Student Organizations A-Z
Chicago-Kent students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that enhance their academic and social lives.
American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division
The ABA Law Student Division provides opportunities for its members to meet with attorneys from all areas of practice from across the country. Membership requires an application to the ABA.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes the open debate and discussion of constitutional principles and issues. The society seeks 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 and traditionally central place in American law.
Art and Cultural Property Law Society
The purpose of the Art and Cultural Property Law Society of Chicago-Kent is to provide an organization for students, faculty members, and alumni who have interests in Art and Cultural Property law and related fields. The Society will serve as an open forum for the exchange of ideas and for connecting with professionals and practitioners in Art and Cultural Property related fields. The Society is a resource for the Chicago-Kent community to engage and explore these diverse areas of law. Members are expected to actively participate in discussions, event planning, and fundraising.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
The Chicago-Kent chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association was founded in 1989 to increase social and professional opportunities for Asian American law students. Many APALSA members are Americans of Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese ancestry, but participation is not limited to individuals of Asian ethnic descent. Students interested in fostering the exchange of ideas and information involving Asian Americans and Pacific Rim affairs are encouraged to join. APALSA provides a forum for the discussion of national and local issues concerning Asian Americans through its affiliation with the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA), which represents over 40 law schools in the United States, and the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (AABA). By participating in a variety of community outreach programs, APALSA seeks to increase the visibility of Asian American interests at Chicago-Kent and in the legal community.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
The Black Law Students Association was founded in 1967 by students attending New York University and Columbia University law schools. Since then, BLSA chapters have been established at more than 90 law schools throughout the country. The Chicago-Kent chapter was founded in 1974. In accordance with national guidelines and goals, Chicago-Kent's BLSA chapter seeks to supplement the legal and cultural education that members receive in the classroom, to increase opportunities for black students to attend law school, to assure their success as students, and to facilitate their placement in positions that are personally satisfying and that relate to the needs of the community.
Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Law Student Division
The Law Student Division of the Chicago Bar Association provides students with the opportunity to become involved in a variety of different specialty groups in their areas of legal interest. The CBA also regularly sponsors luncheons and seminars.
The Chicago-Kent Lambdas is an organization that provides support to students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and straight allies. The organization welcomes all students interested in areas of law that affect the GLBT community. The Lambdas sponsor speakers, events and panel discussions on legal issues that affect the lesbian, gay and AIDS communities. In addition, the Lambdas provide a forum for social and professional interaction by hosting social events for Chicago-Kent students and by actively maintaining links with gay and lesbian law student associations at other Chicago law schools, as well as LAGBAC (The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago).
Chicago-Kent Journal of Media Law
The Chicago-Kent Journal of Media Law is a group of students who strive to facilitate a thorough & factually accurate discourse on U.S. laws and regulations governing communication by publishing insightful works by educated authors of unique & contradicting perspectives. The Journal also hopes to provide Chicago-Kent students an opportunity to engage in current events and refine their grammatical, analytical & citation proficiency by editing articles for publication.
Chicago-Kent Law Review
The Chicago-Kent Law Review offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to law students who have demonstrated superior academic ability. The law review editors and staff publish four issues of the review each year. Each issue contains articles written by distinguished legal scholars from across the country and is published in a symposium format under the direction of a faculty editor. Every issue of the law review also contains a select number of student articles which the executive board chooses on the basis of the article's contribution to legal scholarship. The selection process for law review membership is very competitive. All students in the top 7 percent of their first year class are invited to join the law review staff. A limited number of students who have completed their first-year and have achieved a minimum grade point average are also invited to join the law review based on their performance in a writing competition held during the summer. Evening students also have an opportunity to join the law review after their second year by placing in the top 7 percent of the combined class comprised of first-year day students or through the writing competition after their second year. Second-year students make up the staff of the law review and assist in the publication process in addition to researching and writing their own articles for publication. A number of students are elected to serve as editors of the law review during their third year of law school. The editorial board is ultimately responsible for editing both professional and student articles, for publishing the law review, and for maintaining the review's high standards of scholarship.
The Chicago-Kent Sportfeasors are a group of students, professors, and alumni who are connected by their love of distance running and other athletics. The Sportfeasors strive to encourage and build that connection - and to see it spread - through group participation in local races and sporting events. In addition, we hope to promote positive competition and the healthy resolution of stress, while increasing Chicago-Kent's recognition in the community. The Sportfeasors are made up of and seek members of all levels of experience, from the veteran marathoner to those who want to run their first 5K.
The Student Bar Association, the law school's student government, was organized in 1942 and is affiliated with the Illinois Law Student Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago-Bar Association. All students are members of the SBA, as dues-paying members through the Student Activity Fee. The association engages in various activities at the law school and acts as liaison between students and the faculty and administration. It appoints a member to participate in and vote at faculty meetings, sponsors speakers, programs, and social events. Officers and student representatives of the SBA are elected each year from the student body. The SBA is the umbrella organization for all other student organizations and provides funding to those organizations.
Child and Family Law Society (CFLS)
The Child and Family Law Society was established in 2010 to promote an understanding of family law and its affects upon society. CFLS is focused on exploring domestic relations within the private sphere. This exploration ranges from the establishment of to the termination of domestic relationships and includes ancillary dispute resolution. CFLS focuses on both an academic and practical agenda in attempting to create a full understanding of family law within the world. Finally, CFLS is committed to assisting the future of the Chicago-Kent community through its alumni-network and career oriented goals.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Law Society is non-denominational group of students who meet regularly for prayer, fellowship and discussions concerning the implications of the Christian faith on the practice of law.
The Commentator is a student-run school newspaper that is published about three times per semester. The paper informs students of school news and legal issues as well as matters of general interest.
Corporate Law Society
The Corporate Law Society (CLS) is committed to promoting the study of corporate law at Chicago-Kent and to preparing CLS members for successful careers in practice areas such as business planning, financial services, securities regulation, real estate, and tax law. With these goals in mind, CLS provides students with informational, speaking, and networking events with Chicago-Kent alumni and other local attorneys in the field in order to both build relationships and provide educational opportunities. CLS also works with Chicago-Kent faculty and staff to encourage the expansion of the corporate and transactional law curriculum and the offering of other related opportunities. Other benefits of CLS membership include social interaction through the “Happy Hour with CLS” program each semester and access to an outline bank for first-year and corporate law classes.
Education and School Law Society
The Education and School Law Society provides its members with a common forum for addressing education law issues and interacting with established attorneys, officials, and experts in the field. Furthermore, the aims of this organization are to promote education reform, social justice, and community service. Each year we coordinate networking opportunities with attorneys in this unique field of law that involves a wide variety of issues.
Environmental Law Society
Chicago-Kent's Environmental Law Society (ELS) is a student organization focused on enhancing our school's profile as one of the nation's top-rated environmental law schools. We do this by: Heightening awareness of environmental law and its connection with other bodies of law and disciplines; Promoting sustainability within our law school; Raising student eco-consciousness and encouraging personal sustainability throughout the student body; Supporting students financially in their quest to serve the environment; and Contributing to the enhancement of the environmental law curriculum. We pursue this mission in a number of ways, including speaker panels, environmental summits, internal initiatives, fundraising and social events. We are also a member of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), which enables us to partner with other law schools nationwide.
Federal Bar Association
The Federal Bar Association is the premier national bar association dedicated to serving the federal practitioner and the federal judiciary. Under the direction of the FBA Chicago Chapter, the Federal Bar Association Chicago-Kent Law Student Division supports the interests and needs of Chicago-Kent law students aspiring to federal practice, both public and private, and seeks to strengthen student interest and knowledge of the federal legal system.
The Chicago-Kent Federalist Society is a group of civil libertarians and conservatives interested in the state of the legal order. The Society promotes the intellectual exchange of views concerning current legal and public policy issues. Our annual Speaker Series stimulate this active discourse on our campus. Working together with a variety of other student organizations, the Federalist Society hosts legal scholars from across the country and invites them to share, discuss, and debate their views with our students and faculty.
First In Law
We strive to establish a network of first generation law students that work to create mentorship, training, and job placement opportunities. Our hope is to provide a community that not only provides assistance with the transition into law school but also provides support throughout the law school years. We also welcome students who are not the first lawyers in their immediate families to participate in our network because they have valuable information to share.
Health Law Society
The Health Law Society provides students at Chicago-Kent with opportunities to learn about the wide variety of work that exists in the field of health law and opportunities to network with professionals already working in the field. Additionally, we will serve as a network within Chicago-Kent itself and with other law students around Chicago and the country. Finally, we will provide students with opportunities to give back to the community with philanthropic events that will benefit people and organizations affiliated with the field of health law.
Hellenic Law Student Association
The Hellenic Law Students Association (HeLSA) is a group of students dedicated to learning about and celebrating the Greek culture. The group plans events closely with the Hellenic Bar Association and helps to establish solidarity within the Greek legal community. HeLSA is also involved in other Chicago Hellenic projects, such as the International Film Festival and the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center. Being a part of HeLSA means networking, meeting new people and enjoying Greek culture!
Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association (HLLSA)
The Chicago-Kent Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association was founded in 1982. HLLSA actively seeks to increase opportunities for Hispanic students to attend law school, provide necessary support for their academic success, and assist students in becoming acclimated to the law school environment.
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Student Division
The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Student Division is a professional organization which offers law students the opportunity to learn about the practice of law through seminars and publications. Law student membership of the ISBA is a great way to start networking with practicing attorneys while you are still in law school. Membership requires an application to the ISBA.
Immigration Law Society (ILS)
The purpose of the Immigration Law Society (ILS) is to create a forum where those interested in immigration issues can come together to share their ideas and concerns. ILS hosts experts from private practice, public service, and governmental agencies in order to educate the Chicago-Kent community on the rewards and obstacles of a career in immigration law. ILS members come from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and professional backgrounds, and are dedicated to participating in public service activities that positively impact Chicago's immigrant communities. Additionally, through ILS, members engage in networking activities with firms and organizations that need their particular skills.
Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)
IPLS educates Chicago-Kent students about the many opportunities available in the broad field of intellectual property law. Through interaction with the IP Department as well as with local IP practitioners, IPLS also seeks to provide its members with a practical perspective on the practice of IP law that is not necessarily addressed in substantive IP courses. IPLS holds a number of events throughout the school year to facilitate this goal. These events are designed not only to educate, but also to give students a head start in their introduction to the practice of IP law in Chicago. Student opportunities include resume workshops, discussions with guest lecturers, informal lunch sessions with members of the IP Department and local practitioners, and various social events. IPLS also occasionally has collaborative exchanges with intellectual property student groups at other local law schools.
International Law Moot Court Honors Society
Members of the International Law Moot Court Honors Society have the opportunity to participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The competition is the largest and one of the most prestigious of its kind, bringing together law students from more than 50 countries to compete on an international legal issue. The event is held in Washington, D.C., and corresponds with the annual ILSA Spring Conference.
International Law Student Association (ILSA)
The International Law Student Association was established in 1971 to promote an understanding of international law and its place in furthering world peace. ILS is a member of the Association of Student International Law Societies (ASILS) and is also affiliated with the American Society of International Law. Its activities include a speakers program, periodically hosting the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and meeting with ASILS. The Society has recently taken an active role in coordinating regional activities for ASILS in the Chicago area, and its members assist the Library of International Relations staff in various international law-related activities at the law school.
Jewish Law Students Association/Decalogue
Decalogue is a national organization aimed at promoting Jewish and legal ethical values. This organization focuses on the relationship between the legal profession and the Jewish community. The Kent chapter specifically focuses on bringing Jewish education and networking to the Kent community.
Journal of International and Comparative Law
The Journal of International and Comparative Law is a student-run, online law forum dedicated to the discussion of matters relating to international law, as well as the publication of articles, notes and comments about issues in international and comparative law.
Kent Justice Foundation (KJF)
Kent Justice Foundation is an organization dedicated to increasing law student awareness of public interest law issues and opportunities. KJF works with several Chicago-Kent groups including the Career Services Office, the Public Interest Resource Center, and the Center for Access to Justice and Technology to provide students with direct access to public interest lawyers, clients and projects. Through fundraising events held during the year, the highlight of which is the Spring Auction, KJF raises thousands of dollars to fund summer fellowships for Chicago-Kent students who work for public interest agencies or government entities after their first or second year.
Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS)
The Labor and Employment Law Society provides a forum for students to become aware of current issues in the fields of labor and employment law by organizing informative lectures and facilitating student interaction with experienced practitioners.
Military Law Society
The purpose of the Military Law Society is twofold. First, the Military Law Society is dedicated to supporting American Troops deployed overseas and coordinating charitable and domestic service opportunities for students at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Second, the Military Law Society encourages students who are considering a legal career in the military, develops networking opportunities and builds relationships with professionals working in military law, and hosts learning events to educate the Chicago-Kent College of Law community about the different career paths available in military law.
Muslim Law Student Association (MLSA)
The Muslim Law Students Association strives to focus on the legal issues confronting the Muslim community. These issues include civil rights, human rights, hate crimes and Islamic legal topics. The MLSA hosts civil rights lawyers, public officials and legal scholars to educate the law school community on these issues. The MLSA also seeks to provide a network of support for Muslim law students through a diverse program of activities.
National Security Law Society (NSLS)
The National Security and Law Society (NSLS) strives to create an effective, non-partisan forum for informed discourse on U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs. Our tri-fold mission is (a) to foster interest in, and understanding of, the legal aspects and ramifications of national security by sponsoring speakers and programs concerning the many issues covered by this umbrella; (b) to aid members in their pursuits of careers in these fields; and (c) to contribute to the development of national security law. If you are captivated by the legal implications of intelligence activities, counter-terrorism, classified information, electronic intercepts, or related issues, then this is the group for you.
Outdoor Adventure Club of Chicago-Kent College of Law
The Outdoor Adventure Club will allow Chicago-Kent Students to share their knowledge of various outdoor adventures with other Chicago-Kent students eager learn about and participate in various outdoor adventures. The Outdoor Adventure Club will also endeavor to use various outdoor adventures as memorable networking and fund raising opportunities.
Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC)
PIRC is a student-staffed office which assists students who are interested in public interest legal work and volunteerism in general. This includes helping students find volunteer opportunities based on their interest, time commitment, and location. The office also publishes the newsletter Public Interest Matters which alerts the Chicago-Kent community to upcoming service opportunities and other volunteerism-related news and events. PIRC administers the Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award and the Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service, both of which acknowledge commitment to volunteerism, and records the volunteer requirement for the Public Interest Certificate.
Real Estate Law Student Association
The Chicago-Kent Real Estate Law Student Association seeks to help students learn more about the real estate law fields. RELSA caters itself to its member students. Numerous times each semester, leaders within the real estate field come to speak to RELSA. These on-campus events provide students with an opportunity to not only learn about the application of the law, but also provide students with excellent opportunities to network, or even seek out potential internships.
Society for Gender and Law
The Society for Gender and Law seeks to examine the legal problems that occupy our time with respect to gender, sex, and sexuality. We are committed to facilitating the discussion of ideas in feminist jurisprudence and gender theory through hosting lectures and talks with professionals in the legal community and raising awareness of these issues within the student body through other events and activities.
Society of Women in Law (WIL)
The Society of Women in Law strives to address and meet the personal, professional, and academic needs of both female law students as well as all law students at Chicago-Kent. We focus on issues that are often considered women's issues, but are issues for all students regardless of sex or gender. Through mentorship programs, speaker events, volunteer opportunities and other activities, we attempt to serve the needs of law students in every aspect of their lives. We also use our resources to educate all students on the legal status of women in society and explore the possibilities for change that will help all people to achieve their goals.
South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA)
The Chicago-Kent chapter of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) was founded to provide academic support and professional development opportunities for South Asian students. The organization currently focuses on expansion and investment in its members- by creating opportunities to network with other law school students and professionals of South Asian descent, within the legal community. The organization is committed to community service work, involvement with the Indian American Bar Association and Asian American Bar Association, and providing continued assistance to the South Asian community in need of legal aid.
Space Law Society
The Space Law Society at Chicago-Kent specializes in the legal research and development of Space Law on a national, international and global level. This purpose is founded on applying the laws of space with science and space exploration.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)
The Chicago-Kent Sports and Entertainment Law Society seeks to help students learn more about the sports and entertainment law fields. SELS caters itself to its member students. Numerous times each semester, leaders within the sports and entertainment fields come to speak to SELS. These on-campus events provide students with an opportunity to not only learn about sports and entertainment law, but also provide students with excellent opportunities to network, or even seek out potential internships. In addition to on-campus speakers SELS keeps students up-to-date with national conferences. Furthermore, SELS hosts social events throughout the year.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
The Chicago-Kent SALDF is the student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
Student Bar Association (SBA)
See the entry under Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association above.
Student Humanitarian Network (SHN)
Law students from across the country formed the Student Hurricane Network (SHN), a national association dedicated to providing assistance to communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The legal questions and problems facing the individuals and communities throughout the Gulf Coast region were monumental in scale, and remain so even now. SHN dissolved at the national level in 2005, but the Chicago-Kent Student Hurricane Network organization has continued to support and organize Chicago-Kent students who are interested in providing assistance to legal agencies involved in hurricane-related projects and additional areas as the city continues to rebuild. SHN works with students at Chicago-Kent to coordinate travel and fund-raising efforts for service trips to New Orleans. In an effort to respond to the evolving and diverse needs of the community in New Orleans and other communities our organization has formally changed our name to the Student Humanitarian Network.
Students for Legal Secularism
We work to study and enforce the separation of church and state. By protecting the governmental and legal spheres from religious encroachment, we protect all personal religious beliefs from being subject to governmental and legal control. We also provide a forum for open discussion about the role of secularism in society, and a safe place for students of every belief, secular or supernatural, to work together with a healthy respect for each other. Formerly the Society of Law Students for Secularism, our past events have included nationally recognized legal scholars, religious experts, and a fair share of controversial topics. We aim to continue this tradition while ensuring that people are judged not on their creed, but on the content of their character.
Trial Law Society
The purposes of this Organization are to expose law students to exceptional trial attorneys from the immediate geographical area, both associated and unassociated with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; to encourage students considering a career requiring litigation; to provide students mentors with extensive trial experience; to provide students networking opportunities; to provide students opportunities to learn about the intricacies of trial work and the adversarial system; to provide students with insight about the business aspect of law; to advance the science of jurisprudence; to uphold the honor of the profession of law; to encourage cordial intercourse among the members of the Trial Law Society; and to correlate and promote the activities of the Organization in the Chicago-Kent student body within these purposes and in the interests of the profession and of the public.