Choose from 35+ different student organizations.
Getting involved in organizations is a great way to meet your fellow students as well as alumni and other legal professionals, and to participate in programs aimed at increasing your knowledge in specific areas of the law. The following is a listing of the student organizations at the School of Law. To learn more, contact the organization directly or contact the Student Affairs Office.
Unless indicated all the organizations below are active in the current academic year.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for progressive 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.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
We are committed to voicing and addressing the issues facing Asian-Pacific Americans at BU Law, in Boston, and in the legal community at large. We sponsor various academic, networking, social, and community service events such as an annual Mentorship Dinner, a Lunar New Year Dinner, Meet The Firms, and a Greater Boston APALSA Conference that brings Boston-area APALSA groups together with the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts(AALAM). In so doing, APALSA hopes to help its members define their roles not only in the legal community, but also in the larger community.
Black Law Students Association
The BU Black Law Students Association (BLSA) was founded in 1970 to provide support, direction, and community for Black students in professional and academic development. A member of the National Black Law Students Association, BU BLSA serves to promote awareness of the relationship between race and justice in the American legal system. BU BLSA strives to enhance the experiences of Black law students by providing assistance to members in the development of their legal careers and to provide opportunities for exposure to various aspects of the legal profession. We are committed to acting positively in the development of Black self-determination at large and strive to build ties between all segments of the Black community. We endeavor to cultivate a cohesive and culturally vibrant BU Law campus community.
BU Disability Law Advocates and Allies
BUDLAA is a group with two main purposes: 1) to foster interest and professional development in the disability law field and 2) to serve as a supportive community for disabled students, and their allies, who would like to connect with one and other and support each other through the law school journey.
Business Law Society
The Business Law Society provides students with the opportunity to pursue their interest in business law beyond the classroom. We host networking and speaking events aimed at bringing successful professionals to the law school. We seek out opportunities to provide basic business law services in the community. We promote interaction and networking between various student groups and schools.
Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs
The Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs (CISGA) is committed to providing community and support to BU Law students coming from different nations around the world or interested in pursuing a career abroad. We seek to establish a support system for members throughout the entirety of their experience in law school, especially those from abroad transitioning to living, studying, and working in the U.S. We host forums as information sessions about the visa process, remote learning, and OCI for international students to discuss any issue nonimmigrant students at BU Law might have. We hope to foster a caring community of students and alumni not only for the nonimmigrant students but also for those who are interested in global practice.”
Communication, Entertainment, and Sports Law Association
Communication, Entertainment, and Sports Law Association (CESLA) is a BU Law association dedicated to hosting and promoting events regarding the law around the communication, entertainment, and sports industry.
Criminal Law Society
The mission of the BU Criminal Law Society (BUCLS) is to create a forum at Boston University School of Law in which any interested students, faculty, and staff can learn about the field of criminal law. BUCLS achieves this goal by organizing opportunities to discuss developments, trends, and critical issues within the area of criminal law, as well as creating networking opportunities with current practitioners.
Education and School Law Association
The mission of Education Law Association (EdLaw) is to unite members of the BU law community interested in education law and policy. EdLaw engages members of the BU Law community in achieving meaningful educational opportunities for all students at all levels through advocacy, policy-making, litigation, and other legal tools. We seek to achieve this by: (1) creating a forum for members to discuss educational issues with legal practitioners, professors and colleagues; and (2) providing volunteer opportunities that directly impact students in the Boston community at large.
Employment & Labor Law Student Association
ELLSA exists to prepare legal advocates for workers and their unions through networking opportunities, panels, and participation in protest movement, worker organizing, and labor actions. We seek to build consciousness of workers’ rights at BU Law.
Energy and Environmental Law Society
The Energy and Environmental Law Society (EELS) seeks to expand Boston University’s environmental and energy law footprint through networking opportunities, initiatives to expand curriculum, and community outreach programs. Our focus is on guiding students interested in environmental and energy law towards a variety of career paths in the field.
The Federalist Society is a national organization of libertarian and conservative law students, professors, and lawyers interested in bringing about debate and conversation over important legal issues. On campus we bring in nationally recognized speakers to talk with students and debate with other distinguished scholars on the most pressing legal issues of the day. We also provide members with opportunities from different affiliate organizations as well as organize other activities with club members at BU and around Boston.
First Generation Professionals
Boston University School of Law’s First Generation Professionals (FGP) is dedicated to serving students who identify as first generation professionals. First generation professionals are those who are the first in their family to graduate from baccalaureate college and/or those who are the first in their family to enter professional school. FGP welcomes those who are the first in their family to enter the legal profession. FGP recognizes that there is intersectionality and nuance in the first generation identity, so we welcome all who self-identify as FGP. We also actively encourage allies to join FGP. We acknowledge the resource gap that exists between first generation professionals and their peers. We equip our members with valuable resources such as informational sessions, networking opportunities, and professional development opportunities. We provide ongoing support for our members through mentorship and community building.
Health Law Association
The Boston University Health Law Association unites students interested in areas of health law, and receives advice and guidance by some of the top health law faculty in the country. Our mission is to provide the BU community with an overview of what is happening in the health and public health communities here in Boston, through events, speakers, volunteering opportunities, clinics, externships, and networking opportunities with employers. There are many areas of health law that students may be interested in. We share a common interest in exploring these health law avenues as they relate to health, the provision of health care, and the search for various health law employment opportunities.
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
If/When/How is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting pro-choice law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights. As part of a national organization, the BU chapter of If/When/How organizes with other law schools and pro-choice organizations to bring attention to the issue. In the past, If/When/How (previously known as Law Students for Reproductive Justice) has hosted speakers, volunteered at pro-choice facilities, sent student representatives to national conventions and trainings and facilitated discussions on a myriad of issues affecting reproductive rights. For more information please visit If/When/How.
Immigration Law and Policy Society
The Immigration Law & Policy Society is a collection of students interested in immigration law, including the process, the laws, careers, and policy. The group focuses on providing students a space to network with practicing immigration attorneys, learn about clinical opportunities, and discuss current events.
Intellectual Property Law Society
Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) offers interested law students a forum in which to discuss issues arising in the field of intellectual property law, to learn more about the practice of IP law, and to meet faculty and attorneys familiar with this specialized field. In addition to organizing both speaking and networking events for law students on campus, IPLS also strives to connect law students with the intellectual property legal community in the greater Boston area by promoting off-campus events related to IP. No science or technical background required! IP law encompasses copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets in addition to patents. IPLS is a great opportunity for law students to pursue their interests beyond the classroom and interact with their like-minded colleagues.
International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) seeks to supplement the BUSL’s global curriculum with numerous lectures, brown bag lunches, issue-specific discussion groups, and career and academic panels. ILS is open to both JDs and LLMs. https://www.bu-ils.com/
Jewish Law Students Association
An organization not only for Jewish law students to come together and form a community, but also for all law students to learn more about Judaism and get involved with social justice at BU and around Boston.
Latin American Law Student Association
The mission of BU Law’s Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) is to give students of Latinx background exposure to information, mentorship, character development and leadership skills within the legal field. We aim to expose our members to various types of law and provide them with opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with attorneys and other law students in the Boston legal community. Our hope is that our members will have a space that will help them adjust to the demands of law school and provide support through a strong network of friends and alumni.
Lawyers Christian Fellowship
The Boston University Lawyers Christian Fellowship (LCF) is an interdenominational student group that meets weekly to study the Bible and encourage one another throughout law school. We attend an annual fall retreat in New Hampshire with other Boston graduate students and host events throughout the year, often featuring Christian speakers. Christian or not, all are always welcome!
Lawyers in Technology
Lawyers in Technology (LIT) is a community for students interested in the broad and increasingly pervasive sectors of Technology and Cyber Law. LIT connects students to meaningful opportunities for academic and professional development by building relationships between the BU Law community and prominent leaders in the field. By engaging in discussions and debates, LIT stands poised to help shape the vibrant future of Technology and Cyber Law.
Legal Follies stages an annual sketch comedy show written, performed and produced by law students to remind their friends and professors of the humorous side of law school and their chosen profession.
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Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Students Association
The Middle Eastern & South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA) is a student-run organization committed to promoting the professional development and academic achievement of our members. We celebrate and increase awareness of Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian culture, and work with the Middle Eastern and South Asian legal community in the Greater Boston Area. For more information, please email us at email@example.com
Muslim Law Student Association
The Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA) aims to support Muslim students in the law school community by creating a sense of unity, providing academic and professional resources to help Muslim students succeed in the legal field, and fostering an environment that allows for better integration in the law school community. It also provides the broader BU law community with a direct resource on Islam and a forum to facilitate dialogue on legal and policy issues that pertain to Muslims.
Native American Law Student Association & Other Indigenous Peoples
Boston University’s Native American Law Student Association & Other Indigenous Peoples is a national NALSA chapter. The organization promotes education and awareness about Federal Indian law and tribal law on campus. In recognition of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we also hope to be a community for all indigenous peoples.
OutLaw is BU Law™s LGBTQIA+ student organization. Its aim is to serve as both a personal and professional resource for queer-identified and allied students at the law school.
Public Interest Law Society
Formed in 1984, Boston University’s Public Interest Law Society (PILS) is a student-run organization whose mission is to foster a commitment to non-profit, government, and pro bono work and promote community service for all interested BU Law students and alumni, whether they ultimately pursue a public interest career or work in the private sector. To meet these goals, PILS organizes networking events, facilitates discussions and panels on public interest opportunities, and coordinates community service activities. Additionally, PILS helps raise money to provide grants to students who accept unpaid summer positions with non-profit, public interest or government organizations.
Radical Lawyers: BU's National Lawyers Guild Chapter
Radical Lawyers: BU’s National Lawyers Guild Chapter, is dedicated to addressing the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic systems. We seek to unify like-minded students, faculty, and staff who recognize the importance of protecting civil rights and liberties; eliminating the oppression of indigent individuals and people of color; eliminating racism; and expanding the rights of workers, farmers, gender and sexual minorities, and people with disabilities. To the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests, we seek to educate ourselves and the communities in which we live about economic and social justice and to provide law students with pro bono opportunities in support of these goals. We look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.
Real Estate Association
The BU Law Real Estate Association aims to connect law students to the greater Boston University and Boston area business, real estate, development, and legal communities through networking and providing a venue for understanding the practice of real estate law, development, and finance. The RE Association also aims to promote learning and networking opportunities by conducting events in partnership with other organizations at both BU and schools in the greater community.
Come out and have some fun playing slow-pitch softball with fellow students. We participate in weekly practices (when the weather is nice), a softball tournament between local law schools in the fall (Battle of Boston), and an away trip for a nationwide tournament in the spring (University of Virginia Tournament). All years and experience levels are welcome!
Student Government Association
As the student government of the School of Law, administered by an elected board of governors, this organization represents the student voice in law school affairs and sponsors several social events during the year.
Student Veterans Association
The purpose of the SVA is to serve as a source of knowledge, support, representation, and camaraderie to any and all BU Law students. The SVA is committed to the following: helping returning veterans adjust to student life; serving as a conduit between students and the wider veteran legal community; reaching out to fellow veterans through service, projects and philanthropic activities; cooperating with veterans’ organizations around the city and state; bridging the civil-military divide through educational, experiential and communal activities; and, serving as a social organization for veterans and students interested in military service.
Women of Color Collaborative
The BU Law Women of Color Collaborative (WoCC) exists to create a collaborative safe space for women of color and their allies, foster discussion and community based on various identities, increase the number of culturally responsible women of color attorneys, and advocate for increased representation of women of color in the legal profession.
Women's Law Association
Our mission is to (1) educate Boston University Law School students about the unique contributions and experiences of women in law school and the legal field and (2) to create space for all students to discuss gender-related concerns about law school or local, national, or international legal issues. We strive to improve campus climate for women law students through our alumnae and upperclasspersons mentoring programs, our annual alumnae panel, speaker events, and volunteer trips to local non-profits serving women and children. To join our mailing list or contact us please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.