List of Student Organizations

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 Director of Student Organizations. Charters, name changes, and constitutional amendments are managed by the SBA Senate Student Organizations & Charter Committee.

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a national nonprofit organization that works to preserve civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through legal action, legislative advocacy, and community education. The ACLU–GW Law chapter seeks to promote awareness of issues of concern to the ACLU, including free speech, racial justice, religious freedom, reproductive rights, and equality for underrepresented populations. Members of the ACLU–GW Law work closely with the ACLU of the National Capital Area and have the opportunity to participate in the local chapter’s fund raising and grassroots efforts as well at its student leadership initiative. The ACLU–GW Law works collaboratively with other organizations to host on-campus events, such as movie screenings and presentations by prominent guest speakers.


American Constitution Society (GW ACS)

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 Association (ACCA)

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.


Antitrust Law Association (ALA)

The Antitrust Law Association (ALA) brings together students with an interest in Antitrust/Competition law and connects them to practitioners in the field. With the help of GW Law faculty that specialize in Antitrust law and a committed executive board, the ALA will hold activities including: career panels, networking events, Antitrust case visits, and panels on current Antitrust events. ALA programs aim to foster an interest of Antitrust law to all students. We will host panels discussing recent and pending cases that impact consumers, and the field of Antitrust law as a whole.


Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)

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.

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Banking and Securities Law Society (BaSL)

The Banking and Securities Law Society exposes its members to banking and securities law through a variety of networking events and career panels. BaSL uses these events to provide members educational and networking opportunities with practitioners and other students that share an interest in banking and securities law.


Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

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!

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Christian Legal Society (CLS)

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

Corporate and Business Law Society (CBLS)

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.


Criminal Law Society (CRLS)

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.


Cyberlaw Students Association (CYLSA)

The Cyberlaw Students Association (CYLSA) is a group committed to cutting edge legal issues related to the internet or computers. These issues include intellectual property, internet privacy, computer crime, and many other subjects. CYLSA’s focus is to provide an avenue for discourse that allows students to learn and critically think about these issues, and to prepare for eventual careers in these areas. This is most typically accomplished by bringing in speakers on key issues and holding cyberlaw-related events.


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.

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Entrepreneurship and Law Society (ELS)

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 and Energy Law Association (EELA)

The Environmental and Energy Law Association (EELA) organizes and participates in a variety of environmental and energy law events. Each year, the EELA convenes environmental and energy law career panels, organizes a kayaking trip open to all GW Law students, and sponsors a “Meet the Professors Night” to help students in choosing environmental and energy law courses. The EELA also holds an annual Sustainability Week, focused on educating the GW Law student body about environmental issues and informing the larger student body about the environmental and energy law field. The EELA provides members with opportunities to share information regarding GW’s environmental and energy law course offerings and tips on finding relevant positions with firms, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. The EELA is an active member of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS).


Equal Justice Foundation (EJF)

The GW Law Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) supports students in pursuing internships and careers in public service. We seek to create a more just society through the practice of law. EJF organizes several annual events, culminating with a charity auction each spring, that raise money to fund stipends for service-minded law students working in unpaid public interest legal positions each summer. To get involved and stay up-to-date with EJF events and opportunities, please sign up for the EJF listserv by sending an email to or join the organization’s Facebook page.



Evening Law Student Association (ELSA)

ELSA serves as a forum for any student who is interested in promoting the academic, professional and social advancement of the evening law student community at GW Law. The organization is especially focused on ensuring that the administration understands and is reminded of the special circumstances of evening students and the value-added that they bring to the community.
ELSA is a great sounding board for the issues, concerns, and suggestions of evening students who are primarily on campus on weeknights, hold full-time jobs and have families, spouses, and community responsibilities. ELSA’s aim is to enhance the evening student experience at GW Law and to give these students an opportunity to participate more fully in campus activities.

Visit the ELSA on Facebook

If you have any questions about ELSA or being a part-time law student at GW, please contact any of us individually or email us at .

Federalist Society (FedSoc)

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.

Email us at to join our list serv.

Feminist Forum

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 Students Association (GCSA)

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.


Gulf Recovery Network (GRN)

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.


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Human Rights Law Society (HRLS)

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.

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Immigration Law Association (ILA)

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.

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International Arbitration Student Association (SIAA)

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.

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LinkedIn: International Arbitration Student Association at GW Law (SIAA).

International Law Society (ILS)

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.

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International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

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.

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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.

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J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS)

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)

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.

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Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS)

The Labor and Employment Law Society brings together students, professors and professionals in the Labor and Employment Law field. We are a non-partisan group and welcome the viewpoints of professionals representing management, labor/workers, and neutrals such as arbitrators and mediators so that our members get a well rounded view of issues in this field. LELS hosts networking events among the students and professionals during the year and hosts the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Panel Luncheon in the Spring. LELS welcomes all collaboration with other organizations on the law school campus that support the deepening of student knowledge and awareness of labor and employment issues.


Lambda Law

Lambda Law is an organization of students interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal issues, employment concerns, and the fostering of tolerance and awareness on campus. The organization provides a network for professional and social interaction between GLBT and ally students, faculty, and legal professionals, and for the education of the Law School community about issues facing GLBT individuals. Since its foundation in 1989, Lambda Law has become a visible and active force at the Law School. The organization was involved in adding ‘sexual orientation’ to GW’s nondiscrimination policy, developing and implementing programs with the Career Development Office regarding legal job search issues facing GLBT students, and discussing the Law School’s position toward issues concerning military recruiters on campus. Ongoing events include a mentor program with GLBT attorneys in Washington, discussions on current legal issues and developments, attendance at national legal conferences, educational activities for major advocacy events such as National Coming Out Day and Freedom to Marry Day, and social events with the Law School and other local law student groups. All students are welcome and encouraged to join Lambda Law in an effort to increase awareness and acceptance at the Law School.

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Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)

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.


Law Association for Women (LAW)

The Law Association for Women (LAW) promotes greater awareness of issues affecting women in the legal field. LAW strives to provide support for female law students by sponsoring activities, such as luncheons, resume workshops, and panel discussions, which allow students to establish contacts with female lawyers in both the private and public sector. LAW provides a forum for law students and attorneys to discuss the legal profession from a female perspective and share common concerns. LAW also sponsors the Belva Lockwood Luncheon, an annual event honoring the first woman to run for president and argue before the Supreme Court. All students with an interest in issues facing women and women lawyers are encouraged to join LAW.


Law, Justice and International Development Society (LJIDS)

The Law, Justice and International Development Society (LJIDS) aims at critically and creatively engage GW Law students, students-at-large and alumni on the fundamental role domestic and international law play in the multidisciplinary processes of social and economic development, as well as in achieving social justice and political stability, in developing, post-conflict and transitional states around the world.

The organization furthers its purpose notably by disseminating relevant information, opportunities and resources ; engaging members on emerging research and practice trends through various events ; developing members’ practical skills by tasking them with punctual group projects as well as ; fostering networking and community building, both within the membership and externally. Any student curious or passionate about of law, justice and international development is encouraged to join the Society.


Law Revue

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

Military Law Society (MLS)

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.

Email us at to join our listserv.


Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA)

The Muslim Law Students Association aims to foster a sense of community and support among Muslim students on campus, while also promoting a greater understanding of Islam. Throughout the year, we host social events and discussions on topics of importance to the Muslim community. We also seek opportunities to collaborate with the George Washington University Law School's affinity groups in order to build solidarity and inspire joint action around issues that impact our community members. Our Facebook page can be found here:


National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. This is achieved through the work of our members, and the Guild’s numerous organizational committees, caucuses, and projects, reflecting a wide spectrum of intersectional issues. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Our student chapter hosts general body meetings, discussions, legal observer trainings, and other events, and connects students with the DC chapter of the Guild as well as local events hosted by other student chapters and community groups.


National Security Law Association (NSLA)

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


Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (PAD)

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity ("PAD") is an international professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student.  PAD was founded in 1902 and has grown to over 300,000 initiated members, making it the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the United States.  The organization has a wide range of members, including five current sitting Justices of the United States Supreme Court, Federal judges, State judges, and six former U.S. Presidents.  Approximately one out of six attorneys in the United States is a member of PAD.  PAD members have the opportunity to network with hundreds of thousands of law students and alumni in the legal profession, and participate in the organization's annual national Mock Trial Competition, annual Leadership Summit conference, and biennial nationwide Convention.  Exceptional members are also eligible to become a part of the Society of Scholars.  A law chapter membership last a lifetime, and law chapter members automatically become PAD alumni members upon graduation.


Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society (PDP)

Phi Delta Phi, established in 1869, holds the distinction of being the first professional society in the United States and one of the oldest and most distinguished professional organizations in the Western Hemisphere. Phi Delta Phi has chartered chapters - called Inns after the English Inns of Court - at law schools spread across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Between students and practitioners, Phi Delta Phi has more than 200,000 members supporting its mission is to promote professionalism, ethics and culture in the law schools and the profession at large. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet association presidents, and law school deans are from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal society. Phi Delta Phi also offers numerous scholarship opportunities to its members. 


Political Law Society (PLS)

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.

Twitter: @gwpls

The Promissory Notes

The Promissory Notes was founded at GW Law in the fall of 2009 by a group of students seeking to share their music with each other and with other students at GW Law. What began as a musical outlet and a break from studying quickly transformed into an opportunity to contribute to the greater GW and Washington, DC community.

GW Law's only law student acappella group!


Public Speaking and Debate Society (PSDS)

The Public Speaking and Debate Society is dedicated to the refinement of oral communication ability and to providing a platform for the discussion of social, policy, and legal issues. The PSDS has two main goals: 1) to improve its member’s ability to think on their feet while speaking articulately in front of an audience, and 2) to promote intellectual inquiry by creating a forum for the exploration, discussion, and debate of modern issues. The PSDS is established to refine speaking ability and to promote the exploration and dissemination of knowledge. The PSDS seeks to utilize GW Law School’s cultural and intellectual diversity to foster the exploration of new ideas and converse meaningfully about emerging global issues. Through events focused on intellectual inquiry and experiential learning, the PSDS hopes to promote dialogue, openness, integrity, community, creativity, understanding, and independent thought.


GW Running Club

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.


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GW Law Softball Club

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 (SELS)

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:

Academic Wellbeing,
Networking and Professional Development,
Promotion of GW Law community,
European Law Awareness.



South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)

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 .

GW Space Law Society

GW Space Law Society is devoted to discussion of all issues space law. Space law encompasses international, telecommunication, and aerospace law in the absolute coolest way possible. We host symposiums and speakers dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of space lawyers in their quest to answer an age old question: can you make a serious objection argument in microgravity?


GW Street Law
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. Website: Email:
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
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. Follow our page on Facebook by visiting or email us at to join our listserv and find out about our upcoming events!
Student Health Law Association (SHLA)
The Student Health Law Association is an organization dedicated to the quickly-evolving field of health law. SHLA seeks to create networking opportunities, organize events to learn more about the health law field, and provide access to professional and blogging opportunities. Facebook: Email:
Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA)
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. SIPLA Website Email:
Tax Law Society
The Tax Law Society is established to promote awareness among students and alumni of the opportunities provided by the study and practice of tax law. Through a variety of student and alumni events and programs, TLS ultimately aims to educate it members, raise awareness of opportunities available in the field, and facilitate the development of professional contacts. TLS also acts as a student resource on tax law courses and professors at the Law School. Our organization is open to law students of all levels. Email:
Veteran Law Students Association (VLSA)
The George Washington University Law School's Veteran Law Students Association (VLSA) is dedicated to providing a community for current and former members of America's armed forces as well as their spouses, dependents, all those close to them, as well as those interested in issues which affect Veterans. Email: