Student Organizations

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
Email: bhsa@law.berkeley.edu

Website: http://bhsa.boalt.org/bhsa/

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.

2017-2018 Student Organizations:

Alternative Dispute Resolutions
American Constitution Society
Armenian Law Students Association
Asian American Law Journal
Asian Pacific Ameican Law Students Association
Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association
Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice

Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project
Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Berkeley Real Estate Club
Berkeley Space Law Society
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
Boalt Alliance for Sustainable Economies
Boalt Association of Military and Veterans
Boalt Global Corporate Law Society
Boalt Hall Animal Law Society
Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights

Boalt Hall Muslim Students Association

Boalt Hall Women’s Association
Boalt Healthcare and Biotech Law Society
Boalt Jewish Students Association
Boalt Law and Organizing Collective
Boalt on Break
Boalt Parents Network
Boalt Police Review Project
Boalt Sustainability Team
Board of Advocates
California Asylum Representation Clinic
Christians at Boalt
Coalition for Diversity

Community Restorative Justice
Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society
Contra Costa Reentry Project
East Bay Dreamers Clinic
Ecology Law Quarterly
Election Law at Boalt
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society at Berkeley Law
First Generation Professionals
Foster Education Project
GradFood
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
International Human Rights Workshop
International Refugee Assistance Project

Jurisbrewdence

Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative Legal
La Raza Law Journal
La Raza Students Association
La Raza Workers and Tenants Rights Clinic
Law and Society Graduate Association
Law Students of African Descent
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
Name and Gender Change Workshop
National Lawyers Guild
Patent Law Society
Post-Conviction Advocacy Project
Prisoner Advocacy Network
Pro Bonotes

Queer Caucus
Reproductive Justice Project
Restorative Justice Committee
Runners Not Gunners
South Asian Law Students Association
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Startup Law Initiative
Students for Economic & Environmental Justice

Student Organization of Advanced Legal Studies
Syrian Archive
Tenants’ Rights Workshop
The Texas Club at Berkeley Law
Universities Allied for Essential Medicine
Wage Justice Clinic
Women in Tech Law
Women of Color Collective
Workers Rights Clinic
Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic
Youth Advocacy Project

 

 

 

Alternative Dispute Resolutions

The competitive Board of Advocates Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/Negotiations Team competes in a number of different competitions that simulate a mediation or deal negotiations, and involve diverse areas of law, including environmental, intellectual property, and sports law. As a team, we aim to teach students practical skills of deal making that they can use in any area of the law, and allow them to gain these skills through experiential learning and practical application.

berkeleyadr@gmail.com

 

American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the US 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. In recent years, an activist conservative legal movement has gained influence – eroding these enduring values and presenting the law as a series of sterile abstractions. This new orthodoxy, which threatens to dominate our courts and our laws, does a grave injustice to the American vision. 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.

boaltacs@gmail.com

 

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 greater community about Armenian culture, history, government, and legal issues of interest to the Armenian community.

aslaberkeley@gmail.com

 

Asian American Law Journal

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.

 

Asian American Law Journal
AALJ is published annually, and each volume typically contains articles, book reviews, essays and other contributions from scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students. AALJ consists of Berkeley Law students, external members from nearby Bay Area law schools, and UC Berkeley undergraduates in the Undergraduate Fellows Program.

The mandate of the Asian American Law Journal is to publish commentary, analyses, and research on the experiences and concerns of Asian Americans. We believe that to advance the Asian American movement, we must recognize the diversity among Asian American communities and cultivate scholarship that promotes understanding and empowerment in order to foster resistance to oppression and the achievement of justice.􀀁 The movement includes, but is not limited to, the intersections of gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and race. We recognize the histories of Pacific Islanders and support those who choose to maintain distinct community identities.
In solidarity with all peoples who have been subordinated, we embrace the opportunity to publish works that address issues relating to all marginalized communities. The mission of our journal is to speak truth to power; to borrow from poet Janice Mirikitani, “We give testimony. Our noise is dangerous.”

aalj@berkeley.edu

 

Asian Pacific Ameican 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.

berkeleyapalsa@gmail.com

 

Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association

The Berkeley Information Privacy Law Association (BIPLA) is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of information privacy law. We are committed to strengthening ties between BIPLA and the Berkeley Law community. We work to 1. create networks between privacy law attorneys, advocacy organizations, and the Berkeley Law student body in order to promote the field of information privacy law and provide training opportunities for students;
2. foster community among student advocates whose interests intersect with BIPLA; and
3. encourage and maintain information privacy law curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law.

bipla@lists.berkeley.edu; privacylaw@lists.berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy

The Journal seeks to provide a scholarly forum to debate and propose solutions to issues affecting disenfranchised peoples, particularly African-Americans. The
Journal seeks to publish social policy and legal scholarship addressing economic, political, philosophic, and sociological issues affecting African-Americans.

bjalp@berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law

The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, formerly the California Criminal Law Review (until 2004) and formerly the Boalt Journal of Criminal Law (until 2006), was founded in 2000 as a forum for the discussion of current criminal law and policy issues, in particular, those relevant to or concerning the state of California. By focusing on criminal law and policy matters, our objective is to serve as a valuable resource to the academic and practicing communities. The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, or to any corresponding provision of any future federal tax law, as follows.


BJCL is organized and published by students at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Its primary purpose is to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the field of criminal law. We publish articles from scholars, students, judges, and practitioners in both the private and public sectors. While BJCL publishes on a wide variety of topics related to criminal law and policy, we have a special interest in articles that are relevant to California.

bjcl@berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law

BJESL is committed to providing a wide selection of intellectual and practical discussions from scholars, practitioners, and students on current legal issues that impact the sports and entertainment industries, domestically and internationally.

bjesl@berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice

The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, a continuation of Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, was founded in 1984 by a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law who came together with a vision of preserving voices of diversity and maintaining a commitment to social change within the often-stifling confines of the legal academy. Since its founding, the Gender Journal has published research, analysis, and commentary that address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women.
Our mandate is to publish feminist legal scholarship that critically examines the intersection of gender with one or more axis of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability. Our mandate must continually evolve since conditions of inequality are continually changing.

bglj@berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project

BATPro’s mission is to prevent, address, and combat all forms of human trafficking occurring in the Bay Area. BATPro was formed to address the high rate of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Alameda County. Today, BATPro continues its work to prevent domestic CSEC while also addressing labor trafficking by supporting legal advocates of trafficking survivors. BATPro is also committed to raising awareness about local human trafficking issues on the law school campus and in the Berkeley community at large.

berkeleylaw.anti.trafficking@gmail.com

 

Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine

Berkeley LSJP advocates for human rights and self-determination for the Palestinian people. We educate the wider community on legal issues around Palestine/Israel and support students working for Palestinian liberation.

berkeleylsjp@gmail.com

 

Berkeley Real Estate Club

BREC’s objective is to enhance student access to the wealth of resources located within Boalt, Haas, and the College of Environmental Design while promoting and strengthening collaboration across the Berkeley campus, to help students educate themselves about real estate, and to prepare students for successful careers in this dynamic industry.

nathantheo@berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Space Law Society

The Boalt Hall Space Law Society 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. 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!

spacelawsociety@law.berkeley.edu

 

Berkeley Technology Law Journal

The Journal is a student-run publication of Berkeley Law. The Journal should primarily strive to keep judges, policymakers, practitioners, and the academic community abreast of the dynamic field of intellectual property and technology law. The Journal should also secondarily serve as a common thread for individuals in the Berkeley Law community with a similar interest in intellectual property and technology law, and as a resource for the Berkeley Law community generally.

btlj@law.berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Alliance for Sustainable Economies

The Boalt Alliance for Sustainable Economies (BASE) exists to train law students to support businesses and community groups imagining and creating the new economic system. This “new economy” prioritizes shared resources, workplace democracy, environmental sustainability, and strong community bonds. It does so not only to create an economic system where people and planet prosper together, but also to remedy racial and economic injustice.

cumberland_jay@berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Association of Military and Veterans

bamv@googlegroups.com

 

Boalt Global Corporate Law Society

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.

boaltglobal@law.berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Hall Animal Law Society

Boalt Hall Animal Law Society, a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, at Berkeley Law is dedicated to educating the UC Berkeley community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse and fostering awareness about means of combating this abuse through litigation. We hope to provide opportunities, education, and assistance to Berkeley Law students working to promote positive legal protection of animal welfare.

akathens@berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights

Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights (BHCHR) was founded in 2004 by a small group of Berkeley Law students in order to foster and create a community of students interested in human rights at Boalt Hall (now Berkeley Law). Our student-led organization has grown significantly since it was first created, creating new projects and partnerships, including with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center. We remain committed to making the human rights community at Berkeley stronger every year, through the following principles: 1) Foster & Create a community of students interested in human rights issues, domestic and international. 2) Connect students interested in pursuing careers in human rights with other law students, practitioners, and professors. 3) Engage in human rights projects. 4) Raise awareness and educate our community on human rights issues.

bhchr@gmail.com

 

Boalt Hall Muslim Students Association (BMSA)

The Boalt Hall Muslim Students Association (BMSA) brings together Muslims of diverse backgrounds under a unified community at the law school. We seek to protect students against Islamophobia and misconceptions about Islam. By fostering an inclusive, judgment-free safe space, our aim is to provide a voice to the Muslim community on campus and support the needs of our members, be it educational, professional, emotional, or otherwise. EVERYONE is welcome to join.

boaltmsa@gmail.com

 

Boalt Hall Women’s Association

The Boalt Hall Women’s Association (BHWA) is committed to advocating for women on campus and in our local community. We work toward advancing opportunities for all women by providing a forum to discuss relevant issues in the Berkeley Law community and by encouraging activism, education, and diversity.

bhwa@law.berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Healthcare and Biotech Law Society

Our mission is to stimulate the intellectual and professional development of Boalt students interested in health and/or biotech law.

boalt.healthcare.biotech.law@gmail.com

 

Boalt Jewish Students Association

The Boalt Jewish Students Association exists to provide a Jewish community at Berkeley Law.

bjsa@law.berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Law and Organizing Collective

Berkeley Law & Organizing Collective (BLOC) supports organizations building grassroots power and leadership to advance social justice. BLOC’s work is rooted in the belief that the individuals most impacted by social injustice have a right to lead their own fight for social change, and that legal work is most effective when directed to this goal.

boaltcollective@gmail.com

 

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.

boaltonbreak@law.berkeley.edu

 

Boalt Parents 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.

boaltparentsnetwork@gmail.com

 

Boalt Police Review Project

The Boalt Police Review Project (BPRP) assists in representing civilians who file complaints with the Berkeley Police Review Commission, alleging misconduct by the Berkeley Police Department. Our students review complaints and evidence collected by the Commission, interview complainants, communicate with the Commission regarding any new evidence and witnesses, prepare complainants for their hearing, and appear on behalf of complainants at their hearing. Our mission is to provide support to these members of our community who have been negatively impacted by alleged police misconduct, so they do not have to navigate this unfamiliar process on their own.

boaltpolicereviewproject@gmail.com

 

Boalt Sustainability Team

The Boalt Sustainability Team strives to help students, staff, faculty, and all the law school’s visitors divert waste from landfills and empower the law school community to reduce our impact on ecosystems and communities.

boaltsustainabilityteam@gmail.com

 

Board of Advocates

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.

 

California Asylum Representation Clinic

The California Asylum Representation Clinic’s primary mission is to help guide and represent asylum seekers. CARC’s secondary goal is to train Berkeley Law students in critical lawyering skills including interviewing, client management, and immigration law.
CARC partners with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), a Board of Immigration Appeals recognized nonprofit organization. Based right here in Berkeley, EBSC is one of the highest volume providers of asylum representation in the country. Once students are accepted to CARC, they are placed into teams of two based on their interests and past experience. An initial training covers client interviewing skills, ethics and confidentiality, asylum law, case management, and working with interpreters. Following this training, students are assigned an affirmative asylum case and a supervising attorney. Over the course of the semester, students interview the client, draft the client’s declaration, prepare the asylum application, and collect additional evidence.

carccoordinator@gmail.com

 

Coalition for Diversity

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.

coalitionfordiversity@gmail.com

 

Community Restorative Justice

Community Restorative Justice (CRJ) is a Student-Initiated Legal Service Project that seeks to integrate principles and practice of restorative justice into our education and careers. SLPS members attend restorative justice circles led by the people inside San Quentin State Prison on a bi-weekly basis. These transformative circles help shape our understanding of crime, retribution, and community. SLPS members facilitate a cultural shift within the law school that promotes restorative responses to crime and punishment. In collaboration with other organizations, CRJ hopes to highlight voices from people who are currently or formerly incarcerated to best understand insight, violence, and those in the legal profession’s nuanced role in the prison-industrial complex.

boaltrj@gmail.com

 

Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society

The Berkeley Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS) is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of Consumer Protection Law. We are committed to strengthening ties between consumer law groups and the Berkeley Law community. We work to:
1. 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;
2. foster community among student advocates whose interests intersect with consumer protection; and
3. encourage and maintain consumer protection curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law.

caps.berkeleylaw@gmail.com

 

Contra Costa Reentry Project

The Contra Costa Reentry Project (CORE) will assist 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. (Prop 47, which passed in November 2014, reclassifies certain felony offenses as misdemeanors, and Prop 64, which passed in November 2016, permits people convicted of designated marijuana offenses to obtain reduced convictions or sentences.) Students will have the opportunity to:

• Research Prop 47 applicants’ eligibility for reclassification
• Draft expungement applications
• Assist with Prop 64 record clearance
• Communicate with clients regarding required documentation
• Help coordinate provision of legal services at community outreach events and Clean Slate workshops
• Attend Homeless Court and other attorney court appearances

contracostareentryproject@gmail.com

 

East Bay Dreamers Clinic

Our mission is to assist undocumented youth in the East Bay with immigration relief. It is the purpose of EBDC to provide immigration-centered legal services to youth and young adults of the East Bay community. This purpose shall be met by:

1. Planning, executing and attending clinic days in order to provide immigration related legal services.
2. Offering students an opportunity to create and maintain a network between local schools, students and EBDC in order to provide the best and most relevant legal services possible. The primary focus of EBDC shall be to provide services related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications. This will allow EBDC members to familiarize themselves with the DACA process. DACA permits undocumented youth to receive a work permit and a deportation reprieve from United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Under the supervision of DACA-experienced attorneys from the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and East Bay Community Law Center, EBDC students will guide DACA-eligible youth through the DACA application process, with an eye towards having these youth file their DACA applications with USCIS. Our organization will provide eligible youth with direct legal services relating to the DACA application process.

dreamersclinic@gmail.com

 

Ecology Law Quarterly

Ecology Law Quarterly provides a forum for environmental legal scholarship through the public 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.

elq@law.berkeley.edu

 

Election Law at Boalt

ElectionLaw@Boalt (EL@B) provides Berkeley Law students with a space to think about how lawyers can help to improve democracy. 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 aims to cultivate all possible interests in the subject by pursuing several member-driven projects throughout the year. We create forums for discussion about election law, connect students with election law practitioners, and engage the Boalt community in democracy and democratic reform.

electionlaw@gmail.com

 

Environmental Law Society

ELS promotes public interest environmental law at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), engaging students through advocacy projects, a speaker series, outdoor trips and other social activities. ELS generates dialogue within the student community at Boalt about emerging environmental issues, and advocates for environmental reform by joining legislative campaigns, writing Op-Eds, and submitting comments on federal and state regulations. ELS welcomes students of all backgrounds who are passionate about protecting nature and supporting environmental justice through legal advocacy.

environment@law.berkeley.edu

 

Federalist Society at Berkeley Law

Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology, which advocates a centralized and uniform society. While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives, libertarians, and moderates interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
The Berkeley Law chapter of the Federalist Society’s goals include: promoting thoughtful and challenging discussion of legal and public policy issues; academically and intellectually sponsoring conservative and libertarian law students; and ensuring that Berkeley Law students are thoughtfully exposed to conservative and libertarian perspectives, and consider these perspectives in their analysis of legal issues. We put on a number of great events, which include bringing out leading judges, legal scholars, and practicing lawyers to address hot-button issues of importance to the Federalist Society. We are also a social club, with happy hours and some planned excursions in the mix.
Membership is open to all students who are interested in thoughtful debate and the exchange of ideas, regardless of political ideology. 

berkeleyfederalistsociety@gmail.com

 

First Generation Professionals

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.

berkeleylawfgp@gmail.com

 

Foster Education Project

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. Foster Education Project identifies individual local foster youth who could benefit from having a special advocate in the educational realm. We then pair with a single child, and file paperwork with the court to become their legal education rights holder. Our main activities are advocating for the youth at their school and in IEP meetings, and ensuring that they are receiving adequate services. Members of the Foster Education Project can expect to learn about education and disability law, and work with established attorneys in the field that will serve as mentors. Additionally, members will practice a direct service approach to the law, utilizing communication, negotiation, and advocacy skills to make a real difference in a young child’s life.

fosteredproject@gmail.com

 

GradFood

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 to 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 Berkeley Food Institute. We emphasize education that can inform both public policy and grassroots food systems change.

gradfoodUCB@berkeley.edu

 

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

If/When/How is a national nonprofit that trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals to work within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice. If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at Berkeley educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights.

ifwhenhow@law.berkeley.edu

 

International Human Rights Workshop

The International Human Rights Workshop is one of the UC Berkeley Law Student-Initiated Legal Services Programs (SLPS). The workshop exists to give Berkeley Law students hands-on experience in international human rights work. IHRW works with the Berkeley Law Human Rights Center (HRC). Participating students hone their legal research and writing skills and develop their understanding of domestic and international human rights laws and accountability frameworks.

ihrwslp@gmail.com

 

International Refugee Assistance Project

IRAP Berkeley is the UC Berkeley chapter of the organization the International Refugee Assistance Project. As one of over two-dozen law school chapters, IRAP Berkeley work as both advocates for refugees overseas petitioning for resettlement outside of their home countries. Our goal is to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders. We additionally aim to engage with the Berkeley and Bay Area communities on refugee issues both at home and abroad.

berkeleyrefugeerights@gmail.com

 

Jurisbrewdence

Education on techniques and processes of brewing, disseminating current topics in brewing law, and general merriment.

 

Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative Legal

Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative Legal (KBC Legal) is a student-led legal clinic that contributes to the Karuk Tribe’s ongoing efforts to preserve its natural and cultural resources and resolve other legal issues. Working with tribal representatives, supervising attorneys, and other stakeholders, KBC Legal provides useful, concrete deliverables including memoranda, amicus briefs, white papers, and legal templates. Through our work and events hosted by KBC Legal, we build core clinical skills in legal research and writing, client representation, professional conduct, and teamwork while raising awareness of Federal Indian law, environmental, and cultural property issues among Berkeley Law students.

karukberkeleycollaborative@gmail.com

 

La Raza Law Journal

The La Raza Law Journal is the longest running Latina/o law journal in the country. A student-managed and edited bi-annual publication, the Journal was established to provide a forum, which previously did not exist, to analyze legal issues affecting the Latina/o community.
Additionally, our mandate is: To provide an open forum for the analysis of legal issues affecting the Latina/o community; to publish articles written by Latina/o students, scholars, practitioners; to serve as a legal research resource.

lrlj@berkeley.edu

 

La Raza Students Association

La Raza Law Students Association seeks to empower Latinx students. La Raza hopes to shape the law to enhance our diverse communities’ cultural, economic, political, social, and spiritual vitality. La Raza Law Students Association facilitates members’ diverse legal interests by maintaining an inclusive environment where members can engage deeply with their studies and each other. Drawing upon el poder de la comunidad, La Raza Law Students Association manifests solidarity with other progressive individuals and organizations who seek to transform social conditions in the United States y el mundo. Together we realize the bright hope de la humanidad

la_raza@law.berkeley.edu

 

La Raza Workers and Tenants Rights Clinic

La Raza Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic is a Berkeley Law Student-initiated Legal Services Project. We hold clinics every Thursday evening in Fruitvale, the heart of Oakland’s Latino community. Our mission is to provide students, especially 1Ls, the opportunity to work closely with attorneys to help solve clients’ employment and housing legal issues and give back to their community. Students also get to explore the world of public interest law, learn about housing and employment law through one organization. Our clinics are hosted by Centro Legal de la Raza, an organization founded in 1969 by Boalt students who recognized a need for legal services in the Latino community.

larazaslp1@gmail.com

 

Law and Society Graduate Association

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. LSGA will facilitate gatherings of graduate students interested in networking opportunities, provide a forum for graduate students to share their ongoing research and get feedback, and to set up forums where issues of interest to graduate students, e.g. career and job market advice, may be explored.

 

Law Students of African Descent

The purpose of LSAD is to provide support and career development opportunities for Black students at Berkeley School of Law.

lsad@law.berkeley.edu

 

Middle Eastern Law Students Association

The Berkeley Law Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) is an organization dedicated to fostering an empowering, holistic community for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) students at Boalt. Comprised of students who identify as Middle Eastern and North African, as well as students who have an interest in the cultural, political, and legal events affecting people from the Middle East, MELSA seeks to foster a cultural, political, social, and academic space for the MENA community at Boalt. MELSA works in solidarity with other organizations to promote diversity in Berkeley Law, the legal profession, and beyond.

berkeleylawmelsa@gmail.com

 

Name and Gender Change Workshop

The Name and Gender Change Workshop (NGCW) helps folks fill out and file the necessary paperwork for court-ordered name and/or gender changes. NGCW holds workshops roughly once per month to help folks affirm their identities on their drivers licenses, passports, Social Security cards, USCIS documents, and other forms of identification.

NGWberkeley@gmail.com

 

National Lawyers Guild

NLG at Berkeley Law is actively committed to fighting oppression and injustice in all of its various and insidious forms. Beginning with an understanding of the violent settler-colonial history of our nation, and recognizing that the NLG was born in pro-active response to the ABA’s exclusionary membership practices, we envision an inclusive organization in which all members are accountable to one another, to the law school community, and to the broader community.
We embrace principles of de-colonialism, anti-racism, anti-capitalism, feminism, accessibility, intersectionality, and the inclusion and support of immigrant communities. We believe that the struggles of all oppressed peoples are connected; that human rights are more sacred than property rights; and that it is only through equal access to justice, knowledge, and resources that all of our communities will thrive.
Within our chapter we commit to empowering each other to weave the interconnected struggle for justice into the practice of our future profession. We accomplish this by providing an inclusive space where members are met with empathy and an assumption of good faith as we challenge ourselves and each other to recognize and combat injustice wherever it is found. We call on our members to share formally their experiences and knowledge in the movement for social justice. We invite our members to share informally their celebrations, frustrations, and fellowship. NLG is committed to intersectionality and reexamining existing power structures in the law school. We do this by providing administrative, logistical, and financial support to the Coalition for Diversity and affinity groups on campus. We make it easier for our members to support affinity groups by creating event planning guides and facilitating skills-based support. We connect students with NLG members who practice in the public interest, government, and private sectors so that graduating students can maintain a network of peers dedicated to NLG’s values.
We commit to using the privilege and knowledge we gain through legal education to serve our broader local and global community. We do this by explaining legal developments and translating legalese into readily understandable language, by training and volunteering as legal observers and hotline workers, and by making Berkeley Law’s institutional resources available to the public through trainings and events.

boaltnlg@gmail.com

 

Patent Law Society

The Patent Law Society is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy in the field of patent law. We are committed to strengthening ties between students interested in patent law and the Berkeley Law community.

patent@law.berkeley.edu

 

Post-Conviction Advocacy Project

The purpose of the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP) is to train Berkeley Law students to assist California inmates with the parole process. Our group’s mission is to attain justice for the thousands of men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison, even if they pose no current threat to society. Indigent prisoners regularly receive inadequate representation from board-appointed attorneys, and students’ support can help ensure that prisoners are well-prepared and have a fair chance at their hearings. P-CAP pairs law students with individuals serving life sentences to aid them in preparing for their parole hearing and to represent them at that hearing under attorney supervision.

pcapberkeleylaw@gmail.com

 

Prisoner Advocacy Network

The Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) is a network of attorneys, law students, legal workers, formerly incarcerated people, family members of incarcerated people, and other volunteers working to support prisoners incarcerated throughout California state prisons. PAN’s efforts are focused on supporting 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 issues and rights violations.

pan@nlgsf.org; berkeleylawpan@gmail.com

 

Pro Bonotes

The Pro Bonotes 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.

probonotes@law.berkeley.edu

 

Queer Caucus

Founded in 1978, the Queer Caucus works 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.
Queer Caucus members are law students and allies belonging to gender and sexual minorities. We strive to provide social opportunities and support for our members, develop an academic environment that supports queer scholarship, and to organize events relating to political, social, and legal issues affecting the queer community.
In addition to maintaining a strong and visible community of LGBTQ students, the Queer Caucus works with LGBT attorneys at public interest organizations, private firms, and government agencies to create networks of support between Berkeley Law students and alumni.

caucus@law.berkeley.edu

 

Reproductive Justice Project

The Reproductive Justice Project (“RJP”) at Berkeley Law provides legal support to attorneys working in various reproductive rights and justice realms across the country. We focus on legal research projects and have provided support to abortion providers seeking to practice across state lines and those engaged in active litigation.

rjpberkeley@gmail.com

 

Restorative Justice Committee

The Restorative Justice Committee exists to integrate community voices into the Berkeley Law experience, promote restorative responses to crime and conflict, and facilitate a cultural shift within the institution. In order to integrate the voices of the community, we believe a responsible and robust study of the law requires a deep awareness of the people affected by the law. More specifically, we believe this to be true with criminal law, where the distance between legal discourse and lived experience exaggerates existing ills within the system. We work to bear witness to the restorative justice principles being facilitated by the individuals inside the San Quentin State Prison who conduct transformative peacekeeping circles. During circle, we discuss rehabilitation, reintegration, the web of the community, and the responsibilities we hold toward one another in life. In order to promote restorative responses to crime and conflict, we believe that organizations and institutions within the community should have the capacity to implement responses to conflict heal instead of harm. We collaborate with campus-wide organizations and centers to promote healing conflict resolution throughout the campus and we build mechanisms for restorative justice practitioners in the area to connect, collaborate, and share best practices. Lastly, we acknowledge that the experience of attending law school and participating in the legal career affects our sense of self, our views of the world, and our relationships with others. In order to facilitate a cultural shift within the existing legal profession, we believe that being aware of this effect and responding mindfully to it will enable us to have healthy sustainable law school careers and better our communities. We respond by holding restorative circles designed to explore the affect the legal institution is having in us and will continue to have on us throughout our career. We wish to increase our ability to bring empathy, compassion, and humanity to aspects of the practice of law that can be found wanting.

boaltrj@gmail.com

 

Runners Not Gunners

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law to engage in a healthy and family friendly activity without feeling like they are neglecting their schoolwork. Members will be able to come to recreational group runs to exercise and socialize, bonding with their classmates in a way that is not available in the classroom.

 

South Asian Law Students Association

The Berkeley Law South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) is dedicated to representing the interests of law students of South Asian descent at Boalt. We aim to provide our members with both social and professional development events and opportunities and connect with the vibrant South Asian legal community in the Bay Area

salsa@law.berkeley.edu

 

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

The mission of Berkeley Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is to educate the Boalt community about legal opportunities and issues in the entertainment and sports industries. SELS strives to facilitate opportunities for students to network not only with each other, but also with legal professionals in these industries. SELS regularly sponsors many events during the academic year, including lunchtime speakers, sporting events, and evening receptions. SELS thereby provides a resource for students to connect with alumni and other industry-leading professionals and seek employment opportunities in the sports and entertainment industries.

sels@law.berkeley.edu

 

Startup Law Initiative 

SLI provides 1L students an opportunity for hands-on transactional work by providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented minority and low income startup founders allowing them to overcome cost preventative barriers to incorporating their companies.

startuplawinitiative@gmail.com

 

Students for Economic & Environmental Justice

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.

Committed to the equitable distribution of environmental and economic benefits and burdens, SEEJ investigates the strategic use of legal tools to strengthen grassroots organizing and build community power. SEEJ students are involved in a number of Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, bring relevant practitioners and academics to speak at Berkeley Law, and organize community-led “Grass Routes” tours of environmental justice hot spots to get students out into the community.

berkeleyseej@gmail.com

 

Student Organization of Advanced Legal Studies

The primary goal of SOALS is to facilitate the social and professional needs of its members (the LL.M. class) who share similar interests and needs while studying at Berkeley Law. Through social, professional, career, and academic activities, SOALS aspires to build relationships among its members and its U.S.-based and international alumni, and to share experiences on paths to practitioner and academic job placement, scholarly research, international public service, and business opportunities.

lukeblackett@berkeley.edu

 

Tenants’ Rights Workshop

The purpose of CLO is two-fold. First, the organization provides valuable services to the East Bay community by targeting low-income residents and the homeless in need of legal information and/ or services. Through outreaches to various parts of the East Bay, CLO seeks out and locates members of these communities and assists them in finding legal services.
Second, CLO provides a needed educational outlet for first-year law students at Boalt Hall. The experience allows students to apply legal skills learned in class to the real world. Members are given the opportunity to gain practical experience within the context of assisting underrepresented populations. In doing so, CLO helps these students understand their future roles as legal advocates.

trwberkeley@gmail.com

 

The Texas Club at Berkeley Law

The Texas Club is an affinity organization for Berkeley Law students who are from Texas or are interested in the Texas legal market. All law students are welcome to join.

 

Universities Allied for Essential Medicine

UAEM is a non-profit organization rooted in a global human rights-based movement of university students. UAEM aims to

promote access to medicines and medical innovations in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries by changing norms and practices around academic patenting and licensing, supported by our own independent research,
ensure that university medical research meets the needs of people worldwide regardless of status and
empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis.

Our current global campaign aims to promote transparency in clinical research, pharmaceutical marketing & advertising and intellectual property transfers. We have also offered public comment on free trade agreements and domestic drug pricing policy before state legislatures and federal executive agencies.

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.

boaltuaem@gmail.com

 

Wage Justice Clinic

The purpose of the Wage Justice Clinic (WJC) is to provide free legal assistance to low-wage workers with the filing of wage claims at the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). The WJC will hold monthly clinics at the DLSE, during which the WJC members will serve clients under the supervision of attorneys from the Legal Aid at Work. In addition, students will have the opportunity to represent clients at DSLE settlement conferences and hearings.

boaltwcc@gmail.com

 

Women in Tech Law

Women in Tech Law is dedicated to fostering research, discussion, and advocacy within the realm of women lawyers in technology law. We are committed to strengthening ties between women lawyers in the field of technology law and the Berkeley Law community. We work to: 1. create networks between women attorneys, advocacy organizations, and the Berkeley Law student body in order to promote more women in the realm of technology law and provide training opportunities for students;
2. foster community among student advocates whose interests intersect with women lawyers in technology; and
3. encourage and maintain technology law curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law.

womenintech@law.berkeley.edu

 

Women of Color Collective

The Women of Color Collective (WOCC) is dedicated to providing a supportive community space for Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, and other women and trans people of color at Berkeley Law. By providing cultural, social, professional, educational and community service programs, WOCC seeks to advance the passions, goals, and needs of women and trans people of color and enrich their educational experiences at Berkeley Law. WOCC is committed to working in solidarity with other organizations to promote diversity in Berkeley Law, the legal profession, and beyond.

boaltwocc@gmail.com

 

Workers Rights Clinic

The Workers’ Rights Clinic (WRC), in cooperation with Legal Aid at Work, provides free legal information to low-income workers with employment-related problems. The project gives Berkeley Law students—particularly 1Ls—an opportunity to assist clients who need their help. Law students meet one-on-one with clients to discuss the details of their employment problem. Together, the student and the supervising attorney analyze the client’s situation, identify legal issues, and determine what remedies the client might pursue. The student then reports back to the client to discuss the possible solutions. Students learn about current issues in employment law from dedicated supervising attorneys in a small-group discussion setting. Law students also may choose to represent clients at proceedings of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board or the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

boaltwrc@gmail.com

 

Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic

The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic (WRDLC) is a student-run legal clinic that serves low-income individuals in the Bay Area with employment-related, and especially disability-related, legal concerns. The WRDLC is closely associated with the Workers’ Rights Clinic, which is also run by Berkeley Law students. The clinic opens every Tuesday evening to provide low-income workers with disabilities from around the Bay Area with employment advice on a range of issues, including discrimination, disability insurance, unemployment, and workers’ compensation.
The WRDLC is made up of 8 first-year law students, who are supported by 1 supervising attorney, 2 rotating pro bono attorneys, and 2 student co-directors. The clinic occurs every two weeks, and will be fully staffed by 8 counselors and 2 directors. During clinics, law student counselors receive training in various areas of employment law from Bay Area practitioners, perform intake interviews with clinic clients, and confer with supervising attorneys to provide clients with information.
Each clinic begins at 5:30pm and often lasts past 8:30pm. Clinic meetings take place after-hours to best serve the working individuals who rely on the clinics’ services. Because the clinic requires a 3+ hour commitment from its members, we provide counselors with simple meals before they begin counseling clients. Dinner costs are the vast majority of our expenses.
With regard to our location, the WRDLC is held at the Ed Robert Campus, located at 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley. While the Ed Roberts Campus is off campus, it is within a 2-mile radius, and is readily accessible to law students by shuttle, bus, BART, bike, or car. We hold the WRDLC at the Ed Robert Campus, instead of on Berkeley Law campus, because the location is particularly easy for clients to get to (it is directly next to Ashby Bart station), and the building is specifically designed to accommodate people with physical disabilities. Additionally, the space allows us to partition separate rooms where clinicians can meet with supervising attorneys. Finally, the location offers our clientele greater privacy and a greater degree of professionalism.

Berkeley.WRDLC@gmail.com

 

Youth Advocacy Project

Providing mentorship and advocacy to incarcerated youth in Contra Costa County.

youthadvocacy@law.berkeley.edu