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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.
Reproductive Rights Law Project
The Reproductive Rights Project assists the Women's Law Project on legislation as well as legal research and writing on local, state and federal issues and activities that may advance or undermine reproductive rights. The project advocates for women who seek access to reproductive health services. Legal Supervision: Women's Law Project
Urban Law Forum
This group’s mission is to increase Penn Law students’ exposure and contribution to the study and betterment of legal issues impacting city residents, focusing on the intersection of urban planning – including community and economic development, housing, and land use – and social justice.
Penn Law and the Arts
The purpose of this association is to foster the cultivation of knowledge and appreciation for the arts both within the Penn Law community, as well as in the community and careers beyond Penn Law. The group is dedicated to exploring ways students can apply their legal skills to support, promote, and protect the arts. Invited local scholars and practitioners speak to legal issues surrounding today’s art and artists, including art preservation, art theft, collectors’ legal interest, and museum representation and to the legal issues art institutions face on a daily basis.
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
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 Law for Animal Rights Awareness
This group is focused on legal issues in the animal law community.
Feminist Working Group
The Feminist Working Group is committed to reflection and activism to promote the interests of women within and beyond the law school. Past events include: The Vagina Monologues, with proceeds benefitting Women Against Abuse Legal Center and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo; guest speaker events & brown bag lunches, including a talk on the current litigation regarding sexual assault in the military; Cupcake Truck study breaks during finals; movie nights featuring movies with relevant social issues.
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.
University of Pennsylvania Law School Dog Lovers Association
The University of Pennsylvania Law School Dog Lovers Association is a student organization designed to promote the interests of dog owners and enthusiasts at the law school. It will futher this mission by creating a network of students who will mutually assist each other in fulfilling the responsibilities, and benefits, of dog ownership through activities such as dog-walking and dog-sitting. Additionally, the Association will organize social events for dog owners, enthusiasts, and their dogs. Finally, the association will promote service work to promote animal welfare in the Philadelphia area.
Penn Law Students for Life
Penn Law Students for Life is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting pro-life law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand the legal recognition of the human right to life. Law Students for Life is intended to be a nonpartisan, secular organization dedicated to promoting the dignity of human life at every stage. Our goals are (a) to raise awareness of practices that threaten that dignity, (b) to engage in thoughtful debate, and (c) to advocate for policies that affirm and protect life. We are particularly concerned with issues related to abortion, euthanasia, end of life care, and the death penalty. We hope to create a community in which Penn Law students can express their views and discuss issues related to the right to life and the preservation of human dignity.
Toastmasters International
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 Careers in Academia
The mission of the Penn Law Careers in Academia is to expose students to what a career in legal academia is like, prepare students for the academic hiring process, and form a community of aspiring scholars at Penn Law.
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.
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.
Penn Law Democrats
The University of Pennsylvania Law School Democrats is dedicated to providing Penn Law students with substantive, engaging opportunities with the Democratic Party. Penn Law Democrats provides a forum for Democratic law students to contribute to local Democratic causes, and also allow students interested in politics to learn more about the Party by hosting Democratic speakers on cutting-edge policy issues, formulating campaign strategy, and more. Members of Penn Law Democrats have had the chance to work with local, congressional, senatorial, and presidential Democratic campaigns, organize voter registrations and election monitoring in the Democratic stronghold of the City of Philadelphia, perform policy research for Democratic and progressive causes, and connect with other Democratic law student organizations across the country.
Penn Law for Reproductive Justice (Penn Law for Choice)
Penn Law 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 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!
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.