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Student Organizations - A-Z Listing

Penn Law students engage with a diverse and collaborative community at the Law School and across the University. In addition to participating in informal activities, they join and lead more than 90 student group that cover a wide array of academic, political, athletic, cultural, and social interests, from environmental law to bioethics to bowling.

For information about resources available to student groups here at Penn Law, please take a look at the Student Group Handbook & Event Planning Guide.

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.
Animal Law Clinic (Public Service)

Asian Pacific American Law Student Assoc. (APALSA)
Penn APALSA is the largest student-run organization at Penn Law. We provide academic support and professional development to our members, actively engage with the APA legal community, and host an annual conference for law students and legal professionals across the nation.
Beyond a Reasonable Stout
Beyond a Reasonable Stout connects Penn Law students with Philadelphia’s vibrant craft beer culture. And through brewery tours, tastings, talks, and events, BRS educates members about the diverse range of beer styles and brewing processes, as well as craft beer’s connections to agriculture, gastronomy, community outreach, and local economies. Ultimately, BRS promotes a heightened awareness of brewing as an art form and craft brewing as fast-growing industry.
Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
Our organization prepares our members to be successful and socially aware members of the greater legal community by providing academic, professional, and social support throughout the three years of law school. Penn Law BLSA is dedicated to maintaining connections with our distinguished alumni, and to reaching back to talented undergraduates to make sure that Penn Law is and remains a diverse space. Penn Law BLSA is the second-oldest student group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has remained an active and vibrant force, both locally and nationally, for over three decades. Please contact us about any legal, political or social issues affecting our community. For information about the annual Sadie T. M. Alexander Memorial Conference, please visit
Christian Legal Society
Penn Law’s CLS Chapter is a non-denominational organization affiliated with the National CLS grassroots network of lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. To integrate our Christian faith into our current studies and future endeavors as legal professionals, CLS is committed to providing law students with a means of society, fellowship, encouragement, and discipleship and a forum for discussion of problems and opportunities relating to Christianity and the law.
Civil Rights Law Project
The Penn Law Civil Rights Law Project is committed to serving social justice in the Philadelphia area. Currently, this project works with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and actively seeks to form additional partnerships with other civil rights advocacy organizations, to assist with their litigation and public policy efforts on civil rights issues. The project’s ultimate goal is to promote the principles of antidiscrimination, equal opportunity, and equal justice under the law for all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or poverty.
Council of Student Representatives (CSR)
The Council is the elected government of the Law School student body. CSR has four major purposes: (1) Represent the interests and address the concerns of the student body; (2) Coordinate and regulate student activities and funds in the interest of the student body; (3) Communicate with the student body, administrative offices, student leaders, as well as other departments in the university system on relevant issues; and (4) Provide services that improve the quality of life of Penn Law students.
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.
Criminal Record Expungement Program

Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC)
The Custody and Support Assistance Clinic is an independent, nonprofit pro bono project partnered with the Penn Law and Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Each year, CASAC selects from among Penn Law students 20 advocates who staff a shift each week to assist clients in family court matters related to custody, child support, and domestic violence.
Eastern European Law Student Association (EELSA)
The Eastern European Law Students Association (EELSA) will provide a support and networking system for the community of Penn Law students from the former USSR and other Eastern European countries, Russian-speakers, and those with an interest in Eastern European history and culture. We will promote Eastern European heritage throughout the Law School by sponsoring cultural events on and off campus, demonstrating our ethnic foods and artistic traditions. We will host guest speakers and reach out to domestic and international law firms with Eastern European offices. EELSA will also support the community through collaboration on pro bono projects and by providing translation services.
Employment Advocacy Project
EAP advocates represent unemployment claimants who are appealing their denials of unemployment compensation. Advocates interview clients, research applicable law, conduct direct and cross examinations, and give closing statements before an administrative law judge. Legal Supervision: Philadelphia Legal Assistance
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.
Environmental Law Project (ELP)
Students engage in pro bono and for-credit research projects to actively address the unmet needs of environmental preservation and justice on a local, regional, national and international level through support for legislative advocacy, community lawyering, and policy research. Past areas of student research/work have involved issues such as public access to information, waterfront development and protected area status. ELP currently runs an externship with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a local environmental group, in public interest environmental lawyering. Students apply an interdisciplinary focus to address the legal, scientific, economic, political and social factors that are involved in environmental lawyering.
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
Graduate and Professional Student Association
GAPSA is the official student government body for graduate and professional students at the University of Pennsylvania. The organization represents over 10,000 students across Penn’s twelve graduate schools.
Guild Food Stamp Clinic
Founded in 1984, this student-run project provides legal counseling and representation to clients in food stamp cases. Recently 16 Penn Law students participated in the Project and provided assistance to nearly 300 clients in food stamp cases. Legal Supervision: Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Health Law and Policy Project (HeLPP)
HeLPP is a pro bono group at Penn Law that aims to provide opportunities for Penn Law students to gain practical experience in the field of health law and policy in a pro bono setting. Our projects will focus on increasing healthcare access and quality, especially for underserved populations, through opportunities where students will directly support patients and conduct research on healthcare delivery and policy.
International Law Organization (ILO)
ILO focuses on the broad issues or public and private international law and equity, such as diplomatic, political, regional, economic, technological, scientific, and environmental legal subjects. ILO supports activities for curricular development and educational exchange, professional development, as well as public interest and pro bono initiatives.
Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Iraqi citizens who assisted American forces and international organizations during the Iraq War live under serious threat that they and their family members may be kidnapped, tortured, or murdered. The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project is a national organization with branches at law schools throughout the country designed to address the needs of this vulnerable and deserving population. IRAP's Penn Law Chapter began in February of 2010 and consists of three branches—legal, community service, and policy. IRAP’s legal branch partners students with supervising attorneys to provide legal assistance to Iraqis as they apply for resettlement as refugees or special immigrants in the United States. Students on our community service team assist refugees in the Philadelphia area with Green Card applications and tax filings in partnership with Nationalities Services Center and the Arab American Community Development Corporation. Our policy team, meanwhile, advocates for ethical government policy t
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Our mission statement reads, “We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.”
James Wilson Project
Law students teach high school students about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution utilizing the We the Students textbook, written by law professor and founder of the program Jamie Raskin. Penn Law students also prepare area high school students for the annual nationwide Moot Court Competition held in Washington D.C.
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.
Jewish Law Students Association (J.L.S.A.)
The aim of the Association is to ensure the well-being of all Jewish students regardless of denominational affiliation enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Law School. To these ends, we promote Jewish identity, encourage Jewish students to participate in all aspects of campus life, support issues of concern to the greater American and global Jewish communities, and provide a forum for Jewish social and educational events and discussion of matters pertaining to Jewish interests.
Korean American Law Students Organization
The Korean American Law Student Organization seeks to provide a forum for students to learn about Korean culture and to explore the relevant social, cultural, and professional opportunities within the University of Pennsylvania Law School. It will also facilitate the interaction among Korean American JDs and LLMs and function as a bridge between Penn Law and other Korean student communities at Penn as well as other top-tier law schools.
Our group seeks to expand the knowledge and career opportunities of students interested in education reform. L.E.A.R.N. serves as a network and umbrella organization for student groups and initiatives devoted to improving the quality of education in America's schools.
Lambda Law
Penn Law’s LGBT student organization for LGBT-identified students and their allies.
Latin American Law Students Assoc. (LALSA)
LALSA aims to enhance the student experience at Penn Law School. We are committed to the academic, social, and professional development of our members and aim to increase outreach, diversity, and Latino awareness in our community.
Law School Light Opera Company (LSLO)
The Light Opera Company has brought music and entertainment to the Penn community for over thirty years.
Law and Entrepreneurship Organization (LEO)
LEO aims to promote entrepreneurship among students, by focusing on the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy and to society, benefits and risks of being an entrepreneur, information on setting up a company or law firm, and providing guidance to students who are contemplating an entrepreneurial career.
Legal Education Partnership
The Legal Education Partnership sustains a meaningful partnership between the students, faculty, and staff at Penn Law and the students, teachers, administration, parents, and community at Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School. Specifically, the partnership aims to provide comprehensive legal services and support to the students and community at Boys' Latin. The partnership is mutually beneficial, providing a place for community activism and clinical legal practice for the law students, while also providing the high school with academic support, aspiration building programs, and legal resources.
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.
Maimonides Penn Law
The Penn Law Maimonides student organization seeks to empower Jewish Penn Law students with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of their rich heritage, establishing well-educated leaders on-campus and in their future communities. Maimonides has weekly Lunch and Learns led by dynamic local Rabbis, presentations by knowledgeable communal leaders, a great weekly email and numerous other events.
Mincha Minyan
The mission of this group is to assemble a daily prayer quorum in the Law School (minyan) and to pray the Jewish afternoon prayer service (mincha), in satisfaction of its members’ obligations to pray the afternoon prayers in a quorum, as defined by the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch), and its major commentators (e.g. Nosei Keilim, Mishna Berurah).
Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA)
MLSA bases itself on the philosophy present in the oft-cited verse of the Holy Qur'an: “O humankind, God has created you from male and female and made you into diverse nations and tribes so that you may come to know each other. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous” (49:13). MLSA welcomes the participation of all members of the Penn Law community and encourages the presence of Muslims from diverse schools of thought, levels of faith and backgrounds. The operating precept of MLSA is mutual respect within one's devotion to God. MLSA hopes to foster a welcoming atmosphere for every law student wishing to learn more about Islam and/or gain support from their community.
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.
Pardon Me Project

Penn Advocates for the Homeless
Students provide legal assistance to homeless clients by conducting outreach at local West Philadelphia homeless shelters. Recently Penn Advocates for the Homeless trained 13 new advocates who opened 50 cases in a variety of substantive areas of law including landlord-tenant, disability, family law, government benefits, and workers' compensation. The group works in collaboration with Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice.
Penn Association of Law and Business
Our mission is to create a dynamic network of current students, prospective students, and alumni who are engaged in the integrated study of law and business.
Penn Fashion Law Club

Penn Financial Literacy Group

Penn Health Law Group

Penn Housing Rights Project
Through daily observations of landlord/tenant proceedings, students collect data on the extent to which the court complies with procedural and substantive rules and the particular challenges facing under-represented clients.
Penn Intellectual Property Group (PIPG)
The Penn Intellectual Property Group focuses on enhancing intellectual property interest and activities within Penn Law, Penn, and the Philadelphia community. Among its activities, PIPG has hosted nationally prominent lawyers, business people, and professors in panels on topics such as IP Careers, Biotechnology, and Arts and Entertainment.
Penn Law Association for Law in 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.
Penn Law Basketball League
The purpose of the league is to foster fun, physical fitness, competition and fair play among the men and women of the Penn Law community. The league is held on Fridays during the spring semester and allows the Penn Law community to play and cheer for each other. Approximately 10 teams participate annually. The Penn Law Basketball League consists of a seven-week season and one week of playoffs. The champion of the league is presented with a trophy at the conclusion of the playoffs.
Penn Law Bioethics Society
This group is dedicated to the development of students, faculty, and alumni of Penn Law. Members are committed to education, public discourse, and critical analysis of matters surrounding the field of bioethics. Past topics included definitions of death, hospital issues, and assisted suicide
Penn Law Board Gaming Students
We provide Law students a variety of creative and consumerist outlets in which to apply the systemic analysis that Penn Law provides through collective games of diplomacy and strategy and to expose students to thought-provoking escapist media, such as sci-fi television and pulp media.
Penn Law Bowling League
The Penn Law Bowling League is a student organization that serves as a forum for Penn Law students to meet fellow students, socialize in a non-academic setting once a week, and enjoy the popular pastime/sport of bowling. While there is a quasi-competitive element to the Penn Law Bowling League, the primary emphasis is on its social aspects.
Penn Law Boxing Club
Penn Law Boxing Club offers the Penn Law community physical fitness and self-defense training for students, faculty, and staff, in addition to the possibility of sparring and other competitive events.
Penn Law Feminists

Penn Law Fiber Arts Club (PLFA)
PLFA fosters collegiality and relaxation along with the enjoyment of fiber arts. The organization works to improve the mental health of law student by providing a community that meets to share conversation and enjoy an activity that is at times meditative. Fiber arts provide a creative outlet, which is seriously lacking while studying civ pro, con law, and torts. While teaching and learning fiber arts from each other, we also share tips on how to stay sane through 1L and beyond, and help each other succeed. We promote social interaction among 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs and provide informal mentorship through the chat fostered by an activity we all enjoy. We also promote community awareness and involvement through charity knitting and crocheting.
Penn Law Firearms Association
To fill a void in the current academic conversation at Penn Law regarding the 2nd Amendment and firearms issues in the United States. Gun control is an extremely sensitive topic and central to political discussion in modern American society. There is a dearth of conversation at Penn Law regarding this critical constitutional issue. The Penn Law Firearms Association is an apolitical organization established to foster constructive conversation regarding firearm laws in America. We will look to bring speakers to the campus to ignite and continue a conversation regarding firearms in society. We will also work to increasw awareness of firearm safety and promote knowledge over ideology when it comes to firearms.
Penn Law Flag Football
Penn Law has its own flag football league where teams comprised of Penn Law students compete to be champion each fall.
Penn Law Golf Club
The Penn Law Golf Club aspires to make golf more accessible to the Penn Law community. The Golf Club conducts outings to area courses, a spring tournament, and offers lessons with the aim of building confidence in members' abilities.
Penn Law Ice Hockey Club

Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project
The Immigrant Rights Project is a student-run clinic that provides direct legal services to indigent immigrants in the greater Philadelphia area. Penn Law students assist individuals from all over the world in applications for asylum and for benefits under the Violence Against Women Act. Additionally, students are engaged in research relating to immigration appeals and unlawful detention at Guantanamo Bay with pro bono attorneys at Reed Smith. Supervision: Nationalities Service Center, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and Reed Smith. Legal Supervision: HIAS Migration and Council
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 National Security Society
The Penn Law National Security Society is a student led-organization which aims to improve the discussion surrounding national security and the law on campus and to provide members of the organization with a clear link to legal specialists in those fields. The group holds a speaker series that includes law professors, political science professors, and professional experts in the field of law and national security. We also hold a career development series including panels of practicing attorneys in the fields of national security, database exploration of professional opportunities, and discussions with other law students who have held – or will hold – jobs in the area.
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 Real Estate Club
The Penn Law Real Estate Club aims to further the education of law students interested in real estate by organizing meetings, panel discussions and informal activities with students, academics and businessmen
Penn Law Running Club (With All Deliberate Speed)
To encourage running, and to provide support for runners at the law school.
Penn Law Sailing Club

Penn Law Soccer Club
The Penn Law Soccer Club provides the Penn Law community with a group comprised of soccer enthusiasts and players who gather throughout the school year for friendly matches.
Penn Law Softball
The Penn Law Softball Club aims to provide the Penn Law community with recreational softball activities and exhibition games, and organize the law school's continuing participation in the University's intramural league.
Penn Law Squash Club
The Penn Law Squash Club welcomes anyone interested in playing or learning how to play squash. Club members organize lessons, matches and annual tournaments.
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 Tennis Club
The Penn Law Tennis Club aims to provide recreational and social activities for students. The club sponsors semester tournaments and healthy physical activity.
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.
Penn Law Women's Association (PLWA)
The Penn Law Women's Association is a non-political organization supporting women academically, developing women professionally and fostering a social community. To achieve these goals, the PLWA holds networking events and career panels, provides a mentorship program pairing 1Ls with upperclasswomen, and sponsors social and community events. The programming culminates in the Annual Dinner, which brings faculty, alumni and students together to listen to a keynote speaker and share their personal experiences.
Penn Technology, Intellectual Property & Privacy Report
PennTIPP is a student-run, semi-independent print and digital publication devoted to cutting-edge legal developments in the fields of Technology, Intellectual Property, and Privacy. Oriented toward practitioners and academics alike, PennTipp follows a two-tiered publication format that provides its readers with the best of both worlds. For the practitioner (or inveterate IP junkie), PennTipp releases TippSheets (seven to ten headline-captioned, paragraph-summarized blurbs linking to more detailed coverage of breaking news, critical updates, and entertaining anecdotes from the tech/IP/privacy world) followed by Case Update Compendiums (longer, more detailed analysis of select TippSheet entries) on an alternating, bimonthly basis For the academic, PennTipp publishes a traditional, journal-style semester-end issue, complete with additional case summaries, legislative and administrative updates, student notes and comments, and faculty articles.
Prisoners' Education and Advocacy Project (PEAP)
This student-run organization promotes efficient self-advocacy among incarcerated persons while fostering a better understanding of prisoners' legal issues among law students. PEAP members teach legal lessons in the Philadelphia Prison System, help former inmates apply for pardons, and volunteer at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. PEAP also hosts a number of speakers throughout the school year who provide insight to students on incarceration matters.
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.
RegBlog is a student group dedicated to offering objective regulatory news and analysis through researching, writing about, and discussing government agencies and regulations. RegBlog provides students with the opportunity to write and edit articles for a public forum on areas of regulation, public policy, or administrative law that interest them. It also gives students the opportunity to manage a news publication, improve their writing and editing directly with a professor, and take advantage of Penn’s cross-disciplinary strengths.
Servicemembers and Veterans Legal Assistance Project
The Servicemembers and Veterans Legal Assistance Project (SVLAP) is a pro bono organization dedicated to providing legal services, resources, and assistance to Philadelphia-area veterans, active-duty servicemembers, and their families. SVLAP volunteers assist the Philadelphia Veterans Court program and the Military Assistance Project in client intake and management, and work directly with veteran-clients to connect them with civil legal resources. Through a partnership with the Veterans Legal Foundation, SVLAP is compiling a research report on potential sentencing mitigation legislation in Pennsylvania that asks a judge to consider a veteran's combat service in criminal sentencing proceedings. SVLAP is also seeking to organize workshops with Philadelphia practitioners to assist veterans and active military in creating important legal documents, including wills and power of attorney.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
SALSA is an organization that serves the South Asian law student community at Penn in a variety of ways: we participate in the various South Asian cultural activities on Penn's campus, sponsor an array of lunches, dinners, and happy hours so as to build South Asian solidarity at the law school, and network with local South Asian professional associations. We also work with South Asian graduate student groups both at Penn and beyond, including those law students affiliated with the North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA).
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.
Street Law
Through Street Law, advocates teach a law related curriculum on social justice to middle and high school students throughout Philadelphia.
Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation (SAGE)
The SAGE Project serves survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based exploitation. The project engages these issues in a variety of legal frameworks, including family law, criminal law, civil law, and legal education. SAGE aims to provide legal training and hands-on experience to students interested in direct service work with survivors of trauma, and strives to prepare students for the social and psychological needs of a client that arise while engaging the client’s legal case.
United Law Students of Color Council (ULSCC)
ULSCC is a group focused on uniting the various affinity groups at Penn Law.
University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review
The East Asia Law Review is committed to addressing legal developments in East Asia by providing a leading forum for serious scholarly articles about the region, from a law or broader policy perspective. We also host a variety of events at the law school throughout the year and provide our members with numerous opportunities for building contacts and networking with the region. Interested students are welcome to apply.
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law is an expansion of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business and Employment Law, which has published cutting-edge business and employment scholarship for more than a decade. Founded in 1997, the Journal publishes articles and comments on a broad range of business law topics including corporate governance, securities regulation, capital market regulation, employment law and the law of mergers and acquisitions.
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (JCL)
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law provides a forum for the academic advancement and interdisciplinary study of constitutional law. To that end, JCL cultivates innovative scholarship, promotes critical perspectives, and reinvents the traditional study of constitutional law. As part of its mission, JCL is committed to publishing five issues each year via both print and electronic mediums. JCL is one of only ten non-law review publications ranked in the top 60 for the most citations and impact. JCL also sponsors an annual symposium that deals with a topic at the cutting edge of constitutional law.
University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (JIL)
First printed in 1978 as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Comparative Corporate Law and Securities Regulation,the Journal of International Law is the oldest topically focused Journal at Penn Law and widely recognized as one of the top international law Journals in the world. Our history allows us the privilege of publishing the scholarship of premier academics, government officials, and practitioners in the field. JIL has collaborated with the Institute for Law and Economics, the American Society of International Law, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Furthermore, we are honored to maintain an extensive alumni network spanning our 32 years of existence. The Journal, formerly the Journal of International Economic Law, has broadened its focus to explore all issues at the forefront of general international law, but retains its strength as a leading journal of international business and economic law.
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change
We are a progressive, student-run journal and seminar that espouses an interdisciplinary scholarly approach to challenge social injustice. JLASC is unique among Penn Law Journals both in our mission and process. All journal members participate in journal decision-making by collectively reviewing, selecting and editing each piece of scholarship. Our broad mission attracts articles from a diverse range of legal scholars, practitioners and activists around the country. We embrace theory and practice, featuring interdisciplinary scholarship that has practical implications beyond the legal community. Each 3L member is responsible for leading one ten to fifteen-minute seminar session during the year, on a topic of his or her choosing, and all members are expected to actively participate in discussion of course materials.
University of Pennsylvania Law Review
Founded in 1852 as the American Law Register, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review is the nation’s oldest law review. The Law Review has both a professional and an educational mission. It serves the legal profession, the bench, the bar, and the academy by providing a forum for the publication of original legal research of the highest quality. We accept and scrutinize approximately 2,000 written submissions annually to select approximately twelve articles in each volume. We also ensure uniformity in the citation of authority in legal scholarship and court documents by cooperating with our peer organizations at Columbia, Harvard, and Yale in the maintenance of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
Urban Ventures Project
The Urban Ventures Project builds partnerships with Philadelphia-area public schools, charter schools, and after-school programs to identify students interested in the entire venture creation process, from idea generation to the building of a sustainable business, with specific emphasis on the legal and social considerations involved in entrepreneurship. Penn Law volunteers lead small-group teaching sessions through our specially-designed curriculum, using a hands-on approach.
Women’s Re-entry Legal Services (WRLS)
For the majority of women convicted of a criminal offense in Philadelphia, criminal justice issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Housing, employment, custody and benefits are just a few of the areas in which formerly incarcerated women desperately need legal support tailored to their specialized needs. The Women’s Re-entry Legal Services is a student pro bono project that aims to address these issues by providing holistic legal support and education to formerly incarcerated women. Our project’s work is at the intersection of criminal and civil law and includes research, curriculum development and case management.
Our group is designed to add a little southern charm to the Penn Law campus and share the joys of country music, fried food and front porches with our Northern brethren. Non-Southern law students, bless their hearts!, are invited to join Y’allSA as carpetbaggers.