The University of Mississippi School of Law has a variety of student organizations, giving you a balance of academic, social and service opportunities and helping develop leadership skills to aid you in your legal profession.
Students Organizations List
- American Bar Association (ABA) Student Division
This student division of the American Bar Association seeks to help shape the policies and priorities that affect legal education; it creates a deliberative forum for the exchange and expression of law student views and a voice to advocate those views, also, it promotes diversity and equal opportunity within the profession.
- American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (“ACS”) is a progressive legal organizations consisting of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. The organization’s mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law. Every year the organization hosts guests to speak on current issues.
- UM American Civil Liberties Union
The primary goal of the University of Mississippi School of Law chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is to raise awareness of civil liberties issues, and to safeguard those civil liberties both on and off campus. This goal shall be accomplished through events organized by UM ACLU and through dialogues with the UM School of Law administration, other campus organizations, and both the regional and national ACLU.
- Black Law Students Association
- Business Law Network
- Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society provides an opportunity for Christian law students to engage in weekly bible study, prayer and community service. Bible study groups often occur at various students’ homes.
- Dean’s Leadership Council
The Dean’s Leadership Council is a group of 60 diverse students (20 from each class) chosen by the law school administration to represent the law school and to assist with Orientation, Pre-Law Day, Pre-Admit Day and awards and scholarship receptions, among other duties. They also conduct tours for prospective students visiting the law school. These students have exhibited strong leadership skills and are recommended by faculty and staff.
- Delta Theta Phi
Delta Theta Phi, which began in 1900, is a professional law fraternity and a member of the Professional Fraternity Association. It is the only law fraternity with an authoritatively recognized law review, The Adelphia Law Journal. Delta Theta Phi is a service organization that any law student can join and this particular chapter has a very active alumni base.
- Environmental Law Society
The mission of the Environmental Law Society is to promote discussion and awareness of environmental issues by hosting speakers and having student discussion with attorneys practicing environmental law, coordinating community projects and promoting social activities. Their goals are to enhance legal education through the environmental law program at the University of Mississippi School of Law and to promote internships/externships and career opportunities in environmental law in both the public and private sectors.
- Federalist Society
The Federalist Society is an organization that encourages free and vigorous debate on campus regarding issues of law and public policy. The Federalist Society brings nationally-recognized speakers, hosts faculty panels and sponsors smaller round table events throughout the year. Membership is open to all law students.
- The Gorove Society of International Law
The Gorove Society of International Law seeks law students interested in international law, international business law, international environmental law, space law or remote sensing. Membership is open to any law student.
- International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency based out of Washington D.C. that secures justice for victims of modern day slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression around the globe. IJM lawyers, investigators, and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators, and to promote functioning public justice systems. As a collegiate chapter, Ole Miss Law IJM seeks to support their efforts by raising funds and awareness for the organization. We are open to all law students and do not have any fees or requirements to join. Email us at email@example.com more information.
- J. Ruben Clark Law Society
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is an organization of lawyers and law school students named in honor of J. Reuben Clark the former Ambassador to Mexico and Under Secretary of State. The society’s membership is primarily Mormon, although there is no requirement that members be a part of the LDS Church. “We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.”
- The Journal of Space Law
- Latin Law Students Association
- Law Association for Women
The Law Association for Women (“LAW”) is an organization with the purpose of representing the interests and concerns of female law students. LAW does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.
- Law Partners
Law Partners is an organization open to law students and their significant others. Incoming students and their families are encouraged to join. The organization assists families with their transition to Oxford and life with a family member in law school. The group gathers at least once a month for social events.
- Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice works to educate law students and members of the general public about reproductive justice issues. This organization invites guest speakers, hosts panel discussions and coordinates efforts with other organizations in the community.
- Military Justice Society
This organization provides support and activities for those currently serving or who have served the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Mississippi Association for Justice
The Mississippi Association for Justice is involved in providing resources and educating legal professionals about representing individual clients in misconduct and negligence causes of action. Local attorneys and judges are invited to speak at the organization’s monthly meetings. Membership is open to all law students.
- Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
The Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association’s purpose is to educate law students who clerk or plan to work in defense firms about the procedure and techniques used to defend clients in litigation.
- Mississippi Entertainment Law Organization (MELO)
MELO provides networking opportunities in entertainment law and related fields. MELO aspires to promote Mississippi local artists and talent providing opportunities through our fundraising and networking events to showcase their abilities. The overall goal of this organization is to bridge the gap between artist and attorney by fostering trust and providing insight into how each side functions to promote the other.
- The Mississippi Law Journal
- Mississippi Sports Law Review
- Moot Court Board
- Negotiation Team
OUTlaw is a student organization dedicated to equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (“GLBT”) persons both at the University of Mississippi School of Law and in society at large. OUTlaw serves its population by providing support and a forum for the discussion of legal or political issues affecting GLBT individuals. It also serves an important social function: it allows students, faculty and staff at the law school to establish friendships and identify other students, faculty and staff with a commitment to the GLBT community. Of note, OUTlaw was successful in developing the first GLBT Law Alumni chapter in the Southeastern Conference.
- Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
The Lamar Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta encourages community service. Every year the fraternity assists in organizing and overseeing a Halloween and Mardi Gras party for the Boys and Girls Club of Oxford. The fraternity holds several social events throughout the year. The organization also invites legal professionals speak to its members. Phi Alpha Delta has an extensive alumni network. It is open to all students.
- Phi Delta Phi
Phi Delta Phi International was established in 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics and is among the oldest of legal organizations in North America. Phi Delta Phi serves as an honor and service organization for students at the law school.
- Public Interest Law Foundation
The University of Mississippi Public Interest Law Foundation (“PILF”) works to educate law students about the diversity of public interest law through meaningful volunteer opportunities and community involvement throughout the year. Specifically, PILF sponsors a winter or spring break trip. Last year it partnered with the Civil Legal Housing Clinic to help with legal research and case development in the Mississippi Delta. PILF also holds fundraisers all year long so it can provide stipends to individual students who work in various unpaid public interest jobs over the summer.
- Rod and Gun Club
The Ole Miss Law School Rod & Gun Club mission is to promote the traditions of hunting, fishing, archery and marksmanship within the Law School and Mississippi. The club provides opportunities for members and non-members alike to participate in exciting, educational hunting, fishing and shooting-range trips. Further, the Rod & Gun Club advocates within the Law School for the rights of sportsmen and gun owners. The club provides a forum for discussion of shared conservative views and preservation of the Second Amendment.
- Society for the Law of Outer Space and Aviation
The Society for the Law of Outer Space and Aviation is led by law students interested in the law governing the conduct of spaceflight and aviation activities. This body of law includes both domestic laws of the U.S. and other nations and the ever-expanding body of public and private international law.
- Sports Law Society
The Sports Law Society is an organization for law students interested in sports law careers. The purpose of the organization is to learn more about sports law while networking with attorneys in the field. The Sports Law Society hosts speakers annually, such as the University of Mississippi Associate Athletic Director of Compliance as well as other figures in the athletic industry.
- Thomas More Catholic Law Society
St. Thomas More Society is a Catholic faith based organization that focuses on community service. Annual goals are conducting an annual Red Mass (a Mass held for attorney, judges, law faculty, government officials and law students) and becoming outstanding members of the legal community, while exercising Catholic values. This organization is open to all students.
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
SALDF is affiliated with the national organization, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and shares its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. SALDF focuses on local issues as well as national legislation and cases to provide UM Law students with a better understanding of Animal Law and the opportunities available in this growing field.
- Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association comprises students who have paid dues and are members of the first, second or third year law school classes. SBA activities include the back to school party, halloween party, Barrister’s Ball, end of the year party and community service outings. The SBA has over 300 dues paying students.
- Student Health Law Association
The University of Mississippi Student Health Law Association (“SHLA”) was established in 2006 as a student-run organization of law students with a legal interest in the health care field. The organization’s goal is to work to gain a greater understanding of health law and health policy both at a state and a federal level. Any student who is interested in health law issues, opportunities and programs is encouraged to join. The organization is affiliated as a student group with the American Health Lawyers Association, the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field.
- The Advocate Staff
The Law School annual, The Advocate, is published and distributed each spring. Law students with writing, publishing, or photography experience are encouraged to volunteer to serve as staff for The Advocate. Interested students should contact the LSSB Advocate Editor.
- Trial Advocacy Board
The Trial Advocacy Board is a student-led, faculty-directed advocacy program which provides its members with the opportunity to learn the necessary skills for effective trial advocacy through external and internal competitions. The Trial Advocacy Board offers two membership opportunities: first during the spring semester of 1L year and again in the fall semester of 2L year. There is no GPA requirement for membership. The top-scoring competitors are accepted to the board and will then have the opportunity to build upon their advocacy skills and knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence by representing the Trial Advocacy Board in national competitions.
Information for Student Organizations
All registered student organizations are eligible for assistance, including funds, documentation, media coverage, promotion and webspace. To register your organization, please make an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Brittany Barbee. Use OrgSync to create and update your organization’s information. Non-registered students groups will not be given priority and, in some cases, might not be eligible for the same advantages as registered student groups. Registration allows the law school to:
- Promote the diverse activities of its students
- Enable student organizations to communicate with members and non-members.
If your organization needs assistance with:
- Funding: You can apply to either the Student Bar Association or the Associated Student Body.
- Using the law school’s facilities, they may contact Rose Maten or Dean Sandra Cox-McCarty.
- Reserving a room, they may use the event submission form.
- Having photographs made of a special event, they may contact the Office of Communications.
- Sending out a general invitation to the law school community or university campus or in any way promote an upcoming event, they may contact the Office of Communications.
If you would like to start a law school organization, please contact Brittany Barbee. If your organization is not registered on OrgSync, visit the OrgSync Registration Page.
Please pay special attention to the “What You Will Need” section. Organization webmasters will need to read and follow the instructions at the campus organizations website. Following this process, the president of the organization should come by the Student Affairs office.