Student Organizations

Students Organizations play an essential role in the intellectual and social environments at the School of Law. There are over 25 official law student organizations. Some of the organizations, like the various law journals and the Board of Advocates, are student-run, co-curricular activities, in which students receive academic credit as they hone their writing and advocacy skills. Other organizations provide students with opportunities to enhance their professional and personal development through intellectual, cultural and volunteer opportunities.

Student Organization

Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization (ADRO)

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Organization (ADRO) is open to all students. This student group was created to promote interest and understanding in alternative dispute resolution. All areas are rapidly growing within the legal community and Mizzou Law has one of the best Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs in the country! ADRO is dedicated to educating its members about the current legal issues, educational opportunities, and career opportunities in the area of alternative dispute resolution and we aim to provide opportunities and resources for members to satisfy their curiosity and cultivate their knowledge of various alternative dispute resolution practice areas including mediation, arbitration, and negotiation.

American Bar Association – Law Student Division (ABA-LSD)

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All law students are eligible for membership in the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. This organization offers an opportunity for students to become more acquainted with both the organized Bar and students from other law schools. Membership is $20.00 per year, which includes subscriptions to the Student Lawyer and the A.B.A. Journal, discounts on bar review materials, special automobile rental discounts and an opportunity to purchase inexpensive health, accident and life insurance.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has formed a student chapter at the law school and is now accepting members. The mission of the ACLU is to assure that the Bill of Rights are preserved for each new generation. Such rights include: First Amendment rights, equal protection of the law, due process of law, and the right to privacy. Although some segments of the population have traditionally been denied those rights, the ACLU works to extend protection to racial minorities, homosexuals, mental patients, prisoners, soldiers, children in the custody of the state, disabled individuals and Native Americans. The ACLU has more than a dozen national projects devoted to specific civil liberties issues: AIDS, arts censorship, capital punishment, children’s rights, education reform, lesbian and gay rights, immigrants rights, national security, privacy and technology, prisoners’ rights, women’s rights and workplace rights. The only requirement for membership in the student chapter of the ACLU is membership in the national organization.

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)

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The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by helping to shape the debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues. We do this by presenting high-impact ideas to those in the government, legal education and the media; building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. Our chapter’s activities include networking events with progressive attorney’s currently in practice; speakers who present contemporary legal issues from a variety of perspectives, and social events such as our 1L Mid-term prep and The Annual Law Revue–a variety show hosted annually in conjunction with Lambda Legal. Everyone is invited to find out more about the amazing opportunities created by involvement in the American Constitution Society. For more information, contact us at umclawacs@missouri.edu.

Asian American Law Student Association (AALSA)

ALSA serves to promote academic and professional excellence, raise awareness of issues affecting the Asian American and greater minority legal community. Our basic mission is to provide Asian American, international students from Asia, and all other interested law students with a valuable support network of friends and resources to help enrich their law school experience. AALSA also strives to build coalitions with other student organizations and to contribute to the community at large.

Association of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law (AIPEL)

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AIPEL was created to promote awareness of the areas of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.) and entertainment law. Both areas are growing rapidly and are closely related to cyber law, music law, digital rights, e-commerce and software law. AIPEL’s goal is to provide information, connections, and opportunities to empower students with knowledge about the legal rights and restrictions associated with these areas. As the digital world creates new challenges for protecting intellectual property, the members of AIPEL aim to be a resource for individuals and organizations seeking protection for the sciences and useful arts.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

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The School of Law’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association was founded in 1971. BLSA’s primary purpose is to deal with the special concerns of Black law students and lawyers. The Association acquaints students with the professional opportunities, problems and responsibilities they will have as practicing members of the Bar.

Board of Advocates (BOA)

The Board of Advocates (BOA) is a student run organization at the University of Missouri School of Law that provides law students with opportunities to enhance their public speaking and writing skills through practical experience in a variety of advocacy based competitions. The competitions also challenge law students to apply classroom theory and problem solving skills to real world situations.

Christian Legal Society (CLS)

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The MU Christian Legal Society is a group of law students organized to provide a means of exploring faith in Jesus Christ in the practice of law. The students’ primary purpose is to encourage one another in faith and love as they face the challenges of law school and preparation for the profession.

Criminal Law Association (CLA)

CLA’s purpose is to be a forum for encouraging the study, practice, and discussion of criminal law at the University of Missouri School of Law.

CLA activities revolve around being a resource for law students who are interested in the area of criminal law. Our activities include hosting events such as speakers, forums, and field trips to places and events of interest. We also provide practical information related to criminal law by informing our members of practice and academic opportunities in the field.”

Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and mobilizing students to become engaged in environmental law and environmental issues, and bringing environmental awareness to the law school and the community. We encourage employment in environmental law and related fields through the promotion of networking and cross-programing with other law and environmental organizations. We are committed to sponsoring open and honest debate on environmental issues and some of our activities include bringing speakers to the law school and fundraising for environmental causes.

Equal Justice Law Association (EJLA)

The Equal Justice Law Association (EJLA) is a group of law students committed to advancing public interest law at the University of Missouri, the Mid-Missouri community and the larger region. The organization is dedicated to educating and encouraging student participation in public interest law during their time as students as well as their later legal careers. EJLA volunteers work with many public interest organizations throughout the region in order to advance our shared goals in the areas of: the educational and criminal justice systems, public housing, immigration, and poverty. EJLA’s specific aims include: Educating and encouraging students to pursue public interest opportunities and career opportunities in public interest law and legal services; Assist public interest governmental or non-governmental not-for-profit agencies to achieve their goals by encouraging and organizing volunteer opportunities and internships throughout the Mid-West and South; Raise funds to provide grants/scholarships to University of Missouri Law School students who elect to take unpaid internships with public interest organizations.

Federalist Society

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The Mizzou Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students committed to preserving the mainstays of American government: federalism, the separation of powers, and judicial fidelity to the text of the Constitution. Our chapter has been recognized as one of the nation’s strongest Federalist Society Student Chapters, as well as one of the most active student groups at MU School of Law. We are, above all, committed to sponsoring open and honest debate on the fundamental legal issues of our day. Welcome to the Mizzou Law Federalist Society.

Healthcare Law & Policy (HeLP)

The purpose of the University of Missouri’s Healthcare Law & Policy club (HeLP) is to increase knowledge and understanding of the many aspects of the healthcare field, to create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in areas where Healthcare, Law, and Policy intersect, and to positively impact current and future healthcare professionals, attorneys, and legislators for the public good.

Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA)

In 2001 the Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) was established to offer Mizzou students a forum to discuss issues relevant to the Hispanic community. HLSA sponsors academic discussions and social occasions, focusing on international law, immigration law, the Spanish language, and society’s demographic shifts.

Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS)

The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS) is a group of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the intersection of law, history and theatre. Each year HATTS presents a new trial. Previous HATTS trials have featured Lewis and Clark’s supposed theft of a Native American’s canoe, Al Capone’s role in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Missouri Gov. Thomas Crittenden’s alleged bounty on the head of outlaw Jesse James, and the trial of Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

International Law Students Association (ILSA)

The International Law Students Association provides opportunities for law students interested in pursuing a career in international law. ILSA is a member of the National Chapter of the International Law Students Association and organizes the Jessup International Moot Court competition. ILSA also has liaisons working with the European Union Center located in the Reynolds Alumni Center.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is a national organization that seeks to affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. JRCLS strives through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. As a student chapter of JRCLS, our goal is to encourage and aid law students who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, all law students are invited to join. We seek to instill student camaraderie, provide networking and career opportunities, and help our membership attain their educational goals.

Lambda Legal Society (LLS)

Lambda Legal Society is the LGBT-Ally organization at the University of Missouri School of Law. Our objective is threefold: to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and allied law students at the University of Missouri by encouraging personal and academic development; to educate the law school community by providing opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community and the legal issues that affect it; and to build and maintain relationships with gay and gay-sensitive employers by providing a network for students seeking employment in an open environment and for employers seeking a diverse workplace. Membership is open to all law students, regardless of sexual orientation or identity.

Law Students for Public Media

Law Students for Public Media is an organization which serves on behalf of non-profit public interest media (Public Media) through education, organization, and advocacy. Certainly, NPR and PBS are the best known examples of public media, but public media does not stop there. It includes all media outlets and formats whose mission is to serve the public, rather than to earn a profit. This noncommercial sector of the media aims to educate, engage and inform audiences, and it offers an alternative to mainstream, commercial media. We work to ensure that our laws vitalize and support public media, rather than hamper it. Finally, we strive to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas about the place of public media in our community.