Pace-OPoly: Law School
From sports and entertainment to politics to animal defense, we’re going to lay down the law school student orgs for you!
American Constitution Society (ACS): is a group of students concerned about the pervasive conservative orthodoxy in American law and politics. The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness the values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to incorporate them into American law and politics, in order to build a stronger and more decent national community.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA): is made up of a group of law students devoted to concerns of African-American students. The BLSA provides an academic and social support system, sends a representative to various conferences and conventions, and actively participates in the recruitment of minority students.
Christian Law Students Association (CLSA): is a non-denominational Christian organization at Pace focusing on what it means to be a Christian lawyer and creating a Christian fellowship among law students at Pace.
Corporate and Commercial Law Society (CCLS): strives to expand awareness of corporate and commercial law for students at any stage in their legal studies. By encouraging interaction between students and professionals, the Society aims to help students form lasting ties with the corporate and commercial law world. CCLS will provide informational and networking events that facilitate learning in the corporate and commercial law areas.
Criminal Justice Society (CJS): is dedicated to providing a forum for the discussion, debate, and education of current topics in the criminal justice arena, particularly those related to students, educators, and practitioners of criminal law.
Environmental Law Society (ELS): is a student organization that aims to provide Pace Law students with the opportunity to explore different areas of environmental law through events that discuss the current state of environmental law with faculty and guest speakers, specifically focusing on land use and sustainable development, energy and climate, and food and agriculture.
Family Law Society (FLS): exposes students to what the Pace community has to offer in the area of family law, as well as generates involvement in local, state, and national family law programs and activities.
Federalist Society: fosters critical thought and debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the US Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is—not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Hearsay: is an award-winning student newspaper that began during the 1977–78 academic year on the initiative of interested students. Hearsay includes articles, editorials, and information that directly affect the Law School community. Faculty, student, and staff contributions are welcome.
Honor Board: The mission of the Honor Board is to promote and uphold the ethical values of the legal profession. By setting and meeting high ethical standards, students prepare themselves to stand alongside members of the Bar with honesty and integrity. For more information, check out the Honor Board website.
Intellectual Property Student Organization (IPSO): allows students who are interested in the general area of intellectual property law to keep abreast of major intellectual property law legislation and case law; network with firms that practice in the intellectual property law arena; and network with other students interested in the intellectual property law field.
International Law Society (ILS): introduces students to the ever-expanding field of international law. ILS is an autonomous, student-run organization chartered by the Association for International Law Students. Students are able to participate in moot court competitions, cultural discussion groups, and career panels. It is their belief that in the competitive legal job market, it is not enough to have the highest GPA or Law Review. Involvement and commitment to international law outside of the classroom also entices prospective employers.
Italian-American Law Students Association (ITALO): is a group of students of Italian descent and any other interested students. ITALO sponsors speakers and enables members to network with lawyers and judges in Westchester County and New York City.
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): holds discussions about current issues and co-sponsors social events with other organizations, which provide an excellent opportunity for students to meet and become an active part of the Pace Law School community. Activities include the celebration of Holy Days and lectures on topics such as the relevance of Talmudic Law to modern law and practice, international law and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the role of traditional Jewish values in modern law.
Lambda Law Students Organization (Lambda): promotes visibility for LGBTQA+ students at Pace Law School; serves as a forum to discuss areas of the law that affect their community; fosters diversity and understanding regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; and serves as a vehicle to increase networking opportunities for LGBTQA+ students to help overcome barriers that job applicants typically encounter.
Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA): is comprised of students working together to enhance the educational experience and the professional pursuits of law students committed to diversity in legal education.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG): is an association dedicated to the support and defense of economic and social justice, and to progressive change rather than the acceptance of the status quo. They seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as the most sacred interest in this country.
Pace Immigration Law Society (PILS): is an organization dedicated to promoting a dialogue about legal rights of refugees and immigrants in the US and globally. PILS' mission is to introduce students to the different areas of immigration within the law; expose members to the various career paths that involve and intersect with immigration law; and to keep students informed on the changes and recent developments of immigration law.
Personal Injury Law Association (PILA): is a student organization that provides Pace Law students with the opportunity to explore the different areas of tort law, including Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, and Negligence. They facilitate opportunities for students to network amongst themselves and with professionals in the wider personal injury legal community, to expand their knowledge and education in the field, and to explore potential career paths and internships.
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD): is the largest of the three legal law fraternities and the only law fraternity represented at Pace. The Adolf Homburger Law School Chapter strives to uphold the principles and ideals of integrity, compassion, courage, and professional service. Their goal is to implement a well-rounded organization incorporating activities including professional, academic, community service, fundraising, and networking events. The PAD chapter has more than 80 student members and has received active encouragement and involvement from Pace alumni and PAD alumni in the area.
Public Interest Law Scholarship Organization (PILSO): provides grants on a competitive basis to students pursuing public interest law summer internships and careers. Funding for the grants comes from various on-campus events, faculty, and students. In its first six years, PILSO has given over $58,000 in grants to Pace law students and has thus provided over 8,000 hours of volunteer legal services to public interest law organizations.
Sports, Entertainment, and Arts Law Society (SEALS): is a student-founded and led organization that strives to promote a greater awareness to the student body of the opportunities in lawyering in sports and entertainment fields.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF): provides a form for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at advancing the interests and improving the lives of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of animal law. The organization accomplishes these goals by sponsoring campus literature tables, speakers and debates, movies, volunteer opportunities and other forums for learning about animal law.
Student Bar Association (SBA): is the umbrella organization that all other student organizations fall under. SBA works closely with the Dean’s Office and Pace faculty and staff to coordinate and improve all aspects of student life. SBA executive board members and class representatives participate on faculty appointment committees, assist with orientation and graduation, attend faculty meetings, and sponsor several professional and social functions throughout the year. In addition, the SBA President and SBA delegates serve as liaisons to the Pace Alumni Association Board and Board of Visitors. At the national level, the association is a member of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
Tax Law Society (TLS): trains students to become IRS-certified for VITA volunteering. Pace Law VITA also assists students in finding VITA Tax Preparation sites to volunteer at. Their goal is for students to learn more about tax law through this educational training and volunteer program.
Women’s Association of Law Students (WALS): provides a forum for information concerning women’s issues in the law. Each year, WALS invites speakers to the school and sponsors lobbying and involvement with off-campus activities of concern to women.
For the latest information, visit the Pace Law School student organization website.
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