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Student Organizations

The purpose of student organizations, like the mission of Saint Louis University School of Law, is to advance the understanding and development of law and prepare students to achieve professional success and personal satisfaction through leadership to others.  Also, like the School of Law, organizations are guided by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, freedom of inquiry and respect for individual differences.

SLU LAW's student organizations work to enhance students' professional and personal development through academic, cultural and volunteer opportunities.

The current Student Organization Handbook can be found here.

Today, America 's values, our constitutional heritage and the freedoms and opportunities of our people are being undermined by a narrow, conservative approach to the law that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people's lives. This conservative vision, which is advanced by a highly organized movement and has come to dominate American law and public policy - from law school classrooms to legislative hearing rooms and federal courtrooms - threatens to undermine the true promise of our Constitution.

ACS is committed to fostering a progressive vision of the law on issues across the policy spectrum, including access to the courts; anti-discrimination and affirmative action; civil liberties; consumer rights; criminal justice; disability rights; freedom of speech; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights; international human rights; immigration; open government; labor law; the political process; privacy; protection of health, safety and the environment; and women's rights and reproductive freedom.

The BLSA utilizes the collective resources available to the chapter for the creation and maintenance of a law school environment that is conducive to Black students’ effective study of the law.

The objectives of this organization are to inform students about different areas of business law, provide opportunities to network and increase communication with attorneys in different areas of business law and to expose students of all undergraduate backgrounds and experiences to the facets and opportunities in business and tax law.

The Criminal Law Society believes that knowledge of the American criminal justice system is necessary to become a well-rounded student of the law and recognizes that, no matter one's ultimate field of practice, such knowledge makes one a well-rounded citizen. As such, the Society seeks to promote knowledge of the law of crimes and its influence on politics and society among its members, as well as to provide networking opportunities for those members who seek a career in criminal law.

As part of the Center for Employment Law, the Association's goal is to achieve awareness and career opportunities in employment law for the members of the organization.

This ELS and ALA examines current trends in environmental law, explores job opportunities in the field, and seeks to increase the community's awareness of environmental law issues through a consolidated "voice" of the people.

The Family Law Association promotes an interest in and provides an awareness of various sub-disciplines and related fields existing under the larger category of family law. FLA seeks to serve as a bridge between those students interested in the study of family law and the legal community; as well as provide access to various state and federal agencies, private firms and non-profit organizations relating to family law.

The Federalist Society is dedicated to the principles that: The State exists to preserve the natural law of human freedom, the separation of government powers (both between the three branches and between the various levels; federal, state, country, municipals) is central to the health functioning of the U.S. Constitution; that the duty of the federal and state judiciaries is to say what the law is, not what it should be; that any and all threats to these principles must be resisted through the means of active citizenship, intelligent discourse, integrity of leadership and cheerful and generosity of tone and spirit.

HLA’s mission is to make our members more aware of the health law curriculum, relevant dual degree options and certificate program; expose students to different legal career options within the health care arena; provide a community service and social outlet for our members; and connect law, medical, and allied-health students to increase networking opportunities.


The Hispanic Law Student Association aims to create and foster an environment in which students of Hispanic origin can discover and develop a deeper understanding of cultural heritage and extend an invitation to all students in the law school community to participate.

The International Law Students' Association seeks to create a forum for the law school community to increase its awareness and appreciation of other cultures and of the practice of law in the international setting by providing opportunities for interaction among its members and international students, visiting scholars, guest speakers and faculty.

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is an international law society composed of lawyers and law students who support the purpose and mission of the society.

SLU LSRJ is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand reproductive justice.

The Mark Twain Law Student Association aspires to promote professionalism and classic, unpretentious style at SLU Law.  Building on SLU’s reputation as the oldest law school west of the Mississippi, Mark Twain embraces tradition, extols manners and civility, and believes that one’s character, reputation, and knowledge obtained through a professional education extend beyond the classroom to the social scene.   Always affable, never arrogant, The Mark Twain Law Student Association aims to prepare students for every aspect of professional life – whether it be the office or the fundraiser, the golf course or the duck blind, the wine shop or the barbecue pit.

The OUTLAWS provide a community that promotes acceptance and raises awareness among the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied students and faculty of SLU LAW.

J. Sullivan Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International


The purpose of this Phi Delta Phi is to promote the highest standard of ethics and professionalism in law schools and the legal profession.

Phi Delta Phi, The International Legal Honor Society was founded at Saint Louis University School of Law in 1949. Phi Delta Phi (PDP) has 131 chapters.

The Public Interest Law Group seeks to educate, inform and sensitize the Saint Louis University School of Law student body to public interest law issues and provide a forum for the discussion of such issues. We are dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities for students to get involved with public interest law. Furthermore, we are committed to promoting and encouraging career opportunities in public interest law.

The Saint Louis University Public Law Review was established in 1981 as a "Specialty Journal" to address legal issues of public interest and public policy. The purpose of the Public Law Review is to provide an open and uncensored forum to legal scholars, practicing attorneys, legislators, and public interest advocates for debating current topics that are significant in the area of public interest law.

The Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy is published bi-annually by the Center for Health Law Studies and a student editorial board. The Journal features articles that provide in-depth analysis of topical and developing issues in health law and policy. One issue each year is devoted to the publication of the proceedings of the Center for Health Law Studies annual Symposium. The second issue is devoted to coverage of emerging issues within health law and policy. Students and faculty at the Center solicit and review articles submitted for publication. The editorial board also maintains the Journal website which features a health law blog, podcasts of the Center

The Saint Louis University Law Journal is the oldest publication at SLU LAW. Law students edit and produce the Journal, which the School of Law sponsors. Eminent scholars, judges, professors, practitioners and high-achieving law students author the articles for the Journal's four annual issues. The Journal publishes four annual issues on a variety of legal topics. It is our goal to publish timely, pertinent and thought-provoking legal scholarship in every volume. Further, we seek to make publishing with the Journal a positive and enjoyable experience for the authors with whom we collaborate. Finally, it is our readers whom we endeavor to serve. Our readers are the final judge of quality, and the Journal seeks to improve in quality with each successive volume.

The Sports and Entertainment Law Association seeks to attract speakers to the School, and advance the understanding of the legal aspects as they relate to the sports and entertainment industries.

SBA provides students of the Law School with a forum for the expression of ideas concerning the social, moral and intellectual aspects of the legal profession. The organization also provides an opportunity for the students of the Law School to participate in the formulation and administration of the educational policies of the Law School.

The objectives of SIPLA shall be to expose the members to intellectual property (IP) related legal issues and to increase awareness of career opportunities in the area of IP law.  Membership is free and open to students and alumni of the School of Law.

SLWA of SLU LAW serves two purposes: 1) It serves as a student writers' forum aimed at strengthening non-class, legal writing projects through peer-edits and guest-faculty feedback. Special attention is given toward polishing writing projects for competitions, journal articles, job prospects, etc. 2) It sponsors various programming geared toward developing student legal scholarship, research and writing.

The Sustainability and Urban Development Student Group seeks to educate the student body and greater SLU community; connect students and professionals in the intersecting fields of law and urban planning/development; build a network among the law school, SUDS, and the St. Louis business community, and; provide opportunities to fulfill the Jesuit mission for the service of humanity.

The mission of the Veteran Student Association (VSA) seeks to foster a community, within the larger Saint Louis University School of Law community, supportive of former, current, and future military members, and their dependents, family, and friends. Further, VSA encourages and assists SLU Law students to gain education about the Veterans Administration (VA) system and the manner in which VA governance applies to and affects military members and veterans.

The objectives of The Women Law Students' Association are to address issues of concern to women in the legal profession; to increase communication among the female law students at St. Louis University School of Law through the sponsorship of social and educational events; to increase communication between the female law students at St. Louis University School of Law and female attorneys in the St. Louis area; and to perform charitable works.