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Our vibrant students are friendly, cooperative and always looking for opportunities to get together, advance their careers, support one another through affinity groups or shared interests, volunteer and just have some fun.
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 Student Bar Association (SBA) is the elected, representative body for Northeastern Law students and is affiliated with the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA). It serves as a forum for communication between students and the administration and informs and encourages student participation in the activities of the ABA. In addition to representing the interests of the student body, the SBA also sponsors numerous social, recreational, educational and charitable events throughout the year including a regular social event known as “Bar Review” often hosted at a local watering hole and the annual Barrister’s Ball.
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The Abolitionist Learning Zone is a group of students that formed in the fall of 2022. Inspired by the content of the Critical Perspectives program and eager to continue our education through a critical lens, we created this organization to continue to learn about leftist politics in law school.
The American Constitution Society is a leading progressive legal organization, dedicated to shaping debate, building networks and making a difference. The American Constitution Society at Northeastern University School of Law is one of the more than 200 student and lawyer chapters across the nation. Students are invited to attend American Constitution Society National events as well as Northeastern chapter events.
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is an organization for South Asian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian and East Asian law school students at NUSL. In addition to providing a social and academic support network for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students at the law school, the group is active in both community and campus issues. APALSA works with the administration and other student organizations, and is represented on the Admissions Committee and the Committee Against Institutional Racism. Throughout the year, APALSA hosts various social, educational and professional events for both AAPI law students and other NUSL students.
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The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is an academic/social organization aimed to support and encourage students of African descent. BLSA fosters and encourages academic success, promotes the hiring and retention of black faculty and staff, and provides opportunities for Black law students to establish relationships within the greater legal community.
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Organization email: BLSA@northeastern.edu
The Business Law Society is for law students interested in business law and exploring different career options.
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The NUSL Christian Fellowship provides a space for Christians and those interested in Christianity to talk about faith and encourage each other through the difficulties of law school. Throughout the semester legal professionals who are Christian will be brought in to discuss their career, lives and interesting topics with students in the club. Additionally, NUSL Christian Fellowship provides organized opportunities to volunteer as a group at various organizations that do good work around Boston.
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The Cooperative Income Sharing Program (CISP) is a student-run, student-funded program that provides grants to students choosing unpaid public interest co-ops. CISP runs a snack table in the Commons and a bookstore where all official NUSL clothing and merchandise is sold, including sweatshirts and mugs. It’s a great place to donate your used textbooks, or buy your books for the semester at a discounted rate. Students who are eligible for work-study can apply to work for CISP.
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The Criminal Law Association (CLA) is a student-run organization that aims to connect students who are passionate about criminal law at Northeastern University School of Law and to support them through speaking events, class advice, mentorship programs, networking opportunities, curriculum additions and other events. Additionally, CLA is an organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue on criminal justice concerns within the criminal legal system in the U.S. The goal is to encourage the next generation of lawyers to be effective and passionate advocates in their criminal careers.
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, child welfare, domestic violence, elder issues, same sex marriage implications and end of life care. The goals of the FLJJS 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.
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The First-Generation Law Association (FGLA) offers support to students who identify as first-generation law students. This includes law students who are the first in their family to attend college or first to attend professional school. We strive to provide a safe and inclusive community for Northeastern Law students who lack access to generational knowledge of the legal field. We aim to facilitate discussions surrounding common questions first-generation students may have through workshops and events designed and led by our fellow FGLA peers. More than anything, FGLA aims to show you, a first-generation law student, that there are others who have felt the same things you are feeling and found success in law school. We are a community dedicated to doing anything we can to support each other in life and career.
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The Health Law Society (HLS) of NUSL is a student group committed to raising the visibility of health law at Northeastern and in our broader community, with a particular emphasis on traditional public health concerns. HLS endeavors to support its mission through inviting practitioners and academics to present on current health topics; providing resources to law students interested in learning more about health law topics; supporting law students enrolled or interested in the joint JD/MPH program; sponsoring student participation in Health Law Moot Court competitions; and attendance at health-related conferences.
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The NUSL Housing Justice Collective (HJC) is a group for members of the NUSL community who are invested in and working for housing access, security, equity, and self-determination. We seek to re-imagine how housing justice is viewed within our society and institutions in a way that abolishes the regional inequities in housing access that persist in the Boston area. We will do this by supporting and promoting housing justice work within and outside the classroom at NUSL, and by following the leadership of directly-affected communities and organizations in working for housing justice. HJC is open to current and prospective law students at Northeastern, alums, faculty, staff, and wider members of the Northeastern School of Law community.
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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 (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) diversity: our movement will be strongest if it includes, reflects, and responds to people representing various identities, communities and experiences; (4) intersectionality: reproductive oppression is experienced at the intersection of identities, conditions, systems, policies, and practices; and (5) autonomy: all people must have the right and ability to make voluntary, informed decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction.
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The Intellectual Property Society aims to connect students who are interested in intellectual property law at NUSL and to support them through speakers, mentorship programs, networking opportunities, and more.
The purpose of the International Law Society (ILS) is to engage students in matters of international law. It seeks to inform students of international law co-op and career opportunities, improve students' knowledge of and engagement with current international legal issues, and maintain contacts with and among students who desire to explore international law.
The Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA) is a supportive community for Jewish students of all backgrounds.
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The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) at Northeastern University School of Law serves as a community for its membership, as a forum for student voices and as a support system for the needs and goals of Latinx law students at Northeastern University.
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Law Students for Indigenous Liberation (LISL) aims to advance the rights of indigenous peoples by creating a space to critique settler colonialism and its continuing harms in a legal setting. Our goal is to bring awareness to indigenous social and political movements, center indigenous voices, and assist in building an approach to the legal profession that is anti-colonial by design. Our advocacy campaigns will center indigenous voices in fighting for indigenous land sovereignty, the reclamation and repatriation of cultural property, ending the on-going exploitation and oppression of indigenous peoples, and more. LSIL focuses on African, Palestinian and Native American communities. Part of our work involves providing volunteer support to nonprofit organizations that already provide legal services to indigenous communities in the United States. Throughout the year, LISL will provide NUSL students with opportunities to provide volunteer legal assistance to organizations that serve indigenous communities. In addition, it will host talks and trainings to teach NUSL students about the global fight for indigenous liberation.
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Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA) welcomes JD and LLM students who identify as Middle Eastern or South Asian. Our members are part of a community they can turn to for mentorship, professional connections, and other valuable resources. We aim to celebrate the diverse cultures of our members through monthly meetings and events.
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The Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA) is for students that identify with Islam culturally, religiously, or otherwise. It is an inclusive group that accepts people regardless of their religious practice, race, gender identity, sexual identity and disability status. It also aims to provide a forum for non-Muslim students at NUSL to be able to ask questions about and to support the Muslim community. MLSA is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all members.
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The National Plaintiffs' Law Association (NPLA) is a growing network of law students and alumni/ae working to provide support to students interested in becoming plaintiff-side attorneys, with a specific focus on building visibility and connections with private firms working to advocate for justice and hold powerful interests accountable for their actions. NPLA chapters have been successful in connecting law students with career and networking opportunities, hosting speakers on some of the most interesting and important areas of law, and meaningfully changing students’ perception of plaintiffs’ lawyers and of students’ own professional options. Northeastern’s chapter of NPLA, the Northeastern Plaintiffs’ Law Association (NUSL PLA), is interested in using the resources provided by NPLA and local PLA chapters to bring more professional opportunities to students here at NUSL, by finding more efficient ways to allocate professional resources to students interested in private sector work in workers' rights, consumer rights, housing justice, civil rights litigation and the many other practice areas which fall under the plaintiffs’ law umbrella.
The Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Association (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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The Northeastern Environmental Law Society (NELS) is an organization for law students interested in a wide array of environmental issues. We support on-campus environmental and sustainability initiatives and host community-wide events throughout the year. NELS is open to students from all backgrounds, whether or not you plan to pursue a career in environmental law.
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The Northeastern University Law Review (NULR) 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 Law Review is published twice a year and includes articles by legal and interdisciplinary academics, attorneys, and law students. The Law Review also publishes content through its online publications, Extra Legal and the Online Forum.
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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." NUSL NLG focuses on approaching the law through an abolitionist lens. We do that through hosting community support events, Critical Legal Theory talks, fundraising events for local organizations, and organizing for NLG's Week Against Mass Incarceration (WAMI).
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Queer Caucus is NUSL's student organization that supports, affirms, and provides resources to its queer and trans students.
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The Real Estate Law Society (RELS) advocates for the education and career advancement of students interested in: land use and development; real estate finance; construction; title and conveyance; public policy; leasing; affordable housing; and much more. Our mission is to highlight careers and opportunities in real estate law, to provide a forum to discuss legal and social issues relating to real estate, and to provide mentorship to our members in school and in the workplace.
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 and have scrimmages against other Boston-area law schools. The year culminates by participating in a national softball tournament which raises more than $20,000 for charity. People from all skill levels are welcome and we have equipment to borrow for those who don’t have any!
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) provides students interested in sports and entertainment law with greater opportunities to engage with NUSL alums on current hot-button issues within these specialized fields. SELS aims to expose students to the world of sports and entertainment law through relevant speaker events, ample networking opportunities, fun social activities and academic competitions.
Students for Immigration Justice (SIJ) is a student-run organization committed to serving all immigrant communities, advocating for a just immigration system, and working to abolish ICE and immigrant detention centers. SIJ prepares students to be immigrant justice advocates by running educational events about immigration law and policy, taking part in immigrant justice campaigns, coordinating volunteer opportunities with advocacy organizations, and facilitating networking opportunities to further pursue these aims.
The Veteran Law Students Association (VLSA) is open to all former military service members and allies. VLSA’s main focus is to help newly separated military service members of all of the military branches make the transition from the military to civilian life and law school. Specifically, the group helps new, first year law students navigate the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon educational benefits particular to Northeastern University School of Law. Additionally, VLSA assists student veterans with submitting any disability claims or medical needs to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. VLSA service projects include reviewing the less than honorable discharges of former military service members. VLSA partners with different Veteran focused legal-aid groups to assist these individuals with having their clearances reviewed so that they can be eligible for veteran’s benefits. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U
The Women's Law Caucus (WLC) is a group at NUSL focused on creating a support system that empowers individuals that identify as women in the legal profession. People of all genders are encouraged to join this group and are welcome at our meetings, events, and discussions. The Women's Law Caucus holds meetings and hosts professional and social events. 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.
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