocacy for those with physical and mental illness and disabilities, criminal law, malpractice, biomedicine, food and drug policy, and addiction.
Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society (IMLS) at University of San Francisco School of Law is dedicated to the development and maintenance of future immigration law practitioners and advocates. IMLS connects 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. IMLS is dedicated to maintaining immigration- and immigrant rights-related dialogue at University of San Francisco School of Law and the greater University of San Francisco School of Law campus. IMLS is also dedicated to the fulfillment of academic objectives by allowing students to learn integral skills in the classroom that can be utilized as practitioners. In today’s world where immigration law and reform are ever-changing concepts, IMLS provides students with an avenue through which to prepare for these changes and to serve at the forefront of the policies that govern, protection of individual rights, the conferral of immigration status and the increasing militarization of the U.S. – Mexico border.
Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association
The Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association (IPCLA) strives to engage the USF student community interested in the intellectual property field. IPCLA's mission is to inform and educate students of opportunities in the IP. IPCLA provides compelling events and connects with the greater legal community in San Francisco.
International Law Society
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 Schools impressive global curriculum, by sponsoring timely and important programming in the fields of public and private international law. USF ILS 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 ILSA is a local student chapter of the International Law Students Association, and works closely on campus with the Center for Law & Global Justice.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) of USF is an independent forum for Jewish law students to form friendships and ties with each other, with other student groups, and with the Jewish community of San Francisco. JLSA welcomes students of all denominations, political beliefs, and personal views. Each semester, we organize volunteer events and social opportunities, in addition to presenting panels and speakers that reach out to our peers at the law school. Our goal is to celebrate and share Jewish culture and values, while educating and informing our community about religious traditions and topical events that relate to Israel and the Jewish world.
Labor and Employment Law Student Association
The Labor and Employment Law Students Association is a community of law students focused on employees and their legal relationship with their employers. Our organization also focuses on providing resources and development in three core areas: academics, career placement, and community involvement. This area of law addresses the relationship between employers and their employees. Labor and employment attorneys work in big firms and small firms, government agencies, and as in-house counsel. They often specialize in a particular client group like representing companies, workers, or labor unions; or a particular practice area like employment discrimination, employee benefits, workers compensation, or wage-and-hour claims.
La Raza Law Students Association
La Raza Law Students Association is dedicated to empowering Latina/o students to become the next generation of attorneys that strives to achieve progress for their community. La Raza has been an active student organization at USF School of Law for over 20 years. During this time, La Raza has promoted the school of law's mission of social justice and social equality through their active engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area community.
The Law and Global Justice Forum
The Law and Global Justice Forum is a student run organization at the University of San Francisco School of Law that seeks to analyze our world based on the principles of equality, solidarity, respect and human rights that encompass our shared humanity. The Forum is comprised of both a blog and article component in which contributors attempt to explore and better understand our increasingly global community from a legal perspective. The mission of the Law and Global Justice Forum is to add to this important global justice conversation.
Law Christian Fellowship
The USF Law Student Christian Fellowship's mission is: to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8) in law school. The goals of the fellowship are to: meet at least weekly to support each other in an authentic walk with God, to hold events that generate thoughtful discussions about the place of God and Christ in the legal profession and our communities, to foster greater understanding of Christ's teachings among Christians and non-Christians, and to do our part to make USF Law School a supportive environment for those of all backgrounds who seek justice. All are welcome with open arms.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice is the USF Chapter of the national organization which trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. We plan to host educational events on the status of reproductive rights in our country as well as work to encourage the inclusion of reproductive justice issues in legal curricula.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) is committed to promoting cultural awareness within the legal community and fostering profressional 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.
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers' Guild is a non-profit political organization that represents progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice globally. The purpose of the USF Guild chapter will be to raise awareness about relevant legal and political issues, to connect the USF Law student body with the broad network of practicing, progressive attorneys of the NLG, and to support political movements by providing legal observers at protests and other political actions.
Pilipino American Law Society
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 Association
Pride Law strives to promote a positive atmosphere for queer USF Law students and to educate the community about the issues specific to the LGBTQI community in order to alleviate and eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and other affronts to the dignity of individual human beings.
Public Interest Law Foundation
The Public Interest Law Foundation's (PILF) Mission:
• To foster a community of law students interested in public interest work.
• To instill a sense of community ownership, pride, and responsibility that will motivate students and lawyers to make positive changes.
• To educate students about job opportunities in the public interest sector and serve as a resource for job leads.
• To educate students about ways that private attorneys can make meaningful contributions to the public interest.
• To raise money to support unpaid summer work in the public interest.
• To encourage law students to volunteer in the Bay Area community and help provide meaningful and appropriate opportunities for them to do so.
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Student Chapter
USF SFTLA s a chapter of the parent San Francisco Trial Lawyer's association, the USF SFTLA is primarily a group for aspiring litigators. However, all are welcome! The SFTLA focuses on plaintiff's law, but is also made up of defense attorneys and law students. Our goal is to familiarize our members with practical legal training. We invite experienced guest speakers to talk to the students and will be providing opportunities for the students to make lasting, valuable connections.
South Asian Law Students Association
The goal of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) is to connect the South Asian Law Community through networking , community service, and social events. SALSA aims to promote awareness of legal issues affecting the community and to increase visibility of the community at USF locally and nationally in the legal field.
Sports and Entertainment Law Association
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.
St. Thomas More Society
The Catholic Church possesses a profound tradition of social and legal thought. The Thomas More Society of the University of San Francisco School of Law seeks to engage the campus community with the most important current debates from the unique perspective of the Catholic lawyer. As a society of law students, we search for truth through an exploration of law and justice. As a Catholic society, this search is enlightened by the Catholic Church’s rich tradition of social thought. The Society seeks to recognize the unique interplay of faith and reason fostered by the Catholic faith. Realizing that "faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead" (James 2:17), The St. Thomas More Society of the University of San Francisco School of Law strives to provide the campus community with meaningful opportunities to be of service in the Bay Area, particularly to underserved communities within San Francisco. The St. Thomas More Society will also be involved in the Catholic community by participating in the Church's liturgical life throughout the year. Embracing and promoting the Gospel message of God's inclusive love, the St. Thomas More Society of University of San Francisco School of Law not only welcomes diversity but encourages participation of students and community members of all faiths, religions, politics, genders, sexual orientations, races, and cultures.
USF Law Democrats
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.
Women's Law Association
The goals of the Women's Law Association (WLA) are:
1. Create an inclusive community for the women at USF
2. Support our members academically, professionally, and personally
3. Encourage members to actively engage with the group and share their programming ideas, interests, and needs
The Women's Law Association's (WLA) Mission is:
1. Engage in a constructive and open discussion about the inequalities women in the legal field face
2. Explore methods to recognize and respond to the prejudices and pressures for women in the law
3. Empower each other to actively stand up against gender injustices
4. Move away from gender stereotypes and embrace a proactive approach to equality
Youth Advocacy Association
The Youth Advocacy Association strives to educate University of San Francisco law students on the various professional pathways to a legal career in youth advocacy. Toward this goal, YAA seeks to connect law students with youth based organizations and community service opportunities in order to better prepare and orient law students on the realities and issues that youth face in society at large and in the legal system.