If public contact information for a student group is not listed below, please email Student Affairs.
Recognition of Student Groups
Students wishing to form new student activity organizations will be “recognized” by the Administration following review of a mission statement and a petition signed by at least a dozen members of the current student body.
Interested students should present a petition, noting the purpose, goals, and activities planned by your group and including the signatures of the 12 interested students, to the Dean of Students.
“Recognition” permits students to place a mailfolder among the student activities folders, and to request funding from C.S.R. and the Dean’s Speakers Fund. And any funding by C.S.R., is governed by C.S.R.’s rules.
Founded in 2001, ACS is a national organization of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policy makers, and activists. The organization is driven by the goal of ensuring that important principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice retain a central place in American law. We believe that those who create, interpret, and enforce our laws must have a greater concern for the way in which it affects the personal lives of those it governs. Members of ACS recognize the direct relationship between legal theory and the broader debate about the kind of society in which we live. We hope to revitalize and transform the legal debates in classrooms, federal courtrooms, and the media into one that encompasses the broad range of interests at stake in our nation. We view law as an integral mechanism for governing the relationship between and among the individuals and institutions that form our society. The American Constitution Society is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. ACS does not lobby, litigate, or take positions on specific issues, cases, legislation, or nominations. We do, however, encourage our members to express their unique viewpoints. Please feel free to get in touch through email or attend an event to get involved!
Beyond A Reasonable Stout connects Penn Law students with Philadelphia’s vibrant craft beer culture. Through brewery tours, tastings, talks, and events, BARS builds community within Penn Law and educates law students about the diverse range of beer styles and brewing processes. BARS also explores craft beer’s connections to community outreach, environmental sustainability, agriculture, and local economies. Ultimately, BARS promotes a heightened awareness of craft brewing as a creative force for economic development and social connection.
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Penn Law’s CLS Chapter is a non-denominational organization affiliated with the national CLS grassroots network of lawyers, 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, and discipleship and a forum for discussion of problems and opportunities related to Christianity and the law. CLS holds weekly meetings over lunch, Bible studies, social events, and an annual weekend retreat.
We welcome you to learn more about CLS by contacting us at email@example.com.
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.
The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Entertainment and Sports Law Society (ESLS) is dedicated to exploring the legal, business, and ethical issues that arise in the sports and entertainment industries. Through guest speakers, panels and an annual Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium, ESLS facilitates an ongoing dialogue among the Penn Law community on issues such as labor and collective bargaining, contract law and negotiations, intellectual property, and social justice. In addition to its academic mission, ESLS is committed to providing opportunities for members to network with professionals and other students working in and/or passionate about sports and entertainment law. We also provide students with essential guidance on obtaining internships and jobs in the field.
For more information and/or to get involved, please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Penn-Law-Entertainment-and-Sports-Law-Society-100813568327473/) and/or contact us at PennLawESLS@gmail.com.
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, under-represented clients or otherwise engaging in meaningful public interest work by providing financial support to students who take public interest jobs during the summer and upon graduation. We do this through several fundraising activities, which include the annual EJF Auction, which is one of the biggest events at the law school every year. Students interested in getting involved should email Bridget Lavender at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Penn Federalist Society is an organization of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students interested in the current state of the legal order. We are founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. As a student group, we host weekly speaking events featuring esteemed judges, law professors, and prominent legal advocates. We welcome all students and are committed to encouraging dialogue and fostering policy understanding at Penn. We look forward to meeting you!
Penn If/When/How engages in pro bono projects, community building, activism, advocacy and education aimed at ensuring access to reproductive healthcare for all individuals. We provide direct legal service to clients in the form of judicial bypass counseling and clinic escorting. We also provide legal research and advocacy support to organizations and community partners throughout the country who are fighting to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. Our work is greatly informed and influenced by the work of advocates of color in the reproductive justice movement, who advocate for “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.
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The Jessup International Moot Court is the largest moot court competition in the world. Our members are interested in public and private international law, current affairs, and legal writing and oral advocacy. Penn Law’s team has had success at the regional and international levels in past years. Our team is a diverse and welcoming cohort that is proud to belong to a global community of international law scholars and practitioners. Please contact email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
We are dedicated to promoting an environment of healthy debate and dialogue on campus by hosting discussions and forums on salient and often controversial topics. We ensure a respectful and “collegial” setting in order to foster a model of positive and productive discourse. We firmly believe that truly reasonable minds often can differ. And the antidote to bad speech is more and thoughtful speech.
Past events include a discussion of the pros and cons of affirmative action and a student-panel on the merits of various testing accommodations. Future events may include topics such as the 2020 election, gun control, teacher tenure, drug legalization, and more.
The Light Opera Company has brought music and entertainment to the Penn community for over thirty years! Every spring, we perform a comedy musical that brings the arts (and laughs!) to our campus. Light Opera provides an opportunity for students to showcase their musical and dramatic talents, and it serves as a welcome relief from the rigor of academic pursuits.
Law Students for a Democratic Society (LSDS) is a group of students at Penn Law that advances a program of critical inquiry and political dissent in response to the entrenchment of racism, economic exploitation, and other anti-democratic elements of the American legal system. We cultivate politically conscious lawyering through a legal and intellectual framework that supplants obsession with economic efficiency with nuanced analysis of power, justice, and opportunity. We are Penn’s affiliate of the Law and Political Economy Project.
A coalition of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers, the National Lawyers Guild looks at the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. The Guild is a space for students who value human rights over property interests and who are dedicated to progressive change in the structure of our political, social, and economic system. As part of this larger network, the Penn Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild strives to amplify and sustain student-led initiatives committed to prison industrial complex abolition, intersectionality, anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and collective care. We understand that lawyers do not create social change, but that social movements create social change, and we must assess how we can best support the work of existing movements as students, legal workers, and community members. We recognize that as students we collectively have a particular power and responsibility to leverage our privilege and position to combat the university’s complicity in upholding systems of white supremacy. Within the law school, we aim to build awareness, initiative, and capacity among students to draw connections between the law school’s institutional function and its impact on the residents of West Philadelphia and the city more broadly.
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One for the World is a movement focused on changing views around charitable giving to end extreme poverty around the world. With more than 1.5 million non-profits in the US alone, it can be difficult to identify which organizations create the most impact for those in need. One for the World, with the help of GiveWell, recommends highly-effective charities that combat the causes and symptoms of extreme poverty to help reduce needless suffering and eradicate problems like malaria and child malnutrition around the globe. Specifically, at Penn Law, this group’s mission is to motivate people to consider donating 1% or more of their post-graduate income to the world’s most cost-effective charities (a portfolio that is updated every year). As law students, our quality of life is probably no different with only 99% of our salaries. But with that 1%, we can change the lives of those in extreme poverty. See more at https://www.1fortheworld.org/.
The Penn Business Law Association seeks to expose Penn Law students to different areas of corporate law, including M&A, capital markets, private equity, and more. PBLA hosts panels and networking events for students and professionals who are interested in working in various corporate practice areas. PBLA also organizes social events and a mentorship program to bring students with similar interests together!
The Penn Intellectual Property Group is the student hub for intellectual property on campus. Our members’ interests span the full range of IP, with a focus on patents, copyrights, and trademarks. We also invite those holding an interest in contemporary legal issues such as data privacy, internet, and space law. The group hosts numerous events and panels throughout the year, bringing in speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including attorneys from top law firms, in-house counsel from large technology and life sciences companies, and government officials. In past years, these speakers have included a sitting judge federal judge from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy at the Walt Disney Company, the Founder of Intellectual Ventures, and many other distinguished professors and practicing attorneys from various leading law firms and Fortune 500 companies. PIPG also produces and publishes original content on our blog, Useful Arts and Sciences, where our members analyze breaking IP news and summarize the latest IP precedent. PIPG’s year culminates with an annual symposium on exciting new topics in IP law, bringing together lawyers and entrepreneurs from around the country to discuss the legal issues surrounding emerging technology and other industries. Topics have included fashion, open source technology, the gene-editing technology CRISPR, design patents, and media streaming.
Students looking to get involved in the group can contact us at email@example.com to be added to our list serve. Additionally, we take applications for 1L representatives in the Fall and for other board positions in the Spring semester.
The Penn Law Acappellants are Penn Law’s only a cappella group! We hold one concert per year and rehearse weekly. In light of school going virtual, rehearsals will be virtual this year. The Spring Concert’s format is yet to be decided on. If you like to sing and want a creative outlet at law school, come audition!
You can find a number of photos and videos on the group’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/PLAcappellants/.
The mission of the Aerial Arts Club is to bring together students across the Penn Law community in a safe setting in which they may enjoy the fellowship and support of their peers and future colleagues while challenging themselves in physical activities designed to mimic the exciting athletic feats involved in circus performance. The Aerial Arts Club will not establish any minimum physical requirements (other than a general state of good health) to participate in club activities. Aerial Arts Club members will travel to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts to practice trampoline, trapeze, silks, and other acrobatic feats.
Photos of our previous trips to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts can be found on our Instagram: https://instagram.com/pennlaw_aerialarts?igshid=frba3vbvegyr
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Penn Law and the Arts explores the intersection of the legal and arts communities. We’re a group of dancers, painters, musicians, actors, and audience members who appreciate the power of art to open channels of creativity, promote understanding, and breathe life into our legal careers. We host activities throughout the year with help from Philadelphia ballet companies, local museums, art law practitioners, and acclaimed academics. Past events have included a lecture on the art program at the Guantanamo Bay Prison, an art law careers panel, a theater outing, and tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation with presentations conducted by the respective counsel for those institutions. Our season culminates with a spring art show, showcasing work from our fellow Penn Law classmates. Join us today and add depth and color to your law school experience!
Founded in 2021, the Penn Law Antitrust Association (PLAA) is dedicated to further the knowledge of its members and engages with Penn’s community interested in antitrust matters from various jurisdictions. PLAA aims to provide a forum for students to research, analyze and discuss antitrust-related matters through guest speakers, panels and academic activities. For that, we intend to explore topics from merger control, cartel and unilateral conducts investigations, interface between antitrust and other regulated areas, as well as recent hot topics, such as those related to digital markets. In addition to the group discussions, PLAA provides an excellent opportunity for members to network with professionals, scholars and other students involved in the antitrust field, both at national and international level. Join us today!
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James Wilson founded Penn Law in 1790 to give the members of his bowling league something to do during the daytime, and the Penn Law Bowling League (PLBL) has abided as the backbone and spiritual tentpole of the institution ever since. Through untold generations, social upheavals and awakenings, births, deaths, droughts, blizzards, boom-times, recessions, war, peace, and the slow passage of time that weaves these threads into the textiles we call our lives, and our lives in turn into the tapestry of history, there has remained one constant: on Wednesday evenings, Penn Law students gather together to unwind, enjoy each other’s company, and bowl poorly.
The League comprises sixteen teams (because that is how many lanes there are at our bowling alley), with four law students per team. PLBL uses the handicap system to ensure that all regular season games are theoretically competitive. At the end of each semester, the two teams who have won the most games compete in a non-handicapped, best-of-three final match to be honored as the season champion and recipient of the Jesus Quintana Cup. Despite the nominally competitive nature of the League’s activities, all who enjoy good times are encouraged to apply regardless of bowling skill.
Teams from the previous year automatically retain their membership in the League, and new teams are selected by lottery at the beginning of the fall semester. Membership in the League is a weekly commitment, and individuals who plan to ever miss bowling as a matter of personal preference (rather than due to illness or one-time conflict) should refrain from applying so that their spots may go to those who intend to immerse themselves fully in the PLBL experience. Occasional absences being inevitable, however, the League invites other law students to serve as substitutes for their ill and conflicted classmates as necessary. Bowling season concludes two weeks before the end of classes each semester.
Are you looking to get fit and feel fierce? Did you move to Philadelphia to become Rocky? Join the Penn Law Boxing Club! Professional boxing coaches and staff train Law and Wharton students throughout the fall and spring semesters. This year, the club has been restructured to accommodate at-home training programs, with the hope that in-person training will resume whenever public health conditions allow. Traditionally, Penn Law fighters train together at a partner gym, with the twin goals of building boxing fundamentals and improving personal conditioning. As the program develops, approved and interested fighters participating in sparring sessions to prepare for boxing matches. Sparring training culminates with Fight Night, a charity boxing event held each March between the Law School and Wharton.
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.
The Penn Law Comedy and Improv Club is a group of aspiring and current comedians who do stand-up and improv comedy and occasionally make people laugh. We’re flexible with what we’re doing, though we like to go to open mics, do improv exercises, and are planning a school-wide comedy show.
Penn Law Feminists promotes intersectional feminism and seeks to create a safe space at Penn Law for discussion, reflection, and growth. We host casual dinner dialogues to discuss political events, run self-defense classes, and aspire to build an inclusive and diverse community of feminists at Penn.
Penn Law Flag Football is the law school’s premier flag football league. Each Friday morning in the fall semester, dozens of Penn Law students gather at Penn Park to partake in fun (and semi-competitive) flag football games. Normally there are eight teams that compete in a regular season, six of which advance to the playoffs. The championship game is usually held at historic Franklin Field, with the winning team taking home a trophy, bragging rights, and the opportunity for a team photo with the Dean.
Penn Law Football Club is Penn’s premier soccer team. We play weekly against other Penn schools and organizations as well as schools from the area such as Temple or Villanova. There are league competitions both in the Fall and Spring semesters and we welcome both men and women, JDs and LLMs to the team. We invite everyone to come blow off some steam and procrastinate in the healthiest way possible. The team looks to balance fun and competitiveness; all skill levels are welcome, we range from casual to former college players. To get involved, look for posts in the Penn law Facebook groups and come by one of our practices.
Penn Law for Philly seeks to build a community of Penn 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.
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The Penn Law International Arbitration Association (IAA) is the only group at PennLaw that was created by an LLM with the idea of increasing LLM participation in PennLaw activities. It is one of the best student groups to meet our LLM classmates while exploring the field of International Arbitration. Now in our 5th year, the IAA generally puts on a single large conference in the Spring semester that acts as a gathering for the most prominent attorneys in International Arbitration. with smaller events though out the year to introduce students to the practitioners and general practice of International Arbitration.
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
The Penn Law Mock Trial Association (PLMTA) gives Penn Law students an opportunity to learn and practice trial advocacy skills in a live setting. PLMTA members compete at tournaments throughout the country, and have competed in New York City, Washington D.C., Texas, and Puerto Rico in recent years. PLMTA also hosts an annual intramural competition, where law students form teams and compete to have their names inscribed on the Englert Cup. Training sessions, held weekly each fall, are run by adjunct professor and professional litigator Robert Englert. These skills are taught and subsequently refined through competition, including delivering opening and closing statements, making objections, and having strong courtroom presence. PLMTA is proud of its strong alumni network, and former PLMTA members come back each year to help judge the intramural competition.
Penn Law Monologues offers Penn Law students a creative, safe space to share their personal experiences through storytelling and performance poetry during its annual showcase each spring.
The Penn Law National Security Society is uniquely positioned at the intersection of law and national security. We host discussions around a diverse selection of practice areas, including international trade (CFIUS work), the interplay of U.S. and international law, humanitarian law, privacy and technology, access to justice and the rule of law in developing countries, and many others. This growing group is committed to leveraging Penn’s location between New York and Washington, D.C. to connect with professionals in the field (both Penn alums and non-alums) for speaker engagements, mentorship opportunities, and career advice. In addition to individual events, the National Security Society hosts an annual conference at Penn Law, showcasing a range of topics in the field.
The Penn Law Public Speaking Society provides a safe and comfortable environment to exercise your public speaking skills and interact with your peers. We practice everything from networking conversations or delivering oral arguments to impromptu presentations on fun and unique topics. In our weekly meetings, students give one another constructive feedback that is helpful to speakers of all levels. The Penn Law Public Speaking Society is a great place for you to practice your speaking and listening skills and make great friends along the way!
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The Penn Law Real Estate Club works in conjunction with Wharton’s Zell & Laurie Real Estate center to provide an opportunity for law students interested in the real estate industry to participate in meetings, panel discussions and informal activities with students, academics and businessmen who share a passion for real estate. Law students in the Penn Law Real Estate club are given the chance to meet with some of the biggest names in the industry and develop a one-on-one rapport with active professionals though the Zell & Laurie mentorship program.
The Penn Law Running Club is a casual group of runners that meets twice a week for group runs. On occasion, we will go out for a post-run coffee or happy hour. All skill levels and speeds welcome!
We are hoping to come back together (safely) in the Spring of 2021!
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Penn Law Softball organizes teams for Penn Law students to participate in UVA’s annual softball tournament in Charlottesville, VA. It’s a weekend of fun, collegiality, and (hopefully) great weather. You can get involved by signing up at the Student Activities Fair held at the beginning of each school year.
Penn Law Students for Justice in Palestine (PLSJP) is Penn Law’s home for education and activism related to Palestine. PLSJP seeks to amplify Palestinian voices, advocate for Palestinian rights, and support the Palestinian cause for liberation, justice, and peace, while combatting anti-Palestinian narratives. At the same time, we aim to strengthen the connection that the Palestinian liberation movement shares with other anti-racist, anti-colonial, and social justice movements. Through social outreach, the showcasing of Palestinian arts and culture, and discussions on legal discourse pertaining to what international human rights groups have termed the illegal occupation of and apartheid in Palestine, we will cultivate awareness around one of the most pressing human rights issues today.
Penn Law Tennis Club is a noncompetitive recreational sport club, aimed at fostering physical health in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Practice is held once a week in the evening at Penn’s outdoor and indoor tennis facility (Hamlin/Hecht Tennis Centers), though on occasion members organize Grand Slam or tournament viewing parties. Penn Law Tennis Club welcomes players of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to former college players.
Penn Law Texas Club is an organization dedicated to building a professional and social network for Texans or those interested in Texas at Penn Law. The organization hosts an annual event where several Texas firms have the chance to meet with our members. Professional advice tailored to the Texas job market are provided throughout the year as well as mentorship. All are welcome!
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Ping pong as a unification activity for law students. This club is going to be a productive and healthy way to relieve stress and be able to foster a happy environment for students. Law students will be able to engage in level-appropriate competition and be able to form stronger connections with their classmates. The goal is to bring the law school’s community closer together through a shared activity that promotes teamwork as well as an overall excitement for the sport. All levels are welcome!
The Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition engages law students around the world to critically examine the intersection of media law and international human rights law. Established by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford in 2008, and named after the University of Pennsylvania’s own Monroe Price (of the Annenberg School for Communication), the Price Moot Court has challenged students on every continent to engage in comparative research of legal standards at the national, regional, and international levels, and to develop arguments in the field of information and technology law. Comprised of six members – 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs – the Penn Law Price Moot Court Team prepares written briefs and oral arguments over the course of fall and spring semesters to compete in regional and international rounds. The Penn Law Price Moot Court Team especially takes pride in offering 1Ls a unique opportunity to engage with appellate oral advocacy and moot court early in their law school career.
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The Penn Law Private Equity & Venture Captial Society seeks to bring PE and VC professionals, both lawyers and non-lawyers, to interact with the law school community. We welcome students who are new to the realm of PE/VC, as well as those with working experience in the sector prior to law school. Our goal is to make helpful programming available to for those who may pursue legal work related to PE/VC, or would just like to be more informed about current events in the fast-paced area of finance and law.
The 2020-2021 PE/VC Board consists of Deirdre DeFranco, Bryan Dinner, Charlie Freidman, and Elizabeth Greene. Emails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STEM club is focused on providing a space for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors and STEM-adjacent majors to adapt to the unique challenges that accompany adjusting to law school and the legal profession. As a community of scientists, our goal is to connect incoming Penn Law students with current students who share similar academic backgrounds to help them successfully navigate 1L, find summer internships, and prepare for a legal career that capitalizes on individual’s technical abilities.
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The Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) cultivates a strong, inclusive social community for public interest students at Penn Law. SPIN defines public interest broadly, including international, non-profit, government, direct services, impact litigation, and movement lawyering work. This group is open to justice-minded students with a wide-range of career aspirations, including those who want to work in public interest immediately after graduation and those who seek to do so later in their careers.
If you are at all interested in joining, please do not hesitate to reach out to either Carolyn Rice (email@example.com) or Oliver Paprin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your questions.
SPIN works closely with TPIC, CP&P, and other student groups to complement pre-existing programming by continuing conversations about public interest lawyering in informal, student-led settings. By connecting the range of talents and interests amongst Penn’s public interest students to existing institutional resources, SPIN seeks to enhance the public interest experience at Penn Law.
The SPIN Mentorship Programoffers to match any student interested in public interest law with a 2L or 3L mentor. Mentors support their SPIN mentees personally and professionally throughout their time in law school.
The SPIN Practice Group Program offers smaller communities dedicated to a particular practice area – such as government service, civil rights, criminal defense, and others – where members can meet other students who share their interests.
The SPIN Advocacy Section asks for transparency, accountability, and effort from the University of Pennsylvania in meeting the changing needs of public interest law students and new lawyers. In addition to collecting and sharing data about student priorities and potential solutions, we advocate for Penn to operate in the public interest of the Philadelphia community.
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. Join us next year for jobs, externships and clerkships panels, happy hours, and more!
Y’allsa is the Southern Affinity group at Penn Law. Our organization brings together students from all backgrounds to celebrate the best that the South has to offer. If you enjoy southern food, college sports, and derby parties then this organization is for you!
Penn APALSA is the largest student-run affinity organization at Penn Law. APALSA invests in the professional, academic, and personal development of its members. APALSA strives to promote Asian American interests in the legal sphere by engaging its members and the greater surrounding legal community in critical contemporary legal topics and by preparing its members for well-rounded and successful legal careers. APALSA’s keystone event is an annual APALSA Conference which brings in students and speakers from around to country to discuss important legal issues affecting Asian Americans. APALSA is also committed to supporting diversity across minority identities through alliances and allyships and views diversity in a broad, vibrant, and engaging way.
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BLSA provides support, encouragement, and advice to students who identify themselves as African-American, Caribbean, or African. BLSA membership is open to all Penn Law students and provides valuable programming to inform and enlighten its members and the Penn community at large. BLSA serves its members and local community through many programs including the annual Sadie Alexander Conference; Project Peace; Pan-Africa Program; Fredrick Douglass Moot Court; intensive first-year success program; exam prep workshops; professional development workshop series; networking programs with alumni; and mentoring program with pre-law students from local universities.
The mission of DALSA is to foster a sense of community among students with disabilities and allies, address pertinent concerns like accommodations at school and in the workplace, and to learn about the law through a disability-rights framework. DALSA will partner with other affinity groups to address issues of intersectionality and to build awarenessand pride for our community. DALSA defines “disability” very broadly to encompass physical, mental, learning, and other disabilities and encourages allies to engage in the DALSA community.
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The Jewish Law Student Association is a cultural, social, and non-denominational affinity group at The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. We work to represent Jewish students and welcome students of all backgrounds and affiliations. Our mission is to build a vibrant community within Penn Law by providing programming of Jewish cultural, social, charitable, legal, and educational significance. We host Friday night dinners, socials, lunch and learn sessions, distinguished speakers, and other events. JLSA seeks to develop an awareness within the campus community of legal issues relevant to the Jewish community and the role of Jewish ethics and values in the professional world. By offering engaging and meaningful programming and by connecting students with other Jewish organizations and alumni, we hope to contribute to the wellbeing of Jewish students at the Law School, the broader Penn community, and the Philadelphia Jewish community in which we operate.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Partners at Law School (PALS) provides an opportunity for the significant others (Partners) of Penn Law students to meaningfully participate in the life and culture of Penn Law. The group serves as a strong social network where students, Partners, and family members are able to share information, enjoy experiences together, and build lasting friendships. Events include welcome parties, holiday celebrations, dinner parties, kid-friendly outings, and outdoor picnics.
First Generation Professionals at Penn Law is an affinity group for students who are the first in their families to attend professional school or who are from a working class or lower-income background. The group is designed to stress a common experience among the student body based on economic status. The group seeks to foster community among its members and assist its members in navigating law school. In addition, the group advocates for school policies that better serve the needs of its members and seeks to foster a broader conversation about socioeconomic status at Penn Law.
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Penn Law Lambda is a student organization for LGBTQ+ identifying students. Lambda works to increase LGBTQ+ representation in academia and throughout the wider law school community. We are committed to fostering an environment that celebrates diversity and intersectional identities within the LGBTQ community. From organizing academic and networking events, to bringing speakers to campus, to hosting social gatherings, Lambda strives to empower all our members to succeed at Penn Law.
For more information about Penn Law Lambda, please visit https://www.pennlawlambda.com/ . For any specific questions, please reach out to co-presidents Maya Reddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Taylor Fallon (email@example.com).
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) works to advance the position of women in the legal profession. PLWA aims to createe an inclusive community at Penn Law and provides students with academic, professional, and social resources.
PLWA accomplishes its mission through a variety of programming, including mentorship opportunities, academic panels, professional panels featuring attorneys from various legal industries and career paths, and social events to ensure active engagement within the community of Penn Law women. PLWA’s programming culminates in the Annual Dinner, which brings students, alumnae, attorneys, and faculty together to build their professional networks, celebrate a keynote speaker, and discuss the advancement of women in the legal profession. All students at Penn Law are welcome to participate in PLWA activities and programs.
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The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) provides those identifying as South Asian at Penn Law a forum to discuss South Asian issues, celebrate our shared experiences and encourage legal debate and participation within the South Asian community. Penn SALSA has a strong mentorship program for entering 1Ls, and we frequently organize social events, speaker events, and cultural events for our community and the law school. This year, SALSA will be hosting its 2ns Annual Conference, which will allow members to network directly with attorneys and firms, and hear from renowned South Asian speakers in the legal field.
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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.
Since our founding, the University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review (ALR) has become one of the most influential forums in the nation addressing legal developments in Asia. As Asia becomes increasingly integrated, ALR continues the East Asian Law Review and expands its geographical coverage to South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia. ALR plays a critical role in promoting scholarly conversations and shaping the legal community’s perspectives by publishing articles and hosting a series of events. We pride ourselves in our vast selection of publication topics and our stress-free author experience. ALR leads discussion and debate through an annual symposium. In the past few years, we have invited internationally renowned panelists to discuss contemporaneous topics, such as “IP Law in Asia,” “Belt and Road Initiative,” and “Social Implications of AI & Robotics in Asia.” We also successfully co-hosted a panel on “Affirmative Action in a Post-Harvard Landscape: Escaping The Model Minority Myth” in Spring 2020. ALR offers a tight-knit, collegial environment where Associate Editors’ opinions and diverse backgrounds are highly valued. Our journal is comprised of students pursuing all degrees at Penn Law, including LL.Ms and S.JDs. We also welcome 1L Associate Editors on a selective basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.