Student Organizations Student Organizations
Although funds are provided by the School of Law to support activities, all organizations are exclusively student-run. Most groups hold meetings and functions during a regularly scheduled activities period or in the early evening.
The Alliance For Israel (AFI) is a student organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect among the student body at NUSL of Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign, Jewish, and democratic state and as a member of the international community. AFI seeks to educate the NUSL community about the diverse culture and politics of Israel through a wide variety of informational, advocacy, and cultural events. AFI will also explore international law as it relates to Israel. Representing a wide-range of perspectives, AFI is a group open to students who are passionate and/or interested to know more about Israel and Zionism.
Jaki Fishkin, email@example.com
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is an organization that represents South Asian, Pacific Asian, Southeast Asian and East Asian law school students at NUSL. In addition to providing a social and academic support network for Asian American students at the law school, the group is active in both community and campus issues. APALSA works closely with the administration, and is represented on the Admissions Committee and the Committee Against Institutional Racism. Throughout the year, APALSA hosts various social activities for both NUSL students and other Asian-Pacific law students.
The Black Law Students Association’s (BLSA) purpose is threefold: to identify, articulate and promote the needs of black students at Northeastern University School of Law. In particular, BLSA’s focus is on areas of internal academic support, interaction through various community outreach programs, social support and validation within and outside of the university setting. The group is also actively affiliated with the national BLSA.
Business Law Society (BLS) is a student organization dedicated to educating law students about business, corporate, and financial law practice. The group has a threefold mission: learning about transactional work, networking, and working to highlight the legal role of business in society. The organization works to: link current students to mentors; provide networking opportunities; engage with the community at Northeastern and beyond; and foster discourse about the traditional and future legal role of businesses. BLS also works with other student organizations to host a yearly panel meant to connect business interests with other fields of practice.
The Cooperative Income Sharing Program (CISP) is a student-run, student-funded program that makes grants to students choosing unpaid or underpaid public interest legal work as a part of their co-op experience. CISP also sells all official NUSL clothing and merchandise. And, it’s a fun place to do Work-Study or volunteer by helping out in the used bookstore or cafe.
The Disability Justice Caucus (DJC) aims to promote critical engagement with issues of disability in the law and society, both within Northeastern University School of Law and in the broader community. Through an explicit commitment to intersectional anti-oppression analysis, the Disability Justice Collective seeks to disrupt and dismantle structural ableism with social, political, and advocacy activities connecting students committed to disability justice with local movements and organizations. At NUSL, we advocate to improve structural and curricular access for all law students with disabilities. Chief among our aims is to provide safer spaces for discussion, mutual support, organizing, and professional development for law students identifying as disabled (whether through developmental, learning, psychosocial, cognitive, physical, or sensory disabilities; or chronic illness).
Lydia X. Z. Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society (ESLS) is to educate and enhance members' understanding of all facets of entertainment and/or sports law through support, advocacy, and professional development; to foster the exchange of ideas and promote an understanding of the legal and political forces that shape entertainment and sports law; to encourage leadership, participation, and involvement in the entertainment and sports law community locally and beyond; and to inspire law students and legal professionals to serve the interests and aspirations of those interested in entertainment and sports law.
The Family Law and Juvenile Justice Society (FLJJS) is an organization of law students who are interested in a wide array of family law issues including, but not limited to, divorce, custody, adoption, reproductive technology law, juvenile justice, domestic violence, elder issues, same sex marriage implications, and end of life care. The goals of the FLS are to: (1) Educate NUSL students on a broad spectrum of family law issues by bringing leading family law practitioners to speak on campus; (2) Promote access to careers in family law by developing more co-op opportunities in legal service agencies, government organizations, boutique family law firms, and family law departments of medium-to-large size firms; (3) Advocate to the curriculum committee for more diverse course offerings in family law; and (4) Build relationships in the community with professionals that collaborate with family law lawyers in order to provide holistic services to clients.
Summer/Winter: Amanda Dolan, Dolan.email@example.com | Brittany Conner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall/Spring: Alyssa Kane, email@example.com | Jacqueline Hubbard, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Federalist Society (FS) sponsors guest speakers and events to foster dialogue and debate on legal issues. The Federalist Society believes law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology that 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 emphatically 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 Health Law Society (HLS) of NUSL is a student group committed to raising the visibility of health law at Northeastern and our broader community, with a particular emphasis on traditional public health concerns. The Society endeavors to support its mission through inviting practitioners and academics to present on current health topics; building relationships between health care students and law students; providing resources to law students interested in learning more about health law topics; supporting law students enrolled or interested in the JD/MPH Program; sponsoring student participation in Health Law Moot Court competitions and attendance at health related conferences.
The Horticulture and Fermentation Society allows students to disengage from law school and get in touch with nature in our garden plot located in the historic Fenway Victory Gardens. It also allows students to engage with pressing legal issues affecting access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate food.
Summer/Winter: Elizabeth Filosa, email@example.com | Sam Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall/Spring: Eaghan Davis, email@example.com
The Human Rights Caucus (HRC) was founded by Northeastern University School of Law students on December 10, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Human Rights Caucus serves as the hub for human rights issues not currently addressed by other student organizations, reinforces the ongoing work of existing student groups through the utilization of a legal human rights framework, and connects law students to individuals/groups conducting current human rights work. Our mission is to connect NUSL students interested in human rights issues, to educate ourselves and others about domestic and international legal human rights frameworks, and to ensure that law students' exposure to human rights is not limited to academic discussions, but is practiced in our present internships and other social justice advocacy. Find us on Facebook.
Summer/Winter: Maraya Best, firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Fall/Spring: Johanna Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org | Alicia Cook, email@example.com | Maraya Best, firstname.lastname@example.org
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at NUSL mobilizes law students to foster legal expertise and support for reproductive justice. It integrates reproductive rights law and justice into legal education to further scholarly discourse, and builds a foundation of lasting support for reproductive justice within the legal community. The vision is reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. If/When/How values Dignity: All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity for their inherent worth as human beings in matters of sexuality, reproduction, birthing, and parenting. Empowerment: Those with power and privilege must prioritize the needs, amplify the voices, and support the leadership of those from vulnerable, under-served, and marginalized communities. Diversity: Our movement will be strongest if it includes, reflects, and responds to people representing various identities, communities, and experiences. Intersectionality: Reproductive oppression is experienced at the intersection of identities, conditions, systems, policies, and practices. Autonomy: All people must have the right and ability to make voluntary, informed decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.
Fall/Spring: Sandi Van Orden, email@example.com
Intellectual Property Society is comprised of students interested in intellectual property law and its role in our society. In addition to holding meetings several times a year, the society invites speakers to discuss cutting-edge intellectual property issues and careers in intellectual property. The society also participates in an Intellectual Property Alumni/ae Speaker Series, which is generally hosted by an area law firm and in which students, graduates and friends hear a substantive presentation and have the opportunity to mingle.
Summer/Winter: Kiel Green, firstname.lastname@example.org | Alvin Carter III, email@example.com
Fall/Spring: Jake Pecht, firstname.lastname@example.org | Christine de Leeuw email@example.com
International Law Society (ILS) is an association of law students, faculty and staff who have an interest in international law and issues as they relate to the academic, professional and cooperative education spheres. In addition to fostering discussion on related issues, ILS is also a support group for international students at the law school. ILS coordinates a variety of activities, including brown bag lunch discussions, lectures and presentations on international co-ops, and promotes study abroad programs, participation in international law conferences and international employment opportunities.
The International Refugee Assistance Project brings together law students and supervising attorneys to provide comprehensive legal representation to individual refugees seeking resettlement. So far, IRAP has 25 campus chapters and has successfully resettled more than 2,000 refugees in life or death situations, including Iraqis and Afghans at risk for their work as interpreters with the U.S. military, children with medical emergencies, women who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and survivors of torture. Law students work in teams to prepare visa applications, submit appeals, and advocate and empower our clients to successfully negotiate the resettlement process. Interested? E-mail us, and join today!
Summer/Winter: Moayad Al-Suwaidan, firstname.lastname@example.org | Alex Tarzikhan, email@example.com
Fall/Spring:Nicole Liew, firstname.lastname@example.org | Smriti Choudhury, email@example.com
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of Northeastern University School of Law. Our annual events include the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Shabbat potluck dinners at students’ apartments, and a popular community-wide Passover Seder. All events are open to the NUSL community.
The Latin American Law Students Association (LaLSA) serves as a support system for its membership, as a forum for students to voice their concerns and as a means to promote the needs and goals of Latino/a law students at Northeastern University, as well as in the surrounding community, region and nation.
The mission of the Law and Information Society (LIS) is to promote more dialog around the impact that the information revolution has on our society. The information revolution includes recent advances in technology that have drastically altered our ability to communicate, convey, and consume information (i.e. the Internet, text messaging, 3-D printing, etc.). LIS is particularly interested in the role law will play in making sure society has a framework in which to make sure that technological advances are used in a responsible manner, while also not prohibiting future technological advancement.
The Multicultural Law Students Association (MLSA) is a broad reaching student-led organization that meets at the intersection of cultural issues. MLSA was founded to provide students of color an opportunity to connect and advocate around issues of commonality both inside the walls of NUSL and out. In addition to organizing around issues of commonality, MLSA members provide support for issues affecting minority groups, thus amplifying their voice. MLSA also provides a space to support one another and opportunities for fellowship. MLSA welcomes students who are members of existing affinity groups, those who aren’t members of existing affinity groups for any reason, including being a member of a minority group too few in number to have an affinity group. MLSA is also a place where non-minorities can come to practice allyship and support their fellow students on important issues.
Summer/Winter: Kellie Ware-Seabron, firstname.lastname@example.org | Alvin Carter III, email@example.com
Fall/Spring: Karina Guzman, firstname.lastname@example.org | Natasha Chabria, email@example.com
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) student chapter has been active since 1974. Northeastern student Guild members work closely with NLG attorneys: volunteering as facilitators for street law clinics, legal observers at demonstrations and civil disobedience actions, working on the Guild’s Immigrant Detainee Project and other ongoing campaigns. The National Lawyers Guild was formed in 1937 as the first non-segregated national association of legal workers. Today, it includes lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers who seek to use the law "in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests."
The Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Society (NELLA) exists to build solidarity between all Northeastern community members interested and engaged in the work of labor and employment. The group maintains a strong presence on and off campus, providing a platform for a wide range of activities including social events, roundtable discussions, active involvement in local labor issues and worker appreciation events that serve to bridge the gap between students and workers on our campus.
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Alyssa Kane, firstname.lastname@example.org
Billy Rainsford, email@example.com
Northeastern Environmental Law Society (NELS) is an organization dedicated to promoting awareness about environmental concerns, issues, and problems within the legal community. Our goals are to bridge the communication and information gap between the scientific and political/legal communities and to enhance the law school experience for students interested in environmental issues and environmental justice confronting Boston, Massachusetts and other regions. NELS has brought in several notable speakers, held fundraising events, and has been actively involved in volunteer projects with local environmental justice groups. NELS’s events are often co-sponsored with other organizations on campus and are open to law students as well as the entire community.
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Summer/Winter: Lauren Kilmister, Kilmister.L@husky.neu.edu
Fall/Spring: Mercy Cover, firstname.lastname@example.org | Devan Braun, email@example.com | April Herleikson, firstname.lastname@example.org | Kelsey Condon, email@example.com
The Northeastern University Law Journal is a student-run publication that engages all topics of legal scholarship, with special attention given to articles that show the connections among public interest, innovation, and the practical application of law. The Journal is published twice a year and includes articles by legal and interdisciplinary academics, attorneys, and law students.
Phi Alpha Delta International (PAD) is a co-ed fraternity founded on the core principles of the legal profession: Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity and Innovation. The Northeastern University School of Law's Ray Chapter seeks to bridge the experience of the student and the professional by connecting members with the broader legal community. PAD holds meetings throughout the year and hosts open professional/networking events for potential members during the recruitment season and more closed or members-only events in second half of the academic year.
Eduardo Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queer Caucus (QC) is comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff, and their allies. It is one of the school’s most visible and active student groups. Through its many activities, including hosting dinner discussion groups, sending students to regional events sponsored by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and organizing educational programs about queer issues, the group provides support and resources for the entire community.
Queers United in Radical Rethinking (QUiRR) is a non-hierarchical collective of queer and trans students and allies committed to organizing for social and economic justice. We see struggles for queer and trans liberation as inextricably linked with struggles to end all forms of systemic oppression. We are committed to deconstructing the ways in which racism, classism, cis/hetero/sexism, colonialism, capitalism and neoliberalism inform mainstream LGBT organizing, and we seek to engage in work that transcends the issues and experiences traditionally privileged in mainstream LGBT movements. We seek to center the experiences of queer people of color, working class queer people, undocumented queer people, incarcerated queer people and others who are situated at the intersections of multiple forms of oppression. We work in solidarity with global and local movements for racial and economic justice, including prison abolition, Palestinian self-determination, migrant justice, access to affordable housing and healthcare, anti-police brutality, militarism, gentrification and the criminalization of poverty. Through political education and action, creative work and skill sharing we collaborate with other student and community groups that share an anti-oppression analysis and commitment to an intersectional approach to organizing.
The Northeastern Real Estate Law Society (RELS) is an organization of law students who are interested in any of the several facets of real estate law. This includes, but is not limited to: land use and development; real estate finance; construction; title and conveyance; public policy; leasing and affordable housing. RELS strives to inform and assist NUSL students in their pursuit of careers and educational opportunities in real estate law by maintaining a strong network of alumni and commingling with similarly focused groups at other Boston area law schools. RELS also maintains a strong connection with the Real Estate section of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) by sending two NUSL students who are RELS members to serve as liaisons to the BBA Real Estate steering committee.
Smriti Choudhury, email@example.com
Reforming Institutional and Systemic Corruption (RISC) aims to foster discussion of the institutional flaws that run contrary to the best interest and intentions of the general population, and consider potential solutions to these problems. By attracting progressive speakers from various disciplines and disseminating information on topical issues, we address subject matter ranging from campaign finance to pharmaceutical regulation, with hopes of fostering a culture of problem solving and optimism. Any and all are welcome to present topics of which the NUSL community should and may not be informed.
Kris Gosselin, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scardozo Society for Legal and Philosophical Debate is a student-led organization with the goal of fostering friendly competitive sparring spirits in the NUSL community. We challenge members to debate both sides of an issue in an informal setting with the idea in mind that no topic is off limits and no argument is too ridiculous. We laugh, we eat, we argue! This organization may not be for the faint of hearts, but we welcome everyone with open arms and open minds.
Summer/Winter: Karen Phung, email@example.com
Fall/Spring: Patricia Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org | Michael Taylor, email@example.com
The purpose of the School of Law's Softball Team is to promote teambuilding and leadership skills and to foster mental wellness through physical fitness. We organize multiple teams that provide students with a fun and competitive atmosphere. The year culminates by participating in the national softball tournament which raises more than $20,000 for charity.
NUSL's Student Animal Legal Defence Fund is affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and share its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
SALDF works to achieve these goals by supporting legislation that supports the rights of animals, helping to defend against harmful legislation, engaging the community in discussions about animal rights and advocacy, fundraising for the community, and working to get an animal law class added to our curriculum.
Summer/Winter: Sarah Butson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall/Spring: Christine de Leeuw, email@example.com
The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) is founded on the pillars of ethics, comradeship, and virtue. SALSA offers an open space for students of South Asian descent to converse with each other and find a strong support system within the NUSL community and the Greater Boston area. SALSA offers membership to all students in NUSL and hosts events throughout the year that connect students to practicing South Asian lawyers, shed light on legal issues regarding the South Asian community, and spread the vibrant South Asian culture to the NUSL community.
The Student Bar Association (SBA), affiliated with the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA), is the elected, representative body for NUSL students. It informs and encourages student participation in the activities of the ABA, as well as serving as a forum for communication between NUSL students and the administration. In addition to representing the interests of the student body, the SBA also sponsors numerous social, recreational, educational, and charitable events throughout the year. Common events include a bi-weekly social event ("Bar Review"), seasonal gatherings (e.g., the spring Barrister’s Ball and fall Halloween Party), fundraisers for local charities, and a tax-assistance program to help the elderly complete their tax forms.
As an advocacy group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is committed to a core set of principles to which it expects its members to adhere. SJP believes that while the Palestinian people must ultimately be able to decide their future in Palestine, certain key principles, grounded in international law, human rights, and basic standards of justice, are fundamental to a just resolution of the plight of the Palestinians. These include the full decolonization of all illegally held Palestinian lands, the end of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Furthermore, we believe in a just and fair exercising of the Palestinian right of return and repatriation of Palestinian refugees, as well as an end to the Israeli system of discrimination against the indigenous Palestinian population.
Just as SJP condemns the discrimination underlying the policies and laws of the state of Israel, SJP rejects and condemns any form of hatred or discrimination against any religious, racial, or ethnic group. SJP is committed to overcoming anti-Semitic sentiments towards both Arabs and Jews in the Boston community. Rooting its strength in the diversity of its membership, SJP welcomes individuals of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to join in solidarity with the struggle for justice in Palestine.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. It is a student organization that pushes for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive, overly punitive policies.
Laura Brewer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women's Law Caucus (WLC) is a group at NUSL focused on creating a support system that empowers women in the legal profession. Men are also encouraged to join this group and are welcome at our meetings, events, and discussions. The Women's Law Caucus holds meetings and hosts events, and discusses important women’s issues. Additionally, the WLC maintains a mentorship program where 1Ls who are interested in having a mentor get paired up with 2Ls or 3Ls, who can give advice or just be a resource to chat with you about law school and any questions that may arise.