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 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.

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.

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.

Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

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The purpose of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Student Chapter is: to promote and facilitate open and meaningful intellectual discussion on issues germane to criminal prosecution, to provide information and networking opportunities for students interested in the topic, to work in conjunction with the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and their mission of providing uniformity and efficiency in the discharge of duties and functions of Missouri’s prosecutors, to promote legislation and policy that protects the public, improves Missouri’s criminal justice system and enhances the profession of prosecution, and to build and grow a strong culture of dedicated career prosecutors within the law school. To become a member contact Chapter President Ryan Nely, rtnmq3@mail.missouri.edu.

Missouri Law Veterans Society (MLVS)

The Missouri Law Veterans Society (MLVS) is open to all students. The group was started to: (1) participate in the Veterans Law Appellate Advocacy Competition, held in Washington, D.C.; (2) be involved in introducing veterans law to law students by inviting speakers on the subject; and (3) reach out to the law student community, gathering information of particular interest to them (particularly internship and clerkship opportunities) and making that information available. You DO NOT have to be a veteran to join. Veterans law gives students a unique opportunity to participate in pro bono work and appellate advocacy early in their careers.

Non Traditional Law Student Association (NTLSA)

Many incoming law students fit the hard-to-define “nontraditional student” mold perfectly. If you are working outside of school, have a family, commute from a distance, are changing careers or have switched from another area of advanced study, then NTLSA can be helpful to you. The Non-Traditional Law Student Association has been officially recognized at the University of Missouri School of Law since 2000. Our main goal is to provide the support necessary for nontraditional students to succeed at their studies while covering their bases in life. Parents of young children especially find the information for on- and off-campus resources helpful to ease their families’ transition. Part-time, working and career-changing students often enjoy the networking and sharing of their unique life experiences with peers in similar positions.

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)

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Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is the world’s largest legal fraternity and is composed of pre-law students, law students, legal educators, attorneys, judges, and government officials. PAD was founded in 1902 and the Lawson Chapter at University of Missouri-Columbia was founded in 1909. The PAD motto is “Service to the Student, the Law School, the Profession and the Community.” The Lawson Chapter fulfills this motto by organizing various activities and events throughout the school year including, but not limited to: a Happy Hour to welcome new first year students in the fall; an annual Food Drive for the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri; fall and spring semester blood drives; Mizzou Law clothing sales; a bowling social event night; and, guest speakers for perspectives credits. In addition, members of the Lawson Chapter receive various discounts on events and products in addition to exclusive access to the PAD outline bank specifically created for Mizzou Law professors and updated each semester. For more information, contact the Lawson Chapter executive board at umclawpad@missouri.edu or check out our website at www.pad.org.