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:
2020-2021 Registered Student Organizations
Mission: The AI Legal Workshop’s mission is aimed at facilitating the development of ethical, transparent, and sustainable Artificial Intelligence in the legal industry. It is committed to “privacy, ethics, and compliance by design and by default” rules. It aims to design processes and procedures (“protocols”) to label, annotate, and curate datasets to support the creation, development, and deployment of AI systems for the legal industry.
Mission: 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. The abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation. The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. 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.
Mission: To provide support to organizations furthering legal advocacy for animals, while providing students the opportunity to engage in the field.
Mission: Arts and Innovation Advocates (AIA) brings law students with a passion for the arts together to build a community and develop relevant skills in the field of art law. AIA seeks to provide resources and a space within the law school for students with creative backgrounds or interests in making art, as well as opportunities to engage in pro bono legal work for Bay Area artists who lack the resources to seek out legal assistance. AIA will provide its members with a community with which they can grow as creative, like-minded lawyers through events and gatherings revolving around the intersection of art and law.
Mission: Arts and Innovation Representation supports the artistic community through pro bono legal services, while also providing the Berkeley Law student community the opportunity to engage in meaningful work.
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.
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. APALSA is open to all Berkeley Law students of every background.
Mission: BBBL seeks to enhance the Berkeley Law experience for international and domestic legal scholars. We seek to promote global connection through various activities from study sessions to coffee hangouts. We hope to bring greater awareness of various cultural sensitivities and foster an ecosystem of camaraderie and trust around the law school and greater legal practice.
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: The Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ) is a Berkeley Law student-run organization that publishes a biannual print journal, a blog, and hosts events related to business law. BBLJ works closely with the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) to further enhance our presence nationwide.
Mission: The Berkeley Immigration Group (BIG) joins Berkeley Law students in protecting immigrant rights through direct service and policy-based projects. We also bring together students interested in pursuing a career in immigration law. As members of BIG, students have diverse volunteer options, including preparing bond and parole packets for detained immigrants, immigration court observations, and fundraising for BIG’s immigration bond fund.
Mission: The The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy (BJALP) is dedicated to addressing legal and policy issues that affect African-American communities and people of color, in general. BJALP publishes work on such matters as constitutional law, criminal justice, civil rights, political representation and participation, fair housing, economic development, immigration, health issues and welfare, and other issues affecting the African Diaspora. BJALP welcomes all relevant submissions, including scholarly articles, student-authored notes and comments, book reviews, and essays.
“The publication will work toward ultimately improving conditions for African-American communities by infusing intellectual discourse with provocative and innovative scholarship, thus deepening thinking about policy options and choices.”
To this end, BJALP publishes annually each Spring and hosts symposia aimed at the UC Berkeley campus, the surrounding communities, and the legal profession at large.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law is one of the nation’s preeminent forums for discussing regional, national, and international criminal law issues. Since its inception in 2000, the journal has published cutting-edge scholarship by professors, judges, research fellows, clerks, and law students from across the country.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law (“BJELL”) is a student-edited law journal focusing on current developments in labor and employment law. It was founded in 1975 as the Industrial Relations Law Journal. Today, BJELL semiannually publishes works reviewing issues connected to employment discrimination, labor law, public sector employment, employee benefits, and other related issues. BJELL welcomes all relevant submissions, including scholarly articles, student-authored comments, book reviews, and essays.
The Journal’s mission is to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss emerging developments in employment and labor law. In addition, the Journal is committed to helping students interested in employment and labor law to connect with people in the field. To this end, the Journal hosts a lunchtime speaker series, symposia, and the Annual Feller Memorial Lecture. BJELL is always interested in connecting with academics and practitioners in employment and labor law.
Mission: The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law (BJESL) is dedicated to providing a wide selection of intellectual and practical discussions from scholars, practitioners, and students on legal issues that contemporaneously impact the sports and entertainment industry, domestically and internationally. As an interactive and electronic law review, BJESL presents a unique platform for rich discourse on legal topics regarding copyright, trademark, art, sports, film and television, communications and broadcast media, First Amendment, right to privacy, music, antitrust and unfair competition, and contracts, among others.
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: Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips (BLAST) 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. BLAST is a service-learning experience that helps equip students with the tools to understand the complex needs of communities similar to and different from their own, helping foster an active generation of thoughtful community lawyers.
Mission: The Berkeley Law and Organizing Collective (BLOC) provides law students with an opportunity to provide legal support for worker organizing on the Berkeley campus. BLOC members work closely with UAW Local 2865, the largest academic student employee union in the country. They gain experience in union contract enforcement, “know-your-rights” training, strategic research, and labor organizing. They hone their skills in conducting intake, assessing claims, devising arguments, speaking publicly, and filing and digitizing official records. BLOC members also gain ample familiarity with union governance and labor policy initiatives in California.
Mission: The Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro) provides community education and participates in research to fight human trafficking. Our organization provides opportunities to law students to work with experienced attorneys while researching topics that touch on trafficking and immigration, political elections, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mission: We aim to foster a safe and inclusive environment for Muslim law students and allies.
Mission: Queer Caucus works to: 1) Provide space for LGBTQ+ students to find community and support among ourselves through mentorship, social events, and a shared space; 2) Create educational programming bringing to light the intersection of LGBTQ+ rights/activism and the law/legal profession; and 3) Provide opportunities to connect and network with LGBTQ+ legal practitioners.
Mission: BRAIV (Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence) is a group of students committed to education and advocacy surrounding the prevalence of domestic violence, an issue that affects every aspect of legal work. We host speakers, advocacy events, and trainings. We partner with local organizations to support survivors and combat violence in our communities.
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: Blastlanta seeks to support the legal work of two Atlanta-based partner organizations that serve clients impacted by domestic violence and human trafficking, including through assistance with immigration and asylum needs.
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: Board of Advocates is a primarily student run organization charged with all of the school’s internal and external skills competitions. The Board of Advocates has won competition awards at multiple levels, consistently outperforming other top-ten law schools.
The Board of Advocate’s general membership includes over 60 students who participate in both regional and national competitions in three main areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy. Competition for a place on these teams is fierce during the Board’s yearly try-out process, with multiple students vying for each spot. Teams receive coaching from professors, Executive Board Members, alumni, and fellow students.
The Board also 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. Finally, the Board organizes other annual events such as Ninth Circuit Day, which provides students a rare chance to see the federal court in action in an academic setting.
Mission: BLISS will serve as a forum for exploring the intersection between science, technology, and law. We plan to invite specialists in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields to discuss specific topics in a public-friendly format. These presentations will be followed by a moderated conversation between the STEM specialist and a practicing attorney or law professor. The moderated conversation will serve to describe how science is applied to law, and where the field will likely progress. Lastly, the final part of events will consist of question and answer sessions, as well as one-on-one conversations between the invited speakers and students. Through these events, BLISS hopes to foment an intellectually-engaging environment where scientific and legal minds can benefit from each other’s perspectives.
Mission: The California Asylum Representation Clinic’s primary mission is to help 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: The California Law Review is the preeminent legal publication at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Founded in 1912, the California Law Review publishes six times annually on a variety of engaging topics in legal scholarship. The California Law Review is edited and published entirely by students at Berkeley Law.
The California Law Review was the first student law journal published west of Illinois and the ninth law review in the United States. The chief architects of the California Law Review were turn-of-the-century California progressives who saw the California Law Review as a vehicle for reform. As stated by the first Editor-in-Chief and later Dean of Berkeley Law Orrin McMurray, “it is not expected that the Review will occupy a place by the side of the great national reviews of this country and of Europe, but it is hoped, that it may in a slight degree, meet the needs . . . presented in California and the other Pacific Coast states.” McMurray added that he hoped the California Law Review would take the lead in “the inevitable development of a western type of jurisprudence.”
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 insects 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: 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. We also provide a community within the law school for those seeking spiritual support. We offer a time for those who self-identify as Christians, and those interested in learning more about the Christian faith, to encourage one another through the ups and downs of law school.
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: CAPS is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of consumer protection law. We are committed to strengthening ties between consumer law groups and the Berkeley Law community.
CAPS works to: create networks between consumer law attorneys, advocacy organizations, and the Berkeley Law student body in order to promote the field of consumer protection law and provide training opportunities for students;
foster community among student advocates whose interests intersect with consumer protection; and encourage and maintain consumer protection curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law.
Mission: The Consumer Protection Public Policy Order (C-3PO) is a space to learn about intersections between economic justice and racial justice, develop valuable research and writing skills, and work one-on-one with consumer attorneys. Students will conduct research and draft reports, white papers, administrative comments, and other projects that tackle widespread inequalities and drive policy change.
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. Students will assist attorneys and advocates with expungement, Proposition 47 relief, and Proposition 64 record clearance.
Mission: The purpose of Defenders at Berkeley is to provide Berkeley Law students with a supportive community and opportunities to learn about defense-related careers (e.g., criminal defense, immigration defense, family defense) and advocacy work through both networking and events.
Mission: The Digital Rights Project gives Berkeley Law students an avenue to explore and understand the intersection between social justice, law, and technology while conducting pro bono work for non-profit organizations in the digital rights space.
Mission: The Disability Rights Project at Berkeley Law seeks to support individuals with disabilities through legal research and education. This Fall, we are partnered with Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit focused on providing assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Student participants in the Disability Rights Project will hone their legal research and writing skills by creating and updating self-help guides on various legal issues specific to VA benefits and military discharge upgrades for veterans. These self-help guides aim to give veterans the information they need to understand these processes and advocate for themselves.
Mission: Ecology Law Quarterly provides a forum for environmental legal scholarship through the publication of high-quality writing, sustains and strengthens the environmental law program at Berkeley Law, encourages student writing, and fosters a diverse, welcoming and inclusive social and academic community.
Mission: The right to vote is central to the legal system in the United States and around the world. Election law is a vast field that includes theoretical and empirical research on democracy, equality, citizenship, politics, voting rights, representation, speech, technology, security, and administration. EL@B has two aims: to stoke campus-wide interest in and enthusiasm for election law, and to give students who are interested in election law opportunities to network and learn from current practitioners.
Mission: ECO works within the sphere of environmental law to allow law students to interact with clients on a pro-bono basis while providing students an opportunity to
improve their legal research and writing skills.
Mission: 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.
Mission: The Food Justice Project serves undergraduate UC Berkeley students who have been denied CalFresh benefits. With the understanding that hunger on college campuses is a serious and preventable problem, Berkeley Law students assist students in navigating the appeals process by providing direct client services. We partner closely with the Basic Needs Center at UC Berkeley to provide resources to students who need help obtaining benefits.
Mission: Foster Education Project will provide members of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley Law) community with opportunities to perform direct services to foster children in the community, and to receive training and career guidance in Youth, Education, and Disability Law.
Mission: The issues that the unhoused population faces have persisted through the COVID-19 pandemic. There are well over 5,000 homeless people in Alameda County, with over half residing in Oakland. The Homelessness Service Project (HSP) strives to provide as much assistance to the unhoused population as possible. 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.
Homelessness Service Project (HSP) pairs Berkeley students and local lawyers to provide legal assistance to the homeless and low income community in the Bay Area. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary project was at The Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley, providing legal counseling and referral services to homeless individuals who come for healthcare and housing services. In light of the current global situation, our work will center on remote client work and research. Students will have an opportunity to work with clients remotely by helping class members of the recent CalTrans case fill out and submit settlement claims forms. Students will also have an opportunity to work closely with attorneys from Homeless Action Center (HAC), Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR). Our work will include several research projects on issues of homelessness, ranging from policy research on bias in the courts to the effects business improvement districts (BIDs) have on the unhoused population.
Time Commitment: Approximately 15-20 hours per semester.
Mission: The Hub for Equity and Administrative Representation (HEAR) is designed to provide a centralized, institutionally-supported network to connect students to public interest comment-writing opportunities. In carrying out this work, HEAR intends to target a few areas of need, both on campus and in the community.
This project intends to: (1) bolster Berkeley’s academic mission by providing Berkeley Law students (JD, LLM, JSD, JSP) with information and training about the administrative comment process, including the importance of amplifying stakeholder opinions and strategies underpinning the text of the actual comment; (2) remove burdens from existing student groups by offering this training and subsequent support to implement comment-writing and policy-focused programming in the regular course of their business, under the supervision of their current supervising attorneys; (3) provide experience to students in subject areas of their particular interests, such as environmental, public health, immigration, and other areas under the purview of the administrative state; (4) connect students to local practitioners with shared interests as a means of networking; (5) encourage students to engage in public interest work above and beyond that which they complete in their 1L years by offering more targeted and limited opportunities to work with the community; (6) offer LLM students meaningful ways to engage with the community during their more limited time at Berkeley; and (7) amplify voices of direct service and community providers, which often have the most insight into the effects of regulations but the fewest resources to organize comment-writing in light of their daily need to support the community.
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: The International Human Rights Workshop (IHRW) partners with the Human Rights Center (HRC) under the supervision of Alexa Koenig (Executive Director) and Lindsay Freeman (Director of Law and Policy). Students will have the opportunity to hone their legal research and writing skills, develop knowledge of domestic and international laws, and assist the preparation for international criminal trials. This will give you a first-hand experience in advocating for human rights and give you a sense of the work of international lawyers.
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.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Jewish Students Association at Berkeley Law exists to provide a Jewish community at Berkeley Law.
The Organization is guided by timeless Core Values of Judaism:
- kehilla (community);
- tzedakah (giving with just intention); and
- tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Mission: he Berkeley 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.
Each spring, we traditionally host a symposium to bring together law and other students, with professors, lawyers, activists and other community members to learn about and discuss current issues affecting the Latinx community. Additionally, we irregularly hold colloquia and installments of our speaker series.
These events and others are part of our evolving project to transform conventional legal education at Boalt Hall in order to help Latinx law students and our allies become better advocates for social justice, self-determination, and liberation in the United States and abroad. ¡Por la raza habla el espíritu!
Mission: SINCE 1969, LA RAZA LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION HAS SOUGHT TO EMPOWER LATINX STUDENTS. LA RAZA HOPES TO SHAPE THE LAW TO ENHANCE OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES’ CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND SPIRITUAL VITALITY.
La Raza Law Students Association facilitates members’ diverse legal interests by maintaining an inclusive environment where members can engage deeply with their studies and each other.
Drawing upon el poder de la comunidad, La Raza Law Students Association manifests solidarity with other progressive individuals and organizations who seek to transform social conditions in the United States y el mundo. Together we realize the bright hope de la humanidad.
Mission: The purpose of La Raza Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic is to provide pro bono legal services to workers and tenants in Oakland through El Centro Legal de La Raza.
Mission: Law Students for Immigrant Justice at Berkeley is a pro-immigrant, anti-racist, and anti-incarceration student organization. We believe that all people should enjoy freedom of movement across the world without exception. As a student organization, LSIJ seeks to unite Berkeley Law students to advocate for a vision of immigrant liberation grounded in racial justice, building power to defend the dignity of all immigrants. Guided by a vision of a society where all people receive fair and humane treatment under the law, LSIJ aims to support movements fighting against the criminalization, deportation, mass detention, and mistreatment of immigrants in the United States. To achieve these goals, LSIJ will mobilize Berkeley Law students to participate in different forms of advocacy on behalf of immigrants and foster dialogue on the struggle for immigrant liberation. LSIJ will thereby help students acquire vital advocacy skills and thus help develop future immigration law practitioners whose work is rooted in the needs of immigrant communities. Finally, LSIJ at Berkeley Law will seek to connect and collaborate with LSIJ groups at UCLA Law and UC Irvine Law, as well as other immigrant-justice-oriented groups in California, to build power to defend the dignity of all immigrants.
Mission: 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
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: Students in the Legal Automation Workshop (LAW) partner with other SLPs and Bay Area pro bono services with legal automation needs. Each student will identify high-impact areas where legal automation can help streamline existing workflows and research. Students will scope the minimum-viable product, build it, test it, and ship it. Students have wide latitude in setting the hours, pace, and volume of work while receiving support from LAW leadership and members.
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.
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: We’re a student-led project at Berkeley Law that helps transgender and gender nonconforming clients in the Bay Area and California navigate changing their legal name or gender marker on identity documents. We assist with forms and give advice on filing with the court.
Mission: The National Lawyers Guild is a bar association of progressive lawyers, law students, paralegals, judges, legal secretaries, and community activists dedicated to the fight for civil rights and social justice.
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 primary purpose of this organization is to provide pro bono legal assistance to Native Americans in California. We will work with a supervising attorney from California Indian Legal Services (CILS) to achieve this goal. A secondary purpose is to provide an opportunity for law students to gain meaningful legal experience.
Mission: Older, Wiser Law Student (OWLS) aims to provide non-traditional and second career Berkeley Law students an informal setting to share advice and mutual support. We welcome anyone to whom this community may be of help or interest.
Mission: Advocates for Palestinian freedom in the U.S. face escalating efforts by government officials, school administrators, and Israel proxy groups to investigate, censor and punish criticism of Israel or support for Palestinian rights. On college campuses, students are routinely disciplined for protests and basic free speech expression. Professors have been fired for tweets, sued for research in Palestine, and faced intimidation for supporting an academic boycott. Events at public venues have been canceled in response to pressure campaigns. Over thirty states have enacted laws suppressing the right to boycott for Palestinian rights. Outright censorship of those who contemplate critically discussing this issue — as well as self-censorship to avoid backlash — is pervasive. Palestine Legal confronts this widespread suppression by representing, advising and providing legal education to activists and communities who stand up for justice in Palestine.
PALA members will research anti-boycott legislation, investigate the implementation of these laws in government contracting, and document the chilling effects of suppression. Participants may gain experience conducting legislative research, providing “know your rights” trainings for activists, and submitting Freedom of Information Act and California Public Records Act requests. Participants may also practice legal writing that integrates storytelling techniques to communicate the human impacts of suppression campaigns. PALA members will have the unique opportunity to witness movement lawyering firsthand, seeing how lawyers can support this and other movements for social change.
Mission: The Berkeley Law Patent Law Society is organized to serve as a focus group for students interested in practicing patent law; to provide a forum for students to have in-depth discussions regarding patent law; to engage patent law practitioners to share their experiences with students; and to provide opportunities for students to interact, network, and exchange ideas.
Mission: Pilipino 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.
PLA hosts speaker events with prominent practitioners, connects students to mentors, and shares employment opportunities with current and former members. We are also committed to fostering community. We provide a space for students to support and encourage each other from day one, and engage with a robust alumni network.
More broadly, we want to dispel the myth that the only career opportunities for law students are in BigLaw, government, and the nonprofit sector. A career as a plaintiff-side lawyer is fulfilling, financially rewarding, and impactful.
We are also dedicated to making the profession accessible to underrepresented groups. That is why diversifying the plaintiffs’ bar is a priority for PLA.
Overall, the Plaintiffs’ Law Association aims to equip members with the tools, knowledge, and relationships they need to succeed as future plaintiff-side advocates.
* The American Association for Justice is the largest nonprofit organization for plaintiffs’ lawyers in the United States.
Mission: PEEP works with nonprofit organizations fighting for voting rights and democracy reform. We focus our efforts on historically marginalized and oppressed populations across the country. PEEP is primarily a research-based SLP, but there are also opportunities to do outreach and community education work. Our two projects this year will focus on strengthening language access for voters, and protecting the voices of historically underrepresented populations during the 2021 redistricting process. All PEEP members will be able to conduct legal and policy research remotely, and there will be additional opportunities to do education and outreach work for those interested. Through these projects, PEEP members will help ensure a future of more equitable elections across the country.
PEEP will also facilitate our members’ ability to engage in voter protection work during the November election. Students who are present in the Bay Area will have the opportunity to do so with ALC. PEEP will work with interested members living outside of the Bay Area to identify ways to either work as poll monitors or engage in voter protection work.
Mission: The purpose of the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP) is to train Berkeley Law students to assist incarcerated people in California with the parole process. Our group’s mission is to attain justice for the thousands of men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison, even if they pose no current threat to society. Indigent prisoners regularly receive inadequate representation from board-appointed attorneys, and students’ support can help ensure that prisoners are well-prepared and have a fair chance at their hearings.
Mission: The Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) works to support people incarcerated in California State Prisons. PAN focuses on supporting people in prison who have severe unmet needs, including people in solitary confinement, security housing units, administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. PAN provides non-litigation advocacy for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, medical needs, and civil rights violations. PAN is especially interested in working with activists and jailhouse lawyers who are advocating for their rights from the inside.
Mission: Privacy Law at Berkeley seeks to promote greater awareness of cutting-edge issues in information privacy and data security. In addition, Privacy Law at Berkeley seeks to help law students develop relationships with leading privacy and data security academics and practitioners by hosting talks and mixers. Overall, Privacy Law at Berkeley will provide members with the tools, knowledge, and relationships to have a multifaceted and inclusive understanding of information privacy.
Mission: Public Interest Law & Technology (PIL&T) is a community of students interested in the intersection of law, technology, and social justice.
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: Queer Womxn in Law (QWIL) seeks to provide a supportive and affirming community space for queer womxn, trans, and non-binary students at Berkeley Law through intersectional programming both independently and in collaboration with other affinity groups.
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: RAP is a Student-Initiated Legal Service Project that provides Berkeley Law students the opportunity to volunteer with Root & Rebound, a non-profit legal organization dedicated to providing services for people impacted by our criminal justice system.
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: See Also is the literary journal at Berkeley Law. We are dedicated to providing a creative outlet for Berkeley Law students and a relief from the legalese we read and write for class. We accept poems, short stories, and essays, as well as illustrations and photographs that tell a story (so all of them!). We take submissions from current students and alumni of the Berkeley Law J.D. and L.L.M. programs.
Mission: The South Asian Law Student Association aims to support South Asian identifying law students and allies 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: The Space Law Society @ Berkeley Law is an organization 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: SELS serves to connect students with thought and industry leaders at the intersection of the law and creative arts and sports. We cover doctrinal areas like copyright, antitrust, technology and platform law, and everything in between. We also serve as a bridge between students and our robust alumni network!
Mission: Through the Startup Law Initiative (SLI), 1L students team up with law firms to provide free legal incorporation services to local entrepreneurs. SLI’s services allow Bay Area founders to overcome costly barriers to conducting business. Students are put into small groups and assigned a client to work with over the course of the semester. Students’ work includes research, client intake, interviews, drafting and filing documents (e.g., articles of incorporation), and interactions with clients and supervising attorneys. The business owners must meet income requirements to qualify for assistance.
Additionally, the students learn the core legal, financial, and organization aspects of starting and scaling a new business by attending Form + Fund workshops. In the Spring, students lead their own workshop and office hours under attorney supervision.
Mission: The Student Association at Berkeley Law includes as members all students currently attending the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The purpose of the Association is to represent the collective interests of its members before the faculty and administration of Berkeley Law, the University of California, and the public at large. Its governing body is its Board of Officers.
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) provides attorneys with legal research and writing support on a variety of issues including sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. SAP also engages with UC Berkeley to support campus-wide prevention, advocacy, training, and healing efforts related to sexual violence and harassment.
Mission: The Tenants’ Rights Workshop helps protect the legal rights and remedies of tenants in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. During weekly clinics, students interview clients and then work one-on-one with staff attorneys from the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) to provide the client with advice and limited legal services. Issues include habitability, foreclosure, subsidized housing, and evictions. Follow-up work often includes students drafting letters to landlords about the tenants’ housing issues.
Mission: The Federalist Society at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (the Federalist Society at Berkeley Law) is dedicated to the principles that: the state exists to preserve human freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be, and that any and all threats to these principles must be vigorously and enthusiastically resisted through the means of active citizenship, intelligent discourse, integrity of leadership, and cheerfulness and generosity of tone and spirit.
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: TABL was founded in 2020 by transfer students who acknowledged the myriad of challenges transfer students face, and therefore sought to build a community that fosters inclusiveness, well-being, and academic and professional achievement. 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 provides free legal assistance to help low-wage workers file claims against their employers who violate state and local law by paying below minimum wage.
Mission: Women in Tech Law is dedicated to fostering discussion, mentorship, and advocacy to promote the presence of women in the field of technology law. We are committed to strengthening ties between women technology law students in the Berkeley Law community and increasing opportunities for those women to succeed in the field.
We work to:
- create networks between women technology law attorneys, advocacy organizations, and women in the Berkeley Law student body in order to promote women in the field of technology law and to provide professional development opportunities for students;
- foster community among student advocates whose interests intersect with the Women in Tech Law; and
- create and maintain resources and opportunities for women interested in technology law at Berkeley Law.
Mission: WOBL is a networking and community-building organization that seeks to empower and support the womxn of Berkeley Law as we navigate law school and the rest of our legal careers. WOBL hosts social events and academic/career programming, matches members with “mentors” in different class years, and provides other resources to help our members thrive in the Berkeley Law community and beyond. Membership is free and open to anyone at Berkeley Law. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and to be added to the listserv!
Mission: The Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC) is dedicated to providing a supportive community space for women and non-binary people of color at Berkeley Law, including and not limited to Asian, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, and Pacific Islander women and non-binary people at Berkeley Law.
By providing cultural, social, professional, educational and community service programs, WOCC seeks to advance the passions, goals, and needs of women and non-binary 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.
WOCC rejects the logics and systems of white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, classism, ableism, and other systems of oppression. WOCC affirms and supports movements for Palestinian liberation, Indigenous sovereignty, LGBTQIA+ liberation, racial justice, gender equity, economic justice, disability justice, environmental justice, and other movements for justice and liberation.
Mission: The Workers’ Rights Clinic is a student-run legal clinic that serves low-income individuals in the greater Bay Area with employment-related legal concerns. We have been serving the East Bay community for over a decade. The clinic holds sessions throughout the academic year and summer to provide advice on a range of issues, including wage theft, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, unemployment, workers’ compensation, and work-related retaliation. In addition to assisting clients, law students receive training sessions in various areas of employment law.
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.