Law students at the College of Law may participate in many different student organizations and activities. These organizations and activities provide students with an opportunity to become more involved in the College and the community, to promote common goals, to share common experiences, and sometimes just to kick back and relax.
Allies & Advocates for GLBT Equality is an organization whose primary focus is to further equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders by raising awareness and educating others as to legal issues affecting the gay community. It is a broad-based organization that is open to members of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Click here for their website.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) exists to allow interested students at the College of Law to explore the field of alternative Dispute Resolution, a field whose principal focus is dispute resolution external to the judicial system, such as negotiation, arbitration and mediation.
American Constitution Society The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to reincorporate them into American law and politics, in order to build a stronger and more decent national community. We believe that the Constitution, and by extension, many other areas of American law, can be understood only by reference to principles of decency, reason, humanity and compassion. We believe that those who enforce the law must have concern for the way in which it affects the lives of the people who make up the nation in which we live. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful place in American law. We want to strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of and the public case for a vision of the law in which these values are paramount. Our goal is a rekindling of the hope that by reason and decency, we can create an America that is better for us all.
Big Brother/Big Sister Program is an optional program sponsored by Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. The program matches each participating first year student with a second or third year student who can help answer the questions that first year students often have and who can be a source of moral support, friendship, and advice throughout the year.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA) addresses the professional needs and promotes the professional goals of black law students.
Christian Legal Society (CLS) provides a forum for discussion of the ethical and moral issues in law today as they relate to Christianity. CLS is geared toward promoting the concept of the Christian lawyer and in providing the fellowship and impetus necessary for the student's development toward that end.
Community Legal Education Project (CLEP) provides law students with the opportunity to teach elementary students about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and other legal issues. Starting early during the spring semester, law students go into local elementary classrooms once a week for six weeks to teach prepared lessons.
Defense Research Institute (DRI) student chapter has been established to provide University of Nebraska law students with networking opportunities and extra-curricular, litigation-based learning opportunities.
Delta Theta Phi (DTP) is a professional law fraternity. DTP is the largest legal fraternity at Nebraska Law and has a vast national network of alumni. DTP members have access to an outline bank which helps students succeed in law school. All outlines are screened and require a B+ grade in order to be submitted. In addition to the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, DTP is in charge of the annual law school Halloween party, spring mixer, and other exciting social events. Established in 1900, DTP boasts student members who are leaders in their schools, law reviews, moot court, and alumni members. Delta Theta Phi is the only law fraternity with an authoritatively recognized law review, The Adelphia Law Journal.
Environmental and Agricultural Law Society facilitates awareness and discussion of the law concerning the use of natural resources and the protection of the environment. The society provides a vehicle for its members to work cooperatively on research projects, legislation, and other activities of interest.
Equal Justice Society is a member of the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) and was organized to promote awareness and involvement in such public interest areas as civil rights, consumer and environmental rights, international, immigration, and human rights law, criminal law, labor law and representation of the poor. The Equal Justice Foundation provides its members with information about public interest law and legal employment and training opportunities in public interest areas.
Federalist Society is an association of conservative and libertarian law students whose political viewpoints may differ on specific issues but who all share the concern that the law is sometimes used to destroy individual rights and liberties rather than to preserve them. The purpose of the organization is to provide like-minded individuals with an opportunity to interact and to promote an awareness of common beliefs.
Health Law and Ethics (HLE) is a student organization established to foster awareness, critical thought and debate about topics in health care, law and ethics. HLE is dedicated to the purpose of facilitating opportunities for collaboration and networking between a diverse body of University of Nebraska students and the greater health care community.
International Law Student Association enables law students who are interested in international law and international trade to continue their education in this field beyond the classroom. Activities include: sponsoring the Jessup International Moot Court competition; counseling on graduate level and summer programs in international law, internships and career opportunities; and interdisciplinary programs sponsored by the College of Business Administration, the College of Agriculture, the Institute of International Affairs and other University of Nebraska colleges and departments involved in international relations and trade issues.
J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is an international association of law students and attorneys that focuses on maintaining religion and ethics within the practice of law. The JRCLS includes active chapters throughout the United States and seven other countries. The JRCLS sponsors law student chapters of LDS law students and others interested in the mission of the Law Society. The JRCLS promotes public service, loyalty to the rule of law, and appreciation for the religious dimension in society and in a lawyer's personal life. Members of the JRCLS are committed to, and strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Involvement in the University of Nebraska Chapter includes weekly organized discussions, monthly pot-luck gatherings which include a featured speaker, and service projects.
Law Student Division, American Bar Association (LSD) is the national student division of the American Bar Association. The LSD offers many benefits to its members, including a free subscription to Student Lawyer magazine, a subscription to the ABA Journal at a reduced rate, student membership in ABA sections and, upon graduation, free membership in the ABA for one year.
Multi-Cultural Legal Society is a joint student-faculty organization which seeks to foster the unity, academic development, social and political consciousness and vitality of minority students at the College. It is dedicated to increasing the representation of minorities in the legal profession. The Society strives to interest undergraduate and high school minority students in law as a career and to aid them in the law school admissions process. It also strives to serve the social needs of minorities and other interested students, and sponsors speakers and programs to educate the law school community on minority-related legal issues.
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys/ American Association for Justice (NATA/AAJ) provides students an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the trial practice work of an attorney and learn about the court system.
Nebraska Entertainment and Sports Law Association (NESLA) has the goal of helping Nebraska students break into the ever-changing worlds of Entertainment and Sports Law. NESLA sponsors speakers throughout the year with topics ranging from Intellectual Property to NCAA violations and compliance rules. The group offers significant networking opportunities in the local Sports and Entertainment Law communities as well as the chance to attend national conferences that feature prominent guests from the recording industry, sports agencies, and numerous other related fields.
Nebraska Family Law Organization (NFLO) is dedicated to the education of students about issues regarding family law in Nebraska and around the country. We seek to provide information and networking opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the practice area of family law. Such careers include divorce, adoption, mediation and many more. We are developing relationships with professionals and alumni in the community in order to give students the most access to potential jobs in the area. Family law will likely affect every person at some point in their lives, lawyer or not. Even if you are not interested in practicing exclusively in the area of family law, this organization is a great place to learn more about the issues that will certainly affect you, your friends, or your families.
Nebraska Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest is a student-run nonprofit organization dedicated to removing financial barriers for law students who wish to secure public interest employment. Grants are awarded to College of Law students for volunteer or low-paying public interest summer clerkships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies or private firms with a public interest practice.
Nebraska Law Review The Nebraska Law Review is a student-edited journal that publishes articles authored by professors, judges, student members, and others in the legal profession in four quarterly issues. The Review strives to publish timely, interesting, and informative articles for practitioners and scholars on both local and national levels. Currently, the Review has a national subscription base of law libraries, judges, and lawyers. The Review is directed by an Executive Board of Editors elected by the student members of the Review. The student editors bear primary responsibility for publication of the Review and receive invaluable training in writing, editing, and researching through performing their respective duties.
The Nebraska Law Review Bulletin is an online journal that states and criticizes Nebraska and Eighth Circuit law in such a way as to be a service to practitioners and scholars in Nebraska and the Eighth Circuit. The Bulletin publishes short scholarly commentaries regarding significant legal issues in Nebraska and the Eighth Circuit as well as short commentaries responding to articles and notes published in the Review.
Students are invited to join the Nebraska Law Review based on first or second year grades or ability demonstrated in a write-on program.
Nebraska Moot Court Board The Nebraska Moot Court Board is composed of students selected either on the basis of first or second year grades or notable aptitude and ability demonstrated in a write-on program. The members of the Board play a vital role in the academic life of the Law College. Members assist in the administration of the First Year Moot Court Program, which is part of the course in Legal Research and Writing, and supervise upperclass Moot Court Competitions in the fall and spring. Students who accept invitations to become candidate members of the Board write problems suitable for use in the First Year Moot Court Program and the fall upperclass competition. Members also serve as judges for some of the oral arguments. Senior members of the Board supervise the work of the candidate members and assist in the administration of moot court activities at the College of Law.
Republican Law Students Association promotes awareness at the College of Law of political and social issues and political candidates and encourages law students to be actively involved in civic activities. RLSA invites political leaders, office holders and candidates to speak at the law school, promotes Republican candidates for political office and encourages students to actively participate in political campaigns. RLSA encourages students of all political persuasions to be involved in the democratic process by voting in elections.
Phi Alpha Delta The purpose of this Fraternity is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.
Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court is a group of lawyers and judges which meets monthly during the academic year to provide a forum through which experienced lawyers and judges assist younger lawyers and law students in improving their advocacy skills. Each year fourteen third year law students are selected by the College of Law to participate in the Inn.
St. Thomas More Society is a student organization that seeks to integrate the practice of the Catholic faith with the practice of law. We are part of a nationwide tradition of St. Thomas More Societies established at American law schools. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Catholic perspectives on legal issues.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund The UNL College of Law's SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy and scholarship aimed at protecting and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. SALDF works in affiliation with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a nonprofit group of attorneys and animal advocates dedicated to defending animal abuse and exploitation throughout the United States (www.aldf.org). Backed by more than 100,000 members and supporters, the ALDF takes direct legal action on behalf of imperiled animals everywhere - - in laboratories, on farms, in the wild, and in communities.
Student Bar Association (SBA) coordinates the professional, social and extracurricular activities of the student body. Affiliated with the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, the SBA functions both as a student government and as a professional bar association. The SBA president appoints student representatives who participate in faculty meetings and serve as voting members on many student-faculty committees. The student book exchange is among the SBA's many activities. Click here for their web site.
Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) at Nebraska Law focuses on assisting students interested in the exciting study and practice of intellectual property law. The club continuously fosters and enhances the development of an active and meaningful intellectual property curriculum at Nebraska Law. We also support the growth and development of Nebraska Law's reputation as an educational institution in the field of intellectual property law. Our goal is to supplement course offerings by hosting speakers and discussions that contribute to the development of legal knowledge and skills in the field of intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret. Finally, SIPLA promotes connections between students and faculty, scholars, and practicing attorneys in the intellectual property field.
University of Nebraska Innocence Project The University of Nebraska Student Innocence Project supports the plight of wrongfully convicted individuals. We do what we can to provide them justice and help the Nebraska Innocence Project in their mission. Specific areas that are addressed are fundraising for cause-related charities, promoting community awareness of the issue of wrongful conviction and discovering, providing and assisting opportunities for students who are interested in the cause.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) VITA, sponsored by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, is part of the nationwide taxpayer assistance program of the Internal Revenue Service. Students from the Law College provide individuals with limited financial resources and physically challenged individuals free assistance in preparing their income tax returns.Women's Law Caucus is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of women in law through personal support, professional activities, and political action. It is open to all law students and their spouses, faculty, staff and other interested persons.