As a law student aspiring to become a full member of our profession, it is extremely important that you take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you that relate to increasing your participation and visibility within the legal community.
Become active in some of the law school's numerous student organizations. These groups will provide your first and strongest link to the community of attorneys that will assist you in your professional development as you progress through law school.
Emory Law’s Student Organization Handbook is currently being updated. In the meantime, please contact Deb Floyd in Student Services at dfloyd(at)law.emory.edu for additional information.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society is an organization of law students devoted to addressing professional and educational issues relating to this growing area of law practice. The group actively maintains relationships with Atlanta attorneys and judges who have particular interest in this field.
American Bar Association/Law Student Division
American Bar Association/Law Student Division members receive copies of the Student Lawyer, a publication of the LSD, and the ABA Journal. Members are eligible to participate in a low-cost Major Medical Insurance plan, receive low cost Renters' Insurance, receive a special discount when renting a car through Hertz, and join one of the ABA substantive law sections at a specially reduced price. After graduation and admission to the Bar, all ABA/LSD members receive their first year of ABA membership free.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a national organization of law students, law professors, lawyers, and judges concerned about the conservative orthodoxy in American law and politics. The mission of the American Constitution Society is to restore to their rightful place in American law the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice. The Society is committed to providing a forum for education and taking affirmative steps toward a more progressive legal posture in American Society.
Asian American Law Students Association
Asian American Law Students Association, in its formative stages at Emory, provides educational programs about other legal systems and explores prospective employment and networking opportunities within the Asian community.
Black Law Student Association
Black Law Student Association articulates and advocates the needs and goals of black law students, focuses on the relationships of black attorneys to the American legal structure and brings legal training to bear on the problems of the black community. BLSA plans several projects each year to address its areas of concern.
Christian Legal Society
Christian Legal Society is a fellowship of Emory law students who are also Christian. CLS meets weekly for a time of Bible study or to listen to guest speakers from the legal and Law School communities. The goal of the organization is to represent a Christian presence in the Law School community, provide fellowship with other Christian lawyers and students, and assist members in beginning to integrate their faith with their legal careers. CLS is a non-denominational group affiliated with the nation-wide legal association.
The Democratic Law and Policy Research Group
The Democratic Law and Policy Research Group provides opportunities for law students to actively contribute to the political life of democratic party politics. The organization actively seeks opportunities to provide support to local and national candidates as well as sponsor discussions regarding policy issues important to the party.
The Emory Advocacy Society
The Emory Advocacy Society hosts luncheons that feature selected trial litigators and judges from the Atlanta environs. Members of the Society are invited to attend and learn about litigation through these interactions.
The Emory Corporate and Business Law Society
The Emory Corporate and Business Law Society (ECBLS) seeks to promote the discussion of issues within business and the law, to further develop relations with alumni, and to expand Emory Law's reach into the professional community through speaker events.
The Emory Immigration Law Society
The Emory Immigration Law Society (formerly the Immigrant Assistance Project) is an Emory University law student organization dedicated to meeting the need for greater awareness, support and dissemination of timely information that relates to current federal immigration laws and policies to members of the Emory University community and those individuals seeking asylum, temporary or permanent residency, or citizenship in the United States.
Emory Federalist Society
The Federalist Society was started in 1982 by law students from Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the University of Chicago. Today there are student chapters at over 100 schools, including an active chapter at Emory. Two of the founding tenets of the society are that the Constitution should be interpreted in the light in which it was written by the founding fathers, and that judges should interpret the law, not say what it is. Past speakers brought in by the Society include former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, then-D.C. Circuit Judge Clarence Thomas, Harvard Constitutional law professor Raoul Burger, and former U.S. Attorney Bob Barr.
Emory Food Club
The Emory Food Club likes to eat. We explore area restaurants, bars, shacks, and holes-in-the-wall, with Emory Law students and members of other graduate schools, all while not talking about law school. We will do absolutely nothing for your CV.
Emory OutLaw is an organization in the Law School open to all students which addresses the legal concerns of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community and advocates equal and dignified participation of gay people in the law school community. The group holds regular meetings and social events and hosts speakers.
Emory Immigration Law Society
The Emory Immigration Law Society is a student-run association dedicated to meeting the need for greater awareness, support and dissemination of timely imfornation that relates to current federal immigration laws and policies to members of the Emory University community and those individuals seeking asylum, temporary or permanent residency, or citizenship in the United States. EILS seeks to bring together immigration law attorneys and judges, Atlanta-area law students, and legal workers and community advocates in the Atlanta area which shall serve the growing Metropolitan Atlanta immigrant population.
The Emory Mock Trial Society
The Emory Mock Trial Society is composed of second and third year law students and encourages excellence in trial advocacy skills. Each year the society competes in numerous regional and national mock trial competitions. In order to try out for the society, interested students are asked to perform their choice of an opening or closing argument. Try outs are held annually in April.
Emory Public Interest Committee
The Emory Public Interest Committee was formed in 1989 by students committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory students. EPIC has successfully undertaken a major fund-raising effort that has provided summer grants for students who accept volunteer positions or clerkships in public interest organizations.
Emory Student Lawyers Guild
Emory Student Lawyers Guild is part of a national membership organization of over 7,000 legal practitioners. Since its founding, the Guild has played a critical role in the development of progressive legal institutions and doctrines, and has been called the "conscience of the bar" in the United States. Emory's chapter is devoted to exposing its membership to how the legal systems can be used to promote social, economic, and political justice.
Environmental Law and Conservation Society
Environmental Law and Conservation Society brings together students interested in environmental law and policy, and organizes programs and projects such as lobbying litigation, lectures, trips, curricula, newsletter, recycling and energy conservation.
Health Law Society
The Health Law Society promotes the exchange of ideas in the area of health law to the students and faculty of the School of Law and Emory University via lectures and panels. The Health Law Society also disseminates information concerning legal and policy decisions affecting health law.
The Homeless Advocacy Program
The Homeless Advocacy Program promotes awareness of the professional responsibility of lawyers to provide legal services to those who cannot afford such services. The Project makes it possible for Emory law students to provide legal services to the homeless of Atlanta through volunteer opportunities with the Georgia Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
The Intellectual Property Society
The Intellectual Property Society provides opportunities for students to address professional issues concerning the areas of trademark , copyright and patent law. The intellectual property society regularly sponsors meetings with attorneys specializing in this field of practice.
International Law Society
International Law Society seeks to promote awareness of world issues in relation to the legal profession. The society has members who are interested in both private and public international law. Activities include lectures on general international topics or on practicing international law, communications with Atlanta international organizations, and searches for career opportunities in international law.
Latin American Law Student Association
The American Law Student Association is comprised of students interested in issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino community. Membership is open to students of all backgrounds. LALSA activities include: salsa-dancing socials, wine & cheese networking with local legal professionals and recruiters, academic and career-oriented workshops and panels, and community service activities.
The JD/MBA Society
The JD/MBA Society provides a forum for the expression of ideas among students in the 4-year JD/MBA joint degree program, promotes the development of alumni relations, fosters a deeper understanding of the JD/MBA's work and responsibility in society, and strives toward positive relationships between student, faculty and administration at both the Law and Business Schools.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association meets regularly to provide a forum for students to discuss and address issues relevant to the law school's Jewish community. Through brown-bag lunches, lectures, and seminars, JLSA helps foster an active, close-knit Jewish community within the law school.
Lamar Inn of Court
Each year, a limited number of students have the opportunity to participate in an American Inn of Court. The Inn of Court program for Emory, the Lamar Inn of Court, strives to enhance the professional and ethical quality of legal advocacy by the bar.
The Inn of Court is composed of Atlanta-area federal and state court judges, experienced trial lawyers, less experienced attorneys, law professors and law students, and meets six times during the school year. The members of the Inn are divided into small groups, called pupillage groups, with each group composed of a judge and a representative of each of the various levels of legal experience of the members.
This program provides a unique opportunity to develop trial advocacy skills through close association with extremely knowledgeable and experienced practitioners. For more information, the American Inns of Court web site is www.innsofcourt.org.
Legal Association for Women Students
Legal Association for Women Students encourages increased awareness and discussion of legal issues concerning women and challenges facing women in the law. LAWS invites judges, politicians, lawyers, and professors to speak on a broad range of topics such as health law, domestic violence, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, feminist legal theory, and the particular challenges facing women in the legal marketplace. Other activities include a mentoring program pairing law students with local Emory alumnae, a brown bag lunch series with professors, and a seminar on developing communications skills. LAWS also sponsors an annual fundraiser to aid a local rape crisis center and battered women's shelter.
Legal Fraternities are active at the School of Law. Currently, there are chapters of Phi Alpha Delta and Phi Delta Phi national legal fraternities. These organization, composed of both men and women, sponsor practical and professional programs in addition to offering various awards that encourage outstanding scholarly achievement.
The LLM Society
The LLM Society provides a forum for LLM students to discuss and address issues relevant to the LLM students while promoting legal and cultural understanding through social, academic and professional events for its members and the law school.
Moot Court Society
Moot Court Society, composed of second and third year students, encourages excellence in brief writing and oral advocacy. Each year the society sponsors an intraschool competition and sends representatives to several interschool competitions. Teams are selected from a competition within the law school in which more than 160 students participate annually.
National Security & Law Society
The National Security & Law Society strives to create an effective, non-partisian forum for informed disclosure on U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs. The Emory chapter also includes issues surrounding counter-terrorism.
Check out the international website at http://www.natsecuritylaw.org.
Real Estate Society
The Real Estate Society hosts lectures and panel discussions on issues surrounding real property.
Our mission is to serve the South Asian community through community service; to promote an understanding and appreciation of South Asian political, legal, and social issues; to develop relationships among all Emory students, the greater South Asian community, and Atlanta; and to expand Emory's diversity initiatives by being a resource for potential incoming South Asian and other minority law students.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Sports and Entertainment Law Society is designed to educate the student body in the legal aspects of the sports and entertainment industries. By featuring athletes, entertainers, agents and attorneys as guest speakers, the society provides the students with the opportunity to learn about the sports and entertainment industry from different perspectives.
Street Law connects Emory Law students with high school students at nearby public schools. Law students, along with attorneys from King & Spalding and The Coca-Cola Company, teach lessons in classrooms related to different areas of the law and offer advice on law school, college, and careers to students.
Student Bar Association
Student Bar Association is the students' governing body for the Law School. The SBA is responsible for providing budgets for all law student organizations and the coordination of their respective events. Additionally, the SBA organizes and sponsors its own law social, professional and educational activities, as well as voicing student concerns to the faculty and administration, helps select new faculty and staff through its participation in the interview process and serves on various committees.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services provides free legal counseling to current Emory students, staff and faculty. The law student caseworker associates provide this service on a walk-in basis every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening.