Agricultural Law Society
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Team (ADRT) is an ABA Student Division Program dedicated to helping law students hone practical skills through competitions that focus on client counseling and methods of dispute resolution other than litigation. ADRT members compete against each other to advance to the regional level in national competitions. In recent years, team members have competed in the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition, the ABA LASD Client Counseling Competition and the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Advocacy in Mediation Competition.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a national network of progressive law students, lawyers, judges, and policymakers. ACS seeks to promote a vision of the Constitution that emphasizes individual rights, equal access to justice, and the separation of powers. The ACS chapter at the Law School supports and influences this progressive vision through an array of speakers, events, and legal projects that are aimed at provoking thought and debate about our Constitution in the 21st century.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is a cultural, academic, advocacy, and social group dedicated to enriching the lives of all law students at William & Mary, but with a particular focus on Asian Pacific Americans. Our goals are to provide academic support, create a fun social environment, increase the enrollment of minority students, inform people of issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community, and strengthen the relationship between current and alumni APALSA members.
Barristers' Softball Council
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) furthers the academic, social, and professional needs and goals of the Black law student. BLSA members work together to foster a successful learning environment that focuses on building the skills and confidence of its members. Members also participate in social activities and community service projects. Two of BLSA's most significant accomplishments are its Law Day and Oliver Hill Weekend. On Law Day, BLSA invites undergraduate minority college students to the Law School to give them an introduction to the school and encourage graduate education. Oliver Hill Weekend was established to honor an African-American man who was at the forefront for the legal fight for racial equality. On this weekend, we celebrate our successes of the school year and give out awards. Learn more: BLSA
Business Law Society
The Business Law Society (BLS) provides a forum for students at the Law School to engage in business law issues. The society's purpose is to promote awareness of business related legal issues within the Law School community, and to provide members with opportunities to develop relationships in the business legal community.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a national, nondenominational, Christian membership association of lawyers, judges, law professors, law students, and other associates (friends of CLS who do not have a law degree) whose members participate in the broad and rich variety of Christian congregational life and traditions.
Comparative Legal Student Scholars (CLSS) is the student division of the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. The group is dedicated to offering law students a wide range of academic and real-world professional experiences in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding.
Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law Society (CLS) aims to encourage student discussion and exploration of the criminal law practice field. To promote this goal, CLS sponsors events, both individually and in collaboration with other student organizations, where speakers debate and discuss topics of interest to those exploring this field.
Doctors' Commons Legal History Society
The society fosters interest in legal history and connects law students to undergraduate and graduate history programs at William & Mary, as well as to the broader legal and historical community in the Tidewater region. Aiming to further this goal of gathering together like-minded lawyers, Doctors' Commons was inspired by the society of the same name, which dates from sixteenth-century. As Charles Dickens said of the London Doctors' Commons in his novel, David Copperfield, it is a "cosey, dosey, old-fashioned, time-forgotten, sleepy-headed little family party." We welcome all to join our "little family party" as we delve into the past and forge new experiences and understandings.
Election Law Society
The Election Law Society is the student organization that works with the Election Law Program to promote education and discussion about issues surrounding the American electoral process. We are a multi-partisan student organization that organizes an annual voter registration drive, an "Election Law 101" education series and multiple social functions throughout the year. In the spring semester, the group hosts its annual symposium, which covers the upcoming elections and the effects that current election laws will have on candidates, campaigns and results.
Open to all regardless of sexual orientation, the Equality Alliance seeks to educate, raise awareness and foster discussion within the Law School regarding legal issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bi-gender and transgender community. The alliance holds many informal social gatherings, attends functions sponsored by such organizations as Virginians for Justice and GAYLAW (a lawyers group based in Washington, D.C.) and invites guest speakers to campus.
Family and Education Law Society
The Family and Education Law Society promotes awareness of the legal needs and rights of children and encourages students to become active children's advocates. The society sponsors programs such as lectures and lunches with visiting scholars and practitioners and also seeks to increase student involvement with organizations that provide legal services for children and that advance children's rights.
The Federalist Society
The William & Mary Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of law students dedicated to bringing conservative and libertarian ideas into the law school community. The society sponsors debates, speeches and panels to advance the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental 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.
First Generation Student Alliance
The Honor System at the Law School exists to provide a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the Law School community, including those of academic integrity, personal integrity, and personal and professional responsibility. The Honor Council is a student body of nineteen Justices, including a Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice, comprised of student representatives from the 1L, 2L and 3L classes. Council members are selected through application and interview with officers of the Student Bar Association, the student governing body of the Law School.
Honor Council members are responsible for hearing and deciding Honor violations that are brought to the attention of the Council as provided for in the Honor Code. Honor Council members have a duty to maintain confidentiality in all Honor proceedings and to treat all participants in any Honor proceeding fairly and equitably. Although it is incumbent upon each individual student to know and abide by the Law School's Honor Code, Honor Council members are also available to provide information to students, faculty and staff about the Law School community's standards of conduct as embodied in the Code, and to provide information about Honor procedures.
Human Security Law Center Student Division
The student division of the Human Security Law Center enlists the help of its officers and members to help plan and host events on campus.
If/When/How is a national nonprofit that trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals to work within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice. The W&M chapter organizes panels and outreach for organizations like Planned Parenthood.
Immigration Law and Service Society
The Immigration Law and Service Society (ILSS) aims to serve the immigration needs of the community here in Williamsburg and beyond. Partnering with numerous nonprofits and law firms, ILSS members volunteer at naturalization clinics, give legal presentations on immigration law topics and changes, assist with “Know Your Rights” presentations at the regional detention facility, and hosts a whole array of fundraising drives, including an interview clothing drive for incoming refugees. Finally, it attempts to add to the national conversation on immigration through hosting symposia and speakers.
Institute of Bill of Rights Law Student Division
The Institute of Bill of Rights Law Student Division is the student organization that works with the Institute of Bill of Rights Law to promote education and discussion about issues surrounding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Student members have the opportunity to plan and participate in debates, lectures, and outreach programs to local schools. In the fall semester, members work closely with the Institute staff to host the annual Supreme Court Preview. In the spring semester, the group hosts its annual symposium. Learn more: IBRLSD
International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) promotes the professional and academic pursuits of William & Mary law students interested in all aspects of international law, from transnational insolvency to human rights. The ILS also fosters interaction among students, faculty and visiting scholars from around the world who are concerned with global issues.
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
The mission and purpose of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society is to "affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction" and "through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law." The William & Mary student chapter sponsors lectures and its members enjoy networking opportunities with other chapters throughout the world.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a diverse, non-denominational group open to people of all backgrounds. JLSA seeks to provide a sense of community, cultural and educational activities, holiday dinners and celebrations, philanthropic ("tzedakah") projects, and a social environment in which students—as well as interested faculty and staff—can meet. Additionally, JLSA hosts forums and invites speakers to address legal issues from a comparative perspective or of particular importance to the Jewish community.
Latinx Law Students Association
LLSA is a club for anyone who wants to celebrate Latin American cultures, music, and traditions. We hope to increase Latino enrollment at the Law School and address the under-representation of Latinos in the field of law.
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
A legal career has the potential to be exciting, fulfilling, and meaningful, but it also comes with challenges. One such challenge is the high percentage of legal professionals who deal with substance abuse, mental health conditions, stress and other wellness-related health issues. To address these concerns among practicing lawyers, many state bar associations have created anonymous support organizations dedicated to helping affected legal professionals identify and treat their mental health problems. In Virginia, this organization is called Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL). The Law School's Lawyers Helping Lawyers chapter is a subset of the statewide organization. W&M LHL is committed to offering our fellow law students innovative and healthy ways to cope with stress. To that end, we host a wide variety of events at the Law School, ranging from weekly meditation sessions, to monthly events in our Wellness Series, to bi-annual De-Stress Days, all free and open to all members of the Law School Community. We also serve as a liaison with the statewide LHL organization, offering connections with the services that it can provide. By encouraging wellness, offering our colleagues free services to brighten their days, and helping law students access a wide variety of mental health resources, W&M LHL continually reminds students that they are part of a community that cares.
Military and Veterans Law Society
The Military and Veterans Law Society (MVLS) is an organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of how the military, the government, and the legal system interconnect. MVLS is not just for those in the military, but is open to all individuals who have an interest in the interface between the armed forces and the law. As a student-run organization, the members of MVLS work hard to not only educate fellow students on the career opportunities available in this field, but also to give back to our veterans and active duty military members who serve and protect.
Moot Court Program
The Moot Court Program is one of the Law School's best opportunities for students to develop and refine both oral advocacy and brief writing skills. Team members participate in Moot Court tournaments, which require each team to research and write an appellate brief, then defend it before a panel of judges in an oral argument. Membership on Moot Court is an honor, and tryouts for the team are competitive.
Each year the Team sends its members to approximately ten inter-collegiate moot court tournaments around the nation. William & Mary's teams have enjoyed resounding success. In addition to competing, the Team annually hosts the William B. Spong, Jr., Invitational Moot Court Tournament. In existence for more than 35 years, the Spong Tournament focuses on current issues in constitutional law. Rounds are judged by panels of federal and state court judges. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association is the tournament's co-sponsor, and its representatives also serve as judges for the tournament. Competitors at the Spong Tournament represent schools from across the United States.
Muslim Law Students Association
National Trial Team
William & Mary's National Trial Team boasts a formidable record in each of the most prestigious national competitions. Membership on the National Trial Team is a highly sought after honor and accomplishment, with more than 100 first and second year law students vying for one of approximately twelve open spots each year during the Team's Annual Selection Tournament. Selected members take part in a rigorous and comprehensive development program taught by the Team's advisor, Jeffrey Breit, an accomplished trial lawyer and past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA). Members gain extensive training in all levels of trial advocacy, from evidentiary objections and fundamental trial skills to sophisticated trial strategy and persuasion. Members of the National Trial Team showcase and hone these skills by traveling and competing in locations across the United States.
Native American Law Society
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
Phi Delta Phi, established in 1869, is the oldest legal fraternity in North America and has 197 Inns spread across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Between students and practitioners,the fraternity has more than 200,000 members. Here at William & Mary, Phi Delta Phi members participate in professional development, social functions, community service, and networking meetings. Phi Delta Phi also offers numerous scholarship opportunities to its members.
Property Rights Initiative
The Property Rights Initiative (PSI) is the student division of the Property Rights Project. It is dedicated to encouraging, facilitating, and nurturing interests and discussions on property law and property rights issues.
Public Discourse Initiative
Public Service Fund, Inc.
PSF is a student-run organization committed to public interest law. We provide stipends for law students working in non-paid summer jobs through fundraiders such as the PSF Annual Auction. PSF funding supports much-needed legal services to the underprivileged, as well as state and local government agencies. We are a non-profit group that distributes funds on a yearly basis; our distributions are based on the money we raise each year. Summer stipends have been awarded to students interning in the U.S. and abroad.
Secular Students Alliance
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society cultivates interest in legal issues affecting the sports and entertainment industries. Student-run symposia, round-table discussions, professional networking programs and a good dose of fun through contests and sporting events are all part of the Society's activities. It is a vehicle for improving the understanding of the lawyer's role in the ever-changing world of sports and entertainment.
Students Against the Death Penalty
Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the Law School's student government organization. Serving students both within and outside the law school, SBA liaises between students, student organizations, and the administration to provide transparency and communication. SBA also organizes and conducts the law school's major social events, including the Fall Formal and Barrister's Ball (Spring Semester). Learn more: SBA
Student Environmental & Animal Law Society
The Student Environmental & Animal Law Society (SEALS) raises awareness and involvement in environmental issues; provides networking with practitioners and advice for environmental law careers, practice, and scholarship; encourages stewardship in public policy, environmental advocacy, jurisprudence, and law; and contributes to developing environmental policies at the university. The society also co-sponsors symposia, hosts socials, nature hikes, cleanups and film viewings for its members. Learn more on our Facebook page.
Students for the Innocence Project
Students for the Innocence Project (SFIP) is an education and advocacy organization comprising students who are passionate about preventing and remedying wrongful convictions. Though we do not complete legal work and are not affiliated with The Innocence Project, we work to educate the community about the causes and consequences of convicting the innocent. Our members regularly participate in tours of jails and prisons, and every semester we feature at least one speaker.
Student Intellectual Property Society
The Student Intellectual Property Society seeks to introduce students to the many facets of this exciting and expanding area of law. Encompassing patent, trademark and copyright law, this field may appeal to those with engineering, scientific, artistic or literacy backgrounds or interests. Society activities vary from year to year but may include, for example, guest speakers and a trip to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services, a student-run organization of volunteer law students, offers free assistance to William & Mary students, faculty, staff, and organizations. Law student volunteers offer information and help with decisions concerning the law, criminal matters, landlord-tenant relations, contracts, insurance, and almost any other legal issue. Student Legal Services can also assist with school disciplinary charges and proceedings. Located in Room 166 in the Campus Center, SLS can be contacted at (757) 221-3304 or email@example.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Transactional Law Team
The Transactional Law Team helps students explore and improve transactional law ability, skills, and interest through preparation for and participation in transactional law competitions. Learn more: Transactional Law Team
Virginia Bar Association, W&M Chapter
The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) is a voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence in the legal profession; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers. At William & Mary, a student-led Council furthers the VBA's commitments by sponsoring networking and educational events, and participating in the state-wide annual Legal Food Frenzy as a charitable contribution to local food banks.
William & Mary Business Law Review
William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review
William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice
William & Mary Law Review
Women’s Law Society
The Women's Law Society was created to provide a network for women at the Law School. We are always open to new ideas, and never short on enthusiasm or support. Members provide academic mentoring and advice to the newest members of our community, bring speakers to campus to discuss women's issues, sponsor fundraising events for local shelters, and host social networking events with professionals in the community. We can do more than just hold the scales of justice!
The George Wythe Society
Founded in 1921, The George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers is the oldest student club at the Law School. The Society sponsors educational programs and activities to promote the citizen-lawyer ideal as George Wythe envisioned in 1779 as William & Mary’s, and America’s, first professor of law. The Society also advocates a more profound appreciation of William & Mary as the first law school in North America. The Society fosters and encourages a commitment of service, as lawyers, to our community and fellow man. The Society upholds George Wythe's pledge, "Here we will form such characters as may be useful in the national councils of our country."
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