Directory of Student Organizations (A-Z)
The American Bar Association/Law Student Division Representative provides law students with information relevant to students’ professional endeavors.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is a national organization of law students, law professors, judges, and practicing lawyers who seek to revitalize and transform the legal debate. The organizations goal is to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful, and traditionally central, place in American Law. Through campus and lawyer chapters, speaking and media programs, and public education efforts, ACS seeks to strengthen the intellectual foundations of and the public case for a more progressive vision of the law in various areas relating to individual liberties.
The African and Islamic Law Society is an academic interest group for students interested in the legal and social issues of Africa and/or the Islamic world.
The Duquesne University School of Law Animal Law Society provides a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
The Black Law Students Association fosters and encourages professional competence, provides academic support to first-year students, focuses on the relationship of the African-American attorney to the existing legal structures, and encourages in the African-American law student a continued awareness of and commitment to the needs of the African-American community. BLSA accomplishes these objectives during programs throughout the year, and organizes special events during Black History Month in February.
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) was founded in 1961, and remains a national non-profit organization serving thousands of Christian attorneys, judges, law professors, law students and paralegals. Its headquarters are in Springfield, VA. CLS is represented by a broad and diverse Christian Membership: encompassing the Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions, as well as numerous denominations of Protestantism.
The Duquesne Law chapter of CLS meets weekly for prayer, scripture reading, and discussion of current issues facing the student. Additionally, CLS participates in local outreach with Project Angel Tree and the Pittsburgh Project, and is involved in the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of CLS attorneys. CLS meetings and events are open to all students, regardless of religious affiliation. Membership is available to those students who submit required fees and sign a Statement of Faith.
The Corporate Law Society promotes discussion and study of all areas of corporate and business law. The Society sponsors guest lectures and contributes to the promotion and publication of the Duquesne Business Law Journal.
The Criminal Law Association serves as a crossroads between Duquesne's unique resources in the practice of criminal law, including faculty and alumni working in government and private practice, and the students. It plans to host activities that will expose students to this talent with the goal of securing a broader presence in criminal law through related employment after graduation, and also aims to benefit the community through education and service. Plans are in place for a criminal law symposium presenting discussion and information on the development of criminal law in western Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
The objective of Delta Theta Phi is to instill in its members the application of the highest standards of personal integrity, diligence, candor and trust, of individual responsibility, of respect for law, rights and property of others and the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct in the study and practice of law. This organization sponsors educational and social events throughout the year.
This student organization promotes the study, awareness, and advancement of intellectual property and technological property law. DIPLA sponsors speaker forums where interested students are able to learn about copyright and trademark protection, patents, and trade secrets law.
The purpose of the Duquesne Italian-American Law Society is to promote Italian-American culture and heritage. The also provides a venue for students to network through social, educational, and professional events. Membership is open to all individuals who wish to learn about Italian-American culture, heritage, and its connection with the legal community.
The purpose of the Education Law and Policy Society is to present Duquesne University Law School students and faculty with pertinent issues facing lawyers who represent educational institutions, whether in public school systems or institutions of higher learning. Additionally, the Society focuses on facilitating scholarly debate on important policy considerations in the arena of education for those students who hope to become civic leaders.
The Duquesne Energy and Mineral Law Society, established in Fall 2011, primarily offers a forum for objective discussion of the many energy and mineral law issues that face not only our local communities, but also our world. These discussions will include topics such as Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear energy, and renewable energy sources. The Duquesne EMLS also offers networking and professional opportunities to all law students.
The Environmental Law Society provides law students with the opportunity to participate in various environmental awareness programs. This organization coordinates speaker symposiums, and community and educational activities.
The purpose of the Family Law Society is to open a dialogue between professionals working in family law and students interested in the field. The society takes advantage of the active, revolutionary family court practices in Allegheny County to introduce students interested in family law to the current system and inspire them to continue a record of excellence and innovation once they join the legal community.
The Federalist Society is a national group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order, founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. It seeks to promote an awareness of these principles and further their application through its activities. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors.
The Health Law Society aims to bring awareness to current issues in health law, provide a forum for students to learn about health law careers, and provide an opportunity to network with professionals in the field. Furthermore, we aim to provide exposure to the various facets of the health law field and the diverse professional opportunities for healthcare lawyers.
Indigenous Law Society
The Indigenous Law Society seeks to advance the interests of its members in the field of Native American and Indigenous law by fostering collaborations between students and professionals. The Indigenous Law Society sponsors educational, professional, and social events throughout the year to raise awareness and facilitates scholarly debate on important policy issues and legal developments affecting Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples.
The International Law Society focuses on fostering an interest and understanding of international law. This organization encourages participation through promoting international law courses and sponsoring discussion panels.
The purpose of the Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA) is to collect and distribute information of interest to Jewish law students. It serves as a means of exposing Jewish law students at Duquesne School of Law to legal issues of concerns to the Jewish community.
The JLSA seeks to encourage Jewish law students to identify with the Jewish community and in doing so shall serve as a liaison to other organizations with the Jewish community, the law school community, and the community at large. In achieving these ends, JLSA is organized for religious, educational, social, and charitable purposes.
The Military Law Society is a student-run organization that promotes scholarly discussion of military law and builds social ties between interested students, the law school, and the local community for the purpose of professional development.
The Military Law Society is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of military law issues in America's Armed Forces. Membership in the military is not necessary. The Society is open to all individuals who wish to study the interface between the military, the government, and the legal system.
The objectives of Phi Alpha Delta are to provide for the professional advancement of its members; to promote the principles of liberty and equal justice under law for all citizens; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; and to provide a forum for interchange between student members and members of the practicing bar, the bench and law professors. This organization coordinates canned food drives throughout the year and gives all donations to local homeless shelters. Phi Alpha Delta is one of oldest legal fraternities in the nation, and membership is available to all law students.
The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is dedicated to increasing awareness of public interest issues as well as providing opportunities for students to gain experience in the public interest field. PILA focuses on publicizing the types of public interest careers that are available, presenting students with the opportunity to become involved in the local community by performing public service activities of a legal and non-legal nature, and raising money to fund students who wish to do summer internships with public interest employers.
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society explores the niche in the legal profession created through the combination of the sports, entertainment and legal fields. This organization provides a forum for the discussion of sports and entertainment law issues and sponsors activities with Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams.
The Student Bar Association is the student government of the Law School and serves in representing the concerns and needs of law students.
The objective of the SBA is to promote and maintain effective and open interaction between the student body and the faculty and administration as well as among the students. The SBA sponsors a number of educational and social events during the academic year.
Membership in the SBA is automatic upon enrollment.
The Women's Law Association sponsors a variety of programs that provide information on issues of social and legal concern to women law students.
Annual events are held to benefit local women's shelters. The organization also sponsors an annual Woman of the Year Reception that recognizes a distinguished female alumnus.