Students at GW Law have traditionally been active and involved members of our academic community. Over the years we have established a great number of organizations that reflect our diverse interests and concerns. These organizations play an important role beyond that of fostering camaraderie. Indeed, by sponsoring speakers and panel discussions and encouraging dialogue on a wide variety of legal issues, the activities of our student organizations have become an important extension of the curriculum and have also afforded students the opportunity to make significant contributions to the Washington, D.C. area community and to the legal profession.
Policy compliance and enforcement is managed by the SBA Dir. of Student Organizations.
Charters, name changes, and constitutional amendments are managed by the SBA Senate Student Organizations & Charter Committee.
Almost all student organizations are listed alphabetically. To submit or update your organization's information on this site, send the photo and exact description to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Director of Tech will not edit what you send for grammar or spelling so please make sure it's perfect before you send it.
Active Minds of The George Washington Law School, a chapter of the Active Minds non-profit organization with the mission of reducing stigma and promoting treatment for mental health issues. Our chapter has set four goals to support the national initiative of "Changing the conversation about mental health." They are:
1. Increase the awareness of students, faculty, and staff at The GW Law School about issues surrounding mental health, symptoms related to mental health issues and disorders, and mental health resources available online, on campus, and in the surrounding community.
2. Provide an open forum for all students to speak and learn about mental health.
3. Promote a general awareness of holistic health by emphasizing care of body and mind.
4. Serve as a liaison between the student body and the mental health community by holding campus-wide activities such as hosting guest speakers, providing informational fact sheets, organizing fundraisers and running national Active Minds programs designed to reduce stigma and raise mental health awareness.
American Constitution Society
GW ACS is the GW Law student chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) national organization. GW ACS believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. We work 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. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.
At GW Law ACS, we organize events and meetings throughout the year. We work to bring speakers at the forefront of legal debate to engage with our student members. We host legal panels and discussions, career networking opportunities, trips to the Supreme Court, and social events.
Anti-Corruption and Compliance Society
GW’s Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association organizes panel discussions, workshops, and conferences to educate GW Law students and the greater community about the growing legal field of anti-corruption and compliance practice. ACCA provides a forum for students, practitioners, and faculty to explore issues surrounding public integrity, anti-bribery, transparency, regulatory compliance, white collar crime, and more. ACCA is committed to improving GW Law students’ career options by providing unmatched networking opportunities enhanced by our location in the Washington, D.C. area.
President: Maria Soledad Sternke
Anti-trust Law Association
The Antitrust Law Law Association deals in all matters Antitrust.
President: Elizabeth Taras
Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association
APALSA is the national organization for Asian/Pacific American and other interested law students. At the George Washington University Law School, our goals are to provide academic and social support for incoming as well as continuing students; to assist members in job searches; and to increase Asian/Pacific American enrollment and participation.
Throughout the year, we organize various activities, including:
- Educational and professional panels, lectures and film screenings, with a focus on APA issues;
- Networking and social activities with other APA groups and APALSA organizations;
- Cultural events to raise APA awareness; and
- Public service projects to give back to the community.
We strive to foster a sense of community not only within GW Law, but also with the APALSA chapters from other schools, with practicing APA attorneys in the greater DC metro area, and the APA community at large.
One of the GW Law's strengths is the kindness, professionalism, and supportive nature of each of its students. GW Law APALSA is no different; we are committed to helping each other and working together to create a strong APA community that will help each member succeed, both in law school and after graduation. If you have any questions, whether it is in regards to law school, finding a job, joining the club, or life in general, contact any one of our board members.
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at The George Washington University Law School is a service organization aimed at promoting academic excellence, professional development, community service, and social unity among our members. GW BLSA is an official chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. We have been at GW Law for several decades, making positive and influential contributions to the Law School and Washington, DC communities. Also, in an effort to promote and support a diverse student body at GW Law, BLSA members participate in the recruitment of minority students and provide information to the Law School community about the contributions of African-Americans to the field of law. GW BLSA is a very active organization, hosting dozens of academic, professional, service, advocacy, and social events throughout the school year. We invite all GW Law students to join BLSA and participate with us!
Please visit our website at http://gwlawblsa.wix.com/gwblsa#!home/mainPage, and feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Christian Legal Society
The GW chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) is an organization dedicated to fostering Christian fellowship for students at GW Law and demonstrating Christian values to the student body at large. CLS seeks to provide opportunities for students to serve the local community, network with legal professionals, and engage others on campus by hosting speakers and panel discussions.
To contact CLS email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate and Business Law Society
CBLS aims to promote awareness of corporate and business related legal issues within the law school community and to provide members with opportunities to develop relationships in the legal community.
President: Samantha Block
Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law Society is a nonpartisan organization whose members are interested in both criminal defense and criminal prosecution. The Society seeks to promote awareness of criminal constitutional rights within the Law School community and throughout the metropolitan area.
New email: email@example.com
President: Tom Collins; tjcollins@law
Vice-President: Suzy Ezzat; sezzat@law
Secretary: Alex Galdos; agaldos@law
Treasurer: Felicia Dana; fdana@law
Events Coordinator: Marcos Gonzales; mgonzalez2@law
East Asian Law Society (EALS)
The East Asian Law Society (“EALS”) of The George Washington University Law School aims to create an exchange platform for students, faculty, and anyone interested in East Asian laws, policies and cultures. The EALS will accomplish this purpose through networking events, student panels, guest speakers, East Asian academic seminars and cultural celebrations, and deliver timely and reliable information on the above topics.
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1760615204166390/
President 2016-2017: Linghan Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Entrepreneurship & Law Society
The Entrepreneurship and Law Society (ELS) enables students to understand the business, institutional, and strategic considerations applicable to entrepreneurs, and fosters an understanding of the public policy and legal frameworks that promote innovation. It accomplishes this purpose through activities that include facilitating various school events, cooperating with other student organizations at The George Washington University Law School, developing multi-school events with similar organizations at other law schools, connecting with professional organizations in the Washington, DC Area, and developing and supporting an active networking community among alumni, JD students and LL.M. students.
Entertainment and Sports Law Association (ESPLA)
ESPLA provides students interested in entertainment and sports law with a forum for expanding their knowledge in the field. The organization sponsors workshops, lectures, and panel discussions featuring prominent figures in the entertainment and sports industries. These programs focus on the basics of entertainment and sports law such as copyrights, trademarks, contract negotiations, athlete and artist representation, licensing, and endorsements. ESPLA provides information regarding career opportunities, assists with research and networking, and informs students about conferences, forums, and competitions.
Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Association (ELA) organizes and participates in a variety of environmental law events. Each year, the ELA convenes high-profile environmental law panels, organizes a rafting trip open to all GW Law students, hosts environmental law career panels, and sponsors a “Meet the Professors Night.” The ELA also provides members with opportunities to share information regarding GW’s extensive environmental law course offerings and tips on finding environmental law positions with firms, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. The ELA is an active member of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS). Notably, the ELA hosted the 17th Annual NAELS Conference at GW, featuring former Vice President Al Gore.
Family Law Society
President: Kelly Elder
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 government 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. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.
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The Feminist Forum
President: J. Erin Torres, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Feminist Forum challenges our members and the wider law school community to envision and help realize a world where people of all genders enjoy equal legal, political, social, and economic rights. We recognize that feminism is complex and intersectional and that gender inequality hurts everyone. Through events, discussions, and collaborations with other law student organizations, the Feminist Forum brings focus to these overlooked dimensions of feminism. Our goal is to broaden the scope of feminist issues addressed at GW Law to include the unique experiences and needs of women of diverse backgrounds, focus on the harm patriarchal ideals of maleness commit on boys and men, and, perhaps most importantly, the ways in which we can be allies for one another.
Government Contracts Student Association
The Government Contracts Students Association of the George Washington University Law School (“GCSA”) was established for the purpose of fostering the professional growth and educational advancement of students interested in the field of government contracts. It accomplishes this purpose through activities that include educational, social, and networking events with fellow students, alumni, and professionals in the field of government contracts.
President: Marcos Gonzalez
Gulf Recovery Network
The Gulf Recovery Network (GRN) is a student-run organization that was created in response to the havoc wreaked against the New Orleans area by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Every year since its inception, GRN has coordinated a service trip to New Orleans, enabling GW Law students to participate in legal work or physical assistance in an effort to rebuild the area. Participants enjoy the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience over their winter break, engaging in what may be their first pro bono experience of their legal careers. This spring, GRN hopes to host a discussion with experts on the legal issues that have developed as a result of the recent tragedies that have hit the Gulf Coast.
Human Rights Law Society
The Human Rights Law Society is established for the purpose of fostering a community of and supporting law students with an interest in human rights law. It accomplishes this purpose through activities that include educational panels, networking events, and pro bono and public service opportunities. HRLS serves students' interest in both domestic and international human rights activities and routinely collaborates with other student organizations to discuss and network around various human rights issues. Many HRLS members also attend the GW-Oxford International Human Rights Law Summer Program.
In the past, HRLS has held educational panels on national security and human rights, as well as on the impact of the anti-LGBT law in Russia. HRLS has also hosted two former ICJ judges as speakers. The organization routinely holds networking events with human rights practitioners in different sectors of practice to expose students to the different ways professionals can practice in the human rights field.
Immigration Law Association
The George Washington University Law School Immigration Law Association (ILA) is dedicated to promoting awareness of immigration law and careers therein, raising awareness of current immigration issues, and distributing pro bono and advocacy opportunities. In order to accomplish its mission, the organization puts together practitioner lunches, networking events, documentary screenings, and coordinated volunteer opportunities, for example, at naturalization clinics. ILA also plans an annual Alternative Spring Break to the US-Mexico Border.
For more information:
GW ILA website: http://www.gwlawila.org
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International Law Society
The GW Law School International Law Society is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the Law School. Throughout the year, ILS presents guest speakers, sponsors social functions, and promotes career development activities such as lunches with practitioners. Each year ILS hosts International Law Week, offering professional and social activities, including visits to the State Department and D.C. law firms for discussions with partners and associates in international practices, a career fair of international public agencies, several speakers and panel discussions addressing topics such as international arbitration, trade, human rights, and international business law. The week will conclude with the International Law Gala, the Society's premier annual function hosted by a different embassy every year.
International Arbitration Student Association
International Arbitration Student Association (“SIAA”) at The George Washington University Law School is established for the purpose of promoting the study of arbitration on the latest exciting trends, offering a forum for students to discuss emerging topics in arbitration and creating connections between students and successful arbitration practitioners. Our aim is equally to provide an avenue for interaction between JDs and LLMs and an active networking community among students.
Founding Presidents: Tiziana Londero and Virna Rizzo
For more information:
SIAA official homepage:
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkedIn: International Arbitration Student Association at GW Law (SIAA).
International Refugee Assistance Project
International Refugee Assistance Project - George Washington University Chapter
Help refugee families in emergency situations navigate the rules and processes of resettlement in the West, where they will be safe from danger and persecution.
The George Washington University chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project is an organization of law students with the mission to provide legal assistance to refugee families that are in emergency situations and need help navigating the resettlement process in the West.
The war and sectarian violence in Iraq forced thousands to flee for their lives and become refugees throughout the Middle East. Among those who are most at risk are mixed Sunni Shiite families and people who helped US troops, media and aid organizations. They are forced to seek resettlement but the process of gaining admittance to the few western countries that accept them is difficult. Yale Law School students started IRAP to provide legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement, and to assist those who have resettled. The GW chapter has joined the effort to combat the humanitarian crisis.
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) "affirms the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law." The JRCLS is largely composed of students and professionals of the legal community who are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, although it is not exclusive and is open to any student or professional who desires to further the mission statement. The many members of the JRCLS make this organization a worldwide networking tool. At the George Washington Law School, the JRCLS hosts the Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition, the largest external moot court competition at GW. The GW JRCLS also holds many social activities for the enjoyment of its members, such as attending a Washington Nationals game, going out to dinner at various D.C. restaurants, game nights, gathering to watch BYU and University of Utah football games, picnics, hikes, and other fun events.
Jewish Law Society Association
JLSA brings Jewish law students together both socially and intellectually. JLSA sponsors a number of social events in conjunction with other area law schools, including Georgetown and American Universities, and arranges for speakers to visit the Law School to discuss Jewish–American legal concerns on current political issues. JLSA also provides information regarding the celebration of Jewish holidays in D.C. and Jewish events around town. JLSA works with the GW Hillel, which shares many resources, activities, and programming ideas. JLSA is a member of the National Law Students Network, which links Jewish law students throughout the nation and promotes Jewish awareness and education.
Labor & Employment Law Society
Presidents: Leighann George and Avraham Basch
Latino Law Student Association
The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) aspires to promote Latino participation at The George Washington University Law School and the recruitment and hiring of Latino law students for careers in law, policy, and related fields. LLSA will be the voice of Latino issues at GW Law and will raise awareness and educate the community on these issues. LLSA will serve as a forum for students who desire to maintain and further explore their Latino heritage. LLSA will promote pro bono work and advocacy opportunities for students by organizing events with local public interest organizations.
President: Mireya Martinez email
The GW Law Revue is an annual sketch and musical comedy show written, directed, and performed by law students. Participation in the show is open to all students, regardless of prior musical or theatre experience. The show is a great opportunity to meet fellow law students and have fun poking fun at the everyday highs and lows of law school.
Past skits and videos can be found on ourYoutube channel.
Our contact email is email@example.com
Military Law Society
The George Washington University Law School's Military Law Society (GW MLS) is dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of military law issues affecting students, legal professionals, and members of America's armed forces.
The society promotes scholarly discussion of military law, veterans’ law, national security law and related law topics, and builds professional ties between interested students, the law school, and the Washington, D.C. community. The organization is also committed to professional development and provides its membership and all law students opportunities to pursue internships and careers in the relevant areas of law.
Additionally, the society serves as an advocate organization for law student veterans, providing numerous resources academically, professionally and legally to our nation’s heroes. We are also dedicated to pro bono work and general community service, and have participated in many military affiliated community service opportunities, and provide assistance with various pro bono projects that provide legal services for our servicemembers and veterans.
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National Security Law Association
The mission of the National Security Law Association (NSLA) is to educate our members about the national security law community and provide members opportunities by connecting them with practitioners. NSLA sponsors panel discussions, keynote speakers, and career networking events. In the past, NSLA has held panels on the International Criminal Court, the legal ramifications of the U.S. government employing private security contractors, and intelligence surveillance and brought in scholars and practitioners from across the national security spectrum.
The Nota Bene
The Nota Bene is an independent student publication that publishes print and online editions a few times per academic year. Students and the editorial board author short articles related to GWU Law events, student organization initiatives, and legal issues.
Publishing in the Nota Bene is a great way for a student to establish a track record of interest and expertise in a field of law. Articles are typically much shorter than formal academic pieces and offer significant flexibility to the writer.
To see past issues or contact the Nota Bene, check out the website at thenotabene.org.
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
President: Laura Murchie (acting, current VP)
Political Law Society
The Political Law Society (PLS) is the non-partisan student arm of the Political Law Studies Initiative. Political law covers a wide swath of issues including money in politics, election administration, lobbying, voting rights, and governmental ethics. PLS collaborates with faculty to organize panel discussions and workshops with political law experts, brown bag lunches with practitioners, and professional networking events that enable alumni to build relationships with one another and with current GW Law students. Many of our current students have worked on and managed election campaigns, and many more have worked on Capitol Hill. Seeking to encourage commitment to public engagement regardless of political stripe, PLS maintains an active list of internships and job opportunities for current Law School students.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, PLS won the award for "Best New Event" from the GW Law Gavel Club for their campaign finance panel event, the 2011-2012 academic year "Outstanding Student Organization" award, and the 2013-2014 "Best Multi-Day Event" award for our panel on McCutcheon v. FEC and trip to see oral arguments in the Supreme Court. Email us below to get on our distribution list or for any reason, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The Promissory Notes
GW Law's only law student acappella group!
The GW Running Club meets a few times each week at the Law School for runs around the monuments and Georgetown. The group is composed of runners of all skills, and the runs vary in length from just a mile or two up to several miles depending on the composition of the group on each day. The GW Running Club also organizes weekend trail runs in National Parks in the DMV area.
President: Jack DaSilva, email@example.com
Treasurer: Aimee Rider, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314880095204013/
GW Law Softball Club holds informal practices every weekend. We also host fundamentals sessions for players who are new or want to brush up on their skills. We welcome players of all ability and experience.
The GW Law Softball Club participates in two tournaments each year. GW Law hosts a tournament in the fall semester for local law schools that takes place on the National Mall. The team also attends the annual UVA Law Softball Tournament, which takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, typically on the first weekend of April, and benefits the Children, Youth and Family Services of Charlottesville. GW sends three or four teams to the two-day, double elimination tournament each year, to compete against more than 100 other teams from law schools around the country. The group sends competitive and recreational teams, so players of all skill levels and experience are encouraged to come out and play. In addition, the Softball Club holds fundraisers in the fall and spring semesters to help cover registration, equipment, uniform, and accommodations costs. In past years, fund-raising efforts combined with school funding have resulted in a virtually free weekend of fun for all participants.
Society of European Law Students
The Society of European Law Students (“SELS”) of the George Washington University Law School is established for the purpose of supporting an intellectual and professional environment as well as providing a platform for networking for European students and students interested in European law at GW Law. This is especially aimed at providing assistance for new European students enrolling at GW Law and at providing an opportunity for American and other International students interested in studying or working in Europe to make first contacts.
Furthermore promoting European Union law and law in Europe at GW Law is another core goal of SELS. This is in particular achieved by organizing information sessions and other events on important legal topics in relation to current events in Europe. Last but not least SELS wants to encourage other European students to apply for JD, LLM and SJD programs at GW Law. In short the four missions through which SELS is accomplishing these goals are:
Networking and Professional Development,
Promotion of GW Law community,
European Law Awareness.
South Asian Law Students Association
The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) provides a social, academic, and career network for law students of South Asian heritage and encourages members to develop an understanding of how the law can be used as a vehicle for social transformation. To help its members establish invaluable social and career connections, SALSA sponsors a number of projects and events at the Law School, including cultural celebrations and a mentoring program for first-year students.
If you have any questions about our organization, wish to join our listserv, or would like to inform our executive board about an upcoming event or opportunity, please email email@example.com.
GW Street Law is a community service organization at the George Washington University Law School. We seek to engage the minds and hearts of American’s future civic leaders by stimulating healthy discussion of relevant issues relating to criminal and constitutional law. Our curriculum allows students to better understand the American justice system, their own legal rights and civic responsibilities, and the important roles they play in their communities. We partner with several middle schools, high schools and juvenile detention centers in the Washington, D.C area to breathe life into the law in a way that is exciting for both the volunteer teachers and the students.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
The George Washington University Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (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, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
Student Intellectual Property Law Association
President: Adam Bofill [Email]
As the largest student organization on campus with over 700 members, SIPLA is committed to exposing GW Law students to the unique aspects of the intellectual property law profession. SIPLA draws upon leaders in the field not only to explore the traditional intellectual property law disciplines of patent, trademark, and copyright law, but also unfair trade practices, antitrust, computer law, technology licensing, sports law, entertainment law, and communications law. SIPLA also houses the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Brief (IPEL)—a forum for SIPLA members interested in copyright, trademark, entertainment, and media law to write blog posts on current trends and developing issues to be published on the IPEL website.
Throughout the year, SIPLA works with the IP department and career center to host lectures from experts in the field. Lecturers sponsored by SIPLA have included the president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the former commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and intellectual property practitioners and academics from around the country. SIPLA is committed to enhancing GW Law students’ career options by providing unmatched networking opportunities and a chance to interact with hundreds of intellectual property law alumni from around the country.
Tax Law Society
President: Eric Albers-Fiedler
GW Law Vintners & Brewers Legal Society
The mission of the GW Law Vintners & Brewers Legal Society (“VBLS”) is to provide a venue for its members to learn about relevant legal issues that impact the production, distribution, and consumption of wine, beer, and spirits in the alcohol beverage industry. We also aim to educate its members and the greater GW Law community on different wines, beers, and spirits from around the world and to encourage the appreciation of products as it relates to our overarching goals. VBLS provides a range of networking and social events that will help students become a part of the conversation regarding the evolving legal issues this world faces and build professional relationships within the industry.