Organizations & Student Life: Student Organizations
GGU Law students take an active role in shaping our close-knit campus community. A diverse array of student organizations offers students the chance to build both their social and professional networks.
SBA is the official voice of School of Law students. An umbrella organization funded by student fees, the SBA coordinates various programs, activities, and events to meet the educational, recreational, and interpersonal needs of the student body. All JD students are members of the SBA and pay fees every semester to fund SBA activities. In turn, the SBA disburses these funds to support other student groups and activities. Students elect SBA officers and representatives each spring. The representatives come from each class of the day and evening divisions. The officers of the SBA include the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Together with the representatives, these officers constitute the board of directors. The president of the SBA serves on the School of Law's hearing panel and attends meetings of the Golden Gate University Board of Trustees.
The ACLU of Northern California works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. We aim to extend these freedoms to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. In addition to the litigation for which the ACLU-NC has been known over the past seven decades, we also educate the public, inform the media, lobby legislators, organize grassroots activists, and disseminate information about our constitutional freedoms.
ABA/LSD seeks to further academic excellence by encouraging law students to participate in the efforts of the organized bar in the formation and revision of standards of legal education. In the past, the School of Law's chapter sponsored a "Surviving Law School" program, introducing both day and evening division first-year students to the reality of law school, and organized an annual Homeless Luncheon.
ACS is a progressive organization comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policy makers, activists, and other concerned individuals working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law. The GGU ACS chapter initiates and organizes events and debates that foster intelligent discussion and thought on current and future legal issues.
APALSA is open to all law students enrolled at Golden Gate University and is dedicated to providing academic, professional, and social support to all of its members. APALSA also encourages and fosters greater minority enrollment at the School of Law and teaches awareness of issues involving Asian Pacific American individuals, minorities, and the surrounding community.
ACSEL consists of students interested in the legal aspects of sports, entertainment, and communications. It sponsors speakers on entertainment law and sports law issues.
ALSP is designed for law students who put their families first. All are welcome to join, particularly law students with children, significant others, or those who simply value time with their families. About once a month ALSP plans family-friendly events open to the law school community.
The Golden Gate University School of Law student chapter of AAJ promotes interest in litigation and trial advocacy by hosting various programs, especially in the area of plaintiffs' tort litigation. Each year, the Golden Gate chapter members compete in the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition
BLSA is a national organization dedicated to the recruitment, support (including academic support), and development of African-American law students. The BLSA chapter at Golden Gate promotes academic success and achievement by sponsoring a mentoring program and conducting review sessions and workshops for first-year students. BLSA promotes career development by participating in job fairs and the School of Law's annual Law Career Focus Day and by sponsoring presentations by practicing attorneys
The mission of The Corporate Asset-Management Property Investment and Tax Association of Law Students ("The Capital Group") is to provide opportunities for its members to learn about current business, tax, real estate, and other finance related issues from working professionals and Golden Gate University School of Law faculty, to facilitate a forum where its members can discuss business, tax, real estate, and other finance related issues with each other, to arrange networking opportunities for its members to meet and interact with practicing attorneys and other professionals who work in the relevant fields and to aid the Golden Gate University School of Law in creating and promoting a dynamic environment for the study of law and professional development
ELA members promote opportunities in employment and labor law, uncover hot issues in these areas, and build networks.
ELS discusses current developments in environmental law and works to further the goals of protecting the environment as well as securing placements in the legal field. ELS also participates in the annual Earth Day cleanup and the annual beach cleanup, hosts speakers on environmental issues, and periodically co-sponsors a symposium dealing with emerging issues in environmental law. ELS participates each spring in an Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon, which provides a setting for interested students to meet and share information about events, school programs, jobs, and new developments in the field of environmental law.
The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative and libertarian law students, lawyers, and members of the judiciary. The society is founded on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and the rule of law.
IPLA seeks to forge and maintain relationships among students, the School of Law and firms, corporations, businesses, and other organizations involved in all areas of intellectual property law to educate students about intellectual property law, aid students in obtaining IP-related employment, and promote the integrity of the School of Law's IP law program to the legal community. IPLA has surveyed local firms to determine their hiring preferences regarding recent graduates and summer associate positions, sponsored presentations by local attorneys regarding issues in IP law, and cosponsored activities with professional organizations such as California Lawyers for the Arts.
ILS brings together students of diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of promoting and fostering an increased understanding and appreciation of international law at all levels, whether public, private, comparative, theoretical, or practical. ILS is an active member of the International Law Student Association (ILSA), a worldwide umbrella student organization.
The Iranian Law Students Association seeks to promote the professional and cultural advancement of the Iranian community in the Bay Area. ILSA strives to strengthen the Iranian and Middle Eastern communities by participating in cultural, social, and charitable events.
JLSA plans social and culturally enriching events for Jewish students and faculty as well as events designed to educate the School of Law community about Jewish concerns.
The GGU Running Club organizes casual weekday and weekend runs for law students and their friends and loved ones.
A main objective of La Raza is to provide academic and moral support for first-year students. La Raza provides direction and advice to first-year students through its mentor/mentee program and scheduled general meetings. La Raza also strives to facilitate bonds among students who are interested in Latino issues and serves as an information resource group for its members. Upper-division students can benefit from the host of career and scholarship/fellowship opportunities that are available for people of color. Additionally, La Raza brings Latino community issues back to the law student through e-mail postings and announcements at its general meetings.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting pro-choice law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights.
MELSA was founded to facilitate information sharing and collaboration among law students of Middle Eastern background. The group strives to build a strong alliance with other School of Law associations and to foster a greater understanding between Middle Eastern and non-Middle Eastern law students.
NIAF seeks to provide a unified and effective voice for Italian Americans so that their beliefs and views may be heard by the social, economical, cultural, educational, and political institutions of this country. NIAF also educates members of the Italian American community on issues that are of interest to them and may affect government policy, and aims to protect the history, heritage, and accomplishments of Italian Americans. In addition, NIAF seeks to help young Italian Americans attain their educational goals. This group is also known as "CIAO," the California Italian-American Advocates Association.
NLG is a progressive group of lawyers, law students, and legal workers that provides legal support for workers and for persons who are racially, sexually, or politically oppressed. The Bay Area chapter strives to expose law students to a variety of public interest law practices and connect students with practitioners working in areas of particularly urgent need. The Bay Area chapter of the NLG recently organized projects on SSI reapplications, affirmative action, prisoner's rights, and immigrant rights.
Pilipino/a American Law Society was started to give a voice to the Pilipino/a American law students at GGU and to address Pilipino/a American community-specific legal and social issues. PALS aims to help recruit more Pilipino/a Americans into the legal profession by forging strong ties with the greater Pilipino/a American legal community through involvement with the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC). PALS welcomes all individuals, regardless of ethnic background, who are interested in Pilipino/a American issues.
Phi Alpha Delta aims to unite law students, teachers, judges, and attorneys in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and the encourage members' moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement.
The purpose of Phi Delta Phi, which is open to all students, is to form a strong bond uniting law students and professors with members of the bench and bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of justice and community service.
PILF is dedicated to advancing public interest through law by encouraging and supporting members who give back to the community. PILF assists students in finding legal employment and involvement opportunities in public interest and in government. It also provides forums to hear from faculty and practicing attorneys about their public interest experiences and to discuss issues within public interest fields. PILF helps administer the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which provides grants to help repay a portion of educational loans to School of Law graduates who work in low-paying public interest jobs. Each spring, PILF awards summer grants to current students working in public interest positions and holds an auction and raffle to raise money for these programs.
PPP, a non-partisan organization, aims to promote awareness of the relationship between law and politics and to engage and participate in the public policy sector by facilitating the understanding of the many considerations and tenets that underlie policy and how it serves the community.
QLSA is concerned with individual rights and legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Members are committed to playing an active part in legal and social reform. QLSA has spearheaded dialog within the School of Law community on the issue of gays in the military by publishing information and bringing in speakers on the subject. QLSA also engages in networking by way of a mentor program with Bay Area attorneys through BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom).
Res Ipsa provides a forum for second-career students to address the unique experiences of professionals returning to the academic environment after working in other fields. In addition to creating community among former working professionals, the group promotes career planning, networking opportunities, and successful approaches for a career 2.0 transition by leveraging and blending the strength of earlier professional skills with those newly honed in law school. Res Ipsa is open to all students interested in joining the group.
The Second Amendment Association (SAA) is an organization of students who actively assert their individual right, afforded under the Constitution of the United States of America, to keep and bear arms. The SAA fosters camaraderie and legal rhetoric regarding the individual's right to keep and bear arms for personal use, protection and national defense. The SAA embraces the principle that the rights of individuals afforded by the Constitution of the United States supersede the will of a majority. SAA's members seek to educate the law school populace on the safety, necessity and lawful possession and ownership of personal firearms.
The Student Elder Law Forum (SELF) creates opportunities for students to get involved in the rapidly growing field of elder law. SELF invites leading elder law attorneys to address students on campus, maintains a website and other resources for interested students, and regularly sponsors events to encourage students to apply their skills in the important and rewarding practice of elder law..
The Golden Gate University Student Trial Lawyers Association is made up of students with an interest in civil litigation. The organization serves as a bridge between students and the civil litigation professional community while raising awareness about civil litigation and civil trial work.
The Society of Litigators (SOL) seeks to bring together GGU students interested in litigation to exchange ideas and share experiences. SOL puts on several presentations each semester, focusing on various issues related to trial advocacy, such as how to deliver a persuasive opening statement or how to conduct an effective cross examination. SOL also helps students network by providing them with opportunities to meet and speak with practicing litigators in our community.
SALSA is an organization that aims to build networks between South Asian law students and lawyers that will continue throughout their professional careers. SALSA strives to come together to help the community through volunteer work and fundraising. SALSA hopes to educate the community about South Asian issues and promote social synergy throughout the school's South Asian community.
SALDF provides 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.
The Veterans' Law Student Association (VLSA) is dedicated to the growth and advancement of veteran law students and those in our community interested in veterans' rights. We seek to promote awareness of veterans' issues within the legal community, as well enable our members to connect and collaborate with a diverse range legal professionals who serve the interests of veterans.
WLA is dedicated to educating and fostering dialog on issues that impact women's rights, especially in the legal field. It sponsors social and educational activities for the entire student body as well as events primarily of interest to women. In the past, WLA has provided a mentor program for first-year students.
The Youth Law Association aims to open up the field of Youth Law at GGU through panels and networking events. We strive to assist students in their exploration of this dynamic area of practice.