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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 Alliance For Israel's mission is to provide engaging experiences for all NUSL students who are interested in the Middle East’s most progressive nation: Israel. As a pro-Israel organization, we provide a home for students who value the existence of the world’s only Jewish state, who seek meaningful conversations about it, who defend it against double standards, who combat anti-Semitism, and who wish to inform the NUSL community about the wide spectrum of pro-Israel beliefs. AFI has a subcommittee, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), with a distinct Constitution, whose mission is to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. LDB’s primary focus is combating anti-Semitism in higher education.
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 (ACS @ NUSL) is one of the more than 200 student and lawyer chapters across the nation and is focused on ensuring that law is a force for protecting our democracy and the public interest and for improving people’s lives.
Matt Wall ’22, wall.m@Northeastern.edu
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 Student 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.
The 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.
Runxin (Leia) Zhang ’23, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Jeglum ’22, email@example.com
Camille Ertel ’23, firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabelle (Belle) Oviedo ’22, email@example.com
The Cooperative Income Sharing Program (CISP) is a student-run, student-funded program that makes grants to students choosing unpaid public interest co-ops. CISP runs a cafe and a bookstore where all official NUSL clothing and merchandise is sold. It is also a great place to do Work-Study or volunteer.
The Criminal Law Project seeks to contribute to the movement to abolish prisons and police in their current forms, and to advance the freedom of all oppressed people. We hope to further this mission by using our legal skills as tools to advance change related to the criminal system at policy, community, and individual levels. We also will connect and partner with communities, academic programs, and lawyers to address the physical and emotional violence perpetuated by the criminal system.
Chase Childress, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christian Law Caucus (CLC) seeks to create an inclusive environment for anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith. The group is an encouraging community where students can find respite from their busy schedules, build deep relationships with others, and grow in their personal faith walks.
Andrea Jeglum ’22, email@example.com
The Disability Justice Caucus seeks to create a regular, accessible meeting space for mutual support and relationship-building between disabled students attending NUSL.
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The Drug Law and Policy Society (DLPS) is dedicated to studying and taking action on issues related to drug policy, including pharmaceutical regulation and drug enforcement. From the opioid crisis, to access to prescription medication, to legalization of cannabis, to the regulation of the drug development process, drug law and policy intersects virtually every area of law. DLPS as an organization is committed to pursuing sensible policies through engagement with all aspects of our legal system.
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.
Jenny Ruymann ’22, email@example.com
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.
Sean Peters ’22; Persia Mahdavi ’22 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hindu Law Student Association seeks to provide a support system and safe place for Hindu students to meet, discuss and practice their faith. It also aims to provide a forum for non-Hindu students at NUSL to be able to ask questions about, support, observe and practice Hindu philosophy.
How To Get It Done (HTGID) is a working group committed to putting together programming that equips students to get engaged on a grassroots level and utilize their legal skills to make change. In addition, we strive to foster community engagement by bringing in guests to share their skills and connecting students with volunteer opportunities.
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.
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.
Summer/Winter: Jaclyn Blickley ’22, email@example.com; Mahathi Vemireddy ’22, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall/Spring: Ruchi Ramamurthy ’23, email@example.com; Jaiy Dickson ’23, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 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.
James Gilligan ’22, email@example.com | Amritaa Ganguly ’22 firstname.lastname@example.org
The 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.
Lorraine Watkins ’23, email@example.com
The 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) 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/Hispanic/Chicanx law students at Northeastern University.
Our members come from different cultural, racial, ethnic and national backgrounds; these different raíces or “roots” are the foundations of our LALSA Family and serve as sources of collective strength, resilience, and community. Our LALSA Familia welcomes you!
The NUSL Law and Information Society brings together students, scholars, and professionals that are interested in the intersection between Privacy, Technology and Law through our Weekly Newsletter, lectures and panels, book club and other events. We seek to engage the NUSL community in dialogue on privacy and tech issues like cybersecurity and hacking, data compliance and protection, surveillance and artificial intelligence. We find opportunities to get involved in public education and legislative advocacy and to provide information about co-ops and careers in privacy, technology and law. Ultimately, as NUSL continues to grow as a hub for this dynamic field, we hope to foster a space for student involvement and connections to the impressive community of privacy and tech experts, advocates and activists.
Meg Foster ’22 | Kathleen Downes ’22 | Jacob Cronin ’23 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Law Students for Indigenous Liberation (LSIL) works to advance the human rights of native populations ill-affected by settler-colonialism. Our goal is to raise awareness of the oppression of indigenous peoples and work for their empowerment through legal avenues. Our advocacy campaigns will work towards indigenous land sovereignty, the reclamation and repatriation of cultural property, and will vigorously challenge the on-going exploitation and oppression of indigenous peoples throughout the globe. LSIL has three departments, which focus on African, Palestinian and Native American communities. Part of our work involves grassroots activism in the surrounding Roxbury and Mission Hill communities. Additionally, throughout the year, LSIL hosts workshops, film screenings, seminars and fundraising events for select community organizations statewide, nationally and globally.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for everyone to have access to quality and affordable mental healthcare has become more clear than ever. The Mental Health Alliance is interested in tackling this issue from a number of angles. On campus, we will engage in campaigns to raise awareness of important issues, through means such as guest speakers and newsletters. Off campus, we plan to work on long-term projects which aspire to improve mental healthcare affordability, access, and quality. This would be with an emphasis on improving equitable access for indigent people and marginalized communities.
Jon Barlam ’22, email@example.com
The Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA) is an organization that enhances the experience of Middle Eastern and South Asian law students and all of its members through personal and social networking opportunities, professional development, mentoring and community outreach. MESALSA seeks to address the Middle Eastern and South Asian communities' perpetuation of systemic issues and is committed to drawing connections between oppression, complicity and how systemic racism operates within the legal community and within the Middle Eastern and South Asian community. MESALSA works closely with the administration and is represented on the Admissions Committee and the Student Bar Association. Throughout the year, MESALSA hosts various social activities for both Northeastern Law students and other Middle Eastern and South Asian law students.
Sree Kotipalli ’23 | Jay Mohanka ’22, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Fall/Spring: David Stout ’22, email@example.com
The Muslim Law Association is for students that identify with Islam culturally and/or religiously. It is an inclusive group that accepts people regardless of their sex, gender, race, 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 support the Muslim community.
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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The 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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Fall/Spring: Brianna Ziegenhagen ’22, firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer/Winter: Sarah Thompson ’22, email@example.com | Alexander McGrath ’23, firstname.lastname@example.org | Monica Whalen ’23, email@example.com
The Northeastern University Law Review 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.
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 and an extensive professional network. Ray Chapter also focuses on community service and provides students with opportunities for giving back.
Professor Woodrow Hartzog, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pro Bono Society's (PBS) mission is to educate, promote, and engage the future lawyers of the community as a means to provide pro bono legal services to the low-income and underrepresented members of the community. The PBS seeks to accomplish this by, among other things, connecting students to pro bono opportunities in areas of their legal interest. Students can use the PBS to find volunteer opportunities throughout their time at NUSL.
The Queer Caucus (QC) is an organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming/non-binary, asexual, genderqueer, intersex, pansexual, and questioning students, staff, and faculty at NUSL. QC serves as a space for queer individuals to connect with other queer students while mobilizing around issues of injustice and oppression. We seek to affirm and support our members who are people of color, as well as our members with disabilities. Through educational programming and campus visibility, Queer Caucus seeks to maintain Northeastern’s position as the “queerest law school in the nation."
The School of Law's 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. 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 work place.
Madeleine Laffitte ’22, 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.
Students for Immigrant Justice (NSIJ) 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. NSIJ prepares students to be immigrant justice advocates by running teach-in events about immigration law and policy, taking part in immigrant justice campaigns, coordinating pro bono and volunteer opportunities with advocacy organizations, and facilitating networking opportunities to further pursue these aims.
The Socially Conscious Investing Club’s mission is to engage students in substantive legal work in a sustainable investment sector focused on generating a positive social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Further, we want to play an active role in the conversation around impact investing in our community.
Southern Law Students for Progress (SLSP) is a growing coalition of progressive Southerners that uses an intersectional lens to confront injustices that plague the South and to deconstruct dangerous stigmas that perpetuate Northern indifference to racial and economic disparities. We host dialogues, promote internship opportunities across the South and assist like-minded organizations.
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.
Rajinder Saini ’22, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
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, 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.