Student Organizations

Student group meets on the GW Law quad.

Students at GW Law are active and involved members of their academic community. Over the years, they have established over 60 organizations that reflect their diverse interests and concerns. These organizations play an important role beyond that of fostering camaraderie. By sponsoring speakers, hosting panel discussions, and encouraging dialogue on a wide variety of legal issues, the activities of GW Law student organizations have become an important extension of the curriculum. Through these organizations, students also make significant contributions to the Washington, DC-area community.

President: Sean Winker
Chief of Staff: Michelle Ramus
Contact: [email protected]

Phone: 202.293.1921
Fax: 202.293.1928
2002 G Street, Room 101

All students of the Law School are members of the SBA, the Law School’s student government. Through its elected officers and representatives, the SBA acts as an advocate of the student body, oversees the funding of student organizations, and sponsors a number of social, professional, and community service programs and events. Students take an active role in the academic and institutional development of the School through the SBA’s participation on the faculty–student committees dealing with faculty tenure and appointments, curriculum development, student recruitment, any incidents of discrimination and harassment, and public interest involvement. All students are encouraged to participate in SBA elections and to take advantage of the programs and activities that the SBA sponsors throughout the year, including the First-Year Mentoring Program; the Halloween Party; the Barrister’s Ball; weekly “Bar Reviews”; annual blood, food, and clothing drives; used book sales; as well as several community service projects and activities involving the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

SBA website

President: Corey Garlick
Contact: [email protected]

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a national nonprofit organization that works to preserve civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights through legal action, legislative advocacy, and community education. The ACLU–GW Law chapter seeks to promote awareness of issues of concern to the ACLU, including free speech, racial justice, religious freedom, reproductive rights, and equality for underrepresented populations. Members of the ACLU–GW Law work closely with the ACLU of the National Capital Area and have the opportunity to participate in the local chapter’s fund raising and grassroots efforts as well at its student leadership initiative. The ACLU–GW Law works collaboratively with other organizations to host on-campus events, such as movie screenings and presentations by prominent guest speakers.

President: Nikki Levy
Contact: [email protected]

The American Constitution Society is a group of law students, faculty, practicing attorneys, and others who seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, equality, and access to justice in American law. To this end, the Society’s goal is to ensure that liberal views are given full consideration in debate, discussion, and decision making related to the creation and interpretation of law in the United States. By harnessing the values of compassion and respect for each individual, and working to reestablish these values in American law and politics, the Society aims to build a stronger and more equitable national community.

Current Students

President: William Sinnott
Contact: [email protected]

GW's Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association (ACCA) organizes panel discussions, workshops, and conferences to educate GW Law students and the greater community about the growing legal field of anti-corruption and compliance practice.  ACCA provides a forum for students, practitioners, and faculty to explore issues surrounding public integrity, anti-bribery, transparency, regulatory compliance, white collar crime, and more.  ACCA is committed to improving GW Law students’ career options by providing unmatched networking opportunities enhanced by our location in the Washington, D.C. area.

President: Emily Lentz
Contact: [email protected]

The Antitrust Law Association (ALA) brings together students with an interest in Antitrust/Competition law and connects them to practitioners in the field. With the help of GW Law faculty that specialize in Antitrust law and a committed executive board, the ALA will hold activities including: career panels, networking events, Antitrust case visits, and panels on current Antitrust events. ALA programs aim to foster an interest of Antitrust law to all students. We will host panels discussing recent and pending cases that impact consumers, and the field of Antitrust law as a whole.

President: Gabby Mitchell
Contact: [email protected]

The Art Law and Entertainment Society (ALES) promotes awareness of the field of art, cultural heritage, cultural property law and careers, improves students' knowledge of this field and current issues, and maintains contacts with students who may desire to explore art, cultural heritage and cultural property law. This objective shall be met by bringing speakers from private practice, museums, government, and academia onto campus, networking among students and other organization, establishing a professional mentoring program, and maintaining a list of contacts in the art, cultural heritage and cultural property law field by Art Law and Entertainment Society members and alumni.

President: Gisela Camba
Contact: [email protected]

The Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is a national organization for Asian/Pacific American and other interested law students. Its goals are to provide academic and social support for incoming as well as continuing students, to assist members in job searches, and to increase Asian/Pacific American enrollment and participation at the Law School. APALSA holds various workshops throughout the semester to help students better orient themselves to the Law School and has instituted a “buddy system,” whereby second- and third-year students act as mentors to first-year students. APALSA fosters a sense of community among Asian/Pacific American students by hosting various social events within the Law School itself or with other APALSA chapters in the region and participating in the annual national APALSA convention.

Contact the Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association

President: Victor Razon
Contact: [email protected]

The Banking and Securities Law Society exposes its members to banking and securities law through a variety of networking events and career panels. BaSL uses these events to provide members educational and networking opportunities with practitioners and other students that share an interest in banking and securities law. 

President: Melinda Momplaisir
Contact: [email protected]

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at The George Washington University Law School is a service organization aimed at promoting academic excellence, professional development, community service, and social unity among our members. GW BLSA is an official chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. We have been at GW Law for several decades, making positive and influential contributions to the law school and Washington, D.C. communities. Also, in an effort to promote and support a diverse student body at GW Law, BLSA members participate in the recruitment of minority students and provide information to the law school community about the contributions of African-Americans to the field of law. GW BLSA is a very active organization, hosting dozens of academic, professional, service, advocacy, and social events throughout the school year. We invite all GW Law students to join BLSA and participate with us! 

BLSA Website

President: Shaunyta Jenkins
Contact: [email protected]

The GW chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) is an organization dedicated to fostering Christian fellowship for students at GW Law and demonstrating Christian values to the student body at large. CLS seeks to provide opportunities for students to serve the local community, network with legal professionals, and engage others on campus by hosting speakers and panel discussions.

President: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

The Corporate and Business Law Society encourages the exploration of contemporary issues in corporate and business law. Through a variety of student and alumni events and programs, CBLS aims to educate it members, raise awareness of opportunities available in the field, and facilitate the development of professional contacts.

President: Claire Pizzurro
Contact: [email protected]

The Criminal Law Society is a nonpartisan organization whose members are interested in both criminal defense and criminal prosecution. The Society seeks to promote awareness of criminal constitutional rights within the Law School community and throughout the metropolitan area.

President: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

The Cyberlaw Students Association (CYLSA) is a group committed to cutting edge legal issues related to the internet or computers. These issues include intellectual property, internet privacy, computer crime, and many other subjects.  CYLSA's focus is to provide an avenue for discourse that allows students to learn and critically think about these issues, and to prepare for eventual careers in these areas. This is most typically accomplished by bringing in speakers on key issues and holding cyberlaw-related events.

President: Vyson Hsu
Contact: [email protected]

The East Asian Law Society (EALS) seeks to promote awareness of the legal environment in East Asian countries. We facilitate this primarily by creating opportunities for the discussion and analysis of relevant issues. Topics that we address encompass issues of political-economy, law and society and trans-national legal issues. Within these broad categories we seek to foster thoughtful dialogue on issues such as: corporate governance, domestic and trans-national transactional law issues and human rights. We encourage all who are interested in East Asian law to join us.

President: Alison Sikes
Contact: [email protected]

ESPLA provides students interested in entertainment and sports law with a forum for expanding their knowledge in the field. The organization sponsors workshops, lectures, and panel discussions featuring prominent figures in the entertainment and sports industries. These programs focus on the basics of entertainment and sports law such as copyrights, trademarks, contract negotiations, athlete and artist representation, licensing, and endorsements. ESPLA provides information regarding career opportunities, assists with research and networking, and informs students about conferences, forums, and competitions.

President: Michael Piri
Contact: [email protected]

The Entrepreneurship and Law Society (ELS) enables students to understand the business, institutional, and strategic considerations applicable to entrepreneurs, and fosters an understanding of the public policy and legal frameworks that promote innovation. It accomplishes this purpose through activities that include facilitating various school events, cooperating with other student organizations at The George Washington University Law School, developing multi-school events with similar organizations at other law schools, connecting with professional organizations in the Washington, DC Area, and developing and supporting an active networking community among alumni, JD students and LLM students.

President: Suzanne Hart
Contact: [email protected]

The Environmental and Energy Law Association (EELA) organizes and participates in a variety of environmental and energy law events. Each year, the EELA convenes environmental and energy law career panels, organizes a kayaking trip open to all GW Law students, and sponsors a "Meet the Professors Night" to help students in choosing environmental and energy law courses. The EELA also holds an annual Sustainability Week, focused on educating the GW Law student body about environmental issues and informing the larger student body about the environmental and energy law field. The EELA provides members with opportunities to share information regarding GW's environmental and energy law course offerings and tips on finding relevant positions with firms, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. The EELA is an active member of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS). 

EELA website

Co-Presidents: Megan Elman & Kelsey Stein
Contact: [email protected]

As member of Equal Justice Works, the Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) is committed to promoting public interest law and community service. Each year, EJF organizes an auction to support students working over the summer in public interest legal positions and a 5K race to raise money for GW’s Loan Repayment Program. EJF also helps organize community service activities and encourages interest in access to justice issues. EJF is a vital organization for those committed to helping others, strengthening our communities, and making a positive impact upon society. Participation from all students is welcome.

EJF website


President: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

ELSA serves as a forum for any student who is interested in promoting the academic, professional and social advancement of the evening law student community at GW Law. The organization is especially focused on ensuring that the administration understands and is reminded of the special circumstances of evening students and the value-added that they bring to the community.

ELSA’s Executive Board includes the evening student representatives of the SBA Senate, which makes it a great sounding board for the issues, concerns, and suggestions of evening students who are primarily on campus on weeknights, hold full-time jobs, and have families, spouses, and community responsibilities. ELSA’s aim is to enhance the evening student experience at GW Law and to give these students an opportunity to participate more fully in campus activities.

Visit the ELSA on Facebook


President: Alison Cheperdak
Contact: [email protected]

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government powers is central to our 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. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.

President: Alex Schwartzman
Contact: [email protected]

The Feminist Forum is dedicated to promoting the equal and fair treatment for all individuals regardless of gender, class, sexuality, or race by engaging the Law School in both traditional and innovative ways. The group strives to create a world where all women and men can freely make their own choices by ensuring that those choices are freely available. The Feminist Forum has organized a number of events including: "Law School and Life: A Feminist’s Guide" for incoming students; film and speaker series for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Black History Month, and Women's History Month; Roe v. Wade Anniversary events; "Equality Rocks!" fund-raiser concert at DC9; "Out of Africa: Women’s Rights to Property, Inheritance, and their Bodies"; "Is this what a feminist looks like? An Exploration of Feminism from a Male Perspective"; “The Sex Industry: Empowerment or Objectification?"; and many other events that endeavor to ask tough questions and tackle controversial issues. The Forum's Lifetime Feminist Award is given annually to a graduating student who is pursuing a career in feminist-inspired lawyering.

Contact the Feminist Forum

President: John Nakoneczny
Contact: [email protected]

The Government Contracts Student Association is an organization that aims to encourage student interest in and engagement with the field of Government Procurement. In addition to promoting events and training, the GCSA seeks to connect students with practitioners in this unique field in which several legal disciplines intersect. Members will have opportunities to learn more about this field from guest speakers and to network with local attorneys.

President: Millicent Usoro
Contact: [email protected]

The Gulf Recovery Network (GRN) is a student-run organization that was created in response to the havoc wreaked against the New Orleans area by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Every year since its inception, GRN has coordinated a service trip to New Orleans, enabling GW Law students to participate in legal work or physical assistance in an effort to rebuild the area. Participants enjoy the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience over their winter break, engaging in what may be their first pro bono experience of their legal careers. This spring, GRN hopes to host a discussion with experts on the legal issues that have developed as a result of the recent tragedies that have hit the Gulf Coast.

President: Jessica Yarnes
Contact: [email protected]

The GW Law Running Club hosts weekly group runs around the Washington, DC area. Run times and other group announcements are posted on the GW Law Running Club’s Facebook page. GW Law Running Club welcomes runners of all speeds, experiences, and skill levels. Whether you are a first-time runner or a seasoned marathoner, we encourage all GW Law students to join us for our weekly runs.

Facebook Page

President: Ashley Cade
Contact: [email protected]

GW Law Softball Club holds informal practices every weekend. We also host fundamentals sessions for players who are new or want to brush up on their skills. We welcome players of all ability and experience.

The GW Law Softball Club participates in two tournaments each year. GW Law hosts a tournament in the fall semester for local law schools that takes place on the National Mall. The team also attends the annual UVA Law Softball Tournament, which takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, typically on the first weekend of April, and benefits the Children, Youth and Family Services of Charlottesville. GW sends three or four teams to the two-day, double elimination tournament each year, to compete against more than 100 other teams from law schools around the country. The group sends competitive and recreational teams, so players of all skill levels and experience are encouraged to come out and play. In addition, the Softball Club holds fundraisers in the fall and spring semesters to help cover registration, equipment, uniform, and accommodations costs. In past years, fund-raising efforts combined with school funding have resulted in a virtually free weekend of fun for all participants.

President: Alfredo de La Cruz
Contact: [email protected]

The Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) provides support and educational services to Hispanic and other students at the Law School, while fostering an appreciation for Hispanic language and culture. HLSA also encourages its members to become involved in public interest organizations in the metropolitan area, particularly the D.C. Law Students in Court program and Ayuda. HLSA activities have included hosting speakers to discuss career and legal topics and holding meetings to provide support and assistance to first-year students with summer job searches, moot court competitions, and final examinations. HLSA sponsors several social events each year. All students are welcome to participate in HLSA, especially those who have an interest in Latin American cultures or the Spanish language.

President: Christina Reese
Contact: [email protected]

The goals of GW's Human Rights Law Society are to promote human rights advocacy, raise awareness of national and international human rights issues, and support students interested in human rights work. HRLS works closely with GW's International Human Rights Clinic and the Amnesty International Legal Support Network, which includes law students, lawyers, and judges. HRLS also sponsors a number of events throughout the year, including panel discussions, networking opportunities, fundraisers, and its annual Human Rights Conference.

Human Rights Law Society website

President: Renae Vanwijk
Contact: [email protected]

If/When/How (GW 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. Law Students for Reproductive Justice is a student-driven national organization committed to increasing education and professional training in reproductive rights law.

If/When/How Website

President: Dana Florkowski
Contact: [email protected]

Founded in the Spring Semester of 2009, the Immigration Law Association (ILA) strives to:

Promote awareness of immigration law and careers therein, Improve The George Washington University Law School's community's knowledge of immigration law and current immigration issues, and maintain contacts with students who may desire to explore immigration law. This objective shall be met by bringing speakers onto campus, administering educational events, and networking among students and other organizations.

Promote immigration pro bono work and advocacy opportunities for students. This objective shall be met organizing events with local public interest organizations and promoting them to the student population.'

Immigration Law Association Website

President: Patrick Hynds
Contact: [email protected]


The International Arbitration Student Association is an organization comprised of students interested in the field of international arbitration. Our mission is to provide a forum for students to engage with current issues, think critically about the role of arbitration in international dispute settlement, and learn more about the field in general. Our organization also works to connect students with practitioners though speaker events, career panels, sharing relevant off-campus events, and a growing alumni network. We understand the importance of sharing broader discussions in international arbitration with the student body, as many topics covered by our events also touch on subjects of international trade and general international law.

President: Mary Mikhaeel
Contact: [email protected]

ILS is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the law school. Throughout the year, ILS presents guest speakers, sponsors social functions, and promotes career development activities such as lunches with practitioners. Each year ILS hosts International Law Week, offering professional and social activities, including visits to the State Department and D.C. law firms for discussions with partners and associates in international practices, a career fair of international public agencies, several speakers and panel discussions, and concluding with an embassy reception. In past years, panels have addressed topics such as international arbitration, trade, human rights, and international business law.

ILS website

President: Noelle Cozbar
Contact: [email protected]

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a national student-led organization founded by law students at Yale University in 2007. IRAP provides legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees and other vulnerable populations in the Middle East and beyond. The organization now has over a dozen law school chapters nation-wide, including a chapter at the University of Jordan in Amman. As a result of IRAP's work, over 400 refugees have been successfully resettled in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany. The GW Law chapter was established in fall 2011.

President: Cory Chipman
Contact: [email protected]

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is an international law society composed of LDS attorneys, law students, and others who seek to affirm the strength brought to law by a lawyer's personal religious convictions. Members strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society website

President: Michael Farr
Contact: [email protected]

JLSA brings Jewish law students together both socially and intellectually. JLSA sponsors a number of social events in conjunction with other area law schools, including Georgetown and American Universities, and arranges for speakers to visit the Law School to discuss Jewish–American legal concerns on current political issues. JLSA also provides information regarding the celebration of Jewish holidays in D.C. and Jewish events around town. JLSA works with the GW Hillel, which shares many resources, activities, and programming ideas. The Hillel is also the location of the nearest kosher restaurant and functions as a food co-op for kosher meat and other products. JLSA is a member of the National Law Students Network, which links Jewish law students throughout the nation and promotes Jewish awareness and education.

Co-Presidents: Leighann George and Robert Mingey
Contact: [email protected]

The Labor and Employment Law Society brings together students, professors and professionals in the Labor and Employment Law field.  We are a non-partisan group and welcome the viewpoints of professionals representing management, labor/workers, and neutrals such as arbitrators and mediators so that our members get a well rounded view of issues in this field. LELS hosts networking events among the students and professionals during the year and hosts the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Panel Luncheon in the Spring. LELS welcomes all collaboration with other organizations on the law school campus that support the deepening of student knowledge and awareness of labor and employment issues. 

Co-Presidents: Dana Raugh-Kistler & Michael Sheehan
Contact: [email protected]

Lambda Law is an organization of students interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal issues, employment concerns, and the fostering of tolerance and awareness on campus. The organization provides a network for professional and social interaction between GLBT and ally students, faculty, and legal professionals, and for the education of the Law School community about issues facing GLBT individuals. Since its foundation in 1989, Lambda Law has become a visible and active force at the Law School. The organization was involved in adding ‘sexual orientation’ to GW’s nondiscrimination policy, developing and implementing programs with the Career Development Office regarding legal job search issues facing GLBT students, and discussing the Law School’s position toward issues concerning military recruiters on campus. Ongoing events include a mentor program with GLBT attorneys in Washington, discussions on current legal issues and developments, attendance at national legal conferences, educational activities for major advocacy events such as National Coming Out Day and Freedom to Marry Day, and social events with the Law School and other local law student groups. All students are welcome and encouraged to join Lambda Law in an effort to increase awareness and acceptance at the Law School.

Lambda Law on Facebook

President: Morgan Somerset
Contact: [email protected]

The Law Association for Women (LAW) promotes greater awareness of issues affecting women, and in particular women attorneys. LAW strives to provide support for women law students by sponsoring activities and establishing contacts with women lawyers. The “Women in the Round” program provides a forum for law students and attorneys to discuss the legal profession from a female perspective and discuss common concerns. LAW also sponsors “Belva Lockwood Week,” an annual event honoring the first woman to run for president and argue before the Supreme Court. Belva Lockwood Week events have included brown bag lunches, speakers, and films about women and the law. All students with an interest in issues facing women and women lawyers are encouraged to join LAW.

President: Zaenab Nassirou
Contact: [email protected]

The Law, Justice and International Development Society (LJIDS) aims at critically and creatively engage GW Law students, students-at-large and alumni on the fundamental role domestic and international law play in the multidisciplinary processes of social and economic development, as well as in achieving social justice and political stability, in developing, post-conflict and transitional states around the world. 

The organization furthers its purpose notably by disseminating relevant information, opportunities and resources ; engaging members on emerging research and practice trends through various events ; developing members’ practical skills by tasking them with punctual group projects as well as ; fostering networking and community building, both within the membership and externally. Any student curious or passionate about of law, justice and international development is encouraged to join the Society.

Director: Emma Frank
Contact: [email protected]

The annual Law Revue show allows GW Law students to display their ‘hidden’ talents as singers, dancers, musicians, choreographers, song and script writers, and stagehands. The Law Revue players spoof, among other things, law school, their professors, the legal profession, current events, and their fellow students for the benefit of their audience—the rest of the Law School community.

President: Sana Hashemi
Contact: [email protected]

The George Washington University Law School's Military Law Society (GW MLS) is dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of military law issues affecting students, legal professionals, and members of America's armed forces.

The society promotes scholarly discussion of military law, veterans’ law, national security law and related law topics, and builds professional ties between interested students, the law school, and the Washington, D.C. community. The organization is also committed to professional development and provides its membership and all law students opportunities to pursue internships and careers in the relevant areas of law.

Additionally, the society serves as an advocate organization for law student veterans, providing numerous resources academically, professionally and legally to our nation’s heroes. We are also dedicated to pro bono work and general community service, and have participated in many military affiliated community service opportunities, and provide assistance with various pro bono projects that provide legal services for our servicemembers and veterans.




President: Priom Ahmed
Contact: [email protected]

The Muslim Law Students Association provides a religious, social, and career network for Muslim law students both within the Law School and in the larger Muslim legal community. MLSA is dedicated to enriching the intellectual diversity of the Law School by hosting events related to Islamic law and other issues affecting Muslims both domestically and internationally. MLSA works in conjunction with a broad-based coalition of student organizations on campus and in the Washington, DC area.

President: Elenore Wade
Contact: [email protected]

The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. This is achieved through the work of our members, and the Guild’s numerous organizational committees, caucuses, and projects, reflecting a wide spectrum of intersectional issues. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Our student chapter hosts general body meetings, discussions, legal observer trainings, and other events, and connects students with the DC chapter of the Guild as well as local events hosted by other student chapters and community groups.

President: Samuel Haack
Contact: [email protected]

The National Security Law Association (NSLA) was created to help educate GW Law's future lawyers about issues related to national security and to provide a forum for discussion of such issues among students, practitioners, and faculty. NSLA sponsors panel discussions, keynote speakers, and career networking events. In addition, NSLA provides members with the opportunity each semester to attend a dinner with a practitioner of national security law. In the past year, NSLA has held panels on the International Criminal Court, the legal ramifications of the U.S. government employing private security contractors, and intelligence surveillance.

Contact: [email protected]

The Nota Bene is the student-run newspaper of the law school that provides students and faculty with news about and of interest to the school and allows members of the law school community to voice their opinions and engage in dialogue through commentaries and editorials. All are welcome to make contributions for publication.

Nota Bene Website

President: Robert Levent Herguner
Contact: [email protected]

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), a coeducational service fraternity, was founded in 1902 in order to promote professional competency and achievement within the legal profession. PAD is the world's largest law fraternity with more than 200 pre-law chapters, 183 law school chapters, and 95 alumni chapters in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The fraternity has initiated more than 200,000 members into chapters at accredited schools. It was the first law fraternity to admit women. Benefits to student members include the availability of PAD student loans, participation in social programs, and establishment of alumni contacts. PAD offers students leadership development opportunities and practical legal education through its service to both students and the community.

PAD website

President: Eman Lemu
Contact: [email protected]

Founded in 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics and culture, PDP is the oldest national or international association in the legal profession. PDP has chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and current members include Supreme Court Justices Rehnquist, O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Stevens. The GW chapter of PDP, the John Marshall Inn, is an honors chapter. Students gain membership to PDP at GW through academic performance or membership on a journal or skills board. PDP offers members many venues to develop leadership skills and participate in community service activities. Benefits to members include scholarships, an outline file, a student loan program, the opportunity to make alumni connections, and discounts on bar review courses. PDP sponsors a number of annual events at the Law School, including social, ethics, and charitable functions.

PDP website

President: Anisha Hindocha
Contact: [email protected]

The Political Law Society (PLS) is a nonpartisan student organization that welcomes all points of view on issues ranging from campaign finance reform, to state challenger law, to voter identification requirements, to proposals to privatize elections. PLS will strive to promote awareness of election law and careers therein, improve students' knowledge of election law and current election law issues, and maintain contacts with students who  desire to explore election law. This objective shall be met by bringing speakers onto campus, networking among students and other organizations, and maintaining a list of contacts of PLS members and alumni.  Additionally, through an open dialogue, PLS will attempt to foster new ideas and encourage its members to contribute to the growing body of election law scholarship.

President: Collin C. Cenci
Contact: promi[email protected]

The Promissory Notes was founded at GW Law in the fall of 2009 by a group of students seeking to share their music with each other and with other students at GW Law. What began as a musical outlet and a break from studying quickly transformed into an opportunity to contribute to the greater GW and Washington, DC community.

President: Gary Petrosyan
Contact: [email protected]

The Public Speaking and Debate Society is dedicated to the refinement of oral communication ability and to providing a platform for the discussion of social, policy, and legal issues. The PSDS has two main goals: 1) to improve its member’s ability to think on their feet while speaking articulately in front of an audience, and 2) to promote intellectual inquiry by creating a forum for the exploration, discussion, and debate of modern issues. The PSDS is established to refine speaking ability and to promote the exploration and dissemination of knowledge. The PSDS seeks to utilize GW Law's cultural and intellectual diversity to foster the exploration of new ideas and converse meaningfully about emerging global issues. Through events focused on intellectual inquiry and experiential learning, the PSDS hopes to promote dialogue, openness, integrity, community, creativity, understanding, and independent thought.  

President: Tom Guélimi
Contact: [email protected]

The Society of European Law Students ("SELS") of the George Washington University Law School is established for the purpose of supporting an intellectual and professional environment as well as providing a platform for networking for European students and students interested in European law at GW Law. This is especially aimed at providing assistance for new European students enrolling at GW Law and at providing an opportunity for American and other International students interested in studying or working in Europe to make first contacts.

Furthermore promoting European Union law and law in Europe at GW Law is another core goal of SELS. This is in particular achieved by organizing information sessions and other events on important legal topics in relation to current events in Europe. Last but not least SELS wants to encourage other European students to apply for JD, LLM and SJD programs at GW Law.  In short the four missions through which SELS is accomplishing these goals are: 

  • Academic Wellbeing
  • Networking and Professional Development
  • Promotion of GW Law community
  • European Law Awareness 

President: Maleena Paal
Contact: [email protected]

The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) provides a social, academic, and career network for law students of South Asian heritage and encourages members to develop an understanding of how the law can be used as a vehicle for social transformation. To help its members establish invaluable social and career connections, SALSA sponsors a number of projects and events at the Law School, including cultural celebrations and a mentoring program for first-year students.

If you have any questions about our organization, wish to join our listserv, or would like to inform our executive board about an upcoming event or opportunity, please email [email protected].

President: Christopher Getty
Contact: [email protected]

The GW Space Law Society (SLS) promotes the discussion, development, and practice of law as it affects the pursuit of space exploration. SLS seeks to engage students in ongoing conversation with practicing attorneys and policy makers on both modern and historical issues of Space Law, as it affects both domestic space exploration efforts and international cooperation in outer-space activities. SLS encourages students to develop new ideas for sustainable legal solutions in novel and expanding areas of Space Law. And SLS works to connect students with opportunities to practice Space Law in the professional field. SLS will raise awareness among the student body for this exciting and growing body of law, and will lead the way through the 21st Century.

Co-Presidents: Kevin Park and Zachary Silvers
Contact: [email protected]

Law is a volunteer organization that endeavors to teach basic civics and legal lessons to students in the Washington, DC area. Our goal is to impart practical knowledge that students can relate to and use in their everyday lives. Volunteers can choose their own level of involvement in Street Law, from weekly teaching placements to single day events. Additionally, volunteers can choose to serve on our Education Committee, which develops our lesson plans - no teaching experience is required.

Examples of our programs include curriculum for 7th grade students that revolve around criminal law and 8th grade curriculum focused on constitutional law. In each context, students learned about their basic rights, where they came from, and how to exercise them in their everyday lives. When teaching high school students, possible lessons might include topics on credit cards and residential leases, as these students can truly benefit from such practical knowledge.

President: Eileen Falk
Contact: [email protected]

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. SALDF also seeks to raise the profile of the field of animal law. SALDF is involved in a variety of activities promoting animal law. SALDF each semester hosts several speaker events, the Washington Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Center and a pet photo contest. SALDF also participates in local animal charity events such as the Poplar Spring 5k Run for the Animals and the HSUS Walk for animals and National Meatout Day. SALDF assists in the administration of the Animal Welfare Legal Reform Project, an independent pro bono project through which law students participate in activities helping to reform and improve enforcement of animal welfare laws in the District of Columbia. 

SALDF on Facebook

President: Alexis Boaz
Contact: [email protected]

The Student Health Law Association (SHLA) was established to increase student interest in the growing field of health law, based on the premise that as health care grows, so too does the demand for excellent health lawyers. The SHLA informs students about local seminars on health law and sponsors programs that introduce students to attorneys practicing in diverse areas of this field.

President: Akkad Moussa
Contact: [email protected]

As the largest student organization on campus with over 700 members, SIPLA is committed to exposing GW Law students to the unique aspects of the intellectual property law profession. SIPLA draws upon leaders in the field not only to explore the traditional intellectual property law disciplines of patent, trademark, and copyright law, but also unfair trade practices, antitrust, computer law, technology licensing, sports law, entertainment law, and communications law. SIPLA also houses the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Brief (IPEL)—a forum for SIPLA members interested in copyright, trademark, entertainment, and media law to write blog posts on current trends and developing issues to be published on the IPEL website.

Throughout the year, SIPLA works with the IP department and career center to host lectures from experts in the field. Lecturers sponsored by SIPLA have included the president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the former commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and intellectual property practitioners and academics from around the country. SIPLA is committed to enhancing GW Law students’ career options by providing unmatched networking opportunities and a chance to interact with hundreds of intellectual property law alumni from around the country.

SIPLA Website

President: Lauren (Yon Soo) Kim
Contact: [email protected]

The Tax Law Society is established to promote awareness among students and alumni of the opportunities provided by the study and practice of tax law. Through a variety of student and alumni events and programs, TLS ultimately aims to educate it members, raise awareness of opportunities available in the field, and facilitate the development of professional contacts. 

TLS also acts as a student resource on tax law courses and professors at the Law School. Our organization is open to law students of all levels. 

Contact: [email protected]

The George Washington University Law School's Veteran Law Students Association (VLSA) is dedicated to providing a community for current and former members of America's armed forces as well as their spouses, dependents, all those close to them, as well as those interested in issues which affect Veterans.