Admiralty and Maritime Law Society
The Admiralty and Maritime Law Society aims to promote interest in Maritime law. The organization coordinates events and career panels that are targeted at giving its members exposure to a breadth of different practice areas in the field of Maritime law and facilitate networking opportunities between students and practicing maritime lawyers.
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
APALSA is the largest and one of the most active student groups on campus. We are known for organizing top-notch professional events and outreach activities designed to help students broaden their professional and social networks. More importantly, we are committed to seeing all of our students achieve academic success. In its 30 years of serving the USF Law community, APALSA understands the needs of a diverse student body. We encourage students from all backgrounds to take advantage of our membership benefits and unrivaled support system. We pride ourselves in maintaining good relationships with other student organizations, (such as La Raza, the Black Law Students Association, the Pilipino American Law Society, and the Korean American Law Students Association) as well as the rest of the family. This year, we are hosting the Bay Area APALSA conference here at USF. We are excited for this great opportunity to connect attorneys, professors, and law students to create an open dialogue around current legal issues affecting the API community.
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is a student run organization at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Its purpose is to utilize collective resources to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs of Black law students.
Business Law Association
The USF Business Law Association (BLA) was founded to help expand Business Law interest and educate students about the interrelationship between business and the law. The BLA consists of law students focused on a wide variety of goals from presenting distinguished speakers and panels to expanding cross registration and providing mentorship opportunities. The BLA also works with student groups at the USF Masagung Graduate School of Management to coordinate programs and expand the social and professional networks of USF Law and MBA students.
Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law Society's (CLS) goal is the pursuit of justice and the promotion of zealous advocacy in the field of criminal law. The focus of CLS is to host events that will inspire other students to pursue a career in the criminal field by giving them the opportunity to experience what a real criminal case is like and to hold panels where real District Attorneys and Public Defenders can discuss their experiences in the field of criminal law.
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) exists to enhance the law school experience by fostering the study and awareness of legal issues surrounding sustainability and the environment. Through our various networking opportunities, professional resources and referrals for clinical placements, ELS seeks to inspire, support, and train the next generation of environmental leaders. In addition, ELS works with other organizations on campus to promote sustainable events by educating student leaders and by setting event sustainability standards. In years past, ELS has hosted symposia that focused on pertinent environmental issues such as clean technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water law. ELS members have actively participated in the annual water law symposium conducted by a diverse consortium of California law schools.
Estate Planning & Tax Society
The USF Estate Planning & Tax Society's (EPTS) main purpose is as a student run networking club to connect students with alumni practitioners in the fields of estate planning and tax. WE have a strong alumni board and have continuously had a successful career panel and spring mixer as long as the club has been around. Our goals are to provide students with as many quality contacts in the field of their interest to grow the alumni base of practitioners willing to offer internships and jobs in these fields, as well as to provide students with a forum to raise any opportunities to grow in these fields, whether it be tax writing competitions, ABA or other group meetings/dinners, etc.
Family Law Society
It is the mission of the Family Law Society to:
1. Serve as a forum for members centered on topics that are prominent in the family law area of practice and the issues related to those areas such as: youth advocacy, juvenile justice, and domestic relations issues such as marriage, adoption, and domestic violence.
2. Help members increase their awareness of efficient family law practice and technologies, understand the needs and processes of private practice, and develop skills necessary for the growth and success of their law office;
3. Form a group of members interested in promoting and exploring the areas related to family law, and create a basic networking opportunity to rely on;
4. Allow students, who have not decided if family law is their area of interested practice, the ability to explore the society and its events in order to develop a greater understanding of issues involved in family law and the related legal areas.
Fashion Law Society
The Fashion Law Society aims to inform the USF Law community about the exciting ways that law can be applied to the fashion and beauty industries. From intellectual property, to business, employment, and even human rights and environmental law, there are many opportunities to combine a legal education with a love of fashion. The Fashion Law Society has many great ideas for events and panels to help USF Law students to make an impact in this vibrant and emerging field of law.
Food & Law Society
Food is necessary for physical survival. The social benefits of food, however, are often overlooked. History shows that food has always played an integral role in society and culture. In today’s competitive workforce, food continues to play an important role in business networking and the hiring process. The Food & Law Society (FLS) endeavors to use food as a market tool in the global market place. To meet this end, FLS will aim to broaden students’ palettes by introducing them to a diverse range of foods. In addition, FLS will teach students proper dining etiquette for events such as cocktail networking mixers, lunch interviews and corporate dining parties. As a law society, FLS will also look at legal trends in food law. FLS will discuss and analyze food law policy, seminal cases, legislation and current technologies and trends in good service that will impact food law.
Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society is a student-run organization dedicated to the development and maintenance of future immigration law practitioners and advocates. ILS connects the University of San Francisco School of Law to the community by recruiting and organizing students to volunteer with community agencies that provide free and low-cost legal services for immigrants. ILS is dedicated to maintaining immigration-and immigrant rights-related dialogue on the USF School of Law campus and the greater Bay Area community.
Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association
The USF Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Association exists to foster connections between the student body and the legal community in the Bay Area that is focused on intellectual property and cyberlaw issues. We bring events and speakers to campus while also utilizing the strong resources of the USF School of Law and its faculty. We aim to assist our members as they move through the law school and into the professional community.
International Law Society
The University of San Francisco School of Law has a proud history and commitment to Global Lawyering. As the lead student organization dedicated to issues involving international law, the USF International Law Society (ILS) seeks to supplement the Law Schools impressive global curriculum, by sponsoring timely and important programming in the fields of public and private international law. USF ILS seeks to encourage careers in international law, development, and inter-governmental organizations as well as to facilitate meaningful opportunities for student, practitioner and alumni networking.
USF ILSA is a local student chapter of the International Law Students Association, and works closely on campus with the Center for Law & Global Justice.
Jewish Law Students Association
USF Law's Jewish Law Students Association seeks to bring together Jews, allies, and friends, regardless of religious affiliation or cultural association, to come together in community. We recognize the importance of finding a community of like-minded people at law school, and aspire to create such a community based around Jewish culture and tradition. Goals this year include expanding outreach, both within the law school community and to the Bay Area Jewish community; organizing meaningful events that feel applicable to the law student experience; celebrating Jewish holidays together; and sharing resources for Jews living in the Bay Area.
La Raza Law Students Association
La Raza Law Students Association is dedicated to empowering Latina/o students to become the next generation of attorneys that strives to achieve progress for their community. La Raza has been an active student organization at USF School of Law for over 20 years. During this time, La Raza has promoted the school of law's mission of social justice and social equality through their active engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area community.
Labor and Employment Law Student Association
The Labor and Employment Law Students Association is a community of law students focused on employees and their legal relationship with their employers. Our organization also focuses on providing resources and development in three core areas: academics, career placement, and community involvement.
The Law and Global Justice Forum
The Law and Global Justice Forum serves a great purpose on the USF law campus. The Forum gives students the ability to choose topics related to social global justice and write short pieces which are then edited by other members of the organization. Once edited and following the process of each writer working with an editor, learning to refine their pieces, the finished product is published online to the LGJF website. Students are able to have pieces published on the internet and use this as an opportunity for writing samples as well as an opportunity to build their resumes.
This past year the LGJF has been contacted by attorneys and non USF students who are interested in contributing to the forum as well as sharing the work of those students who have previously posted on the blog. The mission of LGJF is to give students a voice and a forum where they can have their work published regarding a topic that is of great interest to them. With the lack of international classes and cut of some of the international programs this past year, the LGJF believes its existence is critical to allow USF students to pursue focusing on their interests and crafting pieces of work that are of great importance to them.
Law Christian Fellowship
The USF Law Student Christian Fellowship's mission is to love justice, mercy and grace and make an impact for Christ on USF and on the legal profession.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) is committed to promoting cultural awareness within the legal community and fostering professional development for Middle Eastern law students. As future members of the legal professional, the members of MELSA feel it is their responsibility to create an academic and professional environment that promotes tolerance and excellence. MELSA strives to fulfill this mission by working closely with faculty, staff, local attorneys and other student organizations. MELSA's primary mission is to unite all members of the Middle Easter community and to host events where pressing legal issues affecting the Middle East and Middle Easterners around the world are raised.
National Lawyers Guild
The NLG is a progressive law organization that seeks unite lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to advance human rights and protect civil liberties.
Pilipino American Law Society
The Pilipino American Law Society is an organization that aims to increase awareness about Filipino Americans in the law. Our goal is to bring together law students, Filipino or not, and to ensure that we have a voice on campus. Most importantly, this organization aims to build long lasting relationships not only within the law school, but also with the greater Filipino American legal community through our involvement with FBANC (The Filipino Bar Association of Northern California).
Pride Law Association
Pride Law is a student run organization at USF Law School dedicated to promoting equality and justice for the LGBTQI community through the law. Our mission is to educate the community about issues specific to the LGBTQI community in order to eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and other affronts to the dignity of individual human beings. Furthermore, the organization is a mechanism by which LGBTQI students, allies, and alumni can meet, network and work together to build a strong future for academic achievement, career placement and community involvement for all involved. Members may join weekly Pride Law meetings, attend Pride Law social events, and partake in Pride Law run networking/alumni events.
Public Interest Law Foundation
The Public Interest Law Foundation (“PILF”) is a student-run organization whose goal is to enable students at the University of San Francisco School of Law to work in unpaid summer internships in the public interest/public sector and to provide support to help them pursue careers in the public interest/public sector upon graduation.
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Student Chapter
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil and criminal justice through education and trial advocacy. Continuing the traditions started by a small group of legal warriors, SFTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education, preserving access to justice for everyone, and creating social and networking opportunities.
South Asian Law Students Association
The goal of the South Asian Student Law Association (SALSA) is to connect the South Asian Law Community through networking, community service, and social events. SALSA aims to promote awareness of legal issues affecting the community and to increase visibility of the community at USF locally and nationally in the legal field.
Sports and Entertainment Law Association
The Sports & Entertainment Law Association (SELA) seeks to provide members with opportunities to learn about careers within the sports and entertainment law realms. Throughout the year, SELA organizes guest speakers from both the local and national legal community with respect to the sports and entertainment industries. SELA works to make students aware of local and national ABA events concerning sports and entertainment law. SELA aims to provide academic, professional, and personal support for students, especially first year students, interested in sports and entertainment law at USF. By expanding access to sports and entertainment law, our goal is to give interested students the opportunity to pursue this exciting, but also extremely competitive, area of legal practice. SELA is devoted to providing students the necessary resources, guidance, and contacts that will fully prepare them to engage in contemporary legal topics and further pursue these interests in a future professional career.
St. Thomas More Society
The Catholic Church possesses a profound tradition of social and legal thought. The Thomas More Society of the University of San Francisco School of Law seeks to engage the campus community with the most important current debates from the unique perspective of the Catholic lawyer. As a society of law students, we search for truth through an exploration of law and justice. As a Catholic society, this search is enlightened by the Catholic Church’s rich tradition of social thought. The Society seeks to recognize the unique interplay of faith and reason fostered by the Catholic faith.
Realizing that ""faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead"" (James 2:17), The St. Thomas More Society of the University of San Francisco School of Law strives to provide the campus community with meaningful opportunities to be of service in the Bay Area, particularly to underserved communities within San Francisco. The St. Thomas More Society will also be involved in the Catholic community by participating in the Church's liturgical life throughout the year.
Embracing and promoting the Gospel message of God's inclusive love, the St. Thomas More Society of University of San Francisco School of Law not only welcomes diversity but encourages participation of students and community members of all faiths, religions, politics, genders, sexual orientations, races, and cultures.
USF Law Democrats
The USF Law Democrats is the USF law student chapter of the national Democratic Party. The mission of the USF Law Democrats is to encourage participation in the political process, expose students to possible careers in politics and government and educate the USF law community about the values and vision of the Democratic Party. The USF Law Democrats seek to create an open forum for the discussion of public policy to keep students, faculty and staff informed about current events and engaged in emerging progressive issues. The USF Law Democrats also seek to link students to the broader Democratic community by connecting them with elected officials and legal professionals in politics and providing them with opportunities to participate in campaigns and/or advocacy work on the local, state or federal level.
Veteran Law Students Association
The USF Veteran Law Students Association is a family of military students dedicated to the representation of military interests and image at the University of San Francisco. The VLSA aims to support fellow student veterans and aspiring military professionals attending undergraduate and graduate USF programs, connect with other military organizations to promote and maintain a positive impression of both the school and the military, and provide humanitarian assistance to our veteran community and society at large.
Women's Law Association
The Women's Law Association’s (WLA) ultimate goal is to create an inclusive community for the women at the University of San Francisco School of Law. The WLA seeks to foster an environment where women feel supported academically, professionally, and personally by their fellow members. USF’s WLA provides a variety of services and opportunities, including support for first-year students through a mentoring program, social, volunteer and networking events. The group functions as a space to engage in an informed conversation about gender specific issues in the legal field and in broader society. The WLA interacts with numerous women’s organizations, such as the Women Lawyers Committee and Ms. JD, to give students the opportunity to connect with legal professionals and explore career options. WLA members are encouraged to actively engage with the group and share their programming ideas, interests, and needs.
Youth Advocacy Association
The Youth Advocacy Association strives to educate University of San Francisco law students on the various professional pathways to a legal career in youth advocacy. Toward this goal, YAA seeks to connect law students with youth based organizations and community service opportunities in order to better prepare and orient law students on the realities and issues that youth face in society at large and in the legal system.