Berkeley Law supports many opportunities for student engagement within and beyond Boalt Hall. While organizations may be added or changed according to student interest, the currently active student groups are listed below.
Boalt Hall Student Association (BHSA)
The Boalt Hall Student Association (BHSA), the law school’s student government organization, is composed of all registered law students. BHSA 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 BHSA 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, BHSA allocates funds to each of the student groups at Berkeley Law. You can contact the BHSA at:
Boalt Hall Student Association
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.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes 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. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
Armenian Law Students Association
ALSA’s mission is to provide a platform for community-building at Berkeley Law for students of Armenian descent and those interested in Armenian culture as well as to educate the Boalt community about Armenian culture, history, government, and legal issues of interest to the Armenian community.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) strives to meet the political, cultural, social, academic, and career needs of Berkeley Law students interested in Asian Pacific Islander issues. In addition, the group’s mission includes recruitment of under-represented students, particularly Southeast Asian and Filipino students.
Berkeley Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS)
The Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS) is a student-run organization dedicated to the promotion of consumer law and consumer protection at Berkeley Law. Our mission is to connect consumer-minded students, organize and host consumer-related events, network the greater consumer
law community, and ensure the availability of consumer curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law. We host a list serve that periodically delivers information about our activities, consumer jobs, and major happenings in the consumer world. Learn more, and join our list serve, at consumer.berkeley.edu.
Berkeley Law Foundation
The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is an income-sharing organization comprised of Berkeley Law students and alumni who are dedicated to providing legal services to historically underserved communities. Started in 1976 by Berkeley Law students, BLF was the first organization of its kind in the nation. BLF’s primary goal is funding public interest law through summer grants for current Berkeley Law students and yearlong grants for new attorneys around the country. Our grants enable the recipients to work on innovative and critical projects that provide desperately needed legal services to communities all around the nation and the world. Besides providing crucial funding for legal services, BLF works to ensure diversity in legal education and the profession. To this end, BLF created the Phoenix Fellowship, which provides funding for several outstanding Berkeley Law students of color to do public interest legal work.
Berkeley Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Berkeley Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s aim is to nurture a community of drug law reform minded law students and advocate for drug policies that are science based, humane, and effective.
Boalt Hall Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a nationwide, nonpartisan organization of law students and legal professionals dedicated to limited government, separation of governmental powers, and a judiciary whose province is to say what the law is, not what it should be. 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 all Berkeley Law students-future leaders of the legal profession-are thoughtfully exposed to conservative and libertarian perspectives, and consider these perspectives in their analysis of legal issues.
Boalt Hall Human Rights Committee
The Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights promotes human rights education and advocacy at the law school, throughout the UC Berkeley campus, and within the greater community. It accomplishes this by increasing the organization, capacity, and unity of Berkeley Law’s international human rights community; increasing general awareness; and fostering dialogue and student participation toward general international human rights issues.
Boalt Hall Jewish Students Association
The Boalt Jewish Students Association exists to provide a Jewish community at Berkeley Law.
Boalt Hall Muslim Student Association
The Boalt Hall Muslim Student Association (BMSA) brings together Muslims of diverse sects, backgrounds, and cultures under a unified community at the law school. BMSA also seeks to be an organization that protects students against Islamophobia and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims at Boalt Hall. BMSA is an inclusive, safe space that fosters a sense of community and identity among Muslims and those of Muslim backgrounds.
Boalt Hall Parent Network
The mission of the Boalt Parent Network 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.
Boalt Hall Queer Caucus
Since its founding in 1978, the Boalt Hall Queer Caucus has served a dual mission. First, the caucus works to address and eradicate the legal, political, and social oppression of their rights, and second, the caucus provides an affirming, supportive base for students of diverse sexual orientations. While our membership has risen to over 50 students, our work has been increasingly instrumental, effective, and visible in the hallways of Berkeley Law and beyond.
Boalt Hall Soccer Club
Boalt Hall Women’s Association
The Boalt Hall Women’s Association (BHWA) provides a physical and figurative space at Berkeley Law for the dynamic and diverse women’s community. Its aim is to create an environment where an informed dialogue on issues of women, law, and society is encouraged and analyzed; educate the community about gender issues by encouraging a broad-based exchange of ideas; develop and nurture an interface between Berkeley Law students and the greater women’s community at the university and beyond; and support, inspire, and encourage legal work affecting, advancing, or impacting women.
Board of Advocates
The Board of Advocates (formerly the Moot Court Board) assists in organizing and provides student advisers to the Appellate Advocacy class; oversees the McBaine Moot Court Honors Competition; and provides opportunities for students to compete in off-campus moot court and mock trial competitions.
Coalition for Diversity
CFD was formed in 2001 to develop strategies to promote faculty and student diversity at Boalt. Over the years, CFD has hosted a number of “pipeline” programs. Each CFD board has had the flexibility to define the scope, content, form, and substance of all its discussions and activities. As a coalition, CFD has always been a collective effort, dependent on the strength and commitment of its affiliated organizations.
ElectionLaw@Boalt (“Group”) provides students at Berkeley Law with a space to focus on election law. A vast field that includes theoretical and empirical research on democracy, equality, citizenship, politics, voting rights, representation, speech, technology, security, and administration, there are myriad ways to find interest in election law. We hope to cultivate all possible interests in the subject. To do so, ElectionLaw@Boalt provides a forum for discussion about election law, develops a network with election law practitioners, and manages projects tailored to issues in this field.
Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) takes an active role in promoting environmental justice and public interest environmental law, as well as in engaging students in hands-on environmental projects designed to benefit Berkeley Law specifically and the greater campus and Berkeley community generally.
ELS runs both internal advocacy projects (such as a campaign to increase student composting at the law school), external advocacy projects (such as comment letters for agency hearings), and lectures by guest speakers on a variety of environmental issues. ELS also organized hikes and outdoor activities for Berkeley Law students. As part of a larger organization, the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), ELS has the opportunity to participate in both regional and national environmental advocacy projects and to send students to attend a national conference
First Generation Professionals
Berkeley Law First Generation Professionals (FGP) is a student-led group that strives to address the needs of first generation law students through mentorship, career advising, and social activities.
Born of the common experiences and challenges of students from working-class backgrounds who are often the first in their family to attend college, FGP is a truly diverse community that fosters inclusiveness, well-being, and academic achievement throughout students’ time at Boalt.
GradFood brings UC Berkeley graduate students from diverse disciplines together to learn and teach about something that affects everyone: FOOD. Food is more than meets the eye, and we delve into issues that make food both an intellectually stimulating field and central to our daily lives. Our monthly dinners are a forum to discuss food and
agriculture issues from a variety of perspectives, and topics include everything from food regulation and policy to health to agroecology to economic development and social justice and beyond. The group provides opportunities to meet students from other departments, collaborate on and present research, and network with the sustainable food systems community and the new Berkeley Food Institute. We emphasize education that can inform both public policy and grassroots food systems change.
International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) provides a forum for students and faculty with an interest in international law to meet and exchange ideas. ILS seeks to generate interest in the field of international law by inviting debate, encouraging research, and sponsoring periodic symposia and speakers.
J.S.D. Student Organization
The primary goal of J.S.D.
Student Organization is to facilitate the academic, social and professional needs of its members who share similar interests and needs while studying at Berkeley Law.
La Raza Law Students Association
The La Raza Law Students Association was founded in the 1960s to meet the needs of Chicano and Latino students at Berkeley Law. The association provides academic, social, and emotional support to Latino students.
In addition, the group conducts community outreach and participates in political campaigns and events affecting the Latino community.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is a national nonprofit network of law students and lawyers.
Our organization educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.
Law Students of African Descent
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. 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.
Midwestern Students Association
The purpose of the Midwestern Students Association is to provide a social and cultural space for Berkeley Law students with ties to the Heartland.
National Lawyers Guild – Boalt Chapter
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.
Pilipino American Law Society
Pilipino American Law Society (PALS) was started to address Pilipino American community-specific legal and social issues, as well as to help recruit more Pilipino Americans into the legal profession.
We welcome all individuals, regardless of ethnic background, who are interested in Pilipino American issues.
Restorative Justice Committee
The Restorative Justice Committee (RJC) was founded in 2010 by a group of Berkeley Law students, faculty and staff. Our mission is to ignite local interest in restorative justice (RJ)–and, in doing so, to foster a vibrant RJ community in and around Berkeley. Our objectives are to: make local RJ activities visible and sustainable;
build a strong network of people who care about RJ; promote awareness and development of RJ programs; and be a hub of information about RJ resources and organizations. We are a student-run, open-membership group.
South Asian Law Student Association
The South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) is a cultural, social, and political space for students of South Asian descent.
We especially focus on serving the South Asian community by using our legal skills to solve problems. We also focus on the recruitment of underrepresented minorities to law school.
Students for Environmental and Economic Justice
Law Students for Environmental & Economic Justice is dedicated to the just distribution of environmental benefits to, and the amelioration of environmental harms concentrated in, communities of color and low-income communities. We are committed to the strategic use of legal tools to strengthen grassroots organizing and to build community power.
Women of Color Collective
The Women of Color Collective (WOCC) provides a supportive space for African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, and other women and trans people of color at Berkeley Law. Through cultural, social, professional, educational, and community service programs, the WOCC advances the needs of women and trans people of color, thereby enriching the educational experience at Berkeley Law.
The organization informs members, and the law school community, about issues facing women and trans people of color in law school, the legal profession, and society at large. The WOCC also serves as a support and mentorship network, linking current students to each other and to Berkeley Law alumni.
Student Participation in Berkeley Law Administration
While the faculty and administration govern the Law School, student ideas are always welcome and are actively sought on many issues. Formal student participation consists of student representation on selected standing committees, including such committees as Academic Rules, Admissions, Career Services, Computer Policy, Curriculum Policy, and Library Services.