Student Organizations

Join your fellow students by participating in a recognized student organization, volunteering, or even launching your own student group.

At Syracuse, we encourage students to engage in extracurricular activities. Engaging with a student organization or professional association not only connects you with other students but is an opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience—and have fun! 

Join the Student Bar Association to volunteer for service activities and to take an active role in shaping your College of Law experience.

Our Student Organizations

The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness the values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to re-incorporate them into American law and politics, in order to build a stronger and more decent national community. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful—and traditionally central—place in American law. We want to strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of—and the public case for—a vision of the law in which these values are paramount. Our goal is a rekindling of the hope that by reason and decency, we can create an America that is better for us all.

We in APALSA strive to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community in the College of Law and beyond. We work to bring attention and understanding to Asian and Asian American issues and culture, and to provide an academic support system for all students to connect with the APALSA community.

Our mission is to:

  • Create a community of support through shared goals
  • Ensure a method of communication and collaboration between law students and fellow organizations
  • Promote Asian Pacific American causes and changes in the legal community
  • Act as a liaison between students and Asian Pacific American attorneys
  • Encourage the pursuit of a legal education and career for underrepresented groups

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a professional organization committed to furthering the academic, professional, and cultural needs and goals of Black, indigenous, persons of color (BIPOC) students at the college of law.

As an affiliate of the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA), the largest student-run organization in America that has over 200 chapters at law schools throughout the country, representing almost every ABA accredited law school, plus several non-accredited law schools.

Our chapter focuses on articulating and promoting the needs and goals of BIPOC law students to effectuate change in the legal community. We are organized to empower students with the knowledge and resources to be successful students, mentors, and professionals in the legal community and we have an extremely supportive alumni base. BLSA’s mission is to strive for excellence and balance within the legal community through professionalism, respect, and hard work as a cohesive unit. BLSA has various resources to aid your academic success and hosts a variety of social functions for non-academic enjoyment. In the past, BLSA has been awarded organization of the year due to its outstanding community involvement.

Further, BLSA has participated in a variety of community service projects, the Annual Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition along with numerous other competitions, and BLSA highlights its achievements through its Annual Black History Month Dinner

The Corporate Law Society’s mission is to provide every student with a look into the depth that corporate law practice covers. We strive to put on events that show students various practice areas while also providing alumni engagement. Corporate law can include both transactional as well as litigation and we hope to help students realize their potential in whichever practice their interests take them. By engaging as many students and alumni as possible we hope to form a larger and stronger Syracuse network in the corporate setting.

The Criminal Law Society welcomes all law students and is dedicated to individuals with a professional or personal interest in the criminal justice system. Our mission is to connect like-minded students and to create a platform for open discussions about the societal role of the criminal justice system. Through hosting events and workshops, we aim to deepen understanding of criminal law and inspire efforts to bring about positive change.

Disability Law Society is an organization of Syracuse University College of Law students who are working to create and support a positive climate toward disability that values individual difference.

Our goals are:

  • To raise awareness about disability within the College of Law and greater Syracuse University community.
  • To support students who have disabilities; who are interested in pursuing a joint degree related to disability studies; and/or who are
  • To provide information and assistance to students, faculty and staff members in the COL and SU community regarding disability; and,
  • To provide COL students the opportunity to volunteer in the disability community of the local Syracuse community.

The Entertainment and Sports Law Society is open to all Syracuse law students who possess a sincere interest and dedication to the professions of entertainment law and sports law. ESLS organizes an annual student-run Symposium, which welcomes experts from across the entertainment and sports sectors.

We’ve all sat through Thanksgiving dinner…it’s easy to see why Family Law is a growing dynamic, encompassing Adoption Law, Elderly Law, Poverty Law, Disability Law, Divorce Law, Wills & Estates, Child Welfare, and much, much more.

The Family Law Society collaborates with the Center for Family Law and Social Policy to familiarize and to introduce students into the field of Family Law. Through luncheons with family court judges to guest speakers, lectures, seminars, workshops and volunteer activities in the Syracuse community, we provide students with the opportunity to explore the many different facets of Family Law.

We welcome all College of Law students interested in learning more and becoming involved with family law issues. We’re saving you a seat at our table!

Membership
All Syracuse University College of Law students interested in learning more and becoming
involved with family law issues.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is an organization dedicated to bringing a conservative and libertarian perspective of the law to the College of Law. The Society brings speakers to campus and conducts other activities to debate and receive different perspectives about various legal ideals.

The First Generation Law Student Association (FGLSA) seeks to build a community of first generation law students facing similar obstacles during their law school careers. The FGLSA offers students an opportunity to connect with other students from a variety of backgrounds, gain mentors during the critical first year of law school, build a support system within the Syracuse University College of Law, and network with other first generation law students and attorneys who have successfully navigated many of the issues that first-year law students currently face.

We will work to make the transition into law school easier for first generation law students, identify the challenges that first generation students face, and develop tactics that incoming students can apply to overcome the unique obstacles that they may encounter. We will provide opportunities for first generation law students to build relationships with other current and former first generation law students at Syracuse University College of Law. All students are welcome to join.

IPLS seeks to:

  • Promote the progress and understanding of science and the useful arts at the Syracuse University College of Law
  • Increase interest in the broad field of Intellectual Property Law
  • Expose students to the basic tenants and cutting edge of Intellectual Property Law
  • Connect students with Intellectual Property practitioners to provide a realistic understanding of a career in Intellectual Property Law
  • Engage with IPLS student members, the College of Law general body, and the broader Syracuse community regarding all areas of Intellectual Property Law

 

The Syracuse University College of Law International Law Society (ILS) is student founded organization dedicated to the education and involvement of the student body in the international legal community. ILS provides opportunities for students and faculty to engage with international cultures and legal systems.

Through film screenings, open discussions, and guest lectures ILS aims to provide a forum for students and faculty to engage with both topics and members of the international legal community. Additionally, ILS aims to give back by raising awareness of international issues and running fundraisers to donate to two charities, chosen by the society each year.

The Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA) is open to all students regardless of religious affiliation. JLSA is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of the Syracuse University College of Law. JLSA members participate in various cultural, social, and religious events and have an opportunity to meet and interact with members of the larger Jewish community in the University and Syracuse Area.

We in the Korean Law Students Association (KLSA) pursue a mission of providing a platform for the Korean community in the College of Law to academically support and professionally network with fellow students and alumni in the legal field. We strive to celebrate our cultural identity as we experience the undertakings of law school, and we work towards maintaining a memorable connection and environment with one another.

In KLSA, our mission is to:

  • Embody a community of acceptance and support through shared experiences
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between the College of Law community
  • Promote Korean causes and efforts in the legal community

The Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) is a student-led organization created with the purpose of creating a space for law students of Hispanic and Latino descent at the College of Law where they can connect with other students of a similar ethnic and linguistic background. Our goal is to foster an environment of unity among our members and also to create a network of support to ensure the academic and professional success of one of the most underrepresented groups in the legal field.

In order to do so, we host social events to help our members get to know each other, invite speakers from outside the Law School to give talks on different topics, partner with legal organizations in the city to expose our members to attorneys in the field, and partner with other organizations in the College of Law with similar interests and affinities to ensure that all voices are heard.

Our mission is to provide a safe and educational space that supports Middle Eastern law students and create awareness for the issues the community faces.

The Military and Veterans Law Society, formerly VISION, was created with the aim to better serve the local veteran population in Syracuse and the surrounding areas. The Military and Veterans Law Society provides veteran legal support and services, community outreach, and veteran policy research to support various veteran issues. The Military and Veterans Law Society strives to better connect the College of Law with our veteran population.

The National Security Student Association (NSSA) creates a learning environment in which students participate in meaningful discussion on emerging challenges in national security law and policy.

Outlaw is an organization for queer; gender, romantic, and sexual minority (GSRM); and HIV-affected members of the College of Law community, as well as their supporters and friends.

Our mission is to foster an inclusive and welcoming queer community at the College of Law by connecting ourselves within and beyond our campus. As a social, professional, and intellectual home to prospective, current, and past members of the College of Law community, we aim to provide a consistent and sustainable network of support. We sponsor numerous educational and social events throughout the year that unite us with each other and in solidarity with other underrepresented communities on campus.

Phi Alpha Delta Law (PAD) unites students, faculty, and alumni in professional service and social activities. PAD encourages members to promote the ideals of liberty and equal justice under the law, to stimulate excellence in scholarship, and to foster integrity and professional competence. With almost 200 chapters in the country, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity has prominent members in the legal and political community illustrating its purposes of professionalism and integrity in their careers. As one of the largest organizations within the College of Law, we enable our students to develop skills of service to other students, the College of Law, the community, and the profession.

In addition to the contacts and bonds that our members form, the benefits of membership include: participation in a mentoring program with second and third-year law students, personal assistance and advice about test-taking and outlining skills, discounts on restaurants, Bar preparation courses, and everyday needs; as well as recommendations for programs and tracks not readily known to all College of Law students. After law school, all PAD members are offered admission to the United States Supreme Court Bar after 3 years of practice,

The Carmody Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta at Syracuse Law accepts applications throughout the year and recruits and initiates students in the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to pay national dues and maintain good academic standing in order to participate.

The Social Media Law Society is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn and develop the practical skills related to working within the legal side of the social media and influencing industries. The organization seeks to unite students with faculty, alumni, and business leaders through informative webinars led by guest speakers who are prominent in the social media influencing sphere, and the development of other activities in furtherance of this purpose. Social media law can involve constitutional law, entertainment law, contract law, corporate/business law, negotiation, intellectual property law, defamation, and privacy law.

The South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) at the College of Law seeks to promote and improve the university’s diversity initiative. The organization holds events to promote and educate South Asian culture by events. Some of these events that promote and educate about South Asian culture have included a movie night where a South Asian movie is played and Indian food is served, Diwali celebration, and Henna night. All currently enrolled students are encouraged to join in celebrating South Asian culture.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is an organization for anyone who is passionate about their love for all kinds of animals. The overarching purpose is to promote and protect the wellbeing of animals through legal channels. The ALDF does this by rescuing animals from cruelty situations, training prosecutors who practice in the animal rights and protection fields, promoting positive legislation for animal protection, and fighting legislation that is harmful. In addition, the ALDF provides education to learn more about how to join their cause. The Syracuse University College of Law chapter of ALDF has executed fundraisers to donate to animal rights causes, organized visits of service dogs to campus, and aims to further educate themselves and others on the importance of the field of animal law.

The Syracuse Public Interest Network, (“SPIN”), is a student-run organization at the Syracuse University College of Law committed to fostering the careers of students who intend to advocate for the public interest. Through a variety of programming, SPIN seeks to instill a sense of passion for pro bono efforts and community service in the students at the Syracuse University College of Law, as well as create a public interest network for students to connect with alumni, practitioners and the community.

SPIN raises money to provide grants for College of Law students with SPIN Fellowships, who are employed during the summer in the public interest legal field. Broadly defined, public interest employment includes public service, government work, judicial clerkships, and Fellowships. Public interest organizations tend to represent people and issues that might otherwise lack meaningful representation in the legal system. The necessity of such representation cannot be emphasized enough; because without public interest organizations, the nation’s legal system would serve only those who can afford counsel.

Public interest practice is often considered work done in pursuit of individual or group concepts of justice, equity and advancing the public good, rather than for purposes of commercial or personal gain. Public interest practitioners strive to remedy social and legal injustices, consistent with their values and political perspective. By supporting students who would otherwise be financially unable to accept positions in the public interest sector, SPIN increases legal services to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney themselves.

The Syrian Accountability Project (SAP) is an internationally recognized cooperative effort between activists, non-governmental organizations, students, and other interested parties to document war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of the Syrian Crisis.

The project aims to produce non-partisan, high quality analysis of open source materials and to catalogue that information relative to applicable bodies of law; including, the Geneva Conventions, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and Syrian Penal Law.

The SAP primarily creates documentation products in a narrative and graphical format, as well as a quarterly and annual trend analysis of ongoing crimes. Furthermore, the SAP publishes issue-specific white papers. Its clients include the Syrian National Council, United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and the International Criminal Court.

The Women’s Law Students Association provides a forum for the discussion and advancement of women in legal education and the legal profession. It creates a graduate network to enable women in the legal profession and in law school to learn from and support one another, and to address societal impacts of women on the law.

Starting a New Student Organization

Don’t see a student organization that captures your interest? Consider starting a new one! Here are the steps:

  1. Set up an appointment with the Director of Student Experience (315.443.1146 or lawstudentaffairs@law.syr.edu) to discuss the organization, review the approval process, and access the Organization Recognition Guide and financial forms.
  2. Assemble at least 15 students to support the creation of your new student organization.
  3. Select and confirm a faculty advisor.
  4. Fully complete the Student SBA Addendum.
  5. Draft a constitution or bylaws. The Office of Student Experience will provide more information of what these must include.
  6. Submit the completed Addendum and organization constitution to the SBA Secretary.