Student Groups

BCLT provides administrative and financial support to the below student groups. These groups concentrate on specific legal skills or areas of the law, including public interest, allowing students to supplement their law school education with invaluable law & technology-focused activities.

Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative Law (BERC Law)
Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association (BIPLA)
Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
Blockchain at Berkeley Law
* [See note below]
Healthcare and Biotech Law Society at Berkeley Law
Patent Law Society (PLS)
Space Law Society Society @ Berkeley Law
Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)
*Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) [See note below]
Women in Tech Law (WiTL)




BERC Law is the law school branch of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative a student-led organization which aims to connect and educate the UC Berkeley energy and resources community. The group acts as a bridge between the University’s many schools, programs, and labs, and forges connections with the larger cleantech and energy cluster growing in the Bay Area and beyond.

BERC Law helps to inform law students about current legal practice and advances in the fields of energy, climate and clean technologies through curriculum development, an expanding alumni and professional network, the promotion of events and discussions centered on green issues, and creation of a Career Guide for Energy, Climate and CleanTech Law.

The group also connects members to industry professionals and graduate students in other UC Berkeley departments to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, research and project development.



Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association (BIPLA)

The Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association (BIPLA) serves as a forum for students, faculty and other members interested in the various facets of Information Privacy Law. The Association organizes meetings, events, talks, and seminars by experts working in the area of information privacy law. We aim to develop a strong network of people working towards the mission of overcoming challenges posed by the digital world and complexities arising from the same.

Twitter: @berkeleyprivacy.


Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)

The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) is a student-run publication of the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. BTLJ began as the High Technology Law Journal, publishing its first issue in Spring 1986. The Journal covers emerging issues of law in the areas of intellectual property and biotechnology; BTLJ strives to keep judges, policymakers, practitioners and the academic community abreast of the dynamic field of technology law. BTLJ has consistently been ranked as the top journal for intellectual property law, and has been repeatedly cited by courts, including every regional Circuit Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

The Journal’s membership of approximately 165 students publishes three issues of scholarly work each year, as well as the Annual Review of Law and Technology. The Annual Review is a distinctive issue of the Journal published in collaboration with the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and is dedicated to student-written casenotes discussing the most important recent developments in intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, telecommunications, biotechnology and business law. In addition, the Journal co-sponsors an annual symposium on a salient area of technology law.

In addition to the Journal’s primary mission of publishing quality articles on the relationship between technology and the law, BTLJ has organized conferences in conjunction with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology on a variety of topics. For each conference, BTLJ publishes a symposium issue, in which leading academics have published cutting edge scholarship on the issues raised at the conference. In recent years, BTLJ has also pioneered two groundbreaking scholastic innovations: first, BTLJ developed the BTLJ Scholars Program, the first journal-funded scholarship, which will fund the tuition of underrepresented students who plan to practice in technology law. Second, BTLJ developed the Technology Law Review Syndicate, a first-of-its-kind collaborative agreement between the top technology law reviews to publish commentary on current events in technology.

Twitter: @BerkeleyTechLJ


Blockchain at Berkeley Law

Blockchain technology has the potential to change the world economy. Blockchain at Berkeley Law was formed to expose students to the concept of decentralized data structures and study the complex legal issues this emerging field creates. No prior knowledge or interest in fintech is required. Blockchain has vast uses that implicate securities, tax, human rights, IP law, and finance.

Facebook: Blockchain Law is Berkeley Law’s public interest and technology group. We meet regularly to network, share resources and ideas, build community, and discuss trends in the emerging legal tech world. We also work with the Boalt community and with other campus initiatives to foster collaboration and improve legal innovation, design and technology.

*Please note: is currently inactive. If you are interested in becoming a student leader for this organization, please contact Claire Trias,

Healthcare and Biotech Law Society at Berkeley Law

The Healthcare and Biotech Law Society at Berkeley Law is a group of law students who are interested in examining and analyzing the intersection between law, society, policy, and science.

Our mission is to stimulate the intellectual and professional development of Boalt students interested in health and/or biotech law. We provide a forum for students with a broad range of interests.




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Patent Law Society (PLS)

The Berkeley Law Patent Law Society is organized to serve as a focus group for students interested in practicing patent law; to provide a forum for students to have in-depth discussions regarding patent law; to engage patent law practitioners to share their experiences with students; and to provide opportunities for students to interact, network, and exchange ideas.

Twitter: @BerkeleyPLS.


Space. The final frontier. The Space Law Society provides a venue for the Berkeley Law community to encounter historical, contemporary, and prospective issues in the law and policy of outer space. Like many high technology legal fields, Space Law is a relatively new field which has developed rapidly. Our mission is one of nuanced exchange and infinite comradery. The ongoing mission of Space Law Society is to explore the emerging field, embracing the many perspectives that boalties have to offer and seeking out new practices and ideas—boldly going where no Berkeley Law student organization has gone before!


Sports and Entertainment Law Society

The mission of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is to educate the Berkeley Law community about legal opportunities and issues in the entertainment and sports industries. SELS also strives to facilitate opportunities for students to network not only with each other, but also with legal professionals in these industries. SELS regularly sponsors many events during the academic year, including both guest lectures and social events. SELS thereby provides a resource for students to connect with alumni and other industry-leading professionals and seek employment opportunities in the sports and entertainment industries.


Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is a non-profit organization rooted in a global movement of university students, UAEM aims to

(1) promote access to medicines and medical innovations in low- and middle-income countries by changing norms and practices around academic patenting and licensing, supported by our own independent research,

(2) ensure that university medical research meets the needs of people worldwide and

(3) empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis.

UAEM spend most of their time petitioning TTOs and administrations at various universities to change their policies with regard to technology transfer and licensing of university innovations and hosting awareness events in order to increase access to essential medicines. In cooperation with top experts in international medicine access and technology transfer, UAEM has created a unique contract that universities can adopt to maintain or even improve drug development while increasing access to medical innovations in lower and middle-income countries.


*Please note: UAEM is currently inactive. If you are interested in becoming a student leader for this organization, please contact Claire Trias,


Women in Tech Law

Women in Tech Law (WiTL) is a student-led organization that strives to recruit, support, and empower women who are interested in pursuing technology law through providing outreach, mentorship, and educational resources. WiTL aspires to use outreach as a medium to not only encourage women to enter the field, but to also expand the presence of women in the field by providing awareness to the opportunities and potential that tech law can hold for women from both STEM and non-STEM backgrounds. WiTL seeks to use mentorship and other platforms to increase members’ accessibility into tech law, in an attempt to break the glass ceiling of the technology industry. Ultimately, WiTL strives to empower women interested to excel and improve in the realm of law and technology.


Twitter: @womenintechlaw