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
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American Constitution Society (ACS)
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)
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 (APALSA)
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 Association of Military and Veterans (BAMV)
As an organization of current military members and veterans, we first and foremost strive to continue to set the highest standards of professionalism and performance in our chosen career paths. In accordance with those high standards, the Boalt Association of Military Veterans aims to establish a strong network amongst current and future law students as well as Berkeley Law alumni who served in the United States Armed Forces. We hope to primarily focus on the exchange of information regarding military/veterans issues; establishing a different perspective and providing a forum for substantive military law and national security law conversations at Berkeley Law; formulating employment opportunities that may not currently be offered or developed through the Career Development Office that are of interest to veterans; and forming a cohesive bond of camaraderie amongst all members. We hope to demystify the Armed Forces and counter the military stereotypes and generalizations by providing a recognized organization of open-minded veterans and military members willing to respectfully discuss and debate any and all issues that may be of interest to the rest of the Berkeley Law community.
Berkeley Entrepreneurship Society (BES)
Law resides at the heart of today’s innovation. It is imbued throughout the mechanisms that introduce new ideas, technologies, and products to the marketplace; the hiring of foundational staff within a newfound company; the dispersal and regulation of capital to a nascent enterprise; and, of course, the protection and licensing of intellectual property within a startup.
The Berkeley Entrepreneurship Society is a conduit between students and local startups, acting as a forum for discourse on entrepreneurship. BES also serves as a nexus for those interested in the interdisciplinary area of “entrepreneurial law”—an amalgamation of business law, intellectual property law, employer law, and copyright or trademark law—to connect with likeminded scholars, both within and beyond the Berkeley community. In this pursuit, BES offers the opportunity to foster practical understanding, facilitate entrepreneurial connections, and encourage collaboration throughout a modern-day hub of innovation, the Bay Area of California.
Berkeley Law Comparative Administrative Law Colloquium (BLCALC)
The Berkeley Law Comparative Administrative Law Colloquium (BLCALC) is taking advantage of a unique resource that the LL.M. program has to offer, namely students from different countries which are very knowledgable about the law in their respective countries. On a weekly basis, we engage in an open-minded and inclusive exploration of various contemporary administrative law issues in a comparative aspect.
Berkeley Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)
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.
Berkeley’s Disability Law Society (BDLS)
Berkeley’s Disability Law Society (BDLS) is a group of disabled and non-disabled students committed to advocating for disability rights on both a legal and social level. We are committed to mentoring and supporting each other and incoming 1Ls with disabilities. BDLS is a student group oriented around diversity and inclusiveness and all students are welcome to share in our collective goal of cultivating community through advocating for disability rights, access, and justice. We encourage open discussion about disability rights and access on campus, provide 8peer support to other law students dealing with disability-related issues at Berkeley Law, and plan to connect students with professional mentors in the larger bay area disability community. BDLS is also committed to connecting with disability groups across law schools in order to serve and support the broader disability community.
Boalt Crossword Club
The Boalt Crossword Club is dedicated to the appreciation of crossword puzzles. Members will: a. Solve puzzles b. Discuss advanced solving techniques c. Create their own puzzles. Members may also: a. Track their progress (based on time) in solving puzzles b. Record solve times (ST’s) on a club spreadsheet c. Receive support from the club in reaching solve time goals. Ultimately, the Boalt Crossword Club would like to compete against crossword clubs at other schools.
Boalt Committee Against Torture (BCAT)
During a time of expansive interpretation and persistent abuse of executive authority, the U.S. Constitution still guarantees protection from cruel and unusual punishment. The Boalt Committee Against Torture aims to educate and discuss topics surrounding the use of torture both from constitutional and human rights perspectives.
Our group will also discuss the infamous “Torture Memos” of 2002, which were authored in part by Professor John Yoo while serving in the Department of Justice under George W. Bush. The memos advised the president, CIA, and DoD that the use of mental and physical torment and coercion could be legally permissible under a broad interpretation of presidential authority.According to noted constitutional law expert Erwin Chemerinsky, Yoo’s memo “directly led to the torture policy that resulted,” including prolonged sleep deprivation, binding in stress positions, and waterboarding.
Boalt Global Corporate Law Society (BGCLS)
The purpose of Boalt Global Corporate Law Society is to promote the study and discussion of corporate law, from a global perspective, and to unite students interested in this field.
Boalt Hall Animal Law Society (ALS)
Boalt Hall Animal Law Society (ALS) is dedicated to educating the law school community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse and fostering awareness about means of combating this abuse through litigation. We provide opportunities, education, and assistance to Berkeley Law students using the law to promote animal welfare. Our current projects include promoting the animal law class, funding a team for the annual animal law moot court competition at Harvard, outreach and awareness activities on campus, inviting animal law practitioners to speak, and ongoing work to introduce animal law pro bono opportunities and courses and an animal law journal.
Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights (BHCHR)
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 Federalist Society (BHFS)
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 Jewish Students Association (BJSA)
The Boalt Jewish Students Association exists to provide a Jewish community at Berkeley Law.
Boalt Hall Law Students for Justice in Palestine
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.
Boalt Hall Muslim Student Association (BMSA)
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 Space Law Society (BHSLS)
Space. The final frontier. This society provides a venue for the Berkeley Law community to encounter historical, contemporary, and prospective issues in the law and policy of outer space. Like many high technology legal fields, Space Law is a relatively new field which has developed rapidly. Our mission is one of nuanced exchange and infinite comradery. The ongoing mission of BHSLS is to explore the emerging field, embracing the many perspectives that boalties have to offer and seeking out new practices and ideas—boldly going where no Berkeley Law student organization has gone before!
Boalt Hall Women’s Association (BHWA)
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.
Boalt Improv Group (BIG)
The Boalt Improv Group is a space for law students to practice improv and other comedic forms of art together in order to destress, form community and gain valuable lawyering skills. While the focus will be on the practice of comedy, there will also be opportunity to perform for the law school community as well as for comedy-law related guest speakers. No previous comedy experience is necessary, whatsoever.
Boalt on Break
Boalt on Break is an alternative service break organization that offers Berkeley Law students the opportunity to provide pro bono legal services 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. Boalt on Break 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.
Boalt Parent Group
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 Soccer Club
The Boalt Hall Soccer Club brings together Boalt students from around the globe to both play and enjoy the world’s most popular sport. BHSC is designed for players of all experience levels and welcomes both male and female members. The organization arranges weekly pick-up games, matches with other clubs at UC Berkeley, intramural teams, and other social events for fans of the beautiful game. We are dedicated to fostering a positive and inclusive institutional culture for all Boalt students.
Board of Advocates (BoA)
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.
Christians at Boalt (CaB)
Christians at Boalt provides a safe community for students to come together for bi-monthly fellowship to talk about the Christian faith and deepen our commitment to God and one another. We also hold occasional social activities, including dinners and networking events with other graduate student groups.
Coalition for Diversity (CFD)
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.
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.
Election Law @ Boalt (EL@B)
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 (ELS)
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 (FGP)
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.
If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (Previously 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.
International Arbitration Association
The International Arbitration Association aims to bring together people interested in International Arbitration and to foster, develop and encourage further discussions in this field, offering a forum for students to discuss relevant topics and to create connections.
International Law Society (ILS)
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.
Just Writing is a writers’ community for all students, faculty, and staff at Boalt. It promotes effective writing for all types of written work (legal, or otherwise).
Writers meet 2.5 hours, weekly, for: 1. A half-hour workshop to share their written works & gather feedback from fellow writers, or (in some sessions) discuss instructive materials which reveal elements of effective writing. And, 2. Two hours of “Just Writing” – shorter stays are acceptable, as well, but full attendance is best (and encouraged). Our supportive community helps Boalt writers share & strengthen their skills of communication, persuasion, and accountability in writing. No need to procrastinate. Pick up your pen and come join us. After all, it’s just writing.
La Raza 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 & Society Graduate Association (LGSA)
LSGA’s purpose is to further the study of law and society at UC Berkeley and to assist in the professional development of students interested in work in law and society.
Law Students of African Descent (LSAD)
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.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) is composed of students who are either of Middle Eastern heritage or have an interest in Middle Eastern culture and legal developments affecting people from the Middle East. Every semester, MELSA puts on a number of events to inform the Berkeley Law community about legal issues affecting Middle Easterners abroad, as well as those in the United States. Past events have included documentaries about Palestinian-Israeli relations, human rights abuses of Guantanamo detainees, and U.S. foreign policy implications in Afghanistan. MELSA also hosts cultural celebration events, has a strong mentorship program, and cultivates leadership within its membership.
Midwestern Students Association (MSA)
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 (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.
The Pro Bonotes, as the law school’s only musical group, provides students with the opportunity to sing while at Berkeley Law. The group performs arrangements from multiple genres of music and puts on occasional performances for the law school community.
Pilipino American Law Society (PALS)
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.
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.
Restorative Justice Committee (RJC)
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. 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.
Runners Not Gunners (RNG)
Runners Not Gunners (RNG) promotes a healthy, inclusive, and joyful lifestyle at Berkeley Law through group physical activity in the outdoor areas around campus.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
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.
Student Organization for Advanced Legal Students (SOALS)
The Student Organization for Advanced Legal Studies (SOALS) is an independently run student organization for LL.M., J.S.D., and JSP candidates, international exchange students, and visiting scholars attending Berkeley Law. The primary goal of the organization is to facilitate the social and professional needs of the members of our community who share similar interests and needs while studying at Berkeley Law. Through our social, professional, career, and academic activities, we aspire to build relationships among our members and our 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 Environmental and Economic Justice (SEEJ)
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.
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines – Berkeley Law Chapter (UAEM)
We spend most of our time petitioning TTOs and administrations at various universities to change their policies with regard to technology transfer and licensing of university innovations and hosting awareness events in order to increase access to essential medicines. In cooperation with top experts in international medicine access and technology transfer, UAEM has created a unique contract that universities can adopt to maintain or even improve drug development while increasing access to medical innovations in lower and middle-income countries.
Women in Tech Law (WiTL)
Women in Tech Law (WiTL) is a student-led organization that strives to recruit, support, and empower women who are interested in pursuing technology law through providing outreach, mentorship, and educational resources. WiTL aspires to use outreach as a medium to not only encourage women to enter the field, but to also expand the presence of women in the field by providing awareness to the opportunities and potential that tech law can hold for women from both STEM and non-STEM backgrounds. WiTL seeks to use mentorship and other platforms to increase members’ accessibility into tech law, in an attempt to break the glass ceiling of the technology industry. Ultimately, WiTL strives to empower women interested to excel and improve in the realm of law and technology.
Women of Color Collective (WOCC)
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.