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Student Organizations - Special Interest Groups

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
We are one of the largest and most active student chapters of ACS in the country. Every year we host a number of large annual events, including our Supreme Court Review and Federal Judges Panel, as well as numerous panel discussions, speaking engagements, workshops, and members-only activities. In addition, we administer the national student writing competition, the winner of which is published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law. We welcome you to learn more about our chapter and to become involved with the national organization.
Criminal Law Research Discussion Group
To provide a forum for discussion of national and international criminal law research issues and to develop strategies to improve the research process at the law school.
Entertainment and Sports Law Society
The Penn Entertainment and Sports Law Society provides opportunities for students interested in sports or entertainment law. ESLS welcomes all Penn students, whether they desire a career in one of these fields or are merely interested in learning more about them. Through a series of speakers and panel discussions, ESLS exposes students to meaningful topics in the sports and entertainment industries. In the past, members of ESLS have successfully used relationships developed through the Society to venture into the sports and entertainment fields.
Equal Justice Foundation (EJF)
The Equal Justice Foundation, a student-run organization at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, encourages law students to pursue their aspirations of serving low-income clients by providing financial support to students who take public interest jobs.
Federalist Society
The Federalist Society is one of the most vibrant, fun, and intellectually engaging organizations at Penn. If you are interested in learning more about and engaging with today’s most pressing legal and public policy issues, please spend some time with us. We are an organization of ideas and relationships. While we do stand behind some foundational principles of the law, rather than merely propping up any one set of pre-established beliefs, we seek to ensure that the Penn community benefits from considering the best arguments on both sides of any issue. That is why we are committed to hosting debates and panels as our primary activities. We are also interested in building strong relationships among our members. In addition to simply socializing together at events, our group strives to serve as a resource—particularly to 1Ls and 2Ls—for helping everyone succeed in classes, in journal competitions, and in obtaining top legal jobs and clerkships. In this effort, we begin with a unique posi
Jessup International Moot Court Team
Jessup is a moot court organization addressing international law issues. Each year, the team writes two appellate briefs and competes in oral argument against other regional schools, leading to an international competition with teams coming from around the world. This year's topics include responsibility for the use of force, standing to bring international claims, and the preservation of cultural heritage sites.
Louis D. Brandeis Society
The Louis D. Brandeis Society Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania Law School is committed to the mission of the Brandeis Center: a non- partisan institution for public interest advocacy, research and education advancing the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promoting justice for all. We are especially focused on the resurgence of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on university campuses. The LDB Chapter at Penn Law will accomplish this goal by hosting speakers, conducting discussions, and engaging in civil right advocacy.
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members--lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees--the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. The Penn Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild organizes critical responses to timely national and local issues relevant to lawyers, law students, and the community at large. In addition to hosting social and political events throughout the year, the Penn NLG is committed to creating and sustaining student led clinical programs. The most recent of these programs is the new and flourishing Prisoner's Rights Clinic.
Penn Health Law Group

Penn Law International Arbitration Association

Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA)
IHRA seeks to create a space within the Penn Law community to conduct research, undertake advocacy campaigns, and educate colleagues on contemporary issues of international human rights. IHRA has four programming elements — a human rights clinic, an advocacy program, a spring break trip, and a career forum for international human rights.
Penn Law Mock Trial Team
Penn Law Mock Trial provides students with basic and advanced training in trial techniques and courtroom procedure. Members have the opportunity to participate in trial advocacy competitions across the country, gaining valuable experience trying cases before distinguished trial professionals. All are welcome, no experience necessary!
Penn Law Public Speaking Society
The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. In order to carry out this mission, this club shall: 1. Help its members improve their abilities to communicate effectively; 2. Encourage members' instructions, educational materials and opportunities which will give them skill and experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches. 3. Encourage members to read and listen analytically 4. Provide for its members' fair and constructive evaluation of their efforts toward self-improvement. 5. Increase members' knowledge of the rules of parliamentary procedure and their skills in conducting meetings and participating in group discussions; 6. Afford leadership training; and 7 Provide opportunities and encouragement for members to appear before audiences.
Penn Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Penn Law Students for Reproductive Justice believes that individuals, not governments, have the right to make decisions about reproductive health. The organization seeks to foster an ongoing, meaningful dialogue about reproductive rights and the legal debates surrounding those issues at Penn.
Penn Law Veterans
The mission of Penn Law Veterans is to promote military veteran recruiting, retention of military veteran admitted students, and advancement of veteran interests at Penn Law. The group will also provide opportunities for veteran fellowship and advancement, organize veteran recruitment events, and provide a single voice to the staff and faculty for veteran specific issues.
Purpose. Passion. Principles
To help students at Penn Law think about their personal and professional definitions of success while building authentic and challenging relationships with their classmates.
Sparer Public Interest Law Conference
In 1984, Penn Law organized the Sparer Symposium to commemorate the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer who was a Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Law School. Sparer's work combined a passionate concern about the poor with intellectual rigor and a profound conviction that the problems of poverty are solvable. In 1983 he founded Mobilization for Youth Services, the first neighborhood legal services program and then the Columbia Center on Social Welfare and Policy and Law, the first national support center for legal services. Each year, the Symposium brings together legal academics and practitioners to provide insight into the dynamic relationship between scholarship and practice in the area of poverty law, merging theory and practice.