The purpose of the Student Bar Association (SBA) is to provide a vehicle through which students may collectively participate in enhancing their law school experience. The SBA is designed to introduce students to the many facets of the legal profession, to encourage a thorough legal education, to provide both social and educational extracurricular activities, and to promote professional responsibility within the student body.
The Student Bar Association is a member of the American Law Student Association, the student affiliate of the American Bar Association. While all regularly enrolled law students automatically become members of the SBA, annual dues are requested.
- SBA Officers
The student government is comprised of the following elective officers: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and the seven members of the Board of Governors. Selection for these officers consists of a nominating primary and election held in the spring. A student seeking candidacy must comply with the procedure established by the SBA Constitution.
- Board of Governors
The SBA Board of Governors is elected by the student body and consists of seven law students. The Board's most important function is to create a professional atmosphere by making students aware of their responsibilities to themselves and to fellow students.
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The Law Student Division (LSD) of the American Bar Association is the largest professional student organization in the nation with a total enrollment of approximately 40,000 students. The University of Arizona is located in the 15th Circuit, which comprises all ABA-approved law schools in the Rocky Mountain area.
Nationally, the LSD offers benefits to its members such as the Student Lawyer, ABA Journal, free legal writing and career placement booklets, health and life insurance, a direct voice in ABA policy making, and reduced price memberships in any of the 25 sections of the ABA which deal with particular areas of law such as Criminal Justice, Natural Resources, Corporations, Banking, and Business Law.
The chapter has received a certificate of merit from the American Bar Association. Membership is open to all students in the College of Law.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is dedicated to protecting the Constitution and extending its liberties to all people within the United States. The U of A student division brings speakers to campus, sponsors an on-going film series, administers an essay contest for high school students, and serves as volunteer legal observers for local political demonstrations.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, and policymakers.
ACS is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization that affirms the belief that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. Members believe in the vitality of the Constitution and reject the idea of law as a series of sterile abstractions. To that end, ACS promotes the abiding principles of the framers of the U.S. Constitution and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped American law throughout its history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained authority and relevance for each new generation.
The mission of ACS is to uphold the U.S. Constitution and it fundamental values: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. ACS aims to revitalize and transform legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media. The UA Student Chapter provides a central meeting place to explore ideas, express views, and participate in activities that have a positive impact on the law.
The Journal is a scholarly law review that analyzes international legal issues and provides student writers with an intensive atmosphere to develop their legal writing skills. It publishes two volumes per year with articles from authors around the world and students at the University of Arizona. Student writers receive an invitation to join after a Write-On Competition in the spring of their first year. By satisfactorily completing a note of publishable quality and earning a total of four Journal units, Journal writers satisfy the College's Substantial Paper graduation requirement. No more than three (3) units may be earned in one academic year. The final decision for award of credit rests with the Faculty Advisor to the Journal.
By-laws for the Journal shall be adopted by the Editorial Board, subject to the approval of the faculty. Any change in approved by-laws of the Journal shall be submitted to the faculty for approval. By-laws of the Journal shall include the following: (1) criteria and processes for selection of staff writers; (2) criteria and processes for selection of editors; (3) rules, consistent with College of Law Faculty Rules and By-Laws ' 4-402, for the award of academic credit; and (4) rules governing the commitments of staff and editors to the Journal and excluding or limiting any inappropriate outside activities.
The Arizona Law Review is a scholarly journal under the control of an editorial board comprised entirely of third-year students. Published quarterly, the Law Review contains student notes and comments on legal topics, as well as articles by attorneys, professors, and judges.
Students are selected for the second-year writing staff during their second semester in law school. Candidates are selected on the basis of grades and through a "Write-On" program. By satisfactorily completing a note of publishable quality and earning four Law Review units, Law Review writers may satisfy the College's Substantial Paper graduation requirement. No more than three (3) units may be earned in one academic year. The final decision for award of credit rests with the Faculty Advisor to the Law Review.
By-laws for the Law Review shall be adopted by the Editorial Board, subject to the approval of the faculty. Any change in approved by-laws of the Law Review shall be submitted to the faculty for approval. By-laws of the Law Review shall include the following: (1) criteria and processes for selection of staff writers; (2) criteria and processes for selection of editors; (3) rules, consistent with College of Law Faculty Rules and By-Laws, for the award of academic credit; and (4) rules governing the commitments of staff and editors to the Law Review and excluding or limiting any inappropriate outside activities.
If you are of Asian or Pacific-American descent, or simply enjoy the traditions of these cultures, it is wholeheartedly recommended that you join the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). As a member of APALSA, you will be situated among students with whom you share common ties and/or a desire to celebrate and cherish the Asian and Pacific-American heritages. APALSA also strives to maintain a strong connection with those in the greater Tucson legal community who share the same outlook and pride as APALSA.
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is a professional, nationally-affiliated organization of Black law students. The purpose of the organization is to support Black students in reaching their academic, professional and social goals. Community service, networking, professional development and continued education are BLSA's primary objectives. BLSA focuses on building connections between student and professional organizations that share BLSA's vision for a legal community enriched by diversity. BLSA welcomes all student participation to further these goals.
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a nondenominational group of Christian law students who meet regularly to share their faith and to encourage each other. Meetings can involve anything from informal lunches, to guest speakers (usually attorneys practicing in Tucson), to service projects, or hosting panels for the law school community. The national CLS organization is actively involved in religious freedom issues across all levels of government through its Center for Law and Religious Freedom. The Center weighs-in regularly on major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is happy to welcome you to the Arizona Law community! ELS is excited about the upcoming year. Among the events planned for the Fall 2009 semester is a mixer with environmental law faculty, a speaker event about a controversial mining project in the scenic Santa Rita mountains south of Tucson and its environmental impact statement process, a solar home tour, an annual Fall silent auction fundraiser, and hiking trips.
ELS is dedicated to providing professional guidance to law students who are interested in environmental law, advocacy, and policy. ELS is more than just about career advancement, however. Law school can be a stressful and bewildering experience. Thus, we want to help you not only succeed at school and in your professional goals but also to lend an ear when you need one. We hope to see you at our events and if you’re interested in what we do, just come and say hello!
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy is a group of conservative and libertarian students that promotes the separation of governmental powers and a judiciary that will "say what the law is, not what it should be." The Federalist Society invites speakers to campus to debate all sides of an issue, not just the popular viewpoints.
The Intellectual Property Student Association (IPSA) is a new, growing club. IPSA has begun to lay the foundation with strong speakers, student activities, and networking opportunities. IPSA is dedicated to sustainable growth, supporting its members’ desires in the IP field. IPSA hopes to grow the organization this year with more speakers and networking opportunities to give our members the advantage in the IP legal community. While the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requires a hard-science background to pursue a career in patent prosecution, IPSA is built for every background. IPSA meets monthly and hosts relevant speakers.
The mission of the International Law Society (ILS) shall be to promote awareness of international law and careers therein, improve students’ knowledge of international law and current international issues, and maintain contacts with and among students who desire to explore international law. These objectives shall be met by bringing speakers onto campus; coordinating visits to relevant international events, and organizations; interacting with the law school’s international law faculty; networking among students, faculty, alumni and other organizations; and maintaining a list of contacts who practice international law.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is guided by philosophy and values that include public service, the rule of law and appreciation for the religious dimension in society and law. The Student Law Society affirms the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. The Student Law Society further strives, through public service and professional excellence, to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a student organization and a local chapter of the National Jewish Law Students Association. JLSA is affiliated with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. JLSA's mission is to foster a Jewish identity in legal professionals and students and to promote their active involvement in the Tucson and national Jewish communities.
The Latino Law Student Association is dedicated to providing focused support to the Latino/a population. LLSA is able to provide a vast network for Latino/a students at the U of A by integrating mentoring programs, career services, and developing relations within the legal community and Latino community at large.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is a national nonprofit network of law students and lawyers. LSRJ educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. Reproductive justice will be achieved when all people and communities have access to the information, resources, and support they need to attain sexual and reproductive self-determination.
The Law Women's Association (LWA) is an organization devoted to the support and encouragement of women in the professional world. LWA provides resources to students and others interested in improving the status of women in both academic and professional settings. By serving as facilitators among students, faculty, local organizations, and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, LWA supplies a forum for the exchange of ideas, a vehicle for change, and a tight-knit community for support within a larger environment that is not always so receptive to women. LWA meets twice a month and periodically hosts brown-bag luncheons on legal issues of interest to women. Topics have included alternative dispute resolution, reproductive rights, and interviewing skills. LWA also organizes a big-sister, big-brother mentoring program and provides scholarships to qualified applicants.
Law students are introduced to oral and written appellate advocacy in the Moot court programs. Each spring, second-year students can enroll in the Second-Year Moot Court competition, known as the Samuel M. Fegtly Moot Court Competition. The Second-Year Program is an elective, 2 unit course. Persuasive Communication (Law 653a) is a prerequisite to Second-Year Moot Court, Jessup Moot Court, and Pace Environmental Moot Court. Editing assistance and practice oral arguments are Âprovided by the Moot Court Board (third-year students who excelled in the second-year competition the previous year). Each student writes a brief and argues before local attorneys, judges, faculty members, and members of the Moot Court Board. The briefs and preliminary oral rounds are scored, with the students scoring highest moving to the semifinals and finals. The finals are usually judged by a panel consisting of outstanding judges and practitioners. Past judges in the competition have included judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Superior Court.
Third-year students are allowed to participate in Second-Year Moot Court but are not eligible for honors awarded in the competition. The finalists in the Fegtly competition are eligible in their third year to be members of the national Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Board. The national team represents the College of Law in the national competition held each Spring by the American Bar Association. The two- or three-person teams write briefs and argue in the regional competition against teams from other schools, with winners of the regional competition advancing to the finals. The members of the Moot Court Board supervise the secondâ€‘year competition, administer the competition, edit briefs, select judges, and judge practice rounds. Unit credit is available for the national team and Moot Court Board work.
Qualified, selected students may participate in either the National Moot Court Competition or the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition for two units of credit. However, students may not participate in either competition more than once. Further, students will not be permitted to participate in both the National Competition and the Jessup Competition.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. The U of A NLG runs three clinics for the indigent and disadvantaged populations of Tucson, sponsors lectures and programs, and volunteers as civil liberties watchdogs during political protests.
NALSA is a non-exclusive, national organization dedicated to recruiting qualified Native Americans to the College of Law, retaining Native American students through active cultural, academic, and social support, educating the non-Native Americans about the issues facing the Native Americans in the law; and encouraging participation in the Native American community through clinical programs, summer internships, and the Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference.
NALSA works closely with the Office of Indian Programs, and the College of Law Administration in addressing the needs of Native American law students. NALSA encourages participation of non-Native Americans who may have an interest in International Law, Natural Resources Law, or Family Law, as all are components of Indian Law.
Whether you are standing in front of a jury, negotiating a settlement or explaining a legal issue to a client, verbal communication is an essential skill in the legal world. The Oral Advocacy Organization (OAO) is an organization that recognizes the importance of oral advocacy excellence and dedicates itself to fostering that excellence among students for use in the law. OAO aims to augment the legal curriculum by providing opportunities to gain hands-on experience and to learn from skilled professionals. The faculty adviser is Professor Thomas Mauet, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on trial techniques.
All law students are invited to join the OAO, and to weekly meetings where OAO members are randomly selected for impromptu debates and brief speeches. OAO plans to conduct competitive event training and host guest presenters from different legal fields that emphasize the use of oral communication. In addition to normal meetings, OAO will also sponsor: Courtrooms Visits; Weekend Workshops; Undergraduate Moot Court Tournaments; and a Competitive Mock Trial Team.
OAO is very excited to help develop opportunities that will be infinitely valuable to law students during law school and beyond. OAO welcomes the help and support of those who can lend it.
Founded in 1902, P.A.D. is a professional law fraternity composed of law students, attorneys, judges, and educators. P.A.D. seeks all law students willing to dedicate themselves to service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community.
What P.A.D. does: Bridges the gap between undergraduate work, law school, and the practice of law. P.A.D. promotes professional, social, academic, and community service programs designed to broaden the professional experience of its members. P.A.D. strives to provide all interested members with a leadership role. Annual events include speakers from the legal community, alumni networking, and a food drive. P.A.D. also seeks to strike a balance between school and social activities, providing various social events throughout the semester.
Join the legacy: P.A.D. has more chapters than any other law fraternity with over 180 Law School Chapters, 95 Alumni Chapters, and over 200 Pre-Law Chapters; in fact, one of every five American attorneys is a member. With more than 250,000 members worldwide, PAD is dedicated to promoting professional competency, service, and achievement within the legal profession.
Phi Delta Phi (PDP) is the oldest and largest legal fraternity in the world. More American Presidents, Justices of the Supreme Court, State and Federal Judges, Governors, Senators, Representatives, Cabinet Members, Ambassadors, American and Canadian Bar Association presidents and law school deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal fraternity.
During 2005-06, PDP was honored to win the Andrew Silverman Community service Award for outstanding student organization. Some of PDP’s events have included packing boxes at the Community Food Bank, volunteering as bailiffs at the High School Mock Regional Trails, volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Store, and raising money for the Katrina Relief Red Cross Fund. PDP has also worked with the Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division on a trick-or-treat fund-raiser for the Food Bank.
Among PDP's plans for this year are a series of lectures on legal ethics and professionalism and continued volunteer work in the community. PDP also plans more social events such as seasonal parties and joint dinners with other organizations like the Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division.
PDP's dedication to community service is driven neither by religious nor political ideology, but by the will of its individuals to foster an appreciation for ethical behavior and to create a good impression of our oft-maligned profession. Membership is open to all students in good standing.
Pride Law welcomes all students â€“ regardless of sexuality or gender identification. Pride Law’s goal is to improve the legal status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on both a local and national level and to provide a forum for LGBT students and their allies to share ideas and concerns.
Pride Law is one of the only student organizations to run its own legal clinic, and the clinic is a great place to get some hands-on legal experience during your 1L year. The clinic is hosted by Wingspan, Tucson’s LGBT community center, and Pride Law members volunteer for weekly shifts where they provide information and referrals to community members with LGBT related legal questions. As a group, Pride Law offers a variety of both service and policy oriented opportunities, as well as low-key social events.
The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) is a student- run organization dedicated to promoting public interest law among law students. PILO provides grants to students who accept summer internships in the public sector that are low or non-paying; facilitates a network of support for students interested in pursuing public interest law; exposes the law school community to public interest law; and encourages students to pursue careers in the public sector. 1L's may serve as PILO officers.
The mission of the Students of Arizona Health Law Organization (SAHLO) is to provide opportunities for students to learn about the expansive field of health law as well as to foster connections between students and professionals in the legal world and other health disciplines. SAHLO's goals include: educating members about various topics related to health law; creating connections between SAHLO students and students in other health disciplines; giving back to the community through education, mentorship, and volunteerism; contributing to the development of the health law curriculum at the James E. Rogers College of Law; and affiliating with the American Health Lawyers Association.
The Sports & Entertainment Law Society is dedicated to exploring the legal issues and career opportunities available in sports and entertainment. The organization's goal is to provide opportunities, resources, guidance and contacts for interested students. It is anticipated that monthly forums and speakers will be presented.