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Student Organizations

  • 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 Project

    The Animal Law Project (ALP) focuses on the protection and promotion of animal interests through the legal system. Additionally, ALP hopes to engage the law school community in an open dialogue regarding animal welfare and rights issues. Project volunteers provide pro bono assistance to organizations including the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Animal Law section of the Pennsylvania Bar.

  • 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 

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  • Christian Legal Society (CLS)

    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.

  • Civ Throw

    Ultimate Frisbee student group.

  • Civil Rights Law Project (CRLP)

    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 Record Expungement Project (CREP)

    C-REP provides services to individuals seeking to expunge non-conviction records in Philadelphia County. Volunteer attorneys and law students host community clinics and provide legal counsel through all stages of the expungement process, including representing clients before the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. C-REP also educates the public and the legal community on the expungement process and advocates for criminal record policy reform.

  • 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)

    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 (ESLS)

    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.

  • Financial Literacy Project (FLP)

    The Penn Law Financial Literacy Project aims to provide personal finance and tax assistance to those in need throughout Philadelphia, focusing on traditionally underserved, urban, and immigrant communities.  The group works to serve as a facilitator between the community and larger government-funded programs that provide financial advice, assistance, and support.

  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)

    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 (GFSC)

    The Guild Food Stamp Clinic provides legal counseling and representation to clients in food stamp cases. Students engage in over-the-phone advocacy with the county assistance office and in administrative hearings, when necessary. The project works in collaboration with 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. 

  • 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.

  • James Wilson Project (JWP)

    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 (JLSA)

    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.

  • Lambda Law

    Penn Law’s LGBT student organization for LGBT-identified students and their allies.

  • Latinx Law Students Association (LALSA)

    LALSA aims to enhance the student experience at Penn Law. We are committed to the academic, social, and professional development of our members and aim to increase outreach, diversity, and Latinx 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.

  • Legal Education Partnership (LEP)

    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.

  • 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.

  • Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)

    The Penn Law Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to creating a supportive environment for Native American students.  NALSA is inclusive of all and is committed to educating the Penn Law student body about Indian law, indigenous rights, tribal sovereignty, and peaceful resolution/alternative sentencing options. 

  • New England Law Students Association

    The New England Law Student Association is to support and nurture a love of all things New England.  NELSA organizes primarily around New England Sports and wants to create an inclusive appreciation of New England by allowing people to join together throughout the year and remember their (frigid) northern roots!  Those who simply wish they were from New England are welcome as well.  No Yankees attire allowed!

  • One for the World, Penn Law Chapter
  • Pardon Project

    The Penn Law Pardon Project is dedicated to empowering formerly convicted persons to become change agents in their lives by providing legal aid and education on the Pardon process in Pennsylvania. Despite having already paid for their crimes in jail time, court costs, and bail fees, formerly convicted persons continue to face discrimination in pursuing employment, furthering their education, accessing public housing, and exercising their right to vote. The only way to remove a felony or non-summary misdemeanor conviction from a record in Philadelphia is by receiving a pardon from the Governor. The pardon process is long and requires an extensive application process including several essays describing the conviction, the circumstances surrounding it, and why the applicant is requesting a pardon. In partnership with X-Offenders for Community Empowerment, the Pardon Me project provides free direct legal services to individuals seeking to apply for a pardon.

    Volunteer law students assist individual applicants on his/her pardon application, acting as a guide throughout the entire process. Students conduct intake sessions at local area pardon clinics run by X-Offenders for Community Empowerment, and work individually with select applicants on the rest of the pardon application. In addition to providing direct legal services, the Pardon Me project also educates the public and the legal community on the pardon process and advocates for criminal record policy reform.

  • Partners at Law School (PALS)

    PALS strives to provide opportunities for all significant others (Partners) of Penn Law students to participate in the life and culture of Penn Law School. The group hosts several social events throughout the year, provides a platform for Partners to engage with the Law School, and serves as a strong social network.

  • Partners in Climb

    The mission of Partners in Climb is to foster personal fitness, social relationships, and wellness through the sport of climbing.  Partners in Climb supports and organizes indoor and outdoor bouldering and sport climbing sessions, competitions, and excursions.

  • 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 Society
  • Penn Health Law Group
  • Penn Housing Rights Project (PHRP)

    The Penn Housing Rights Project pairs law students with attorneys at several Philadelphia firms to represent tenants who are involved in disputes with their landlords, often over wrongful evictions. First year members help attorneys prepare to represent tenants in the Philadelphia Municipal Court by conducting research and meeting with clients. Members usually attend hearings and often take part in settlement negotiations with landlords. Participants become certified to appear before the court in the spring of their 2L year and begin taking the lead role in representing their 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 Advocates for the Homeless (PLAH)

    Penn Advocates for the Homeless provide legal support to attendees of the weekly University City Hospitality Coalition Wednesday night soup kitchen. The volunteers help connect clients with important public assistance and resolve a range of legal issues. The project works in collaboration with the Philadelphia Homeless Advocacy Project.

  • 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 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 Chapter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center

    The mission of the Penn Law Chapter of the Louis D. Brandeis Center is to combat religious, ethnic, and other types of discrimination, and to raise awareness of these issues on campus and within the wider community. We plan to accomplish our mission through a combination of speakers, campus events, and pro bono work. We work closely with the Louis D. Brandeis Center, a Washington D.C. based independent, unaffiliated, nonprofit corporation established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all.

  • Penn Law Entrepreneurs

    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.

  • Penn Law Feminists
  • Penn Law Film Society

    The mission of the Penn Law Film Society is to allow students of the community  to pursue their passion for film in both a  social and academic capacity through 1) watching films together, b) participating in a lively and intellectual stimulating discussion thereafter, and c) engaging in the greater Penn Law community.  The Penn Law Film Society will explore various genres of the medium including, but not limited to, films that are about law and the legal profession, foreign films and critically-acclaimed films

  • 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 for Israel

    What does it mean to be “for” Israel?  Our group hopes to show that there is no single answer to that question because there are so many reasons to be “for” Israel.  Whether you are a religious Jew, Christian, or Muslim who feels a connection to many of the holiest sites in the world, an advocate for the only democracy in the Middle East, a proponent for the only safe place for LGBTQ people to live in the Middle East, an interested student in the rapid development of Israel’s business and tech sector or a supporter of the unmatched security cooperation and alliance between the U.S. and Israel, it is our goal to create a community here at Penn Law for you to join.  Through the establishment of this group, it is our hope to sponsor and organize activities and speakers to join us here at Penn Law in order to build and promote awareness within our community

  • Penn Law for Philly

    Penn Law for Philly seeks to build a community of Pen Law students dedicated to living and working in Philadelphia after graduation.  By fostering connections between current students and local alumni, in addition to providing opportunities for engagement with the local legal and pro bono sectors, we hope to increase the number of Penn Law students who commit to a career in Philadelphia.

  • Penn Law Ice Hockey Club
  • Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP)

    The Immigrant Rights Project provides legal assistance to immigrant detainees seeking relief from deportation as victims of persecution or domestic violence in collaboration with the Philadelphia immigration legal community.

  • Penn Law International Arbitration Association
  • Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA)

    IHRA conducts research, undertakes advocacy campaigns, and educates colleagues about contemporary issues of international human rights. Projects typically focus on legal research and writing and out-of-court advocacy.

  • 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 Palestine Solidarity

    The mission of Penn Law Palestine Solidarity is to promote peace, justice, human rights, and liberation for the Palestinian people.  The student group seeks to address the lack of campus-wide debate and misperceptions concerning both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Palestinian struggle more broadly, by opening up dialogue, raising awareness with the Penn Law community, and providing a space where the voices of Palestinians and their advocates can be heard.  We are opposed to all forms of racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

  • 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 Ski Club

    The Penn Law Ski Club offers students an opportunity to meet other Penn Law ski and snowboard enthusiasts, socialize outside the classroom, and enjoy excursions to mountains throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Our goal in our inaugural season is to organize 2 day trips to mountains in PA, NJ or NY, and an overnight weekend trip to NH, VT, or ME.  Come hit the slopes with us!

  • 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 Student Gun Forum (SGF)

    The Penn Law Student Gun Forum serves to provide a forum for interested parties in the discussion on one of the most politically and morally enigmatic issues in the United States today. We take no stances on any issues except our belief that discussion of any kind will always engender more good than harm. We serve to provide a forum for direct discussion on the issues pertinent to gun use and gun laws in the United States and will never serve as a proxy for any other issues. We strive to engender discussion on gun use and gun laws within an academic and legal setting. We hope for discussion that covers both normative and descriptive reaches of debate. The formation of this group is both timely and timeless. It is relevant today as a topic of national discussion, and it is relevant at all times as a topic of national policy.

  • Penn Law Students for Reproductive Justice (Penn LSRJ)

    Penn Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) assists various state and international organizations as well as clinics in the Philadelphia area with legal research, lobbying, and client representation. The project advocates for all people who seek access to reproductive healthcare and/or choice in their own reproductive lives. The project works in collaboration with the Women’s Law Project, Planned Parenthood, and the Philadelphia Women’s center.

  • 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 Law Writers Group

    The Penn Law Writers Group aims to foster a community of creative and scholarly writing at the law school.  We will hold regular small group writing workshops for students to present their own work and constructively critique he work of others.  We will also invite authors outside the law school to speak on the writing process and integrating a non-legal writing aspect of life into the life of lawyers.

  • Prisoners’ Education and Advocacy Project (PEAP)

    The Prisoners’ Education and Advocacy Project (PEAP) promotes efficient self-advocacy among prisoners while fostering a better understanding of prisoners’ issues among law students. PEAP participants teach several weekly classes in the Philadelphia prison system and volunteer with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

  • School Discipline Advocacy Service
  • 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

    The Street Law Project takes a fun and creative approach to providing legal education within the Philadelphia public schools. Volunteers design and teach a curriculum to middle school students addressing constitutional issues and social justice, thereby empowering students to exercise their rights and inspiring them to think critically about the law.

  • Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation (SAGE)

    SAGE serves survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence. Students provide legal resources to individuals seeking emergency protective orders at two filing sites in Philadelphia. They give information regarding preparation of pro se petitions for permanent protective orders against abusive partners. Students also participate in legal trainings, including training on civil protection orders and domestic violence law, interviewing workshops for working with trauma survivors, and crisis intervention trainings for suicidal clients. Partner organizations are Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Women’s Law Project, and Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence.

  • Students for Technological Progress
  • Students Interested in Law & Public Affairs

    SILPA is the parallel student organization to the Independent Seminar: Journal of Law & Public Affairs, an independent student journal seeking formal recognition by Penn Law.  SILPA is a non partisan student-run organization whose primary purpose is to encourage dialogue on key issues relating to the law and public policy.

  • The Coffee Constitution

    We the People of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, are united as one.  It is in this vision that we establish The Coffee Club.


    For too long people of the United States have drank their coffee on the go.  For too long coffee drinkers have not appreciated the subtle different hints in each coffee.  The chocolate.  The fruit.  The hazelnut.  Now, from this day forward, people will enjoy their coffee in the company of others.  People will taste and learn about the subtleties of flavour.


    We are on University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Not three separate states.  The faculty, the JDs, and the LLMs will now have a place to talk, laugh, and maybe even love.


    The Coffee Club is about friendships made, in school, over coffee.

  • The Regulatory Review

    The Regulatory Review is a student-run publication dedicated to publishing regulatory commentary and analysis across a breadth of major areas of law and policy. The Regulatory Review provides students with the opportunity to write and edit articles for the world’s leading non-partisan online publication focused on regulation and administrative law. It also gives students the opportunity to improve their professional skills, take advantage of Penn’s cross-disciplinary strengths, and work under the guidance of Professor Cary Coglianese.

  • 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 (EALR)

    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 (JBL)

    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 (JLASC)

    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 (UVP)

    The Urban Ventures Project partners with area schools and enhances the academic experience of urban youths by helping them to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into action. The UVP gives students a solid foundation for entrepreneurship by guiding them from the business planning stage to the implementation stage.

  • Veterans Law Project (VLP)

    Provides targeted and useful resources to Philadelphia Veterans in need of civil legal assistance and supports attorneys in Philadelphia who have made it a priority to serve Veterans in their community.

  • West Coast Law Students Association

    The West Coast Law Students Association (WCLSA) is a hub for west coast-bound students and west coast hopefuls. We host job-related events to address the unique issues facing Penn students applying to positions on the west coast, as well as social events to foster a sense of community within the law school.

  • Women in Entrepreneurship Law Society (WELS)

    The Women in Entrepreneurship Law Society’s mission is to inspire creative thought and empower women with the skills they need to engage in women’s leadership and entrepreneurial ventures in interdisciplinary pursuits.

    Our organization is open to everyone who seeks to promote gender equality in the quest for innovation. WELS endeavors to broaden the horizons of Penn Law students to the vast possibilities that can be achieved with a law degree.

    WELS will coordinate educational events, panels, networking opportunities and symposia in an effort to inform and empower members, as well as connect Penn Law students with members of the community.”

  • 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.

  • Youth Advocacy Project

    The Penn Youth Advocacy Project aims to assist in the nationwide effort to reshape our responses to juvenile delinquency. Law students, in partnership with social work students, work directly with children who are facing charges in adult criminal court by collecting background information that can be used to have the child’s case sent back to juvenile court where it belongs. Once the trial is complete, YAP volunteers continue to work with the children and their families as they prepare for reentry into society. Students also contribute research efforts to help shape policy, and work to educate the Penn Law and Philadelphia communities about the injustices children in the justice system face.

    Co-Founders/Co-Directors: Elizabeth Levitan & Martha Hanna

  • Y’allsa

    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.