Student Organizations

Please note that the links below lead to student sponsored websites which are not maintained by Northwestern Law and do not necessarily represent official views of Northwestern Law.

African Legal Library Project (ALLP)

ALLP is an organization dedicated to the advancement of legal education in African countries. Currently, ALLP focuses on collecting case books and supplemental materials from law schools in the US to ship them to law schools in Ethiopia that suffer from a lack of textbooks. ALLP’s goal is to expand their operations all over the African continent.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The Northwestern Law chapter of the ACLU focuses on topics such as immigration rights, racial profiling, gay and lesbian rights, and free speech.

American Constitution Society (ACS)

The ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policy makers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law.

Arts and Entertainment Law Society (AELS)

The AELS is dedicated to connecting law students to lawyers and managers within the arts and entertainment industry through discussion on campus, networking events, and visits to various arts and media organizations in Chicago.

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

APALSA conducts educational programs and social activities that have three goals: increasing the Asian American presence at Northwestern Law and in the wider legal community; promoting a deeper understanding of the political, economic, and historical roles of Asians in America; and establishing a national network of exchange among Asian Pacific American law students and attorneys.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

BLSA provides a forum for addressing the concerns of Northwestern Law's Black and African American students. BLSA's objectives include increasing awareness about the black community, offering academic resources and professional development opportunities, and hosting events and programming for members of BLSA and the Northwestern Law community. BLSA strives to provide opportunities to discuss various topics that concern black culture, and to provide a support network for black students.

Christian Legal Society (CLS)

CLS addresses the concerns of Northwestern Law students who are interested in exploring issues of Christianity in the legal profession. CLS hosts weekly bible studies and periodic brown bag lunches with speakers to discuss a variety of topics dealing with religion, ethics, and morality and the law.

Collaboration for Justice (CFJ)

Collaboration for Justice is a joint effort of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. CFJ conducts research on how Cook County's civil and criminal courts are run, and it uses that research to create evidence-based policy proposals designed to make the courts fairer - especially for indigent defendants. Students involved in the Northwestern Law chapter of CFJ collect information that gets put to real use by policymakers and attorneys.

Disability Law Society (DLS)

The mission of DLS is to support Northwestern Law students with disabilities, as well as, encourage open discussion about disability rights on campus. DLS provides resources and peer support for students coping with medical issues or trying to obtain appropriate accommodations, connects students with professional mentors in the greater disability community, and raises awareness of disability issues among the Northwestern Law community.

Diversity Coalition (DivCo)

DivCo was founded to bring together various student organizations at Northwestern Law with a shared purpose of promoting diversity. DivCo has broadened its focus and reach to honor and address the changes in the law school community by providing a forum for racial, religious, and gender issues, and also by striving to give a voice to the widely different issues that arise for Northwestern Law students. DivCo organizes a full line-up of activities--panel discussions, social events, workshops, and public speeches--to explore the varied issues surrounding race, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center Student Group (ELC)

The DPELC Student Group focuses on transactional law and legal issues facing businesses, especially early-stage businesses. The group provides its members with the chance to learn about various areas of transactional law and entrepreneurship outside of the classroom, as well as, valuable opportunities to network with transactional attorneys and entrepreneurs. The group is unique in its affiliation with the DPELC Clinical Program, with which it works to host a highly-regarded, annual Entrepreneurship Law Conference and to assist local entrepreneurs with various legal issues.

Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society seeks to develop and promote programs for students interested in environmental law as a career option, and for those generally interested in environmental issues. The society has hosted lunchtime speakers on environmental topics, has successfully argued for increased course offerings in environmental law, and has sponsored Earth Day activities at Northwestern Law and around the Chicago community.

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is a national society founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the U.S. 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 Northwestern Law chapter of the Federalist Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

Finding Opportunities to Conquer Unwanted Stress (FOCUS)

FOCUS is a student led organization committed to helping students cope with and reduce stress, increase productivity and focus, and improve personal performance through mindfulness, presentness, and meditation. FOCUS offers weekly meet-ups that include hot tea, guided meditation, open dialog, and, on occasion, therapy dogs.

First Generation Law Student Association (FIRSTGEN)

FIRSTGEN was created to increase awareness, offer learning events, and facilitate networking opportunities for first generation law students and their supporters. FIRSTGEN also provides a forum for the discussion of topics of concern to first generation law students.

Habeas Chorus

Northwestern Law's a cappella group performs concerts on campus and is open to anyone interested in music and singing.

Health Law Society (HLS)

The Northwestern Health Law Society (HLS) was founded in 2014 to provide opportunities for students interested in the rapidly growing field of health law. HLS holds events to discuss healthcare policy issues, careers in the healthcare industry, and to provide students the opportunity to attend industry symposiums and conferences. Additionally, HLS works with other student groups to hold health-related public interest events, such as registration drives for bone marrow donors and blood drives.

High Tech Law Society

The purpose of HTLS is to increase awareness of the intersection of technology and the law, offer speakers and discussion events, and improve employment opportunities for Northwestern students. HTLS provides a discussion forum for high tech industry issues pertaining to law and investors.

If/When/How

If/When/How is a national organization of law students and lawyers committed to educating and organizing law students to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights. The mission is to raise awareness on campus about current reproductive justice issues, including political, legal, and socio-economic restrictions to reproductive health care and the links between racism, classism, sexism and reproductive freedom.

Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)

IPLS is dedicated to increasing student awareness and involvement in patent, copyright, and trademark law. IPLS strives to engage students with presentations, panels, and other educational events, while also increasing student involvement in the legal community through networking events and an attorney/student mentorship program. IPLS membership consists of students of all backgrounds, from science and technology to arts and entertainment.

International Law Society (ILS)

The purpose of ILS is to increase and foster communication among students, faculty, and practitioners who are interested in international law, to provide increased opportunities for discussion and learning about international law and international legal careers, and to increase interaction between Northwestern Law and the international legal community. ILS also hosts the Student Ambassador program to welcome international LLM/K and LLM students to Northwestern Law.

International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP)

IRAP organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

JD-MBA Association

The JD-MBA Association consists of students that are enrolled in the Northwestern JD-MBA program, a joint degree between Northwestern Law and the Kellogg School of Management. The Association runs speaker series and conferences during the course of the year to expand students' fundamental understandings of business and law, build camaraderie, and connect the diverse JD-MBA student community with business leaders.

Jewish Law Students' Association (JLSA)

JLSA sponsors activities and events that improve the social, educational, and religious life of Jewish students at Northwestern Law, promotes an understanding of Jewish issues and concerns among students, and establishes meaningful relationships and joint activities with local organizations to provide law students with opportunities to give back to the greater Chicago community.

Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS)

The mission of the Labor & Employment Law Society is to promote awareness of, offer informative events about and provide professional development opportunities related to the field of labor & employment law. The objectives of the Society are to: inform students of the real-world complexities of practicing labor & employment law, maximize employment and internship opportunities through cultivating relationships with Northwestern Law alumni and other practitioners, and build community among Northwestern Law students interested in pursuing the field.

Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)

LLSA brings attention to a range of minority-related issues and promotes the active role of Latinos and other minorities in the field of law. Open to Latinos and anyone interested in Latino culture and concerns, LLSA provides a forum for Latinos and non-Latinos to discuss and learn about the legal, political, and social issues that affect Latinos and other minorities in the U.S. and abroad.

Law School Democrats

The Law School Democrats bring volunteer, educational and social opportunities to Northwestern Law's Democratic community in order to foster the future of the party and encourage civic engagement.

Law Students for Life (LSFL)

LSFL is a pro-life, non-partisan student organization. We desire to be a diverse student organization united by our common understanding that human life is inviolate; human life begins at conception and should end at natural death; and all human life deserves equal protection of the law. We advocate for the lives of all people, and to that end, we aim to foster a legal culture where the dignity of all human life will be respected and treasured.

Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)

MELSA was created to increase awareness of Middle Eastern culture, history, and heritage within the Law School community. MELSA provides a forum for all Middle Eastern students and others interested in Middle Eastern culture and issues to discuss topics of concern related to the Middle East through the use of films, literature, and open discussions.

Moot Court Society

The Moot Court Society selects law students to represent Northwestern Law at regional and national moot court competitions. Students are exposed to appellate brief writing and oral advocacy training by participating in intramural competitions, helping to prepare one another for competition, and meeting with inspiring appellate advocates from both the public and private sectors.

Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA)


National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of the U.S. political and economic system. The NLG seeks to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people.

Native American Law Students Association

NALSA provides a supportive community for prospective and current Northwestern Native American students. The Association promotes inclusion, involvement, professional development, and success of Native Americans in law school and in the legal profession. In addition, NALSA is actively involved with the Native community in the Chicago area and is affiliated with organizations that aim to increase the representation of Native Americans in the legal profession. NALSA is committed to raising awareness by hosting events and programming to increase discussion of various topics that include Native American legal history, culture, representation, and current issues.

Northwestern University Human Rights Project

The Human Rights Project is designed to introduce students to the professional human rights community at Northwestern, in Chicago, nationally, and abroad. The group consists of two branches. The advocacy branch collaborates with local and global human rights organizations to develop manageable legal projects in which students of all levels of legal experience may participate. The education branch works to cultivate a human rights community on campus by organizing social and educational events.

OUTLaw

OUTLaw provides opportunities for students to act together on the political, social, and academic concerns of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and to be in contact with affiliated communities in the Chicago area. OUTLaw concentrates on increasing awareness and discussion of such issues as hate crimes against lesbian and gay men, discrimination on the basis of HIV status, the intertwined nature of homophobia and sexism, and the legal aspects of today's changing conceptions of family and domestic partnership.

Public Interest Law Group (PILG)

PILG focuses on providing students with information about substantive issues and professional opportunities related to public interest law. PILG conducts programming on topic areas such as issues in public interest law, careers in public interest law, and summer employment opportunities.

Real Property Trusts and Estates (RPTE)

RPTE is dedicated to educating its members and the larger law school community about current issues related to both real estate and trusts and estates law. RPTE provides a unique forum through which law students can satisfy their curiosity and cultivate their knowledge of these practice areas. As one of Northwestern Law's only professionally-focused student-run organizations, RPTE strives to provide meaningful opportunities for professional and personal development as well as the chance to form strong networks and build relationships with the local legal community.

Restructuring and Bankruptcy Law Group (RBLG)

RBLG is a student group dedicated to exploring opportunities and issues in the fields of restructuring and bankruptcy. It provides a forum for those interested in all facets of bankruptcy law, including business reorganization and creditor rights, and affiliated fields such as financial advising, turnaround consulting, and distressed investing.

South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)

SALSA aims to create a supportive community for entering law students, to encourage South Asian involvement and success in the legal arena, to promote awareness of South Asian culture and issues, and to support efforts to improve the community at large.

Speaker's Union

The goal of the Speaker’s Union is to help students develop the craft of public speaking and provide opportunities to debate critical issues facing society. The Speaker’s Union brings top public thinkers to campus to debate their positions, provide workshops for students on all aspects of public speaking, and partner with local high school debating societies to provide assistance to young debaters.

Sports Law Society

The Sports Law Society offers students the opportunities to learn, discuss and explore the application of law to sports. The group hosts sports related speakers, networking events, and an annual symposium on current topics in the field. In addition, the group sponsors a team to attend national sports law competitions around the country. SLS is committed to informing students of the current issues involving the intersection between sports and law, mentoring students committed to entering the field, and cultivating a relationship with Chicago sports attorneys and Northwestern alumni.

St. Thomas More Society

In conjunction with the Sheil Catholic Center's Chicago campus, the St. Thomas More Society is Northwestern Law's Catholic student organization which aims to foster community, education, and service in the Catholic tradition among Northwestern Law students.

StreetLaw Association

StreetLaw is a Northwestern Law student organization with the purpose of empowering and educating Chicago-area youth about the Constitution. The program’s main objective is to educate youth about some of the most fundamental constitutional provisions – the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments. Moreover, StreetLaw seeks to provide youth with a basic foundation of the law and legal institutions, and ultimately a more positive perception of the law.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

The SALDF focuses on issues facing animals in legal systems today, and raises awareness about issues such as animal testing, wildlife laws, anti-cruelty laws and factory farming.

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The SBA is Northwestern Law's student government. The SBA, through its committee structure, provides students with an effective means to work with one another and the administration to help ensure that Northwestern Law students undertake their legal studies in an optimal setting. To that end, the SBA sponsors various social activities and educational programs throughout the academic year.

Student Effort to Rejuvenate Volunteering (SERV)

SERV organizes many volunteer opportunities, such as serving food to the homeless, tutoring elementary students on campus and at their schools, participating in community outreach programs, and a service Spring Break trip to the Gulf Coast. SERV also helps students and organizations arrange new service opportunities. SERV's goal is to help all students meet and exceed the suggested 50 hours of volunteer work for graduation and to integrate community service into all student's law school education.

Student Funded Public Interest Fellowships Program (SFPIF)

SFPIF makes it financially possible for students to take summer positions working in public interest or government law or other low paying positions. SFPIF has multiple fundraising events throughout the year including, a fall auction, a winter formal for all law students, an annual pledge drive, and an annual benefit dinner, among others. SFPIF also fundraises through the L-STAR program through which students doing call-back interviews with participating firms can stay with friends or family and let the firm donate the money they would have spent on a hotel to SFPIF.

Tax Law Society (TLS)

The Tax Law Society is dedicated to increasing awareness, organizing educational events, fostering community service, and facilitating career development opportunities in the field of tax law. The society provides a student forum for the discussion of topics in tax law and serves as a liaison to the student body for the Northwestern Law Tax LLM program.

Texas Law Club

The Texas Law Club and was created by students from Texas and students interested in the Texas legal market. The goal of the Texas Law Club is to increase cultural awareness of and provide career development opportunities for members of the Northwestern University community from and interested in Texas. Specifically, TLC seeks to: (1) Inform and promote among the student body the experience of working and living in Texas; (2) Provide networking events and other career development opportunities to connect students interested in the Texas legal market with prospective employers; and (3) Collaborate with the law school and the office of career services to increase internship and employment opportunities in Texas.

The D.R.E.A.M. Committee

The Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (DREAM) Committee is a committee of students and faculty who coordinate public lectures and programs on campus that coincide with the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and are designed to educate the Northwestern Law community about the civil rights leader's teachings and contributions.

Veterans Law Association

The Veterans Law Association attempts to address the unique legal issues that veterans currently face. In addition, the Association is committed to the professional development of its members by connecting with veterans throughout the academic and business communities, building camaraderie, and assisting veteran applicants to learn more about Northwestern Law.

Wigmore Follies

Wigmore Follies is Northwestern Law's own law school musical--an annual Spring semester send-up of life at Northwestern Law and beyond, and is one of the year's most popular events.

Women's Leadership Coalition (WLC)

The WLC is committed to fostering a supportive network for female law students and providing forums to discuss issues of interest to women in the legal community. The WLC offers a mentoring program, sponsors professional development events, and promotes volunteerism in the community. In addition, the WLC hosts an annual symposium with a full week of programming on legal issues affecting women in society and the law.

Other Organizations

Moot Court
Moot Court programs are an important part of legal training at Northwestern Law. They prepare students for and allow them to participate in appellate arguments. Working under faculty supervision, students prepare briefs and present oral arguments in competition with schools across the nation and around the world.

Legal Journals
Second- and third-year law students have the opportunity to participate on one of Northwestern Law's six student-edited legal journals. Students participating on journals have the opportunity to select, edit, and write cutting-edge scholarship; to pursue leadership opportunities by serving on a journal leadership team; and to work closely with other journal members in advancing the journal's goals. For more information about how to join a journal and what to expect, see the journals home page and the websites of each individual journal.