Berkeley Law supports many opportunities for student engagement during and beyond their time here. While organizations may be added or changed according to student interest, the currently active student groups are listed below.
Student Association at Berkeley Law (SABL)
The Student Association at Berkeley Law (SABL) (formerly BHSA), the law school’s student government organization, is composed of all registered law students. SABL organizes activities of general law school interest and helps new students adjust to life at Berkeley Law by sponsoring social, athletic, and law-related events. The SABL council represents student interests in curriculum planning, admissions policy, faculty hiring, administration of the library, professional placement, and many other areas; the council also appoints student representatives to faculty-student committees. In addition, SABL allocates funds to each of the student groups at Berkeley Law. You can contact the SABL at:
If you are looking for more information about journals or student-initiated legal services projects (SLPS) find them on the blue sidebar to your right.
2019-2020 Student Organizations:
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American Constitution Society at Berkeley Law
Animal Law Society
Asian American Law Journal
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
Bear Buddies at Berkeley Law
Berkeley Business Law Journal
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative
Berkeley Immigration Group
Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice
Berkeley Journal of International Law
Berkeley Journal of Middle East and Islamic Law
Berkeley La Raza Law Journal
Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips
Berkeley Law and Organizing Collective
Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project
Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association
Berkeley Law Queer Caucus
Berkeley Law Police Review Project
Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
Blockchain at Berkeley Law
Board of Advocates
Bringing Law Into Science & Society
California Asylum Representation Clinic
California Law Review
Cannabis Law Society
Catholics at Berkeley Law
China Law Association @ Berkeley
Christians at Berkeley Law
Coalition For Diversity
Coalition For Self-Determination
Community Restorative Justice
Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society
Contra Costa Reentry Project
Criminal Defense Society
Digital Rights Project
Disability Rights Project
Disabled Law Students and Allies Association
East Bay Dreamers Project
Ecology Law Quarterly
Election Law at Berkeley
Environmental Conservation Outreach
Environmental Law Society @ Berkeley Law
First Generation Professionals
Federalist Society at Berkeley Law
Food Justice Project
Foster Education Project
Gun Violence Prevention Project
Homelessness Service Project
Hub for Equity and Administrative Representation
Berkeley Law’s chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
International Human Rights Workshop
International Legal Placement Initiative at Berkeley
International Refugee Assistance Project
Jewish Students Association at Berkeley Law
La Raza Student Association
La Raza Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic
Law & Society Graduate Association
Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Law Students of African Descent
Legal Automation Workshop
Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association
Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law
Name and Gender Change Workshop
National Lawyers Guild
Native American Law Students Association
Native American Legal Assistance Project
Older, Wiser Law Students
Patent Law Society
Peer Wellness Coalition
Pilipinx American Law Society
Political and Election Empowerment Project
Post-Conviction Advocacy Project
Prisoner Advocacy Network
Privacy Law at Berkeley
The Pro Bonotes
Queers United in Revolutionary Subversion
Reentry Advocacy Project
Reproductive Justice Project
Restorative Justice Committee
South Asian Law Student Association
Space Law Society at Berkeley Law
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Startup Law Initiative
Student Organization for Advanced Legal Studies
Students for Economic and Environmental Justice
Survivor Advocacy Project
Sustainability Team @ Berkeley Law
Technology & Public Interest Law and Policy
Tenants Rights Workshop
The Law and Political Economy Society of Berkeley
Trans @ Berkeley Law
Wage Justice Clinic
Women In Tech Law
Womxn of Berkeley Law
Womxn of Color Collective
Workers’ Rights Clinic
Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic
Youth Advocacy Project
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American Constitution Society at Berkeley Law (ACS)
A progressive organization meant to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.
Animal Law Society (ALS)
Animal Law Society, a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, at Berkeley Law is dedicated to educating the UC Berkeley community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse and fostering awareness about means of combating this abuse through litigation. We hope to provide opportunities, education, and assistance to Berkeley Law students working to promote positive legal protection of animal welfare.
Asian American Law Journal (AALJ)
The mandate of the Asian American Law Journal is to publish commentary, analyses, and research on the experiences and concerns of Asian Americans. We believe that to advance the Asian American movement, we must recognize the diversity among Asian American communities and cultivate scholarship that promotes understanding and empowerment in order to foster resistance to oppression and the achievement of justice.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
Berkeley’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), established in the 1970s, is a political, community service, academic, professional and social law student organization. APALSA is dedicated to serving the Asian and Pacific Islander American community at Berkeley Law and the APA community at large. On the whole, APALSA’s goal is to promote a greater awareness of the diverse culture, rich history, and current struggle of Asian Pacific Americans. APALSA also works very closely with other minority groups and student organizations in coordinating various educational and social events. APALSA is open to all Berkeley Law students of every background.
Bear Buddies At Berkeley Law (BBBL)
BBBL seeks to enhance the Berkeley Law experience for international and domestic legal scholars. We seek to promote global connection through various activities from study sessions to coffee hangouts. We hope to bring greater awareness of various cultural sensitivities and foster an ecosystem of camaraderie and trust around the law school and greater legal practice.
Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ)
The Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ) is a Berkeley Law student-run organization that publishes a semi-annual print journal, a blog, and hosts events related to business law. BBLJ works closely with the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB) to further enhance our presence nationwide.
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC)
To connect law students interested in healthcare and biotechnology with practitioners and alumni in those fields.
Berkeley Immigration Group (BIG)
The Berkeley Immigration Group (BIG) seeks to provide pro-bono opportunities to Berkeley Law students passionate about protecting immigrants’ rights, while also bringing together students interested in pursuing a career in immigration law. As members of BIG, students have diverse volunteer options, including preparing bond packets for detained immigrants, conducting know your rights trainings at immigration court, conducting immigration court observation, and fundraising for BIG’s immigration bond fund. Under the current administration, it is more important than ever that members of the legal community unite against the bigoted actions of our government, and BIG is working to be a part of these efforts.
Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy (BJALP)
The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy (BJALP) is dedicated to addressing legal and policy issues that affect African-American communities and people of color, in general. BJALP publishes work on such matters as constitutional law, criminal justice, civil rights, political representation and participation, fair housing, economic development, immigration, health issues and welfare, and other issues affecting the African Diaspora. BJALP welcomes all relevant submissions, including scholarly articles, student-authored notes and comments, book reviews, and essays.
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law (BJCL)
The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law provides a forum for the discussion of regional, national, and international criminal law issues. Since its inception in 2000, the journal has published cutting-edge scholarship by professors, judges, research fellows, clerks, and law students from across the country.
Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL)
BJELL is the leading law review for employment and labor law scholarship. BJELL articles address a range of legal issues of interest to both scholars and practitioners. Topics include employment discrimination, labor law, public sector employment, employee benefits, and workforce participation.
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (BJESL)
BJESL is committed to bringing together industry professionals, professors, and students working at the intersection of law and business in the sports and entertainment industries.
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice (BGLJ)
Our mandate is to publish feminist legal scholarship that critically examines the intersection of gender with one or more axes of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.
Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL)
The Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) is a leading international law journal in the United States. BJIL infuses international legal scholarship and practice with new ideas to address today’s complex challenges. BJIL is committed to publishing high-impact pieces from established and newer scholars likely to be referenced and relied on for a cutting edge approach to topics of international and comparative law.
Journal of Middle East and Islamic Law (JMEIL)
Producing legal and academic scholarship on a variety of issues relating to the Middle East and Islamic Law.
Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (LRLJ)
La Raza Law Journal is the longest-running Latinx law journal in the country. Managed and edited by students, the Journal provides a previously unavailable forum to analyze legal issues affecting the Latinx community. The Journal seeks to maintain an open forum for the analysis of legal issues affecting the Latinx community; publish and elevate works written by Latinx students, scholars, and practitioners; serve as a legal research resource; and influence public discourse on Latinx issues.
Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips (BLAST)
Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips or BLAST (formerly Boalt on Break) is one way students at Berkeley Law can engage in pro bono legal services. BLAST allows students to take a short, but deep dive serving clients over school breaks outside of the Bay Area. Students work alongside established grassroots legal services agencies, gaining insight into the ways these organizations adapt their work to the unique challenges and needs of their respective communities. BLAST is a service-learning experience that helps equip students with the tools to understand the complex needs of communities similar to and different from their own, helping foster an active generation of thoughtful community lawyers. In 2018, BLAST traveled to rural Kentucky on its inaugural service trip. In Spring 2020 BLAST will be heading off to seven locations across the United States and Mexico. BLAST, like SLPS, is student-initiated.
Berkeley Law and Organizing Collective (BLOC)
The Berkeley Law & Organizing Collective (BLOC) supports organizations building grassroots power and leadership to advance social justice. BLOC’s work is rooted in the belief that the individuals most impacted by social injustice have a right to lead their own fight for social change, and that legal work is most effective when directed to this goal. BLOC members will learn the philosophy and skills of Movement Lawyering, creatively applying legal services, research, litigation and other tactics to support organizing campaigns that build grassroots power and challenge injustice systemically.
Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro)
By training the next generation of anti-trafficking advocates to serve victims and educate the community, the Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project seeks to contribute to the elimination of domestic and international human trafficking.
Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association (BLMSA)
BLMSA is dedicated towards fostering a safe and inclusive space for Muslim students and their allies.
Berkeley Law Queer Caucus
Since its founding in 1978, Queer Caucus has worked to eradicate the legal, political, and social oppression of LGBTQ people, and to provide an affirming, supportive base for students of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. This mission is complemented by our commitment to intersectional work and coalition building with a broad spectrum of other student organizations and journals on campus.
Berkeley Police Review Project (BPRP)
The Police Review Project (BPRP) assists in representing civilians who file complaints with the Berkeley Police Review Commission, alleging misconduct by the Berkeley Police Department. Our students review complaints and evidence collected by the Commission, interview complainants, communicate with the Commission regarding any new evidence and witnesses, prepare complainants for their hearing, and appear on behalf of complainants at their hearing. Our mission is to provide support to these members of our community who have been negatively impacted by alleged police misconduct, so they do not have to navigate this unfamiliar process on their own.
Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence (BRAIV)
BRAIV (Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence) is a group of students committed to education and advocacy surrounding the prevalence of domestic violence, an issue that affects every aspect of legal work. We host speakers, advocacy events, and trainings. As part of our outward-facing work, we conduct court observations to support survivors at their hearings and partner with local organizations to combat violence in our communities.
Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ)
The Journal is a student-run publication of Berkeley Law. The Journal should primarily strive to keep judges, policymakers, practitioners, and the academic community abreast of the dynamic field of intellectual property and technology law. The Journal should also secondarily serve as a common thread for individuals in the Berkeley Law community with a similar interest in intellectual property and technology law, and as a resource for the Berkeley Law community generally.
The Journal is open to all students of good standing currently enrolled at the UC Berkeley School of Law.
The Journal shall be inherently apolitical and should not be involved in political affairs unless the Journal or the Technology Law program at Berkeley Law would be substantially impacted.
Blockchain at Berkeley Law (B@BL)
Education and research about blockchain law.
Board of Advocates (BOA)
To help students develop advocacy skills in the three different branches: Mock Trial; Moot court, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Bringing Law Into Science & Society (BLISS)
Website: BLISS seeks to build greater understanding between scientists and lawyers through interdisciplinary seminars and networking events. Lawyers (and law students learn how scientific proof is constructed and defined, so they can apply tools of scientific analysis to the practice of law. Scientists (and STEM students) learn how legal proof is constructed and described, to enhance their advocacy on legal and policy matters. BLISS provides an intellectually-engaging, interdisciplinary environment where law and STEM students can enrich their training and inform their policy goals.
California Asylum Representation Clinic (CARC)
CARC partners with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), a Board of Immigration Appeals recognized nonprofit organization. Based right here in Berkeley, EBSC is one of the highest volume providers of asylum representation in the country. Once students are accepted to CARC, they are placed into teams of two based on their interests and past experience. Occasionally students will work on a case alone, but more typically they work in pairs. An initial training covers client interviewing skills, ethics and confidentiality, asylum law, case management, and working with interpreters. Following this training, student pairs are assigned an affirmative asylum case and a supervising attorney. Over the course of the semester, students interview the client, draft the client’s declaration, prepare the asylum application, collect additional evidence and potentially accompany the client to the Asylum Office interview (timing dependent). About halfway through the semester, CARC holds a workshop on drafting declarations. Students will develop interviewing skills and gain an understanding of substantive asylum law.
California Law Review
The California Law Review is the preeminent legal publication at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Founded in 1912, the California Law Review publishes six times annually on a variety of engaging topics in legal scholarship. The California Law Review is edited and published entirely by students at Berkeley Law.
The California Law Review was the first student law journal published west of Illinois and the ninth law review in the United States. The chief architects of the California Law Review were turn-of-the-century California progressives who saw the California Law Review as a vehicle for reform. As stated by the first Editor-in-Chief and later Dean of Berkeley Law Orrin McMurray, “it is not expected that the Review will occupy a place by the side of the great national reviews of this country and of Europe, but it is hoped, that it may in a slight degree, meet the needs . . . presented in California and the other Pacific Coast states.” McMurray added that he hoped the California Law Review would take the lead in “the inevitable development of a western type of jurisprudence.”
Cannabis Law Society (CLS)
To engage law students with the ever-changing cannabis legal field by creating research, internship, and networking opportunities.
Catholics at Berkeley Law (CABL)
CABL is a group of Berkeley Law community members dedicated to living out the Catholic faith. The organization exists for the cultivation of fellowship among Catholics and for dialogue about how the faith intersects with law and society. We strive to both build our faith community and present a Catholic voice on issues relevant to the wider Berkeley Law community. St. Óscar Romero, champion of justice and martyr for the faith, is our patron.
China Law Association @ Berkeley (CLAB)
Connect & serve Berkeley Chinese scholars. Exchange perspectives at Berkeley Law. Promote cross-border communication.
Christians at Berkeley Law (CAB)
We provide a community within the law school for those seeking spiritual support. In addition, we offer a time for those who self-identify as Christians, and those interested in learning more about the Christian faith, to encourage one another through the ups and downs of law school. We also provide networking opportunities to connect people to churches, other bible studies, and other faith groups at Berkeley. We also hold occasional social activities, including dinners and networking events with other graduate student groups.
Coalition for Diversity (CFD)
Coalition for Diversity at Berkeley Law (CFD) was founded in 2001 to promote diversity at Berkeley Law through strategies to increase the enrollment of students of color; queer, trans, and gender-non-conforming students; first-generation and working-class students; and other under-represented law students. Over the years, CFD has hosted a number of pipeline programs for prospective and admitted law students, including the For People of Color Conference for prospective law students and a variety of programs during Admitted Students Weekend. Additionally, CFD acts as an umbrella organization for the various affinity groups on campus, and CFD’s range of perspectives has assisted underrepresented law students in finding community during law school.
Coalition for Self-Determination
Coalition for Self-Determination is a student group dedicated to drawing connections among social movements that strive for self-determination under the law, both domestically and abroad. We seek to promote awareness and support for such movements, and to find avenues for legal advocacy.
Community Restorative Justice (CRJ)
Website: The Restorative Justice Committee is the student organization at Berkeley Law that aims to explore and understand an alternative model of conflict resolution both within the contexts of our carceral system, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the Berkeley Law community.
Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS)
The Berkeley Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS) is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of Consumer Protection Law. We are committed to strengthening ties between consumer law groups and the Berkeley Law community.
Contra Costa Reentry Project (CORE)
The Contra Costa Reentry Project (CORE) assists the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender with its Clean Slate practice, which works to help remove the barriers that a prior conviction can present to employment, housing, public benefits, and family reunification. Students will assist attorneys and advocates with expungement, Proposition 47 relief, and Proposition 64 record clearance. Students will have the opportunity to:
Research Prop 47 and Prop 64 applicants’ eligibility for reclassification or record clearance
Draft expungement applications; Communicate with incarcerated clients and returning citizens regarding required documentation and services provided; Compose legal memoranda on topics related to the office’s Clean Slate practice; Help coordinate provision of legal services at community outreach events and Clean Slate workshops; Attend attorney court appearances
Criminal Defense Society (CDS)
Founded in February 2018, the Criminal Defense Society is quickly growing into Berkeley’s hub for public defense-oriented programming. Now, with over 60 members, CDS is a social justice-oriented community of future public defenders and criminal defense attorneys who gather to learn and connect with attorneys in the field, professors at Berkeley, and other like-minded students. Join us to benefit from nationwide networking, career development programming, lunchtime discussions on thorny issues in public defense, and social events!
Digital Rights Project (DRP)
Technological advancement has undoubtedly benefited society, but it raises new questions about how to protect civil liberties in the age of information. The Digital Rights Project gives Berkeley Law students an opportunity to conduct substantive work at the intersection of law, technology, and social justice. Students in DRP will support the work of the ACLU of Northern California’s Technology and Civil Liberties Team in conducting research and organizing community trainings.
Disability Rights Project (DRP)
The Disability Rights Project partners with the Disability Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) to advocate on the behalf of people with disabilities. The organization aims to give students an opportunity to strengthen research and writing skills while contributing to systemic impact litigation which benefit people with disabilities in the Bay Area
Disabled Law Students and Allies Association (DLSAA)
We are a coalition of students with disabilities seeking to establish the “Disabled Law Students and Allies Association” at the law school. We do so with high hopes for the potential to create community at Berkeley Law among a group of people whose status in this profession and world is stigmatized, uncelebrated, and devalued. Still, we want to establish this group because we know that we have value, not just in spite of but also because of our disabilities. We know a community of disabled students could do much for this school and this profession in the future. If no other aim is achieved than that of creating a space where students and professionals with disabilities can find community, then we view our efforts as a success, though our ambitions will hopefully take us there and beyond. We are seeking disabled faculty and staff and allies, who we know roam the halls of this institution, likely with complex relationships between their work, disabilities, and personal lives.
We want to reach people living with invisible disabilities, we do not want to tokenize or single out people with visible disabilities, and we want to respect the right of every person with a disability to choose when or how or whether to participate in such a visible movement. We understand the grave consequences people with disabilities can face for being open about their statuses, where they have that option. We do not confuse openness for pride, and we respect all decisions to participate or not.
East Bay Dreamers Project (EBDP)
It shall be the purpose of EBDP to provide immigration-centered legal services to youth and young adults of the East Bay community.
Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ)
Established in 1971, Ecology Law Quarterly is among the oldest and most prestigious journals publishing environmental law scholarship. Publishing four issues a year, ELQ provides a forum for preeminent scholarship on groundbreaking environmental law topics, including renewable energy, environmental justice, and international environmental law. In 2008, ELQ launched Ecology Law Currents, an online companion journal designed to publish pieces on a more frequent basis than the print journal.
Staffed by Berkeley Law students, ELQ is a community of dedicated and like-minded individuals. True to our environmental roots, the ELQ staff embarks on two outdoor adventures each year: Yosemite in the fall, Tahoe in the spring. In addition, ELQ strives to support the student body through writing awards and public interest summer fellowships,.
Election Law at Berkeley (EL@B)
The right to vote is central to the legal system in the United States and around the world. Election law is a vast field that includes theoretical and empirical research on democracy, equality, citizenship, politics, voting rights, representation, speech, technology, security, and administration. EL@B has two aims: to stoke campus-wide interest in and enthusiasm for election law, and to give students who are interested in election law opportunities to network and learn from current practitioners.
Environmental Conservation Outreach (ECO)
ECO is a research-based student-initiated legal services project (SLP) at UC Berkeley School of Law. The purpose of this SLP is to introduce law students to working with clients on their environmental law issues on a pro-bono basis. The goal is to provide students an opportunity to improve their legal research and writing skills.
Environmental Law Society @ Berkeley Law (ELS)
The Environmental Law Society @ Berkeley Law (formerly Boalt Environmental Law Society) promotes public interest environmental law, engaging students through a variety of projects. ELS generates dialogue within the student community at Berkeley Law about emerging environmental issues and advocates for environmental protection. Recent activities include a panel on summer legal positions in environmental law, advocating for UC to divest from fossil fuel investments, and hikes in local open spaces.
First Generation Professionals (FGP)
Website: First Generation Professionals is a student organization stressing a common experience based on economic status. This group cuts across race and gender and is born from the common needs of law students from working-class backgrounds.
Federalist Society at Berkeley Law (Fed Soc)
Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology, which advocates a centralized and uniform society. While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is 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 the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
The Boalt Hall chapter of the Federalist Society’s goals include: promoting thoughtful and challenging discussion of legal and public policy issues; academically and intellectually sponsoring conservative and libertarian law students; and ensuring that Berkeley Law students are thoughtfully exposed to conservative and libertarian perspectives, and consider these perspectives in their analysis of legal issues. We put on a number of great events, which include bringing out leading judges, legal scholars, and practicing lawyers to address hot-button issues of importance to the Federalist Society. We are also a social club, with happy hours and some planned excursions in the mix.
Membership is open to all students who are interested in thoughtful debate and the exchange of ideas, regardless of political ideology.
Food Justice Project (FJP)
Food Justice Project combats food insecurity and promotes equitable and healthy food systems.
Foster Education Project (FosterEd)
Our organization serves foster youth in the Bay Area. We pair each student with a single child, and file paperwork with the court to become a legal education rights holder. Our main activities are advocating for the youth at their school and in IEP meetings to ensure that they are receiving adequate services.
Gun Violence Prevention Project (GVPP)
The mission of GVPP is to support the Giffords Law Center in its organizational effort to make communities safer by researching legal pathways to counter the internet’s function as a radicalizing tool that glorifies gun violence against women, racial and ethnic minorities, while working alongside advocates of the data privacy movement to ensure that both movements inform each other and work in tandem as courts and legislators grapple with the new internet era.
Homelessness Service Project (HSP)
Homelessness Service Project (HSP) pairs Berkeley students and local lawyers to provide legal assistance to the homeless and low income community in the Bay Area. Our primary project is at The Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley, providing legal counseling and referral services to homeless individuals who come for healthcare and housing services. This work will include helping clients seek out other legal assistance or take the first steps in advocating for themselves in local courts. HSP work is not limited to issues of homelessness, but covers any type of legal issues that people of the homeless and low income community encounter.
As well as Suitcase Clinic, we serve and get to know our homeless neighbors in the following three ways. (1) Providing legal services at other clinics. (2) Doing outreach to our homeless neighbors directly and gaining a deeper understanding of the common problems that they face. (3) Shadowing attorneys at HAC.
Hub for Equity and Administrative Representation (HEAR)
The Hub for Equity and Administrative Representation (HEAR) is designed to provide a centralized, institutionally-supported network to connect students to public interest comment-writing opportunities. In carrying out this work, HEAR intends to target a few areas of need, both on campus and in the community.
This project intends to: (1) bolster Berkeley’s academic mission by providing Berkeley Law students (JD, LLM, JSD, JSP) with information and training about the administrative comment process, including the importance of amplifying stakeholder opinions and strategies underpinning the text of the actual comment; (2) remove burdens from existing student groups by offering this training and subsequent support to implement comment-writing and policy-focused programming in the regular course of their business, under the supervision of their current supervising attorneys; (3) provide experience to students in subject areas of their particular interests, such as environmental, public health, immigration, and other areas under the purview of the administrative state; (4) connect students to local practitioners with shared interests as a means of networking; (5) encourage students to engage in public interest work above and beyond that which they complete in their 1L years by offering more targeted and limited opportunities to work with the community; (6) offer LLM students meaningful ways to engage with the community during their more limited time at Berkeley; and (7) amplify voices of direct service and community providers, which often have the most insight into the effects of regulations but the fewest resources to organize comment-writing in light of their daily need to support the community.
Berkeley Law’s chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
If/When/How is a national nonprofit that trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals to work within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice. If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at Berkeley educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights.
International Human Rights Workshop (IHRW)
The International Human Rights Workshop exists to give Berkeley Law students hands-on experience in international human rights work. Participating students hone their legal research and writing skills and develop their understanding of domestic and international human rights laws and accountability frameworks.
International Legal Placement Initiative at Berkeley (ILPIB)
We aim to link J.D and LL.M students with one another in order to introduce them to career, internship and networking opportunities in the international and local community.
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) helps refugees escape harm and persecution and start their lives anew. We provide legal representation to those who have none and help refugees navigate the rules and processes of resettlement to safe third countries.
Jewish Students Association of Berkeley Law (JSABL)
To provide a space for Jews of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences to come together and build community through shared values and dialogue about the ways in which we diverge in our expressions of Jewish values.
Website: Jurisbrewdence is committed to expanded knowledge of brewing laws and teaching others how to brew.
La Raza Student Association (La Raza)
La Raza Law Students Association seeks to empower Latinx students. La Raza hopes to shape the law to enhance our diverse communities’ cultural, economic, political, social, and spiritual vitality. La Raza Law Students Association facilitates members’ diverse legal interests by maintaining an inclusive environment where members can engage deeply with their studies and each other. Drawing upon el poder de la comunidad, La Raza Law Students Association manifests solidarity with other progressive individuals and organizations who seek to transform social conditions in the United States y el mundo. Together we realize the bright hope de la humanidad.
La Raza Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic (La Raza Clinic)
The purpose of La Raza Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic is to provide pro bono legal services to workers and tenants in Oakland through Centro Legal de La Raza.
Law & Society Graduate Association (LSGA)
Our purpose is to provide networking, professional development, and social opportunities for graduate students in Jurisprudence & Social Policy and the field of Law & Society.
Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP)
LSJP joins the Berkeley Law community in advocating human rights and self-determination for the Palestinian people. We educate the wider community on legal issues around Israel/Palestine and support law students working for Palestinian liberation.
Law Students of African Descent (LSAD)
The purpose of LSAD shall be to utilize, develop, and support the collective resources of its members
a. Identify and promote the academic and professional needs and goals of its membership;
b. Foster and encourage professional competence in a supportive environment;
c. Develop and maintain positive relationships between law students and practicing attorneys
within the legal community;
d. Instill in law students and attorneys of African descent a greater awareness of and
commitment to the needs of the Black community;
e. Use the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Black
f. Do all things necessary and proper to accomplish these and all other purposes duly adopted
by the Board and the Membership and not in conflict with the directives of Regional and
Legal Automation Workshop (LAW)
Students in the Legal Automation Workshop (LAW) partner with other SLPs and Bay Area pro bono services with legal automation needs. Each student will identify high-impact areas where legal automation can help streamline existing workflows and research. Students will scope the minimum-viable product, build it, test it, and ship it. Students have wide latitude in setting the hours, pace, and volume of work while receiving support from LAW leadership and members.
Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association (MELSA)
The Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association (MENALSA) is an organization dedicated to fostering an empowering, holistic community for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) students at Berkeley Law. MENALSA works in solidarity with other organizations to promote and empower MENA students at Berkeley Law, the legal profession, and beyond.
Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law (MVBL)
Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law’s mission is to create a community where veterans can help veterans succeed in law school and beyond. This means, first and foremost, promoting social cohesion among veterans and military service members at the school. Additionally, we seek to develop veteran-specific professional opportunities for our members, as well as host events geared toward educating the wider student body on military-related topics in the law.
Name and Gender Change Workshop (NGCW)
The Name and Gender Change Workshop works with members of the trans community seeking to change their name and/or gender markings on official government documents. Students participating in the Name and Gender Change Workshop:
-Conduct intake interviews with clients seeking to obtain court-ordered name and gender changes
-Identify possible legal issues
-Research and discuss findings with supervising attorneys
-File pleadings on behalf of clients
-Discuss options with clients including changing name and gender markings on driver’s licenses, passports, and other government-issued IDs
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
The National Lawyers Guild is an organization dedicated to uniting lawyers and legal workers in the fight for civil rights and social justice. Guild attorneys, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers share a progressive social and political perspective that is reflected in the preamble to the Guild’s constitution, which holds that human rights are more sacred than property rights.
Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
NALSA is a community of law students that seeks to promote the success of Native students, create awareness around Native issues, and foster a positive culture of unity, cooperation, and respect. Serving as an academic, political, and social resource for Native law students and their allies, NALSA is committed to forming lasting relationships with Native alumni, Native members of the legal community, and the Native community as a whole. From social trips to educational lectures, conferences to mentorships, NALSA actively provides its members with opportunities for academic and legal prosperity, a deeper sense of engagement with Federal Indian Law, and a supportive community of peers. NALSA at Berkeley Law is an active chapter of National NALSA.
Native American Legal Assistance Project (NALA)
The primary purpose of this organization is to provide pro bono legal assistance to Native Americans in California. We will work with a supervising attorney from California Indian Legal Services (CILS) to achieve this goal. A secondary purpose is to provide an opportunity for law students to gain meaningful legal experience.
Older, Wiser Law Students (OWLS)
Older, Wiser Law Student (OWLS) aims to provide non-traditional and second career Berkeley Law students an informal setting to share advice and mutual support. We welcome anyone to whom this community may be of help or interest.
Patent Law Society (PLS)
The Patent Law Society is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of patent law. We are committed to strengthening ties between students interested in patent law and the Berkeley Law community. Furthermore, we aim to spread awareness of patent law as a career path for young scholars in the Berkeley community at large.
Peer Wellness Coalition (PWC)
The Peer Wellness Coalition (“PWC”) is a student organization dedicated to increasing wellness and mental health resources in Berkeley Law and in the legal profession more generally. Studies consistently reveal an unacceptable prevalence of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues among lawyers and law students even as compared to other demanding professional vocations. PWC is committed to reversing this trend by providing Berkeley Law students the resources necessary to (1) manage their wellness and mental health needs and (2) develop the skills and habits required for maintaining work-life balance. PWC aspires for students to take these skills with them as they enter the legal and other professions.
PWC will achieve these goals by developing a platform that gathers and makes more accessible the wellness resources on campus. PWC will plan its own programs while also supporting the programming of other student groups aligned with PWC’s mission. The five pillars of the organization will orient our programming: (1) Daily Coping Skills, (2) Physical Wellness, (3) Mental Health, (4) Alcohol and Substance Use/Abuse, and (5) Interpersonal Relationships. We also plan to continually engage with students to better understand and, when possible, combat, the sources of mental health issues in law school.
We hope the priorities and efforts of PWC will gain attention and spread to other law school student organizations. We also hope that PWC’s work will inspire both law school administrations and law firms to invest more institutional resources in wellness and mental health.
Pilipinx American Law Society (PALS)
The Pilipinx American Law Society is a student-led group that strives to address the needs of law students of Pilipinx descent through recruitment, mentorship, professional development, and social activities. Born of the common experiences and challenges of Pilipinx law students, PALS is a community that fosters inclusiveness, wellbeing, and academic achievement through students’ time at Berkeley Law.
Political and Election Empowerment Project (PEEP)
We work with national nonprofit organizations fighting for voting rights. We focus our efforts on historically marginalized and oppressed populations across the country. Our work has previously addressed re-districting efforts that would disenfranchise poor voters and voters of color, voter roll purges, and election monitoring. We have been primarily a research-based SLP with a focus on legal and historical research and on writing letters and legal memos. We hope to expand our work this year to include more community-facing efforts such as “Know Your Rights” workshops and working at polls. This work is especially crucial with the impending 2020 presidential election and that’s at the top of our minds.
Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP)
The purpose of the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP) is to train Berkeley Law students to assist incarcerated people in California with the parole process. Our group’s mission is to attain justice for the thousands of men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison, even if they pose no current threat to society. Indigent prisoners regularly receive inadequate representation from board-appointed attorneys, and students’ support can help ensure that prisoners are well-prepared and have a fair chance at their hearings. P-CAP pairs law students with individuals serving life sentences to aid them in preparing for their parole hearing and to represent them at that hearing under attorney supervision.
Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN)
Dedicated to the principle that human and civil rights are more sacred than property rights, the National Lawyers Guild seeks to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective political and social force to protect and defend communities, social justice movements, and political and grassroots organizations and activists advocating and organizing for those rights.
Privacy Law at Berkeley (PrivLAB)
Our club serves the Berkeley Law community by educating students about the fundamentals of privacy law and spreading awareness regarding the important and constant changes happening in the privacy law space.
The Pro Bonotes
The Pro Bonotes is Berkeley Law’s premier a cappella group, dedicated to producing sweet melodies and perfect-pitched harmonies. Relying on the power of voice alone, the group brings together students who want to sing and support each other while establishing a musical scene within the law school. The Pro Bonotes aim to perform music across a range of genres and eras for the many fans across the law school who enjoy musical showcases.
Queers United In Revolutionary Subversion (QUIRS)
QUIRS is a non-hierarchical community of students at Berkeley Law committed to dismantling systems of domination and oppression. To us, liberation means a radical transformation of our society. We plan to pursue liberation at every turn. Queer and trans justice is about ending colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, cis-hetero-patriarchy, ableism, and all other forms of subjugation. Queer and trans justice is prison abolition, no nations or borders, universal housing, Palestinian self-determination and right to return, redistribution of wealth, indigenous sovereignty. We acknowledge that we will not always get everything right and that this list is non-exhaustive. However, it is our mission to hold ourselves accountable and better ourselves and our community in the face of missteps.
QUIRS is also about the personal lived experiences of queer and trans people. Of queer and trans people in this law school. We hope to create a space where we show up for each other, in all of our complexities and hold space for free ranging, tapestried conversations of healing and growth. We aim for this new group to be a place for queer law students to collectively grapple with what it means to be a queer and in law school. For us, queerness is something that is inherently political and tied to larger movements for liberation beyond our sexual orientation and the law. We will honor the lived experiences of our members.
Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP)
Students who participate in the Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP) have the opportunity to work with Root & Rebound, a non-profit in Oakland founded by Berkeley Law alums, to provide legal information to individuals who are reentering society from prison. Root & Rebound’s mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low-income communities and communities of color in the United States.
RAP Volunteers work alongside Root & Rebound attorneys to resolve nuanced legal questions and to provide reentry resources for formerly incarcerated individuals and their loved ones. Students who are available on Fridays assist with the Reentry Legal Hotline, which offers free legal information on reentry-related topics. Root & Rebound also receives approximately 400+ letters a week from currently incarcerated individuals; under the direction of an attorney, students research and respond to reentry-related questions in the letters. Students may also assist staff attorneys with other research or support projects. Using the Roadmap to Reentry guidebook developed by Root & Rebound, RAP Volunteers will grow familiar with California and federal law regarding reentry issues such as voting rights, registration laws, employment, and housing.
Reproductive Justice Project (RJP)
The Reproductive Justice Project (“RJP”) at Berkeley Law provides legal support to attorneys working on various reproductive rights and justice issues across the country.
Restorative Justice Committee (RJC)
Website: The Restorative Justice Committee is the student organization at Berkeley Law that aims to explore and understand an alternative model of conflict resolution both within the contexts of our carceral system, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the Berkeley Law community.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
SALSA strives to create a safe and inclusive space for South Asian law students and their allies.
Space Law Society at Berkeley Law
The Space Law Society at Berkeley Law is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of Space Law. We are committed to strengthening ties between the Space Law Society and the Berkeley Law community.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)
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.
Startup Law Initiative (SLI)
To provide law students with hands-on transactional experience, help founders overcome otherwise cost preventative barriers, and connect law students with premier law firms and innovative clients.
Student Organization for Advanced Legal Students (SOALS)
To facilitate the social and professional needs of its members (as defined below) who share similar interests and needs while studying at Berkeley Law. Through social, professional, career, and academic activities, SOALS aspires to build relationships among its members and its U.S.-based and international alumni, and to share experiences on paths to practitioner and academic job placement, scholarly research, international public service, and business opportunities.
Students for Economic and Environmental Justice (SEEJ)
SEEJ is an affinity group for law students interested in economic and environmental justice issues and advocacy. Committed to the equitable distribution of environmental and economic benefits and burdens, SEEJ investigates the strategic use of legal tools to strengthen grassroots organizing and build community power. SEEJ students are involved in a number of Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, bring relevant practitioners and academics to speak at Berkeley Law, and organize community-led “Grass Routes” tours of environmental justice hot spots to get students out into the community.
Supreme Corks (SupCo)
To build community through learning about and enjoying the products of viniculture in the Bay Area and beyond
Survivor Advocacy Project (SAP)
The Survivor Advocacy Project (SAP) seeks to help local attorneys with Title IX cases, as they advise and represent survivors in school administrative hearings. In addition, SAP volunteers will have an opportunity to improve their writing skills by researching and writing legal memos for attorneys on a variety of topics relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Sustainability Team @ Berkeley Law (STABL)
Website: The Sustainability Team at Berkeley Law is dedicated to helping students, staff, faculty, and all the law school’s visitors divert waste from landfills and empower the law school community to reduce our impact on ecosystems and communities
Technology & Public Interest Law and Policy (TPILP)
Providing networking opportunities and support to students interested in the fields of public interest technology law and policy.
Tenants Rights Workshop (TRW)
The purpose of CLO is two-fold. First, the organization provides valuable services to the East Bay community by targeting low-income residents and the homeless in need of legal information and/or services. Through outreaches to various parts of the East Bay, CLO seeks out and locates members of these communities and assists them in finding legal services.
The Law and Political Economy Society of Berkeley (LPE Soc)
The Law and Political Economy Society of Berkeley seeks to foster a community of students and faculty members interested in how law shapes politics and the economy through roundtable discussions, reading groups, and scholarly presentations.
Trans @ Berkeley Law (TABL)
To advance the Trans Agenda!
Wage Justice Clinic (WJC)
The Wage Justice Clinic provides free legal assistance to help low-wage workers with their claims against employers who violate state and local law by refusing to pay their workers the wages they deserve.
Women in Tech Law (WiTL)
Women in Tech Law (WiTL) is an official 501(c)(3) organization that originated at Berkeley Law. We are rapidly expanding, as we have recently established chapters at UCI, UCLA, Stanford, Cardozo Law, and Case Western Reserve. Our chapter shares in the greater mission of recruiting, supporting, and empowering women who intend to pursue careers in technology law. Our goals are are establishing and expanding our alumni network, bridging the gap between LLMs who bring valuable and unique experiences to our community and law students interested in breaking into the realm of law and technology, partnering with other UC Berkeley departments and regional institutions to provide educational opportunities to women lawyers interested in technology, engaging in community outreach with undergraduates considering a career in technology law, and continuing to generate programs and seminars substantively geared towards encouraging aspiring women technology lawyers and confronting issues current practitioners face in the workplace.
Womxn of Berkeley Law (WOBL)
Womxn of Berkeley Law (WOBL) is a Berkeley Law student group that seeks to advance the role of womxn within the legal profession by helping our members thrive in the Berkeley Law community and beyond.
Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)
The Women of Color Collective (WOCC) is dedicated to providing a supportive community space for Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, and other women and trans people of color at Berkeley Law.
By providing cultural, social, professional, educational and community service programs, WOCC seeks to advance the passions, goals, and needs of women and trans people of color and enrich their educational experiences at Berkeley Law. WOCC is committed to working in solidarity with other organizations to promote diversity in Berkeley Law, the legal profession, and beyond.
Workers’ Rights Clinic (WRC)
The WRC works in partnership with Legal Aid At Work to assist community members with a range of issues, including discrimination, unemployment, and wage theft, while giving law students first-hand experience in client intake and interaction.
Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic (WRDLC)
The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic is a graduate student-run legal clinic that has served low-income individuals in the greater Bay Area with employment-related legal concerns for over a decade. Every other Tuesday, our organization holds a session to provide low-income workers around the Bay Area community with employment advice on a range of issues, including employment discrimination, unemployment, workers’ compensation, wage and hour problems, and unreported overtime.
Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)
To work as youth advocates to support juveniles who are currently, or were previously, incarcerated at Contra Costa County’s juvenile hall. Student work will support the public defenders who represent these juveniles in court.