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Our student organizations offer an opportunity for you to explore academic work beyond the classroom, through events that bring you together with peers of similar (or different) cultural backgrounds and philosophical beliefs. Participate in activities that will broaden your knowledge of specific areas of the law, become involved in pro bono work, and connect with BLS alumni and legal pros in the community.
More than 40 student organizations represent a variety of practice areas and cultural groups. Meet with representatives early in the academic year, when the Student Bar Association conducts its annual Organization Fair.
The SBA acts as the umbrella organization for all student organizations at the Law School, and serves as the student voice to the Law School faculty and administration. The SBA also plans, supervises, and sponsors educational and social events throughout the academic year.
The American Civil Liberties Union chapter of Brooklyn Law School (BLS ACLU) is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York State Constitution. BLS ACLU has several committee groups that allow students to focus on special interest areas. These committees initiate various projects and will continue to hold panels, debates, community outreach and awareness campaigns, as well as other meaningful events.
The American Constitution Society of Brooklyn Law School is a group of students concerned about American law and politics. We believe deeply in the importance of law as the mechanism which governs the relationships between and among the individuals and institutions that form our society, and we recognize the direct relationship between legal theory and the broader political debate about the kind of society in which we live. The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness the constitutional values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to re-incorporate them into American law and politics, in order to continue building a strong and decent national community.
The Brooklyn Law School Antitrust and Competition Law Association (ACLA) was formed to bring together students, professors, and alumni interested in antitrust law. The ACLA seeks to foster interest in antitrust law through career panels, networking events, and panels on current antitrust issues.
The Art Law Association (ALA) provides a forum for students, faculty, and practitioners, to explore and debate the wide range of legal issues associated with the creation, collection, presentation, and preservation of the visual arts. The ALA promotes these goals by organizing and publicizing art law events and networking opportunities on campus and in and out of New York City.
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The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is dedicated to serving the BLS student community by facilitating academic support, professional and career development, cultural awareness, and social events. APALSA also offers several social events throughout the year including mixers, cultural nights, dinners, and happy hours. Additionally, APALSA provides valuable mentorship and guidance to the incoming 1L students, who are paired with 2Ls and 3Ls who devote their time and effort to assisting the 1L students with their transition into law school.
Brooklyn Advocates for Justice Reform will work closely with The Petey Greene Pro Bono Program. Additionally, the Chapter will put on programming to encourage community partnership and furthering education on the criminal justice system.
The Brooklyn Blockchain and Emerging Technology Association consists of students and faculty members interested in blockchain and emerging technology. BBETA is committed to providing resources and career opportunities for students interested in understanding the legal landscape of blockchain and emerging technology law through discourse, community, and sponsored events.
The Brooklyn Business Law Association (BBLA) is a student organization at Brooklyn Law School (BLS) made up of students interested in the practice of business law. BBLA seeks to provide educational, social and networking opportunities for its members and the greater BLS community with the goals of (i) giving students an opportunity to better understand various business law practices – including but not limited to the areas of bankruptcy law, commercial law, financial law, corporate law and securities law – and (ii) providing students with opportunities to meet fellow students, BLS alumni and other practitioners interested in or involved in the practice of business law.
The Brooklyn Chess & Board Gaming Society’s mission is to create an inclusive and inviting community for students to play chess as well as a variety of tabletop games, which would include board games, card games, role-playing games, etc. Given the highly competitive and stressful nature of law school, our goal is to create a space, outside of the classroom, where students can build friendships and network with each other in an easy, fun environment. BCBGS meets on-campus to play chess and board game monthly, hosts an exciting chess tournament every semester, and partners with the SBA in hosting a board game event during finals week wellness breaks.
Brooklyn Law Immigration Society’s mission is to provide a supportive forum for law students, with an interest in immigration law, to discuss past and current immigration issues, to learn about the field’s many career options, and to begin building their network in the field. Additionally, BLIS will serve the broader community by promoting the immigration law field throughout the Law School. BLIS will achieve this through its educational speaker’s series, social events, networking information sessions, and various panels.
The Brooklyn Law and Political Economy Collective seeks to challenge legal pedagogical boundaries by breaking down the divide between law in the private and law in the public spheres in the interest of social justice, including economic, racial, gender, environmental justice. We examine how law shapes and upholds systems of power and we promote scholarship, speaking events, and reading groups that analyze and envision alternatives to the inequality created by our current political economy. Our examination ranges across legal subjects such as antitrust and economic justice, police and prison abolition, labor rights, confronting U.S. imperialism, and climate crises.
The LPE Collective partners with other BLS student groups and interested faculty to create events such as a teach-in, a speaking series, and reading groups with faculty-curated curricula. By fostering scholarship and discussion, the Collective seeks to understand law as a tool to dismantle oppressive systems and to create a democratic and just world.
The purpose of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to serve the needs of the black law student, the black attorney, and the black community. It works with local units at other law schools to promote the professional needs of minority communities, and foster and encourage political and community involvement.
BLS Athletics is a club devoted to offering a variety of athletic opportunities to students who want to meet in a more casual social setting to bond over something more personal than our status as law students and achieve better mental health through physical activity. BLS Athletics helps organize student teams in local co-ed sports leagues when there is sufficient interest. Additionally, the organization puts on a variety of events throughout the year for people of all skill levels in sports such as soccer, softball, kickball, basketball, and more. Further, BLS Athletics sends teams to participate in the annual University of Virginia Law School Softball Tournament, which has been running for over 40 years. BLS Athletics has also attended additional law school softball and basketball tournaments in previous years.
Brooklyn Law Students for Justice in Palestine advocates for basic human rights and self-determination for the Palestinian people. We educate the wider Brooklyn Law community on legal issues around the Palestinian movement for liberation, as well as provide a space for discussion and solidarity related to the advancement of the movement. We aim to strengthen the bonds between the Palestinian struggle and other social justice movements.
Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) is a student-run, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization at Brooklyn Law School that encourages and enables student participation in public interest and public service legal work.
BLSPI provides both legal and non-legal opportunities for engagement at BLS. We are committed to finding opportunities for students to explore public interest legal careers, which we facilitate through a mentorship program for incoming students and by bringing in lawyers and alumni to speak and interact with students about their practice through our programming. We also provide much-needed funding through fellowships for summer internships for first- and second-year students, as well as bar course grants for graduating students pursuing public interest legal careers.
Additionally, BLSPI offers a common tie between the many on-campus pro bono organizations and the Brooklyn community. We organize a number of charity drives throughout the year, often working with other student groups, including: blood drives, canned food drives, clothing drives, Halloween candy drives for children living in domestic violence shelters, and voter registration drives. BLSPI will also organize a number of days of service this coming year.
The Brooklyn Law School Real Estate Society (RES) is an organization of students interested in the field and practice of Real Estate Law. RES’s goal is to enable members to further their knowledge of the industry, hone the skills needed to succeed as real estate lawyers, and provide them valuable access to experiences to help achieve their career goals. RES aims to accomplish this by providing members with a variety of opportunities such as networking events, internship/job postings, connecting with alumni currently in the field, practical training seminars and more.
The Criminal Law Society (CLS) at Brooklyn Law School represents the academic, social, and professional interests of the student body interested in pursuing a career within the criminal law system. Through networking events, alumni engagement, panel discussions, and social mixers, the CLS works rigorously to address the needs of students on both the prosecution and defense-oriented side of the criminal justice spectrum. By maintaining close relationships with public interest organizations (i.e. Legal Aid Society) and private-practice firms, the CLS affords students an opportunity to engage with those organizations that most closely align with their interests.
CUBE harnesses the extraordinary entrepreneurial activity in Brooklyn to prepare our students for careers in a rapidly changing marketplace for new lawyers. CUBE is a center of remarkable energy and activity, offering global opportunities for students to work with businesses, startups, and social entrepreneurs; consultation sessions with small businesses in Brooklyn; networking events that give our students the Brooklyn edge in their career paths; and programs including the CUBE Innovators Competition.
Disability Advocacy Law Student Association(DALSA) is a student group at a law school, the second in the state of New York (NYU DALSA forming a few months ahead of BLS DALSA), promoting disability inclusion, awareness, and advocacy at the intersection of life and law. We are happy to help other law schools form their own DALSA and work with other DALSA's to promote a broader reach.
The Brooklyn Law School Environmental Law Society is comprised of students and faculty members who believe Climate Change, Ecological Destruction, and Environmental Injustice are ongoing crises both globally and locally. The ELS seeks to raise awareness of the role that the law play in these continuing disasters, as well as encourage the exploration of creative solutions to environmental issues. We strive to create professional opportunities for our members by hosting events where students can meet with leading experts in a variety of fields, including environmental law, animal law, real estate, and zoning law. We also support direct community action by providing environmentally conscious volunteer opportunities around Brooklyn.
BLS Students for Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) is a group of students who believe in prison abolition and radical change within the criminal legal system. We host events oriented around education and community-building, fundraise for clients, host pro bono opportunities, and more!
The Family Law and Policy Association aims to provide students that share a passion for family justice, law and policy opportunities to network and engage in movement building. FLPA seeks to support students in developing specialized knowledge in the area of family law, and current practice tools, particularly statutes related to race, gender, sexuality, and disability.
Fashion Law Society (FLS) is dedicated to providing an extensive and enthusiastic network for BLS students who have an interest in legal matters as they apply specifically to the fashion industry. FLS seeks to spread awareness about Fashion Law as a growing field of specialty and educate students about various career opportunities. FLS hosts many events throughout the academic year which keep students informed about current affairs in the industry, encourage discussions, teach skills, and provide opportunities for students to network, mentor, and train with alumni and other experts in the field. It is the mission of FLS to provide an active and inclusive community for students to learn about Fashion Law together, while creating lasting professional connections and friendships.
First Generation Professionals (FGP) is a student-run organization promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession by creating opportunities for first-generation law students to foster meaningful relationships with legal professionals and establish networks for students who lack them.
FGP creates a support and networking system for for law students who come from low-income or working class backgrounds, and are the first in their families to attend college or first to attend professional school.
Through organizing mentorship events, panel discussions, career advising, and social activities, FGP strives to create a supportive community that helps ensure first-generation law students can flourish in both their legal education and career.
The Health Law and Policy Association works to o provide a support and networking system for law students with an interest in Health Law and Policy and promote Health Law and Policy throughout the Law School by sponsoring various events on and off campus.
The Hellenic Law Students Association aims to increase the participation of Greek Americans in the legal profession. The HLSA will host events which will connect students with Greek judges, attorneys, and law students around the city.
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is dedicated to ensuring access to medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally competent sex and sexuality education, as well as comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including prenatal care, postnatal care, contraception, abortion services, and alternative reproductive technologies for women and men, free from coercion, discrimination and violence.
IPLA was established to increase BLS student body awareness of the cutting edge issues and opportunities that arise in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. IPLA accomplishes this through academic events, alumni interaction, roundtable discussions, and other events that focus specifically on the interests of our members.
The International Law Society promotes the awareness, study, and understanding of international law and related issues. The society aims to educate students about the significance of international legal issues and publicize internships, educational, and career opportunities in this field. It holds regularly scheduled meetings and host guest speakers and panel discussions on various issues of international law.
The Irish Society is dedicated to the furtherance of Irish heritage. Its goal is to increase Irish-American participation in the legal profession and to help promote relationships between its members and practicing Irish lawyers. The group will host various social activities and invite guest speakers throughout the year to help achieve these objectives.
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of Brooklyn Law School. JLSA sponsors a variety of educational and social activities designed to increase students' knowledge of Jewish issues, customs, and holidays. It also hosts various social activities and frequently invites speakers to address current cultural, religious, and political issues.
Labor and Employment Law not only deals with issues such as employment discrimination, illegal workplace harassment, wrongful termination, denial of employee benefits, and the relationships between unions, employers, and employees, but it also touches on issues that arise in a wide range of other disciplines, like sports law and entertainment law. Our mission is to raise awareness of legal issues involving aspects of labor and employment law, educate BLS students about the kinds of job opportunities in these fields, and provide valuable connections and networking resources to help students develop their legal careers.
The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) seeks to increase the awareness and performance of Latin American students at BLS through our mentoring program, workshops, and presentations on topics of current interest and importance. Members enhance communication with the local Latin American community through our established public service program, and also work to create and foster strong connections with the greater legal community.
The Brooklyn Law School Legal Hackers Student Organization explores the developing creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Additionally, the organization pushes members to enhance their technical skills, and apply those skills in the contexts of law and entrepreneurship.
For more information, please visit: https://blslegalhackers.wixsite.com/home
MLSA seeks to increase effective Muslim participation and representation in the legal field by providing a supportive atmosphere for incoming and current Muslim students. It aims to provide professional networking opportunities, maintain a growing network via MLSA alumni, and build a bridge between Muslims and non-Muslims through educational and cultural exchange.
Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. NLG seeks to provide a space for progressively minded individuals to connect and develop community as well as to facilitate engagement in a wide range of movements and initiatives.
OUTLaws is a student organization that serves the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight allies within the BLS community. Our organization sponsors frequent educational, political and social events throughout the year as we aim to foster connections with the BLS student body, BLS alumni, and the legal profession at large.
Phi Delta Phi National Organization Website: www.phideltaphi.org
Phi Delta Phi is an international legal fraternity that seeks to promote the highest standard of ethics and professionalism in law schools and the legal profession. Each local chapter is required to complete community service projects and organize an annual school-wide Ethics Week.
SALSA's vision is to serve the cultural, religious, community, social, and professional needs of our South Asian Law Students. SALSA will continue working with the South Asian Bar Association of New York and SALSA organizations across the city to foster relationships among our peers and promote community-based projects that address the growing legal needs of underrepresented South Asians in New York.
The Slavic Eurasian-American Legal Society provides a support and networking system for students of Slavic and Eurasian heritage but more so a resource for our entire BLS family. This is an organization that is open for anyone who shares a desire to accomplish our shared goals. Our mission is to provide solutions to legal problems within the local Slavic and Eurasian communities as well as opening connections between students and Slavic-Eurasian professionals in the legal community.
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Brooklyn Law School Chapter is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. It is also dedicated to promoting the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about institutionalized animal abuse, and engaging in initiatives to combat that abuse.
The Tax Law Association was formed in order to provide networking opportunities for those interested in tax law, to encourage interest in the field of tax by hosting talks by specialized experts in the field, and to give Law School students a chance to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS.
Women of Color Alliance, WOCA, will serve as a safe space for women of color in law to discuss intersectional issues related to student life and careers as future attorneys. In addition to providing spaces to network, hold discussions, acquire academic support and career opportunities, the club will also focus on collaborations with outside organizations to provide information and advocacy work for communities in need.
We aim to bolster conversation about specific needs and struggles that women of color in this industry uniquely experience, and challenge the current limitations they may face in the legal sphere. Through these conversations, this group intends to alter the legal space and create a strong presence for women of color, where we can encourage confidence and provide support for one another. Ultimately, the group intends to foster and expand a network of Women of color and build fearlessness through unity.