Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association is the representative body of the students at New England Law | Boston and is affiliated with the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. It co-sponsors speakers on legal and professional issues, organizes social activities, and offers opportunities to become active in the New England Law and greater-Boston community. Our law student organizations are key components of our engaged community, and we invite you to learn more about them.
Here’s a list of our legal organizations, law groups, and law student associations:
The ACLU was founded to ensure the promise of the Bill of Rights and to expand its reach to people historically denied its protections. The ACLU champions segments of the population who have traditionally been denied their rights, with much of our work today focused on equality for people of color, women, gay and transgender people, prisoners, immigrants, and people with disabilities. Historically, the people whose opinions are the most controversial or extreme are the people whose rights are most often threatened. Once the government has the power to violate one person’s rights, it can use that power against everyone. We work to stop the erosion of civil liberties before it’s too late. The Student ACLU Group at New England Law Boston is committed to studying and informing classmates and the public about these and other issues and their effects on our school and our community. The group will hold regular meetings, elect officials and plan student events.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy promotes the US Constitution and its fundamental values: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. The chapter provides opportunities to engage with speakers and with students and attorneys in other local chapters. Events have included a review of recent US Supreme Court decisions with New England Law professors, mentorship programs, and social events.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association promotes cultural diversity and encourages conversation about the law in networking events, community involvement, and work with other organizations, including the Boston Lawyers Group and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. Events include a 1L mentoring program and bowling night, volunteering at the Asian food pantry Rice Sticks & Tea, and the screening Of Civil Rights & Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story on Korematsu Day.
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students Association promotes social justice and equality for all students, facilitates awareness of issues affecting law students of color, and works to create an inclusive environment for dialogue and interaction among all ethnicities. It hosts events that address issues facing law students of color; develops opportunities to interact with the greater-Boston legal community; promotes diversity and critical awareness on sensitive issues; and collaborates with the Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program, Minority Students Association, and other groups.
Business Law Society
The Business Law Society advances educational and career interests, promotes integrity and accountability for business and nonprofit organizations, and works with the Center for Business Law. Driven by its core values of developing leadership, personifying professionalism, and engaging in community involvement, the group focuses on awareness of business-related legal issues and provides opportunities to develop relationships within the business legal community through events, programs, and networking opportunities.
Cannabis Law Society
The Cannabis Law Society is an educational organization that provides students with an understanding of the Cannabis Law practice. Our organization offers NEL|B students the opportunity to meet and network with attorneys and regulators that are currently pursuing cannabis law. The Cannabis Law Society’s overall goal is to present students with the opportunity to learn and understand the cannabis law process in addition to recognizing the ongoing issues in the practice. We also provide students with a broad overview of advancements in the cannabis regulations for the state of Massachusetts as well as other states.
Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law Society promotes social justice and equality, fosters relationships between criminal law practitioners and students aspiring to enter the field, and provides opportunities to effect change in the community. Events and activities have included LexisNexis practical-skills training, criminal law, alumni networking events, volunteer opportunities with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, discussions with local judges and attorneys, and collaborations with fellow student groups.
The Debate Club provides students with the opportunity to learn, practice, and compete in British Parliamentary Debate. British Parliamentary debate is a format used worldwide. Teams have fifteen minutes, without web access, to prepare for a round. Four teams (two people per team) compete in a round, two representing the government and two representing the opposition. Teams are ranked 1-4 according to their contributions to the round. The Debate Club holds weekly practice rounds and competes in several interschool competitions each semester. Debate experience in not required to join.
Entertainment and Sports Law Organization
The Entertainment and Sports Law Organization supports students’ career aspirations through engaging and educational events and activities. Annual events include a speaker panel with entertainment and sports legal professionals, a student-faculty softball game, and a pub-night fundraiser. The chapter often works with similar groups from other law schools.
Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society promotes discussion and awareness of environmental legal issues through movie nights, the sharing of opinions and ideas, and an annual career panel of environmental and energy attorneys. The society supports a grant program that provides a stipend to a student with an unpaid summer environmental/energy internship. Fundraising includes a vegetarian potluck lunch for students
and faculty, the Go-Green! mixer, and the mid-spring semester bash,
co-hosted with the Animal Defense Fund.
Family Law Society (FLS)
The Family Law Society is for students interested in the family law practice area. The issues include, but are not limited to, divorce, custody, adoption, reproductive rights, and child rights and advocacy. The Family Law Society’s mission is to educate students on a broad array of family law issues; promote access to careers in the family law field by connecting the students with family law legal services, family law departments of medium-to-large size firms and family law solo-practitioners; frequently engage with family law professionals in the community to help students build relationships within the practice area; and advocate to the faculty to promote a larger course selection regarding family law practice.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a national organization of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order through debate from all sides of the ideological spectrum and dialogue among opposing political philosophies. This chapter hosts speaker events, often held in collaboration with other student groups. Guests have included academics, reform advocates, Supreme Court litigators, JAGs from several military branches, and grassroots activists.
First Generation Students Program
This program is designed to give those students who are the first in their family to have graduated from college and/or pursue a graduate degree a community within a community. (Learn more here.)
The award-winning Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honors Program provides highly motivated students who meet stated academic criteria with unique academic, advising, and extracurricular opportunities that can enrich their law school experience. (Learn more here.)
How to Get It Done
HTGID is a venue for students to develop organizing skills and experiment with holistic approaches to build a more equitable world and become better advocates for an interpretation of justice that centers on the needs and values of those targeted for oppression and state violence.
Immigration Law Association
The Immigration Law Association provides students with access to up-to-date information, career options, networking events, and community involvement. Partnering with New England Law’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and the Greater-Boston Citizenship Initiative, the organization also arranges opportunities for students to intern at Citizenship Clinics.
Intellectual Property Law Association
The Intellectual Property Law Association acts as an intellectual property law information outlet for the New England Law community; enhances educational, cultural, and social opportunities through events and programs; provides students with a better understanding of intellectual property law and the industries surrounding it; and offers a forum to network within the intellectual property law industry.
International Law Society
The International Law Society is dedicated to the advancement of international law. It offers opportunities to learn about other cultures and legal systems, schedules networking and program events, and provides access to its large network of global resources. Chapter events include symposia and career panels. Study abroad programs and international legal internships are available through New England Law’s Center for International Law and Policy.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association is a social, cultural, and educational group that focuses on social and professional networking, and coordinates fun events that fall on Jewish holidays, including the Crash My Sukkah Party and Passover Seders. A speaker series brings in attorneys from the Boston area to network and to educate New England Law students about various areas of the law.
Latin American Law Students Association
The Latin American Law Students Association increases awareness of legal issues relating to Latin American communities through events and meetings; promotes diversity with events for all students; and provides a network for academic support, community outreach opportunities, and career counseling. The association also offers support to help 1L members complete their first year successfully.
Law School Democrat Society
New England Law School Democrat Society, an all-inclusive student organization, is dedicated to sharing the ideals of the Democratic Party with the students at New England Law | Boston (NELB). New England Law School Democrat Society at NELB will strongly encourage participation from those interested in the Democratic political realm within the local, state, and national political sphere. This group will provide opportunities to engage in progressive political dialogue, volunteer opportunities, and professional opportunities in the political sphere, as well as involvement in other activities related to politics, government, social activism, and campaigns.
National Lawyers Guild
Established in 1937, The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the oldest, non-issue specific association of lawyers, legal workers, law students and jailhouse lawyers in the country. It is also the country’s first racially integrated bar association. Members work on a vast range of social justice issues including:
environmental sustainability, immigrants’ rights, housing, racial justice, disability rights, and mass incarceration. There are more than 20 Committees student members can join. Within the International Committee alone, there are 18 different Subcommittees. NLG provides a great networking opportunity as many members secure fellowships, internships, and jobs from connections they make in the Guild. There are also opportunities for leadership development where members elect a Student National Vice President to serve on the NEC each year.
OUTLaws works to educate, unite, and offer opportunities for the LGBTQ community and its allies. It sponsors programs relating to transgender identity awareness; seminars with legal professionals; panel discussions on family law, probate law, and tax and financial services; and events with other student organizations. It also collaborates with the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association for monthly social mixers, a legal professional mentoring program, and volunteer public service opportunities.
Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, seeks to create bonds between students and teachers of the law with members of the bench and bar, and to promote core values for a lifetime of honorable professional and public service. New England Law’s MacLean Chapter holds and co-sponsors events, including Dress for Success (with Brooks Brothers), Fixing Your Mid-Term Mistakes, Alternative Careers with a JD, and a 2L Appellate Brief Help Session (with the Intellectual Property Law Association).
Public Interest Law Association
The Public Interest Law Association strives to raise awareness of the needs, issues, and employment opportunities for federal and state administrative and regulatory agencies, advocacy groups, legal aid agencies, lobbyist groups, prosecution agencies, and public defenders’ offices. Its auction raises money for a summer grant program for students. Other activities include speaker panels, a networking event, volunteering at local agencies, and fundraisers to benefit Boston organizations.
Real Estate Law Society
The Real Estate Law Society is a student organization with the purpose of promoting the exploration of real estate law, the cultivation of professional networks of students with firms and attorneys specializing in real estate law, and the exploration of events and history impacting the legal field of real estate law through discussion panels, outreach activities and expert speakers.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
The mission of the South Asian Law Students Association is to provide a sense of community for students of South Asian descent; a forum to meet and interact with peers, opportunities for students of all ethnic backgrounds to partake in South Asian cultural experiences and social programs, and awareness and understanding of contemporary South Asian issues, both legal and non-legal.
Space Law Society
SLS is a student organization at New England Law | Boston whose mission is to explore, promote and cultivate the emerging field of space law, as it relates to the endeavor of space exploration, habitation, and utilization for the benefit of all humankind. SLS cultivates professional networks specializing in space law, and provides a forum for speakers, events and student participation in international moot court competitions and industry conferences. Our goal is to seek to answer both the deep philosophical questions surrounding space exploration, habitation and the law, and the more immediate, transaction-oriented ramifications of space utilization on international, and state and private corporate relations. We recognize that space is neither solely an American, Russian, Chinese, Indian or European endeavor - it is a human one!
Tax Law Society
The New England Law | Boston Tax Law Society (TLS) is a student organization providing a platform for students to gain experience and training in the field of tax law. The TLS provides supplemental curriculum for its members to develop and cultivate their legal education in a concentrated market. In conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Boston Tax Help Coalition, members will gain experience in income tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Other networking events, seminars, and national tax moot court competitions are facilitated to provide training for members to remain competitive in a concentrated market. Driven by its core values of leadership development, professionalism, and community involvement, the TLS will help promote New England Law | Boston in both academic and corporate communities.
Women’s Law Caucus
The Women’s Law Caucus promotes social justice and equality for women and men and strives to raise awareness and funds for problems, often described as women’s issues, that affect men, women, and children: domestic violence, breast cancer, same-sex marriage, and AIDS. Events have included a fundraiser during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a Women in Federal Practice panel with practitioners and judges (co-sponsored with the Federal Bar Association), and a screening of the documentary film, The Case Against 8 (with OUTLaws). The chapter’s Follies event raises money for a stipend for an intern working in the domestic violence field.
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