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) (formerly BHSA), 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:
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.
2018-2019 Student Organizations:
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American Constitution Society
Asian American Law Journal
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
Bear Buddies at Berkeley Law
Berkeley Animal Law Society
Berkeley Business Law Journal
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative
Berkeley Healthcare & Biotech Law Society
Berkeley Immigration Group
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice
Berkeley Journal of International Law
Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips
Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project
Berkeley Law Foundation
Berkeley Law La Raza Law Journal
Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association
Berkeley Old Wise Law Students
Berkeley Police Review Project
Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence
Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy
Boalt Environmental Law Society
Boalt Global Corporate Law Society
Boalt Improv Group
Boalt Parent Network
Board of Advocates
Bowlt Hall Boaling Society
California Asylum Representation Clinic
Catholics at Berkeley Law
Christians at Berkeley Law
Community Legal Outreach / Tenants’ Rights Workshop
Community Restorative Justice Project
Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society
Consumer Rights Workshop
Contra Costa Reentry Project
Criminal Defense Society
Ecology Law Quarterly
Election Law at Boalt
Environmental Conservation Outreach
Federalist Society at Berkeley Law
Food Justice Project
Foster Education Project
Gun Violence Prevention Project
Human Rights Law Student Association
International Arbitration Association at Berkeley Law
International Human Rights Workshop
International Refugee Assistance Project
Jewish Students Association at Berkeley Law
Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law
Juvenile Hall Outreach
La Raza Law Students Association
La Raza Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic
Law Students for Justice in Palestine
Law Students of African Descent
Middle Eastern Law Student Association
Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law
Name and Gender Change Workshop
National Lawyers Guild
Native American Law Student Association
Pilipino American Law Society
Peer Wellness Coalition
Political and Election Empowerment Project
Post-Conviction Advocacy Project
Queers United In Revolutionary Subversion
Restorative Justice Committee
Runners Not Gunners
South Asian Law Student Association
Startup Law Initiative
Student Organization for Advanced Legal Studies
Students for Economic and Environmental Justice
Survivor Advocacy Project
Sustainability Team @ Berkeley Law
Tech and Public Interest Law and Policy
The Pro Bonotes (Boalt A Capella)
The Texas Club at Berkeley Law
Trans @ Berkeley Law
Wage Justice Clinic
Women In Tech Law
Womxn of Berkeley Law
Womxn of Color Collective
Workers’ Rights Clinic
Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic
Youth Advocacy Project
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The Alliance for Sustainable Economies (ASE) supports law students interested in helping small businesses and community groups envision and create a new economic system. This new economy is people-oriented. It prioritizes workplace democracy, environmental sustainability, regenerative practices, shared resources, collaborative governance, and strong community bonds. It aims to help people and planet prosper together, while also remedying racial and economic injustice.
American Constitution Society (ACS)
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
Asian American Law Journal (AALJ)
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. AALJ provides a scholarly forum for the exploration of unique legal concerns of Asian Americans, including but not limited to the East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Asian Pacific American communities. AALJ publishes annually, and each volume typically contains articles, book reviews, essays, and other contributions from scholars, practitioners, and students.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) strives to meet the political, cultural, social, academic, and career needs of Berkeley Law students interested in Asian Pacific Islander issues. In addition, the group’s mission includes recruitment of under-represented students, particularly Southeast Asian and Filipino students.
Bear Buddies At Berkeley Law (BB)
To reinforce the Berkeley Law community by creating opportunities for LLMs, JDs, and JSP to meet and bond over shared values and interests.
Berkeley Animal Law Society (ALS)
Berkeley 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.
Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ)
The Berkeley Business Law Journal is a community of students who are committed to corporate social responsibility through publication of a print journal, a daily blog, and campus events.
Berkeley Immigration Group (BIG)
The Berkeley Immigration Group: Detention Project (BIG) seeks to bridge the representation gap for the approximately 300 non-citizens held in immigration detention in Richmond, California. We also endeavor to hold the San Francisco Immigration Court accountable in providing due process rights to non-citizens in detained proceedings before the court. Participants will gain a familiarity with immigration detention and substantive immigration law. The Detention Project has five components: detention outreach, court observation, know your rights trainings, bond representation, and the creation of a community bond fund. Students may participate in any and all of the components.
Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy (BJALP)
The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy (formerly the African-American Law & Policy Report) was created by students at Berkeley Law to provide an alternative forum to address legal and policy issues of concern to African-Americans. As we see it, the challenge facing the Journal is threefold.
First, the Journal’s 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.
Second, the Journal will give rise to the voices of emerging scholars, and will bring these scholars into conversation with prominent professors, judges, policy-makers, and practitioners.
Finally, with an eye toward preparing the next generation of leaders who will help create change and progress, we see the Journal as a training ground where students sharpen their editing and writing skills, and gain experience in critical thinking by wrestling with the task of producing quality scholarship and ideas.
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law (BJCL)
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 (Berkeley Law). 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.
Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL)
BJELL’s mission is to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss emerging developments in the field. In addition, BJELL is committed to helping students connect with attorneys working in the employment and labor fields.
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (BJESL)
The Berkeley Business Law Journal is a community of students who are committed to corporate social responsibility through publication of a print journal, a daily blog, and campus events.
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice (BGLJ)
The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (a continuation of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal) was founded in 1984 by a group of students at the UC Berkeley School of Law who came together with a vision of “preserving our voices of diversity and maintaining our commitment to social change within the often-stifling confines of a law school environment.” Now in its 33rd year of publication, our editorial policy distinguishes us from other law reviews and feminist journals.
Berkeley Journal of International Law(BJIL)
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 who are 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 that engage like-minded students, academics, and practitioners on pressing international legal issues.
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC Law)
The purpose of BERC Law is to connect, educate, and engage law students with an interest in energy and resources law.
Berkeley Healthcare & Biotech Law Society (BHBLS)
The Berkeley Healthcare & Biotech Law Society seeks to connect interested students with practitioners in the healthcare and biotech industries.
Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF)
The BLF’s primary goal is funding public interest law through summer fellowships for current Berkeley Law students and year-long fellowships for law graduates and new attorneys from around the country. Our grants enable the recipients to work on innovative and critical projects that provide desperately needed legal services to communities all around the nation.
Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips (BLAST)
Berkeley Law Alternative Service Trips or BLAST (formerly Boalt on Break) is a student-led organization that works in conjunction with the Berkeley Law Pro Bono Program. We are an alternative service break organization that offers 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.
Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro)
By training the next generation of anti-trafficking advocates to serve victims and educate the community, the Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project seeks to contribute to the elimination of domestic and international human trafficking.
Berkeley Law La Raza Law Journal (LRLJ)
Our purpose is to provide an open forum for the analysis of legal issues affecting the Latino community; to publish articles written by Latino students, scholars, practitioners; and to serve as a legal research resource.
Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association (LRLJ)
To bring together the Muslim community.
Berkeley Police Review Project (BPRP)
The Berkeley Police Review Project (BPRP) assists in the representation of civilians who file complaints with the Berkeley Police Review Commission, alleging misconduct by the Berkeley Police Department. The Commission provides a forum for the investigation and adjudication of complaints. Commission staff investigates the complaints, and three members of the Commission comprise each Board of Inquiry (BOI). Students advocate for the complainant at the Board of Inquiry hearing. The students’ work entails reviewing the complaint and some of the evidence collected by the Commission, interviewing the complainant, communicating with the Commission to submit any new evidence and witnesses, preparing the complainant for the hearing, and appearing on behalf of the complainant at the hearing. At the hearing, students present an opening statement, a direct examination of the complainant, and a closing statement. Students also may make objections to officers’ cross-examination of the complainant, and raise procedural questions. After the hearing, the BOI makes findings on the allegations.
Berkeley Old Wise Law Students (Berkeley OWLS)
Berkeley OWLS provides a sense of belonging and community to non-traditional and second career students, helping them transition to and anchor themselves in the Berkeley Law community. We aim to connect students from diverse career backgrounds and to help them thrive in their studies at Berkeley Law by allowing them to share advice and mutual support in an informal setting.
Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence (BRAIV)
To advocate against the persistence and proliferation of domestic violence in the Bay Area and beyond by spreading awareness in the Berkeley Law community, and actively supporting local advocacy efforts.
Berkeley Environmental Law Society (ELS)
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) takes an active role in promoting public interest environmental law, as well as engaging students in hands-on environmental projects designed to benefit Berkeley Law and the greater campus community. ELS runs internal advocacy projects including an environmental conservation outreach SLP and sustainability activities at the law school. ELS participates in external advocacy projects, such as fossil fuel divestment by UC and comment letters for agency hearings. ELS also sponsors lectures by guest speakers and organizes hikes and other social and outdoor activities for Berkeley Law students and admitted students. ELS generates dialogue within the student community at Berkeley Law 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.
Berkeley Improv Group (BIG)
Berkeley Improv Group focuses on using improv as a tool to develop valuable lawyering skills, such as public speaking and the ability to think on one’s feet, in a fun and relaxed environment.
Boalt Parent Network
Boalt Parent Network provides information, advocacy, and support for and is open to all parents and caregivers at Berkeley Law. We provide a secure forum to discuss issues surrounding parenting and caregiving while pursuing a career in law.
Boalt Global Corporate Law Society (Boalt Global)
To rethink the development of corporate law, from a global perspective.
Board of Advocates (BoA)
The Board of Advocates (formerly the Moot Court Board) assists in organizing and provides student advisers to the Appellate Advocacy class; oversees the McBaine Moot Court Honors Competition; and provides opportunities for students to compete in off-campus moot court and mock trial competitions.
Bowlt Hall Boaling Society (BHBS)
We foster community through bowling.
California Asylum Representation Clinic (CARC)
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.
Catholics at Berkeley Law (CABL)
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.
Christians at Boalt (CAB)
Christians at Boalt provides a safe community for students to come together for bi-monthly fellowship to talk about the Christian faith and deepen our commitment to God and one another. We also hold occasional social activities, including dinners and networking events with other graduate student groups.
Community Legal Outreach / Tenants’ Rights Workshop (TRW)
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.
Community Restorative Justice Project (CRJ)
CRJ is a law student organization that allows students to explore an alternative to the retributive model of our criminal punishment system by participating in the restorative justice roundtables at San Quentin State Prison.
Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS)
The Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS) is a student-run organization dedicated to the promotion of consumer law and consumer protection at Berkeley Law. Our mission is to connect consumer-minded students, organize and host consumer-related events, network the greater consumer law community, and ensure the availability of consumer curriculum and clinic opportunities at Berkeley Law. We host a list serve that periodically delivers information about our activities, consumer jobs, and major happenings in the consumer world. Learn more, and join our list serve, at consumer.berkeley.edu.
Consumer Rights Workshop (CRW)
At Consumer Rights Workshop (CRW), law students hone their advocacy skills while helping to fulfill an urgent need for legal assistance in consumer law issues among the underserved community of low-income Alameda County residents.
Contra Costa Reentry Project (CORE)
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.
Criminal Defense Society (CDS)
The purpose of the Criminal Defense Society is to provide Berkeley Law students with a supportive community and opportunities to learn about criminal defense careers through both networking and discussions about important topics in criminal defense.
Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ)
Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ) 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.
Election Law @ Boalt (EL@B)
ElectionLaw@Boalt (“Group”) provides students at Berkeley Law with a space to focus on election law. A vast field that includes theoretical and empirical research on democracy, equality, citizenship, politics, voting rights, representation, speech, technology, security, and administration, there are myriad ways to find interest in election law. We hope to cultivate all possible interests in the subject. To do so, ElectionLaw@Boalt provides a forum for discussion about election law, develops a network with election law practitioners, and manages projects tailored to issues in this field.
Environmental Conservation Outreach (ECO)
Environmental Conservation Outreach (ECO) is a student-initiated legal services project sponsored by ELS and supervised by Berkeley Law Professor Eric Biber. ECO has completed multiple pro bono projects in concert with local and regional community stakeholders and national NGO partners and clients.
Federalist Society at Berkeley Law (Fed Soc)
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 and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is 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.
Food Justice Project (FJP)
To help the UC Berkeley Community access navigate the CalFresh application process.
Foster Education Project (FosterEd)
Foster Education Project identifies individual local foster youth who could benefit from having an educational advocate. Each member is then paired with a child, and files paperwork with the court to become their legal education rights holder. Our main activities include advocating for the youth at their school and in IEP meetings, and ensuring that they are receiving adequate services. Students may also participate in mentorship projects to assist youth transitioning out of the foster care system. Depending on the child’s needs, members of the Foster Education Project may 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.
GradFood brings UC Berkeley graduate students from diverse disciplines together to learn and teach about something that affects everyone: FOOD. Food is more than meets the eye, and we delve into issues that make food both an intellectually stimulating field and central to our daily lives. Our monthly dinners are a forum to discuss food and agriculture issues from a variety of perspectives, and topics include everything from food regulation and policy to health to agroecology to economic development and social justice and beyond. The group provides opportunities to meet students from other departments, collaborate on and present research, and network with the sustainable food systems community and the new Berkeley Food Institute. We emphasize education that can inform both public policy and grassroots food systems change.
Gun Violence Prevention Project (GVPP)
In conjunction with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, GVPP aims to help implement California’s gun violence restraining order laws so that law enforcement officers and other key individuals can effectively utilize it to prevent gun violence and keep communities safe.
Human Rights Law Student Association (HRLSA)
Human Rights Law Student Association (HRLSA) promotes human rights education and advocacy at the law school, throughout the UC Berkeley campus, and within the greater community. It accomplishes this by increasing the organization, capacity, and unity of Berkeley Law’s international human rights community; increasing general awareness; and fostering dialogue and student participation toward general international human rights issues.
International Arbitration Association at Berkeley Law (IAABL)
The International Arbitration Association at Berkeley Law (IAABL) is a student-run organization developed with the purpose of bringing together Berkeley Law students, alumni, professors, and practitioners interested in the field of International Law & Arbitration.
International Human Rights Workshop (IHRW)
The International Human Rights Workshop (IHRW) is a SLP at Berkeley Law that works with the help of the Human Rights Center to provide 1Ls and LLM students with the opportunity to do pro bono work in the field of international humanitarian law. Students are selected through the SLP application process, are trained in applicable research and practical skills, and are then guided in real-world research projects involving international human rights law.
Jewish Students Association at Berkeley Law (JSABL)
Build and provide a Jewish community for students at Berkeley Law.
Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law (JMEIL)
Education on techniques and processes of brewing, disseminating current topics in brewing law, and general merriment.
Juvenile Hall Outreach (JHO)
JHO seeks to educate youth in the Alameda County Juvenile hall about their rights, to inform them about tools available to help them secure a positive future, and to help law students develop skills to be successful and compassionate youth advocates.
Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative (KBC 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.
La Raza Law 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 Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic (La Raza Clinic)
Students assist tenants and workers under attorney supervision in housing and employment issues in one-on-one meetings at Centro Legal de La Raza, a legal services organization that advances the rights of working-class immigrant communities in Fruitvale. Students conduct intakes where they screen for legal issues, identify and propose solutions for the client, and draft legal documents as necessary. Depending on hearing schedules and availability, students may have the opportunity to represent clients with housing or employment issues before administrative law judges, help with policy initiatives, write demand letters and complaints, and testify at city council hearings. Students will have the opportunity to hone their interviewing, client service, and legal research and analysis skills. Students may also help plan educational events and panels about housing and employment issues and get involved in local community actions.
Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP)
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.
Law Students of African Descent (LSAD)
Finding its roots in the African American Association of the early 1960s, Law Students of African Descent (LSAD) is now at the heart of the Black community at Berkeley Law. The purpose of the organization is to articulate and promote the needs of Black law students in the law school. An active member of the National Black Law Students Association, LSAD seeks to foster a unique sense of community among its members and to serve as an academic, political, and social resource for Black law students. In the wake of Proposition 209, LSAD actively participates in the recruitment and retention of Black law students. LSAD promotes academic and professional excellence among its members and is committed to forming lasting relationships with its Black alumni, members of the Black legal community, and the Black community as a whole.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) is composed of students who are either of Middle Eastern heritage or have an interest in Middle Eastern culture and legal developments affecting people from the Middle East. Every semester, MELSA puts on a number of events to inform the Berkeley Law community about legal issues affecting Middle Easterners abroad, as well as those in the United States. Past events have included documentaries about Palestinian-Israeli relations, human rights abuses of Guantanamo detainees, and U.S. foreign policy implications in Afghanistan. MELSA also hosts cultural celebration events, has a strong mentorship program, and cultivates leadership within its membership.
Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law (MVBL)
As an organization of current military members and veterans, we first and foremost strive to continue to set the highest standards of professionalism and performance in our chosen career paths. In accordance with those high standards, the Military and Veterans at Berkeley Law aims to establish a strong network amongst current and future law students as well as Berkeley Law alumni who served in the United States Armed Forces. We hope to primarily focus on the exchange of information regarding military/veterans issues; establishing a different perspective and providing a forum for substantive military law and national security law conversations at Berkeley Law; formulating employment opportunities that may not currently be offered or developed through the Career Development Office that are of interest to veterans; and forming a cohesive bond of camaraderie amongst all members. We hope to demystify the Armed Forces and counter the military stereotypes and generalizations by providing a recognized organization of open-minded veterans and military members willing to respectfully discuss and debate any and all issues that may be of interest to the rest of the Berkeley Law community.
Name and Gender Change Workshop (NGCW)
The Name and Gender Change Workshop works with those seeking to change their name and/or gender markings on official government documents. Students participating in the Name and Gender Change Workshop will:
Conduct intake interviews with clients seeking to obtain court-ordered name and gender changes Identify possible legal issues Research and discuss findings with supervising attorneys File pleadings on behalf of clients Discuss options with clients including changing name and gender markings on driver’s licenses, passports, and other government-issued IDs
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
The National Lawyers Guild is an organization dedicated to uniting lawyers and legal workers in the fight for civil rights and social justice. Guild attorneys, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers share a progressive social and political perspective that is reflected in the preamble to the Guild’s constitution, which holds that human rights are more sacred than property rights.
Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
To promote unity and cooperation among Native American law students and their supporters, provide a basis to work for the advancement of Native Americans, and promote learning and knowledge by encouraging students to develop legal scholarship in Native American legal issues.
Peer Wellness Coalition (PWC)
The Peer Wellness Coalition (PWC) is a student organization dedicated to increasing resources dedicated to wellness and mental health in law school and the legal profession. Studies increasingly reveal an unacceptable prevalence of substance abuse, depression and anxiety among lawyers and law students even as compared to other demanding professions. PWC is committed to reversing this trend through providing law students the resources to develop skills and habits in wellness and work-life balance. PWC aspires for students to take these skills with them as they enter the legal profession. PWC will achieve these goals by developing a platform that gathers and conveys wellness resources on campus. PWC will plan our own programs and also support the events of other student groups aligned with our mission. Five pillars of the organization will orient our programming: 1) reducing alcohol and substance abuse, 2) increasing physical activity and nutrition knowledge, 3) improving interpersonal relationships, 4) addressing mental health resources, and 5) better approaches to academic success.
We also plan to continually engage with students to better understand and, if possible, counter the sources of depression and anxiety during law school. We hope the priorities and efforts of PWC will gain attention and spread to other law school student organizations. More importantly, the efforts of PWC will inspire law firms and law school administrations to invest more
Pilipino American Law Society (PALS)
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.
Political and Election Empowerment Project (PEEP)
PEEP provides students at Berkeley Law who care about the deep connection between politics, elections, the law, and social justice with a place to learn more about these challenging and dynamic issues in a rigorous and fun environment.
Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP)
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.
The Queer Caucus at Berkeley Law is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant, queer law students and allies. We strive to provide social opportunities and support for our members, to 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.
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 complimented by our commitment to intersectional work and coalition building with a broad group of other student organizations and journals on campus.
Queers United In Revolutionary Subversion (QUIRS)
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.
Restorative Justice Committee (RJC)
RJC creates opportunities for law students to become involved in restorative justice by centering by centering the voices of those affected by mass incarceration, promoting restorative responses to crime, and facilitating a cultural shift in legal institutions.
Runners Not Gunners (RNG)
Runners Not Gunners (RNG) promotes a healthy, inclusive, and joyful lifestyle at Berkeley Law through group physical activity in the outdoor areas around campus.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
The Berkeley Law South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) is dedicated to representing the interests of law students of South Asian descent at Berkeley Law. 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.
Startup Law Initiative (SLI)
Through the Startup Law Initiative (SLI), first year law students at Berkeley Law work with local startup founders to create and file formation documents, allowing entrepreneurs to overcome otherwise cost preventative barriers to incorporation. 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.
Student Organization for Advanced Legal Students (SOALS)
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.
Students for Environmental and Economic Justice (SEEJ)
SEEJ is committed to advancing justice for low-income communities and communities of color.
Supreme Corks (SupCo)
We the people of the Supreme Corks of Berkeley, in order to form a more perfect union, establish a community of wine lovers, insure the safe consumption of fermented grapes, provide information on wine, and secure the blessings of vino to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this mission statement of the Supreme Corks.
Survivor Advocacy Project (SAP)
Support survivors of campus sexual assault and harassment through legal advocacy, research, and activism.
Sustainability Team @ Berkeley Law (BST)
The Sustainability Team @ Berkeley Law 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. The Team is a collaborative project of student organizations at Berkeley Law determined to bring attention to the law school’s environmental impact. Last year, the Team helped lead an effort to bring composting to Berkeley Law. This year, we will focus on reducing waste at law school events, greening waste streams, and continuing to support the new composting system.
Tech and Public Interest Law and Policy (TPILP)
Providing networking opportunities and support to students interested in the fields of public interest technology law and policy.
The Pro Bonotes (Boalt A Capella)
The Pro Bonotes, as the law school’s only musical group, provides students with the opportunity to sing while at Berkeley Law. The group performs arrangements from multiple genres of music and puts on occasional performances for the law school community.
The Texas Club at Berkeley Law
An affinity organization for Berkeley Law students who are from Texas or are interested in the Texas legal market, in order to create a network of Texans.
Trans @ Berkeley Law (TABL)
To advance the Trans Agenda!
Wage Justic Clinic (WJC)
The WJC is a Student-Initiated Legal Project at Berkeley Law, dedicated to assisting low-wage workers with the filing of wage claims with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. The organization trains Berkeley Law students by providing opportunities for client engagement, legal research, and development of practical legal skills.
Women in Tech Law (WiTL)
Women in Tech Law (WiTL) is a student-led organization that strives to recruit, support, and empower women who are interested in pursuing technology law through providing outreach, mentorship, and educational resources. WiTL aspires to use outreach as a medium to not only encourage women to enter the field, but to also expand the presence of women in the field by providing awareness to the opportunities and potential that tech law can hold for women from both STEM and non-STEM backgrounds. WiTL seeks to use mentorship and other platforms to increase members’ accessibility into tech law, in an attempt to break the glass ceiling of the technology industry. Ultimately, WiTL strives to empower women interested to excel and improve in the realm of law and technology.
Womxn of Berkeley Law (WOBL)
Womxn of Berkeley Law (WOBL) is committed to advocating for women on campus and in our local community. We aim to advance opportunities for all women by providing a forum to discuss relevant issues in the Berkeley Law community and by encouraging activism, education, and diversity.
Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)
The Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC) is dedicated to providing a supportive community space for Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, and other womxn 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 womxn 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.
Workers’ Rights Clinic (WRC)
The Workers’ Rights Clinic helps low-income employees address their employment issues while empowering law students to develop their advocacy skills in the context of employment law issues. The Workers’ Rights Clinic accomplishes this by pairing law students with actual clients from the Bay Area who face a range of employment law issues, including but not limited to discrimination, misclassification, retaliation, unpaid wages, and harassment. Law students interview these clients and then consult with supervising employment law attorneys to determine how to best assist the client. Law students develop a range of crucial legal skills, including legal research, client intake and communication, and oral and written advocacy. In addition to helping law students develop employment law advocacy skills, the Workers’ Rights Clinic connects law students with professional mentors. The Workers’ Rights Clinic strives to serve both the Bay Area community and its student counselors.
Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic (WRDLC)
Berkeley’s Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic is committing to bridging access to quality legal advice to individuals with disabilities as they navigate the complex laws governing their employment.
Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)
It shall be the purpose of YAP to advocate for juveniles in the criminal justice system in Contra Costa County in obtaining adequate individual education programs and adequate legal representation. This purpose shall be met by:
1. Creating and maintaining a network between Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender and YAP in order to provide the best and most relevant legal services possible. 2. Meeting regularly with clients and supporting their educational and mentorship needs. 3. Providing routine reports to the client’s public defender and liaising with the client’s family and home network.
The primary focus of YAP shall be to provide mentorship services related to student education.