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), 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:
Student Association at Berkeley Law (SABL)
In addition to the below registered student organizations, Berkeley Law also has robust opportunities with:
2021-2022 Registered Student Organizations
Mission: The purpose of the Abolitionist Collective at Berkeley is to cultivate a community of law students committed to abolishing the prison-industrial complex through sharing resources, engaging in thoughtful discussions, attending and organizing events, and building coalitions with other registered student organizations and community members.
Mission: The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations, with a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers, and other concerned individuals. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. Our mission is to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: genuine equality, individual rights and liberties, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law.
Mission: The Animal Legal Defense Fund of Berkeley Law is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
Mission: Animal Law Advocacy Project advocates for animals, who have no legal recourse on their own accord.
Mission: AIR’s mission is to connect the worlds of law and art by supporting artists locally and around the world. By informing artists about their legal rights and safeguarding legal protections for artistic speech, students can help to empower the artistic community, who is often found at the helm of social change.
Mission: The Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) is one of only two law journals in the United States focusing on Asian American communities in its publication agenda. Known as the Asian Law Journal until 2007, AALJ was first published in October 1993 in a joint publication with the California Law Review. AALJ’s first independent issue was published in May 1994.
AALJ serves dual purposes for the Asian Pacific American and legal communities. First, the journal sets a scholarly foundation for exploring the unique legal concerns of Asian Pacific Americans. Second, AALJ seeks to put that scholarship in action and open the dialogue between those who study law and those who are affected by it. In pursuit of these goals, AALJ strives to provide a forum for the many voices and opinions of the Asian Pacific American community through events such as its annual Spring Symposium and Neil Gotanda Lecture in Asian American Jurisprudence.
AALJ is published annually, and each volume typically contains articles, book reviews, essays and other contributions from scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students. AALJ consists of Berkeley Law students, external members from nearby Bay Area law schools, and UC Berkeley undergraduates in the Undergraduate Fellows Program.
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.
The movement includes, but is not limited to, the intersections of gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and race. We recognize the histories of Pacific Islanders and support those who choose to maintain distinct community identities.
In solidarity with all peoples who have been subordinated, we embrace the opportunity to publish works that address issues relating to all marginalized communities. The mission of our journal is to speak truth to power; to borrow from poet Janice Mirikitani, “We give testimony. Our noise is dangerous.”
Mission: 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.
Mission: The purpose of BERC Law is to connect, educate, and engage law students with an interest in energy and resources law. It does this by (1) connecting students at Berkeley Law to energy-related education, opportunities, and resources at UC Berkeley, particularly through the campus-wide Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) and (2) compiling special information, guidance and peer support to empower students to pursue their education and career goals in energy and resources law.
Mission: BBLJ is the number one commercial law journal in the country and the only student organization at Berkeley Law focused on business law. The Journal works to connect professors, practitioners and students through a print journal, a daily blog, and various events. For information about the the editorial board, submissions, or membership, please click on the links to the right.
Mission: Berkeley Immigration Group’s (BIG) mission is to support the legal rights of immigrants through pro bono work.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, formerly the California Criminal Law Review (until 2004) and formerly the Boalt Journal of Criminal Law (until 2006), was founded in 2000 as a forum for the discussion of current criminal law and policy issues, in particular those relevant to or concerning the state of California. By focusing on criminal law and policy matters, our objective is to serve as a valuable resource to the academic and practicing communities.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law (BJESL) is a student-run publication and scholarly community dedicated to fostering high-level, timely discussion of legal issues that contemporaneously impact the entertainment and sports world, both domestically and internationally. As an interactive and completely-online law journal, BJESL presents a unique platform for rich, diverse legal analysis that will serve scholars, practitioners, and students in these fields. Issues will contain approximately four articles by professors, practitioners, or students on current topics relating to sports and entertainment law.
Mission: The Federalist Society 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 emphatically 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.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) is recognized as 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. As the center of Berkeley’s international law community, BJIL hosts professional and social events which engage likeminded students, academics, and practitioners in pressing international legal issues.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law provides a forum for the discussion of legal and philosophical issues relating to the Middle East and Islamic world. The Journal welcomes timely and original scholarship on the Middle East, Islamic law, and related topics. As a digital journal, we accept and publish submissions throughout the academic year.
Mission: To provide opportunities for Berkeley Law students to partner with local legal nonprofits and provide pro bono legal services ouBertside of the Bay Area.
Mission: Torture is a crime. The Boalt Committee Against Torture (BCAT) believes that all people
who participated in the planning and implementation of torture should be criminally
Mission: Our project seeks to enhance the understanding of the actual state of the cash bail system in Mississippi in partnership with our community partners. We aim to support OSPD’s work to improve public defense education and advocacy on behalf of clients impacted by the bail system and to combat unjust bail practices that disproportionately affect the poor and people of color in Mississippi. We will conduct research with this goal in mind, and seek to explicate some of the most pressing issues the public defense community can address in their efforts to provide more comprehensive access to justice for their clients. By approaching the project in the Fall with a need-finding mindset we will provide our participants with the unique experience of collaborating with community partners to meet existing needs. We will also seek to build a strong community among our student participants.
Mission: The purpose of BATPro is to provide a means for young advocates to help fight human trafficking through (primarily) practitioner guidance and community outreach
Mission: We aim to promote social connections at Berkeley Law through soccer. We host weekly pick-up games, organize intramural teams, and host viewing parties of professional games.
Mission: We aim to foster a safe and inclusive environment for Muslim law students and allies.
Mission: Since its founding in 1978, the 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.
Mission: Brave Resistance Against Interpersonal Violence advocates against the persistence and proliferation of interpersonal violence in the Bay Area and beyond by raising awareness in the Berkeley Law community. BRAIV facilitates discussions regarding the intersectional issues of interpersonal violence through education, advocacy, and community partnerships. In particular, BRAIV explores and expands the ways in which the legal field can better support those experiencing interpersonal violence and connect law students and other community members to resources and information regarding interpersonal violence. BRAIV also actively supports the Bay Area advocacy network by connecting with local organizations to contribute to their efforts with fundraising or direct services.
Mission: The Berkeley Technology Law Journal is a student-run publication of University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. We started in March 1985, published our first issue in Spring 1986, and have since covered emerging issues of law in the areas of intellectual property, high-technology and biotechnology. BTLJ strives to keep judges, policymakers, practitioners, and the academic community abreast of this dynamic field.
Mission: Board of Advocates is a primarily student run organization charged with all of the school’s internal and external skills competitions. Students participate in both regional and national competitions in three main areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy. Teams receive coaching from professors, Executive Board Members, alumni, and fellow students.
The Board places a strong emphasis on training fellow students and future members through internal competitions, offering scholarship money and the opportunity to be heard by federal judges in mock argument. The Board of Advocates provides further opportunities for students to hone their advocacy skills, hosting multiple skills workshops throughout the year.
The Board recognizes the importance of diversity in the legal profession. The Board acknowledges the systemic exclusion of marginalized groups, especially people of color, from legal advocacy spaces and from the legal community at large. All Board members commit to valuing diverse perspectives, experiences, and opinions in all areas of their work. The Board and its branches commit to leveraging their power to dismantle systems of oppression in all forms and make legal advocacy inclusive for everyone.
Mission: 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.
Mission: The California Asylum Representation Clinic’s primary mission is to help guide and represent asylum seekers. CARC’s secondary goal is to train Berkeley Law students in critical lawyering skills including interviewing, client management, and immigration law.
Mission: California Lawn Review is a student-run variety publication at Berkeley Law that promotes levity, accessibility, and student voices in commentary on the law, legal education, and any other aspect of the law student experience. California Lawn Review considers submissions from all students in all forms, including open letters, satire, creative writing, artwork, and beyond.
Mission: CLAB seeks to provide a platform for all students and scholars interested in Chinese
law and culture. Through developing social activities, CLAB seeks to enrich the academic experience of its members, building relationships between CLAB members through facilitating conversation and dialogue. CLAB also seeks to support the development of its members through hosting professional and academic events, laying the foundation for its members to develop their professional and academic experiences and capacities.
Mission: Christians at BerkeleyLaw provides a safe community for students to come together for weekly fellowship to talk about the Christian faith and deepen our commitment to God and one another.
Mission: CELL is a pro-bono student-initiated legal services project that seeks to accelerate an equitable electrical grid transition by providing legal services to marginalized communities seeking access to and ownership of clean power.
Mission: 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.
Mission: The Coalition of Minorities in Technology Law (CMTL) is a student organization established within UC Berkeley School of Law with the purpose of providing community, mentorship, career resources, and advocacy on behalf of students who are interested in technology law and who come from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the technology, legal, and technology law fields.
Mission: C-3PO aims to give Berkeley Law students the opportunity to advance changes in consumer law and policy to protect vulnerable borrowers and consumers. Students will work closely with attorneys to produce substantive legal and policy research that will have a real-world impact. Through its program, C-3PO seeks to promote racial and economic justice and train Berkeley Law students to become consumer advocates.
Mission: 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.
Mission: The DA Accountability and Participatory Defense Project (“DAPD”) empowers community members and law students to hold public officials accountable for the injustices they perpetuate within the Alameda County criminal legal system.
Public attention to criminal legal issues has increased significantly over the past decade. While we have clearly seen and called out the injustices perpetrated by the police, jails, and prisons, criminal courts remain a black box. However, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys play a prominent role in determining whether and how people are sentenced to incarceration after arrest.
For the past year, a group of court watch volunteers in Alameda County have observed how courts are dealing with rising COVID cases in jails, using money bail versus pretrial alternatives, and treating defendants and their loved ones in hearings. We are looking for volunteers to join us in this effort to uncover what is happening in the criminal courts, share this information with the public, and hold court officials accountable to the communities they are supposed to serve.
DAPD will also focus on broader community education related to local District Attorneys and the role they play within the criminal legal system. A report published by UPM and the ACLU can be found here: https://meetyourda.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/acda-press-release.pdf
Mission: At the heart of the Digital Rights Project is a belief that technology must be used and regulated in a manner that respects the dignity of the user. As technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, novel questions over how to respect civil liberties in the information age have emerged. Should law enforcement surveillance technology be equipped with facial recognition? Can government officials legally block users from following them on Twitter, and can Twitter legally restrict the speech of government officials? How can we examine and work to dismantle the racist logics underpinning surveillance technologies?
The Digital Rights Project gives Berkeley Law students an opportunity to address some of these questions and to conduct substantive work at the intersection of law, technology, and social justice. DRP is committed to doing this work through a lens that acknowledges and addresses the impacts of racism and systemic inequality on surveillance and technology. Our organization engages in legal research and community advocacy where law, technology, and social justice intersect. Our work is underpinned by the belief that privacy is a fundamental right and a desire to unearth how race, class, and power are implicated in government and corporate surveillance. It will provide a space to interrogate how the history, development, and implementation of surveillance technologies impact the communities we work with and the work that we do.
Students in DRP will work directly with the ACLU of Northern California’s Technology and Civil Liberties team on projects involving legal research and writing and community advocacy. Students will conduct research on the judicial implementation and enforcement of the state’s groundbreaking electronic privacy law, the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) and assist with research, trainings, and related materials for local communities related to government surveillance practices and applicable privacy and surveillance laws. Students who are interested in committing more time may also have the opportunity to assist the ACLU with research related to ongoing surveillance and privacy legislation and litigation, subject to the organization’s needs.
Blockchain technology is developing at a rapid pace. Only prepared lawyers can successfully render help to this ever-expanding industry. Thus, Distributed Ledgers Association aims to provide firm knowledge and ways to utilize blockchain, cryptocurrency, DAOs, NFTs, and the Metaverse.
Mission: DSABL aims to foster a supportive community where disabled students at Berkeley Law receive mentorship, facilitate access to resources and accommodations, and provide a space to advocate and understand disability rights.
Mission: East Bay Dreamers Project partners with the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) in providing immigration legal services to support and empower Bay Area undocumented community members. EBDP specifically focuses on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. EBDP helps clients with their initial and renewal DACA applications and advance parole (permission to travel outside the US). Apart from DACA, EBDP also helps EBCLC conduct general immigration consultations to identify other options for legal status.
Mission: The production staff of ELQ is comprised of a diverse group of Berkeley Law students with one common objective – to publish the nation’s premier environmental law journal. We publish print issues four times a year, as well as shorter pieces through our online publication. This published work comes to us from legal scholars, practitioners, and law students and is focused on groundbreaking environmental and energy issues of all sorts. ELQ members help shape the direction of environmental law scholarship by reviewing, selecting, and editing articles for publication.
Mission: Election Law @ Berkeley Law (EL@B) is a nonpartisan student organization which builds community among students passionate about democracy, equality, citizenship, voting rights, and representation. Through lectures, organizing events, and mentorship activities, EL@B stokes campus-wide interest in election law and provides opportunities to network and learn from practitioners.
Mission: Environmental Conservation Outreach’s (ECO) mission is to engage students in environmental law pro bono work in order to address environmental injustices, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, and to combat climate change. We also offer research and writing opportunities for projects that can have real impacts.
Mission: ELS promotes public interest environmental law at Berkeley Law, engaging students through advocacy projects, speaker series, outdoor trips, and other social activities.
Mission: The mission of Families at Berkeley Law (FABL) is to provide information, advocacy, and support for parents and caregivers at Berkeley Law. Furthermore, the group will provide a secure forum to discuss issues surrounding parenting and caregiving while pursuing a career in law. The forum is open to all parents, caregivers, and any students interested in starting a family while pursuing a fulfilling legal career.
Mission: First Generation Professionals is a student organization stressing a common experience based on economic status. This group is born from the common needs of law students from working-class backgrounds.
Mission: The Food Justice Project (FJP) believes everyone should have access to nourishing, affordable food. We advance that goal in our own community, the UC Berkeley campus, by supporting students as they navigate the CalFresh application and appeals process when their benefits are denied or cut off. We also advocate for policy changes to combat food insecurity for UC Berkeley students and educate ourselves on broader food justice work, particularly as it relates to economic, environmental, and racial justice.
Mission: The Foster Education Project at Berkeley Law pairs law students with local foster youth in need of an educational advocate. Law students become the legal educational rights holders for a single child, ensuring the child receives an appropriate school placement, any services for disabilities or special needs, and the supports needed to succeed.
Mission: This project seeks to provide support to grassroots organizers in their land, housing, and environmental justice goals. We want to provide opportunities for Berkeley Law students to engage with BIPOC-led organizations in the Bay Area fighting for the liberation rights of the most vulnerable communities.
Mission: In 2020, almost 45,000 Americans were killed by guns, according to The Washington Post. Gun violence is clearly an urgent crisis that necessitates immediate action. The Gun Violence Prevention Project seeks to support the work of Brady Law and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which are two key organizations pursuing legal solutions to this emergency. Our organization empowers Berkeley Law students with the opportunity to substantively support the critical legal work of the movement to end gun violence.
Mission: GLOBL is an International Student Organization that contacts alum and shares information regarding career tracks and options available for students without a Green Card/US citizenship. The purpose of the organization is to make it easier for current and future international students to navigate various career paths.
Mission: The Homeless Service Project (HSP) provides legal assistance to the homeless and low-income community in the East Bay Area. HSP is not limited to issues of homelessness, but covers any type of legal issues that people of the homeless and low-income community encounter.
Mission: The Hub for Equity in Administrative Representation provides space for law students to engage in pro bono work through administrative advocacy for marginalized communities. HEAR connects law students with community-based organizations to draft and submit administrative comments in response to federal and state Notices for Proposed Rulemaking. We work with administrative law across subject areas including public health, immigration, the environment, consumer protection, public benefits and welfare, employment, and many, many more areas.
We have seen the power and impact that comments have on marginalized communities and we seek to advocate for these groups through administrative law. We connect law students with organizations that represent the communities who are most impacted by administrative rule changes. We are excited about teaming up with non-profit organizations to ensure our comments reflect the needs of the people and communities served by the non-profits. In partnering with community organizations, we also seek to fill gaps in administrative representation and so work with organizations that would otherwise have limited bandwidth to respond to NPRMs.
We also work directly with Berkeley Law SLPS, student orgs, and other campus organizations who want to write comments, integrate comment-writing into their general functions, or support the development of advocacy through administrative law.
HEAR provides an opportunity for law students to engage in meaningful pro bono work, receive feedback on research and writing skills, and serve a prevalent legal need.
Mission: 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.
Mission: Through careful legal research, detailed data collection, and comprehensive analysis, the International Human Rights Workshop is dedicated to working alongside international courts and organizations to protect and promote human rights around the globe.
Mission: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.
Mission: SINCE 1969, LA ALIANZA LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION HAS SOUGHT TO EMPOWER LATINX STUDENTS. LA ALIANZA HOPES TO SHAPE THE LAW TO ENHANCE OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES’ CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND SPIRITUAL VITALITY.
La Alianza 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 Alianza 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.
Mission: La Alianza (formerly, La Raza) Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic is one of the oldest SLPs at Berkeley Law, created in 1969 by La Raza law students who founded Centro Legal de la Raza after seeing the immense need for free legal representation to the Oakland’s Latinx community. The historic organization has since become a cornerstone of legal services in Oakland, serving the Bay Area and now all of Northern California in the areas of Workers’ Rights, Tenants’ Rights, Immigration, and running an innovative Youth Law Academy.
The SLP is divided into two parts, the Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Tenants’ Rights Clinic. Students have the opportunity to participate in either one of the clinics or to do both. The Workers’ Rights Clinic meets with predominantly Spanish-speaking and immigrant workers who are facing a variety of job-related issues including wage theft, discrimination and sexual harassment, retaliation, and unemployment issues and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
The Tenants’ Rights Clinic meets with tenants, roughly 60% of who speak English and 40% who speak Spanish, Cantonese, and Vietnamese. Tenants at the clinic face a range of housing issues from evictions, illegal rent increases, landlord harassment, or uninhabitable conditions. The goal of this clinic is to stop displacement of low-income residents and stabilize rapidly-changing communities through eviction defense.
Students will have the opportunity to hone their interviewing, client service, and legal research and analysis skills. Students may have the opportunity to write demand letters, complaints, and Rent Board petitions, help with policy initiatives, testify at city council hearings, and attend hearings. Students may also help plan educational events and panels about housing and employment issues and get involved in local community actions.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SLP will work with clients over the phone at the beginning of the Fall Semester, with plans to resume in-person clinics when Centro Legal de la Raza resumes in-person client services.
Mission: La Raza Law Journal (“Journal”) produces knowledge designed to capture the imagination of legislators, stir the consciences of judges, and provide a dynamic tool for practitioners concerned with the impact of their work on behalf of the Latinx community.
The Journal was imagined in 1980 and established in 1981 by Latinx students and our allies at Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley. The Journal is one of the few law reviews in the United States that center Latinx conditions, communities, and identities.
The Journal was established to provide a forum, which previously did not exist, to analyze legal issues affecting the Latinx community. Previous issues have addressed bilingual education, affirmative action, immigration law, labor law and policy, voting rights, community empowerment, new models of organizing labor, rural communities, and Latinx Critical Legal Theory.
Mission: The Law and Political Economy Society (LPE Soc) at Berkeley offers a community through which Berkeley Law students can build creative thinking, dissent, and systemic critique into their study and practice. LPE Soc is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering interest and discussion in the emerging LPE movement, which seeks to expose how legal rules concentrate economic and political power among dominant social groups, and simultaneously build and expand modes of legal thinking which embed the economy in social life. By revealing the artificial divide between law, politics, and economics, we seek to help students exercise their power to reimagine the social order.
Mission: Finding its roots in the African American Association of the early 1960s, Law Students of African Descent (LSAD) is now at the heart of the Black community at Berkeley Law. The purpose of the organization is to articulate and promote the needs of Black law students in the law school. As an active member of the National Black Law Students Association, LSAD seeks to foster a unique sense of community among its members and to serve as an academic, political, and social resource for Black law students. In the wake of Proposition 209, LSAD actively participates in the recruitment and retention of Black law students. LSAD promotes academic and professional excellence among its members and is committed to forming lasting relationships with its Black alumni, members of the Black legal community, and the Black community as a whole.
Mission: The legal industry is often seen as lagging in technology, and many legal tasks and processes are conducive to automation. The Legal Automation Workshop (LAW) aims to partner with other SLPS and Bay Area pro bono service providers with legal automation needs.
Students in LAW perform research to identify organizations and high-impact areas where existing workflows can be streamlined through automation, leading to improvements in our clients’ overall efficiency. Students will also scope the minimum-viable product and participate in the design, build, testing, and delivery.
At LAW, students can make meaningful contributions to the provision of pro bono legal services, gain hands-on experience in application software, and expand their knowledge of a growing trend in the legal industry. The hours, pace, and volume of work is highly flexible and variable depending on the student’s role.
Mission: L.O.V.E.’s purpose is to provide support for veterans to overcome legal obstacles. This objective covers a wide variety of legal areas governed by several different entities, namely the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and state and local agencies.
Mission: The Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association (MENALSA) empowers and builds community among Middle Eastern and North African students at Berkeley Law. MENALSA works in solidarity with other organizations to develop students academically and professionally, as well as provide a fun social forum and address challenges our broader community faces.
Comprised of students who identify as Middle Eastern and North African, as well as students who have an interest in the cultural, political, and legal events affecting people from the Middle East and North Africa, MENALSA seeks to foster a cultural, political, social, and academic space for the MENA community at Berkeley Law. MENALSA works to promote diversity in Berkeley Law, the legal profession, and beyond.
Mission: 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.
Mission: LLMs on Trial is a society aiming to bring the Mock Trial experience to LLM students to allow them to familiarise themselves with the American legal system in a competitive manner by gaining an insider’s perspective on courtroom procedures. We aim to help students better their oral and written advocacy skills in the context of appellate-style litigation, putting some of the legal principles of Rules of Evidence and Appellate Advocacy into practice.
Note: This society is not exclusively reserved for LLM students. JDs and other law students are also welcome. However, this society was created to address the gap of Mock Trial opportunities for LLMs. 🙂
Mission: 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.
Mission: The Native American Legal Assistance Project (NALA) is a research-based SLP that works to address the legal issues Native Americans face. This year, NALA will assist Berkeley Law’s Tribal Cultural Resources Project in developing legal education and community resources for Native American communities, practitioners, and organizations. Specifically, students in NALA will help develop advocacy materials, policy tools, webinars, and other resources for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Students will have the opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects across many fields of law and conduct outreach with Native American communities and Tribes. NALA is also exploring collaborations with other organizations providing legal services to Native Americans.
Mission: Our mission is to bolster the Palestine solidarity movement by challenging efforts to threaten, harass and legally bully activists into silence and inaction.
Mission: The Patent Law Society is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of patent law.
Mission: The Pilipinx American Law Society (PALS) is a student-led group that strives to address the needs of law students of Filipino decent through mentorship, career advising, and social activities. Born of the common experiences and challenges of students from Filipino-American law students, PALS is a community that fosters inclusiveness, well-being, and academic achievement throughout students’ time at Berkeley Law.
Mission: The Plaintiffs’ Law Association (PLA) is a student organization at Berkeley Law and an official AAJ chapter dedicated to cultivating future plaintiff-side attorneys. We are a comprehensive resource for students interested in plaintiff-side careers–providing community support, professional guidance, and exposure to a variety of practice areas.
Mission: The Police Review Project (PRP) focuses on holding police officers accountable, organizing grassroots community safety practices, and supporting survivors of police brutality.
Mission: Voter suppression and threats to our democratic process are increasingly prevalent in the United States. The Political and Election Empowerment Project (PEEP) supports nonprofit organizations in California and across the nation fighting for voting rights and democracy reform. We focus our efforts on historically marginalized and oppressed populations, recognizing that structural racism is inherent in the systems of American democracy. Only when all citizens have equal and easy access to the polls will politicians represent community interests and the government represent the people. Over the years, PEEP students have worked towards this goal with Campaign Legal Center, Demos, and the Asian Law Caucus. Our projects have included strengthening electoral language-access, supporting redistricting efforts to better represent Asian American communities, impacting campaign finance laws, and fighting for judicial election reform.
Mission: P-CAP is a student-initiated legal services project (SLP) whose purpose is to train Berkeley Law students to assist incarcerated people with the parole process. Students will meet with their clients, prepare them for their parole board hearing, and help represent them at that hearing.
P-CAP’s mission is to achieve justice and freedom for the thousands of men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison, even if they pose no threat to society. Indigent prisoners regularly receive inadequate representation from board-appointed attorneys. Student support from P-CAP volunteers helps ensure that prisoners are well-prepared and have a fair chance at their hearing.
Mission: Through correspondence, solidarity, co-education, and research, PAN partners with incarcerated people and conducts research on common issues facing incarcerated individuals with the goal of improving conditions for imprisoned activists and those experiencing grave injustice inside California prisons.
Mission: “That the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extend of such protection.” Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis wrote those words in 1890 in their famous article The Right to Privacy. Today, those words are more relevant than ever, and our generation of lawyers will be the one to define the right to privacy “anew.” At Privacy Law at Berkeley, we open the dialogue to define and protect our common right to privacy.
Mission: To serve as a creative outlet for law students and perform at yearly recitals and other events
Mission: PHL is dedicated to engaging and educating the Berkeley Law community around public health law. We are committed to increasing the educational opportunities and professional connections within this field.
Mission: Public Interest Law & Technology (PIL&T) is a community of students interested in the intersection of law, technology, and social justice. We recognize the ways in which new technologies—and the laws governing them—can positively or negatively impact civil liberties, human rights, democratic governance, and social equity.
Mission: Since its founding in 1978, the 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.
Mission: 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.
Mission: The Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP) works with Root & Rebound, an Oakland non-profit, to provide free legal information to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals on navigating the legal barriers imposed by a criminal history when reentering society. RAP volunteers will work with attorneys on Root & Rebound’s legal aid hotline to take calls from clients in prison and across California, conduct legal research, and provide follow-up information and resources. By engaging in this work, students will learn about California criminal law and procedure while seeing the real-world effects of criminal law on individuals in the system and their loved ones.
Mission: Reproductive justice, at its core, is about bodily autonomy and the right to choose whether and under what circumstances people have and raise children. This year, RJP will be offering a variety of projects with reproductive justice groups around the country. With the continuing state and national attacks on abortion rights and access, many organizations are focusing on people’s right and ability to choose. Additionally, RJP will be getting involved with LGBTQIA organizations and racial justice organizations in a variety of other areas, potentially including such general topics as advocacy for intersex youth, research on black maternal health, and policy recommendations for sex education in high schools. Students will have the opportunity to rank their preferences for which organization and which project they want to be assigned. Due to the sensitive nature of RJP’s partner organizations’ work, the exact details of each project are highly confidential unless indicated otherwise.
Mission: The mission of the Space Law Society at Berkeley Law is to foster Berkeley Law involvement 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 camaraderie. Our mission is to explore the emerging field, embracing the many perspectives that students have to offer and seeking out new practices and ideas.
Mission: 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.
Mission: The Startup Law Initiative strives to lower the barrier to entry for Bay Area startup founders while also providing a community of first-year law students with the opportunity to learn basic transactional skills early in their law school career.
Mission: Represent the collective interests of its members before the faculty and administration of Berkeley Law, the University of California, and its public at large.
Mission: The primary goal of SOALS is to facilitate the social and professional needs of advanced legal students and scholars who share similar interests and needs while studying and conducting research at Berkeley Law. Through social, professional, 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.
Mission: Students for Economic & Environmental Justice (SEEJ) was founded in 2009 in order to
create a permanent home for Environmental Justice studies and advocacy at the
University of California, Berkeley School of Law. SEEJ is committed to
advancing justice for low-income communities and communities of color. The
organization accomplishes its mission by engaging with a variety of local, national and
international Environmental Justice issues through an annual symposium, clinics, and
workshops. SEEJ is also helping develop a broader environmental justice curriculum at
the law school.
Mission: We the people of the Supreme Corks of Berkeley Law, in order to form a more perfect union of happy and fulfilled law students, establish a community of wine lovers, ensure the safe consumption of fermented grapes, provide information on wine, and secure the blessings of vintners, merchants, laborers, and sommeliers to ourselves and our posterity, do hope to meet occasionally, visit the aforementioned members of wine-related businesses, organizations, and communities. We will perform these visits and occasion these meetings in order to learn about, appreciate, and enjoy wine.
Mission: The Survivor Advocacy Project (SAP) builds generations of lawyers dedicated to preventing and combatting sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. SAP provides the communities within UC Berkeley and the Bay Area with legal support aimed at empowering and supporting survivors of sexual violence. SAP instills skills of prevention, advocacy, training, empathy, cultural competency, and healing.
Mission: The South Asian Law Student Association aims to support South Asian identifying law students through mentorship, academic and career development, and social activities. SALSA strives to build a safe and inclusive space at Berkeley Law and create connections between students, alumni, and South Asian attorneys.
Mission: Tenants’ Rights Workshop advances the legal rights of East Bay tenants and educates law students through training, events, weekly client services, and opportunities for community organizing. Under the mentorship of East Bay Community Law Center attorneys, we aim to empower the people we serve and equip aspiring lawyers to be effective advocates for justice.
Mission: TABL is committed to addressing the needs of both 2L and 3L transfer students through career and academic advising, mentorship, social activities, networking, and other events and programs.
Mission: The Wage Justice Clinic works to counter wage theft, a crime that disproportionately harms the most vulnerable.
Mission: 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 `eld, 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.
Mission: Women of Berkeley Law (“WOBL”) is a student-run affiliation group of Berkeley Law. At its core, WOBL is a professional organization, which seeks to empower our members, provide them the opportunity to develop skills not otherwise offered within the traditional law school setting, and support them as they navigate both law school and their legal careers. Ultimately, the organization seeks to advance the role of womxn within the legal profession by helping our members thrive in the Berkeley Law community and beyond.
WOBL is open to all students currently enrolled at Berkeley Law. WOBL strives to be an inclusive organization, where students of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences can find support. WOBL is committed to supporting this diversity both within the association and the legal profession.
Mission: The Womxn 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 womxn-identifying 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 womxn-identifying 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.
Mission: The Workers’ Rights Clinic is committed to protecting employment rights for low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by providing free legal services to address discrimination based upon race, national origin, gender, pregnancy, disability, language proficiency, and immigration status. The Clinic provides students an overview of employment law and exposes them to a wide variety of workplace issues faced by low-wage workers across California— many of whom are non-English speakers.
Mission: The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic partners with Legal Aid at Work to address the full range of employment-related issues for low-income clients while maintaining a special focus on meeting the needs of workers with disabilities.
The project gives Berkeley Law students—particularly 1Ls—an opportunity to interview and work with clients who need their help. Law students meet one-on-one with clients to discuss the details of their employment problem. Together, the student and the supervising attorney analyze the client’s situation, identify legal issues, and determine what remedies the client might pursue. The student then reports back to the client to discuss the possible solutions. Students learn about current issues in employment law from dedicated supervising attorneys in a small-group discussion setting. Law students may also represent clients at unemployment compensation hearings.
Mission: Students will 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.