The following are campus organizations formed by students at UC Irvine School of Law. Read UCI Law's Non-Discrimination Policy here.
To start a new organization or find resources for your student group, go to the Student Organizations home page.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.
• Contact: Michael Klinger, MKLINGER@uci.edu; Angela Elizabeth Perry, email@example.com; Amy Bowles, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kelly Galligan, email@example.com
APALSA is a political, community service, academic, and social organization dedicated to serving the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities at the UCI School of Law, in Southern California, and in the greater community at large.
• Contacts: Erica Choi, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jin Chong, JYCHONG1@lawnet.uci.edu
The Black Law Students Alliance at UC Irvine School of Law is an organization open to all UCI law students and is committed to working with all student organizations, the law school administration, and our local Orange County communities, including these active organizations. The mission of the BLS Alliance is to reach out to youth, increase enrollment of Black students and recruitment of Black faculty, connect with Black legal professionals, and contribute to the law school and Orange County at large. We will achieve our mission by organizing educational programs, community outreach, professional development workshops, cultural and political events, and mentorship opportunities. We strive to create connections and a sense of family for African and African American students within the UC Irvine community.
• Contact: Desirae Hutchison, email@example.com
• Faculty Advisor: Mario Barnes
Our mission statement: To advocate for rights of children throughout Orange County and surrounding areas in relation to foster care, medical services and insurance, access to educational opportunities, the criminal justice system and other areas of their lives which may have been affected by poverty or circumstances.
• Contact: Lauren Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Criminal Law Society of UC Irvine's School of Law is dedicated to promoting the study and practice of criminal law in its totality. It aims to increase students' awareness of the social, political and psychological issues pertinent to America's contemporary criminal justice system.
The Society will sponsor events and organize fora to allow students to view these issues from the perspective of the accused, the victim, the prosecution, the defense, the judge, and society at large. The Society will encourage students to be active participants in the criminal justice dialogue by contributing their time and skills to any community outreach, legal projects and educational efforts undertaken by the Society.
The Entertainment Law Society is a student-run organization focused on incorporating business and legal studies involving music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and other industries of interest. This group will host events and provide networking opportunities and speaker presentations in an effort to circulate industry information and contacts that are generally concentrated in Los Angeles. The organization will also create a publication informing the UCI Law community about current issues and legal decisions affecting the industry at large.
• Contact: Ashley Kim; ASHLEYYK@uci.edu
We are a group of student activists eager to learn about the environmental challenges faced by Orange County, the U.S. and the world. Our hope is to explore opportunities for environmental lawyers in the area, and to bring together Southern Californian community leaders interested in local and international environmental issues. We plan to host speaker panels, provide information to students, network with other student groups at UCI and around the country, and engage in as many informational/recreational field trips as we possibly can.
• Contact: Anna Bennett, email@example.com; Kristin Garcia, KLGARCIA@lawnet.uci.edu; or Nancy Rojas-Hill, NROJASHI@lawnet.uci.edu
The Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative and libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.
• Contact: Daniel Modafferi, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Immigration and International Migration Law Society is dedicated to promoting awareness and education about immigration and international migration issues. The organization will accomplish its goals through guest panels, film screenings, career forums and pro bono projects throughout the year.
• Contact: Emma Rosenberg, Rosenberg.email@example.com; Alex Alvarez, AHALVARE@uci.edu; or Danila Toscano, DITOSCAN@uci.edu
The goal of the IPCS is to create a community among students interested in the wide range of issues at the intersection of law and technology.
The IPCS provides opportunities for interested students to interact with faculty, guest speakers, legal practitioners, and industrial leaders for the purposes of academic and networking exploration in the area of law and technology. Moreover, students have the opportunity to participate and launch projects that fall within the purview of this group.
• Contact: Nicole Ambrosetti, firstname.lastname@example.org; Christine Luu, CVLUU@uci.edu
The International Law Society (ILS) at UCI is a forum for discussing topics in international law. ILS seeks to contribute to the academic dialogue at UCI and among other law schools by hosting events and, eventually, through scholarly writing and clinical work.
• Contact: Sabyl Landrum, email@example.com
The UCI Law chapter of IRAP was launched in 2010 when two students in the inaugural class at UCI School of Law helped gain the release of an Iraqi Christian held in immigration detention in Southern California. Going forward, the UCI chapter plans to continue and expand the work of assisting Iraqi refugees who have been wrongfully denied resettlement in the United States.
Southern California has the second largest population of Iraqi refugees in the United States, after Detroit, MI. While other chapters are located in the Northeast or Northern California, the UCI chapter can take advantage of its location to engage with the Iraqi refugee population in Southern California.
• Contact: Nima Kamali, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jesse Keyser, email@example.com
• Web site: UCI Law chapter page at refugeerights.org
The Jewish Law Association (JLA) is dedicated to facilitating meaningful connections between Jewish law students; organizing events for the benefit of the membership and the law school community; fostering outreach with the Orange County Jewish legal community; exploring the unique legal and cultural aspects of Judaism; and providing opportunities for tikkun olam (social action).
• Contact: Lauren Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Faculty Advisor: Catherine Fisk
The Mission Statement of the Student Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) at UCI Law is parallel to the mission statement of the Law Society: "We affirm the strength brought to the study of law by a law student's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and diligence in our studies to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law." Membership in the Student Chapter is multi-faith and open to all currently enrolled law students who share in the goals, ideals, and values of the Law Society.
The Student Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at UCI Law hosts guest speaker events, speaker panels, and networking events with the local Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. In addition, the Student Chapter encourages its members to engage in meaningful public service work in the community. Members are also encouraged to attend the annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Conference.
• Contact: Reed Grantham, email@example.com
The Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA) at UCI Law is an all-inclusive organization that is open to any student, regardless of racial or ethnic identification. As law students at the only public law school in Orange County, an area in which the largest ethnic minority group is Latina/o, we believe it is particularly important to address the many issues that affect the Latina/o people at both an institutional level and in the community. Our mission is to confront these issues through community service, mentorship, coalition building, and networking.
• Contact: Amelia Alvarez, firstname.lastname@example.org or Adriana Nunez, email@example.com
• Faculty Advisor: Jennifer M. Chacón
The Law and Economics Society will explore the intersection of law and economics at theoretical and practical levels. Our organization will contribute to the economic discussion within the legal community while making economics accessible and relevant in the law school and the legal profession.
• Contact: Sasha Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org
The UCI Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is an association dedicated to the support and defense of economic and social justice, and to facilitate progressive change rather than acceptance of the status quo. We seek to educate ourselves and the community about issues affecting economic and social justice, to provide law students with pro bono opportunities in support of these goals, and to increase awareness on issues surrounding economic and social justice. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in service of the people, to the end that economic and social justice are basic human rights and must be protected and expanded.
The Neuroscience, Law, and Ethics Association is a cross-departmental organization for students and faculty with interests at the intersection of neuroscience and the law. Our mission is to provide a forum and support for discussing legal and moral issues that arise out of modern scientific understanding of the mind and brain. The Association will promote interdisciplinary initiatives engaging legally-relevant issues faced by researchers and practitioners in psychology, the neurosciences, neurology, and psychiatry.
• Contact: Ian Tingen, School of Social Ecology, email@example.com
OCHRA was formed in the fall of 2009 by students at the new University of California, Irvine School of Law, in order to engage with the community – Orange County and beyond – to learn about and take action on local human rights issues.
• Contact: Brooke Weitzman, firstname.lastname@example.org
OutLaw seeks to promote education, scholarship, advocacy, and participation in civic and social activities by and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community at the University of California Irvine School of Law and provide leadership and networking opportunities for its members.
• Contact: Ryan Graham, email@example.com; Evan Sippel, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Faculty Advisor: Christopher Leslie
The UCI Space Law Society examines the laws governing human activity in space. The UCI Space Law Society seeks to familiarize students with this body of law through courses, events, and partnerships with outside organizations.
• Contact: Michael Iseri, email@example.com
• Faculty Advisor: Christopher Whytock
SALDF at UCI Law is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the welfare and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
• Contact: Stefanie Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in the fall of 2009, the UC Irvine Student Bar Association (SBA) is the governing body for all UCI Law students. Our mission is to promote student leadership, while also fostering a culture of collaboration among students, faculty and administration.
In the pioneering spirit of UCI Law, the SBA sees itself as a dynamic and innovative organization that is responsive to the unique challenges facing students at this new institution. As UCI strives to build a law school for the 21st century, the SBA will work to ensure that all students have the support and resources they need to excel.
• Contact: Lisa Petak, email@example.com
• Web site: clubs.uci.edu/sba
The mission of the underRepresented Student Alliance (uRSA) at UCI Law is to provide a forum for exploring race, gender, and cultural issues in a legal setting. Our goal is to address the pervasive underrepresentation of people of color, women, members of the LGBT community, people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and other marginalized individuals in the legal profession through outreach, education, and community service.
• Contact: Renee Amador, Amador.firstname.lastname@example.org
• Web site: ursa-law.org
The mission of the Women’s Law Society is two-fold: to promote the academic, personal and professional development of women law students, and encourage thoughtful discussion of issues related to gender, law and society.
WLS furthers these goals by hosting a speaker series, providing mentoring and academic and career development workshops, and connecting students with other organizations in the community focusing on women’s issues. WLS is open to all law students.
• Contact: Genny Kristie, email@example.com or Lisa Petak, LPETAK@lawnet.uci.edu
The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association organized a two-day conference on Asian Pacific American Identity.
The Black Law Students Alliance and the UCI Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEaR) hosted a lecture by UCLA Law Professor Devon W. Carbado on "Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America."
Criminal Law Society, Latina/o Law Students Association and Black Law Student Alliance hosted a discussion on the Three Strikes Law and its impact on minority communities, featuring OC Senior Assistant DA Joe D'Agostino, OC Chief Deputy Public Defender Jean Wilkinson and Dean Chemerinsky.
Orange County Human Rights Association hosted a poverty simulation to help students understand the real-life choices that must be made when living in poverty. Students took on roles of family members, school officials, service providers, merchants and police and emulated a month in the life of low-income residents and the situations they face in taking care of basic needs.
The Public Interest Law Fund's annual Community Trivia Quest party with silent and live auctions raises thousands of dollars to provide stipends to students who accept non-paying, full-time public interest jobs during the summer.
Women's Law Society, Entertainment Law Society and OutLaw presented a screening of "The Invisible War," an Oscar-nominated investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Director Kirby Dick and attorney Susan Burke, who has filed class-action suits against the U.S. Military for these crimes, answered questions afterward.