Law School Student Orgs
American Bar Association/Law Student Division (ABA/LSD) is comprised of elected representatives from its member schools. At Pace the elected representative serves on the executive board of the Student Bar Association. The representative also attends the annual American Bar Association Law School Division convention. The purposes of the Division are to encourage student input to the ABA through their representatives and to develop programs to aid law students in developing their legal skills.
American Constitution Society (ACS) for Law and Policy is a group of students concerned about the pervasive conservative orthodoxy in American law and politics. The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness the values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to incorporate them into American law and politics, in order to build a stronger and more decent national community.
Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA) is an organization for students of diversity and for the School of Law as a whole. With the change of demographics, people of diversity are a significant and growing population nationally as well as globally. As lawyers serving this community, it will be necessary for us to be aware of different social and cultural dynamics in order to represent our clients zealously. We shall have a duty to be leaders in promoting awareness and education of cultural, political and legal times.
The Barrister’s Guild is an organization that hosts networking events to introduce students to attorneys in a variety of fields. Using the resources of the Law School, the Alumni Association and the contacts of members, the organization has been successful in arranging some creative events this semester such as dining on sushi with a corporate lawyer, indoor rock climbing with an environmental litigator or touring a major record label with an industry attorney. The Barrister’s Guild offers students an exceptional opportunity to make contacts and gain insight into their chosen fields. Unlike traditional networking events where students are limited to short question and answer periods, the Barrister’s Guild events allow students ample time to have a meaningful exchange with guest attorneys. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions ranging from tips on getting a job, the difficulty of the bar exam, to specific areas of law.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is made up of a group of law students devoted to concerns of African-American students. They provide an academic and social support system, send a representative to various conferences and conventions, and participate in the recruitment of minority students.
The Campaign for Justice in the Middle East (CJME) recognizes that serious human rights violations are currently occurring in the Middle East and that these human rights violations are of vital concern. This organization’s purpose is to engage the legal and political issues facing the Middle East from an international law and human rights perspective.
Christian Law Students Association (CLSA) is a non-denominational Christian organization at Pace focusing on what it means to be a Christian lawyer and creating a Christian fellowship among law students at Pace.
Corporate and Commercial Law Society (CCLS) strives to expand awareness of corporate and commercial law for students at any stage in their legal studies. By encouraging interaction between students and professionals, the Society aims to help students form long lasting ties with the corporate and commercial law world. CCLS will provide informational and networking events that facilitate learning in the corporate and commercial law areas.
Dispute Resolution Society (DRS) strives to complement Pace Law students’ curricular exposure to dispute resolution with additional opportunities to learn about dispute resolution. Through DRS sponsored programs and events, students will have opportunities to network and interact with dispute resolution professionals.
Environmental Law Society (ELS) is committed to improving the environment through legislative action, citizen action forums, recycling programs, campus awareness activities, guest speakers and the annual Earth Day Celebration. ELS members attend local and regional conferences.
Federalist Society fosters critical thought and debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Pace Law School Federalist Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is – not what it should be. The Pace Law School Federalist 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 so as to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also entails restoring recognition of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students, and professors.
Gaelic Law Society (GLS), whose name is derived from the ancient dialect of Ireland, is a student organization concerned with Irish-American current issues. The Gaelic Law Society meets several times a year, at which time members discuss and plan events.
Health Law Society (HLS): Following the development of the health law curriculum and the approval of the Health Law Certificate, a group of interested students formed the Health Law Society (HLS). One of its major goals is to build a supportive relationship with the surrounding community by developing an information source for community residents and facilitating their health care planning.
Hearsay is an award-winning student newspaper that began during 1977–78 on the initiative of interested students. Hearsay includes articles, editorials, and information that directly affect the Law School community. Faculty, student, and staff contributions are welcome.
Honor Board: The mission of the Pace Law School Honor Board is to promote and uphold the ethical values of the legal profession. By setting and meeting high ethical standards, Pace students prepare themselves to stand alongside members of the Bar with honesty and integrity.
Intellectual Property Student Organization (IPSO) allows Pace Law School students who are interested in the general area of intellectual property law to keep abreast of major intellectual property law legislation and case law; network with firms that practice in the intellectual property law arena; and network with other Pace Law students interested in the intellectual property law field.
International Law Society (ILS) introduces students to the ever-expanding field of International Law. By working with the faculty and administration to help shape the international law curriculum at the University as well as helping to set up internships both domestic and foreign, the society allows the students an outlet to attain their educational and career goals. The Society itself is an autonomous, student run organization chartered by the Association for International Law Students. By being involved with the Society, students are able to participate in moot court competitions, cultural discussion groups and career panels. It is our belief that in the competitive legal job market it is not enough just to have the highest GPA or Law Review, involvement and commitment to international law outside of the classroom also entices possible future employers.
Italian-American Law Students Association (ITALO) is a group of students of Italian descent and any other interested students. ITALO sponsors speakers and enables members to network with lawyers and judges in Westchester County and New York City.
Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA). The purpose of the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is to have fun while learning about Jewish traditions and modern day concerns. JLSA holds discussions about current issues and co-sponsors social events with other organizations, which provide an excellent opportunity for students to meet and become an active part of the law school community. Other activities include the celebration of Holy Days and lectures on topics such as the relevance of Talmudic Law to modern law and practice, international law and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the role of traditional Jewish values in modern law.
LAMBDA Law Students Organization. The purposes of LAMBDA include: (1) to promote visibility for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students at Pace Law School, (2) to serve as a forum to discuss areas of the law that affect the LGBT community, (3) to foster diversity and understanding in the Pace Law School community for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and (4) to serve as a vehicle to increase networking opportunities for LGBT Pace Law School student to help overcome the barriers that LGBT job applicants typically encounter.
Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) is comprised of students working together to enhance the educational experience and the professional pursuits of law students committed to diversity in legal education.
Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) was established to accommodate the diverse social, religious, and intellectual needs of Muslim students in the law school community. The MLSA seeks to encourage discourse on and increase awareness of the domestic and international legal, cultural and political issues affecting Muslim communities today. Activities shall include celebration of religious holidays and Ramadan, speaker events, and social gatherings.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is an association dedicated to the support and defense of economic and social justice, and to progressive change rather than the acceptance of the status quo. They seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as the most sacred interest in this country.
National Security and Law Society (NSLS) fosters interest in, and understanding of the legal and policy aspects and ramifications of national security by sponsoring speakers and programs concerning the many issues covered by this umbrella. Additionally we wish to aid members in their pursuit of careers in these fields and contribute to the development of the law as it relates to national and international security.
Pace Law School Democrats (PLSD) seek to energize, amplify, and channel the political interests of Democratic law students. PLSD seeks to formulate a politics of inclusion, rather than division, promoting the traditional American values of fairness, equality, freedom, tolerance, and economic opportunity for all.
Pace Law School Republicans (PLSR) seek to energize, amplify, and channel the political interests of Republican law students. PLSR seek to encourage traditional values, state sovereignty, and the conservative spirit among Pace Law School.
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is the largest of the three legal law fraternities and the only law fraternity represented at Pace. The Adolf Homburger Law School Chapter strives to uphold the principles and ideals of integrity, compassion, courage, and professional service. Our goal is to implement a well-rounded organization incorporating activities including professional, academic, community service, fundraising, and networking events. The PAD chapter has over 80 student members and has received active encouragement and involvement from Pace alumni and PAD alumni in the area.
Public Interest Law Scholarship Organization (PILSO)provides grants on a competitive basis to students pursuing public interest law summer internships and careers. Funding for the grants comes from various on-campus events, faculty, and students. In its first six years, PILSO has given over $58,000 in grants to Pace law students and has thus provided over 8,000 hours of volunteer legal services to public interest law organizations.
Real Estate and Land Use Law Society introduces law students to the complex legal issues related to real estate and land use as well as creates a medium through which members can explore the various aspects and possible career opportunities that exist in these industries.
Society of Visual and Performing Arts (SOVAPA) is an organization designed to bring together musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists, artists working in any media, and lovers of art. SOVAPA will enrich the Pace Law School community by infusing it with the full spectrum of the arts.
Sports, Entertainment & Arts Law Society (SEALS) is a student-founded and led organization that strives to promote a greater awareness to the student body of the opportunities in lawyering in sports and entertainment fields.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) provides a form for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at advancing the interests and improving the lives of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of animal law. The organization accomplishes these goals by sponsoring campus literature tables, speakers and debates, movies, volunteer opportunities and other forums for learning about animal law.
Student Bar Association (SBA), to which all members of the student body belong, is a service organization run by and for students. The SBA is also the umbrella organization that all other student organizations fall under. The association works closely with the Dean’s Office, Pace faculty and staff to coordinate and improve all aspects of Pace student life. It represents student concerns to the faculty and administration. SBA executive board members and class representatives participate on faculty appointment committees, assist with orientation and graduation, attend faculty meetings, and sponsor several professional and social functions throughout the year. It sponsors speakers, orientation, mixers, a dinner-dance, and graduation activities. In addition, the SBA President and SBA delegates serve as liaisons to the Pace Alumni Association Board and Board of Visitors. At the national level, the association is a member of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
Unemployment Action Center (UAC) is devoted to the representation of unemployment insurance claimants. Members are given training and are directly responsible for advising and representing claimants. The UAC gives law students exposure to pro bono work and cultivates an interest in public service early in their legal careers. IL students are encouraged to participate.
Women’s Association of Law Students (WALS). The Women’s Association of Law Students provides a forum for information concerning women’s issues in the law. Each year WALS invites speakers to the school, sponsors lobbying and involvement with off-campus activities of concern to women.
For the latest information, visit the Pace Law School student organization website.