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Student Organizations

Law school isn't just classwork and homework. USC offers opportunities for students to socialize and have fun, too. Student Affairs hosts fun events throughout the year like a chili cook-off, a halloween carnival, and a BBQ challenge.

Want even more social opportunities? Join one of the clubs below, or check out our four student-run journals.

American Constitution Society

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. The 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. The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution's core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.

Black Law Students Association

Our organization is part of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and we are in the Southern Region (SRBLSA) which seeks to promote the advancement of black law students and empowerment of the black community.

Carolina Equality Alliance

Carolina Equality Alliance (CEA) is the student organization dedicated to focusing on the legal issues facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Allied (LGBTQA) Community. CEA seeks to create a community of harmony, understanding, and respect between all students and citizens through creating meaningful discourse intended to increase awareness of the prominence, importance, and relevance of LGBTQA issues in the legal field and in society in general. CEA is dedicated to building a law school & legal community of full equality & respect.

Children's Advocacy Law Society

The Children's Advocacy Law Society is a student organization created to promote awareness of and educate law students about the many aspects of law affecting children. The Society aims to increase student involvement with organizations that provide legal services for and advance the rights of children. It is the goal of the Children's Advocacy Law Society to produce members well informed and well educated about the legal needs and rights of children, ready to enter the legal profession as able and active children's advocates.

Christian Legal Society

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a non-denominational national organization of lawyers and law students who share a common faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Law Student Ministries of CLS seeks to encourage students in spiritual formation, compassionate outreach, and integration of faith and learning to help students understand law as a Christian calling. 

Environmental Law Society

The purpose of the Environmental Law Society is to promote environmental awareness through education and contact with environmental law practitioners, federal and state agency personnel, environmental consultants, university students and other interested parties through monthly meetings. The Society will also promote environmental education through various research activities and publications. Please check our organization board and the event monitors for updates on our planned events. 

Federal Bar Association

The South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association has over 400 members and is currently the second largest Chapter in the country. Each year we are proud to host a number of popular events for our members. These include our Annual Meeting and Federal Practice CLE in September, the “Introduction to Federal Practice” seminar series in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston each summer, and several informal “Sidebar” lunches with our federal judges.

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative/ 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.

Health Law Society

The Health Law Society is a close-knit group of students who share an interest in health care law and bioethics. The Society invites health care attorneys to speak to our group several times a semester to discuss the practice of health care law and the latest developments in the field. The Health Law Society also serves the law school and local communities by supporting health awareness programs and initiatives.

Honor Council

The purpose of the Honor Council is to educate students on the Rule of Academic Responsibility as a set of ethical guidelines governing law student behavior. During Orientation, all incoming students are asked to sign a pledge signifying their commitment to the Rule of Academic Responsibility.

Intellectual Property Law Society

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is a student organization geared towards the practice of intellectual property law. Like tangible property, "ideas" have economic value, and intellectual property law is the vehicle through which corporations and individuals seek to protect their intellectual assets. Intellectual property (IP) law encompasses matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade names, the drafting of licensing contracts, infringement litigation, internet law, and computer law. No particular educational background is required to practice IP law; however, a technical background is desirable for those who would like to practice patent law.

International Law Society

The International Law Society aims to facilitate access to information regarding developments in international law and to foster interest and communication pertaining to various topical areas of international law.

James L. Petigru Public Interest Law Society

The PILS Summer Grant Program gives law students the opportunity to gain valuable public interest law experience and provides public interest organizations with valuable law student assistance. PILS hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to create funding for the Grant Program.

Labor & Employment Law Society

The University of South Carolina School of Law Labor and Employment Law Society is a student-governed organization dedicated to providing a greater understanding of the practice of labor and employment law.

Our mission is to develop an enriching and informative outlet for students through subject related events and luncheons with renowned attorney guest speakers, while also providing career guidance and networking opportunities.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is a national organization dedicated to the support, education, activism and professional training of pro-choice law students.

Mock Trial

Mock trial is an extracurricular program in which students participate in rehearsed trials to learn about the legal system in a competitive manner.

Learn more about our Mock Trial program

 

Moot Court Bar

The Moot Court Bar has been established by students of the University of South Carolina School of Law in order to learn and adopt principles of appellate advocacy; to enhance analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills; to administer intramural moot court competitions at the Law School; to select and prepare teams to represent the Law School at extramural moot court competitions; to encourage respect for the highest standards of professionalism before our state and federal appellate courts; and to promote the Moot Court Bar’s activities within the Law School, the legal profession, and the community at large.

Phi Alpha Delta

Founded in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta is the largest professional co-ed fraternity in the United States. The Pinckney Chapter at the University of South Carolina was established November 30, 1949. Since then, Pinckney Chapter received national and local recognition with the fraternity's international foundation and the legal community, including awards for Outstanding Chapter in 1964, 1980, 1984, 1986, and Most Improved Chapter in 2014. After reactivating in 2013, the Pinckney Chapter has dedicated its time to serve our local community through Harvest Hope and other local organizations. By helping the community, our aspiring lawyers find other ways to serve their community outside of a law firm. Our Chapter's activities include co-sponsoring the faculty auction through fundraisers, including bake sales and raffles for wine pulls, where the proceeds go towards local charities, including Harvest Hope. Our goal this year is to find more ways to serve our community and promote professionalism. 

Phi Delta Phi

Founded in 1869, Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States. Phi Delta Phi was established to promote a higher standard of professional ethics in the legal community. The Calhoun Inn benefits the legal community by impressing upon law students, in the formative years of their legal careers, the need for integrity and strong ethical ties. Our Chapter's activities include sponsoring the Faculty Auction to raise money for the Public Interest Law Society's Summer Grant Program. This past year, we raised enough money to help fund 11 summer jobs. Various philanthropic and social activities are also planned throughout the year.

Pro Bono Board

Incoming Board members are invited to serve on the USC School of Law Pro Bono Board by the existing members. The Pro Bono Board strives to reflect the racial, gender and age diversity of the student body.

Board members must:

  • Be in good academic standing in the Law School

  • Not be under investigation or under sanction by the Honor Council

  • Be willing to demonstrate their commitment to the activities of the Pro Bono Program by actively participating in one or more of the community projects

  • Assist with fundraising projects; generally supporting the Program

  • Agree to support the Pro Bono Program by recruiting volunteers

  • Agree to attend Board meetings and stay informed on the activities of the Board

  • Make every effort, if asked, to represent the Law School or the Pro Bono Program at public functions or in cooperation with the media

Board members serve for the duration of their time enrolled in law school so long as they maintain the requirements listed above, or until such time as they serve notice of resignation.

Real Estate Law Society

Real Estate, the foundation of wealth in the United States, is a limitless source of legal issues. The Real Estate Law Society invites real estate attorneys and real estate professionals as guest speakers to provide our members with opportunities to explore real estate legal interests with practical, real life examples of land use, financing, investment, litigation, policy, and development.

Service Members & Veterans in Law

Service Members and Veterans in Law encourages public interest in, and pro bono work on, issues related to the welfare and interests of military personnel and veterans; helps veterans assimilate into law school; and creates networking opportunities between veterans in the legal community and students who share similar backgrounds.

South Carolina Against Trafficking

The purpose of South Carolina Against Trafficking is to help spread awareness in the Columbia community about the pressing issue of human trafficking and its effect on the world, in particular the American South. The group will also help support the victims of human trafficking by having fundraisers to raise money to send to various victim shelters in the Columbia area.

South Carolina Association for Justice

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 40 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers. As stated in the group's first newsletter, " ... this organization should and would be concerned about protecting the rights of the claimants and the public ... " Over the years the SCAJ has grown into a statewide organization with over 1300 members but the organization still holds the values of the original founders. In fact, the motto of the SCAJ is "Keeping South Carolina Families Safe."

In addition to protecting the families of South Carolina, the SCAJ serves as a valuable resource to our members, providing continuing legal education to update their skills and keep them abreast of changes in the law.

South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is devoted to protecting the liberty of the citizens of South Carolina by fighting to ensure justice and due process for all persons accused of any criminal act.

We promote excellence and integrity in the practice of criminal law by providing the highest quality criminal law seminars to those who defend the accused.

We speak with a united voice in challenging legislation directed to limiting or eliminating the rights of the individual and we labor for laws that preserve equal access to justice for all.

Sports & Entertainment Law Society

The mission of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to provide a community for law students to connect with like minded students interested in sports and/or entertainment law. The SELS will provide students with monthly meetings where they can engage attorneys that work (or have worked) in the profession.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is a student group affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and we share its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

SALDF works with local shelters, including Pawmetto Lifeline and SQ Rescue, to assist with adoption events and any other needed assistance. Each year SALDF hosts events at the law school, such as the Cutest Pet Contest, to raise animal rights awareness and collect funds for local shelters. We also bring in puppies to assist students with stress management during exam week.

Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association (“SBA”) is the student legislative body at the University of South Carolina School of Law and is comprised of an Executive Council (with four members) and a Legislative Council (with eight members from each class for a total of 24 representatives). SBA represents student interests and serves as the liaison between student body, administration, and faculty. It also provides many services for the student body including the Peer Mentor Program, social events, and intramural sports.

Technology and Law Student Association

The purpose of this organization is to bring together a community of students interested in the intersection of technology and the law, and provide information and resources to our community. Further, we aim to clarify that technology is more than computers and science, it is any innovation in any area.

Women In Law

Women In Law seeks to encourage students as they enter the legal profession. We provide opportunities for our members to learn about the legal field from successful women lawyers. We serve others, particularly in areas benefiting women. We foster a community to support you through law school and into your career.