American Bar Association/Law Student Division
The American Bar Association/Law Student Division Representative provides law students with information relevant to students’ professional endeavors.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
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.
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Animal Law Society
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.
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Black Law Students Association
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.
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Christian Legal Society
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.
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Corporate Law Society
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.
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Criminal Law Association
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.
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Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association
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.
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Duquesne Italian-American Law Society
The purpose of the Duquesne Italian-American Law Society is to promote Italian-American culture and heritage. This organization 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.
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Education Initiative for Individual Diversity
The Education Initiative for Individual Diversity educates Duquesne University School of Law students on the current and evolving legal issues surrounding diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. This area of the law has undergone major change in recent years, and will likely continue to develop significantly. This organization will keep students on the cutting edge of these legal issues. Furthermore, this organization aims to foster Duquesne University's Mission of "commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education" by preparing students to respond to clients of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity with sensitivity and compassion. From Canon Law to Property Law, this client-focus transcends legal concentrations, and students of every career aspiration will benefit from heightened awareness to these clients' particular needs and concerns.
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Education Law and Policy Society
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.
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Election Law Society
The purposes of the Election Law Society are: to promote the study of Election Law among law students at Duquesne University. To encourage Duquesne students, as well as all members of the legal profession and the community, to uphold the highest ethical standards regarding the conduct of the free and equal public elections required by the Constitution of Pennsylvania. To encourage Duquesne students and all citizens to become involved in public elections and to participate in the voting process. To offer opportunities for Duquesne students to learn about Election Law, and to learn about the operation and conduct of free and equal elections under the law. To provide nonpartisan forums for students, faculty, and guests of Duquesne University School of Law to discuss Election Law and the conduct of free and equal elections. To inform students, faculty and staff of any upcoming elections and deadline dates regarding elections.
Environmental Law Society
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.
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Family Law Society
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.
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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.
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First Generation Society
The purpose of the First Generation Society is to facilitate the experience of first generation students within the realm of the Law School. This organization will focus on providing necessary resources and guidance to students who are the first in their families to achieve higher education, whether that be through undergraduate studies or graduate law studies. The organization seeks to provide students a community to discuss common issues and barriers facing first generation students and to seek solutions and approach the issues together. The organization will provide a forum to seek professional opportunities and educational advancement specific to first generation students. The First Generation Society seeks to advance the professional interests of its members, the Duquesne University School of Law community, and the legal profession through programming consistent with the mission of the Law School and the University. Learn More About the First Generation Society
Health Law Society
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.
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Hispanic American Bar Association
The Hispanic American Bar Association shall encourage its members to serve the public interest by: (1) establishing strong relationships, founded in empathy and a general disposition of service, between students and Hispanics in the local community; (2) by understanding and addressing the legal issues that pertain to Hispanics in the community, and providing a forum in which practical and constructive discussion of these issues shall take place; (3) by recognizing and further contributing to the greater, legal collaborative effort of equality under the law and adequate representation for all ethnic groups; and (4) by fomenting and preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professionalism among Hispanic law students.
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International & Immigration Law Society
The International & Immigration 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.
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Jewish Law Students Association
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.
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Labor & Employment Law Society
The philosophy of this organization centers on the fact that labor and employment issues reach out to generally all facets of our everyday lives. This society strives to provide a face for the students of Duquesne Law in this extremely prevalent field and to understand the intimate issues involved with representing the everyday average worker. The mission of this society is not only to introduce just how prevalent the issues are but also to have students recognize that it is a field where lawyers can truly make an impact in the lives of the everyday worker. This organization strives to provide Duquesne Law students with experiences and insight into the vast variety of employment fields including but not limited to, workers' compensation, employee benefits and human resources, disability benefits, and rights associated with discrimination. The organization further strives to involve students in constant networking as well as the development of invaluable relationships with Duquesne Law alumni, mentors and veterans in these distinct fields.
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Lambda Law Society
The Lambda Law Society educates Duquesne University School of Law students on the current and evolving legal issues surrounding diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. This area of the law has undergone major change in recent years, and will likely continue to develop significantly. This organization will keep students on the cutting edge of these legal issues. Furthermore, this organization aims to foster Duquesne University's Mission of "commitment to excellence in liberal and professional education" by preparing students to respond to clients of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity with sensitivity and compassion. From Canon Law to Property Law, this client-focus transcends legal concentrations, and students of every career aspiration will benefit from heightened awareness to these clients' particular needs and concerns.
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Military Law Society
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. This organization is dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of military law issues in America's Armed Forces. Membership in the military is not necessary and is also open to all individuals who wish to study the interface between the military, the government, and the legal system.
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Older and Wiser Law Students
The Older and Wiser Law Students (OWLS) Organization allows members to create and maintain a network that caters to and advocates for the unique academic, professional and personal/social needs of non-traditional law students. OWLS encourages its members to grow academically, professionally and personally by engaging in organization-led activities including, but not limited to: roundtable discussions focusing on current legal issues; panel discussions on various legal topics with prominent members of the Pittsburgh legal community; unique networking opportunities with current members' existing professional contacts; peer mentorships for class selections, extracurricular activity participation and balancing the various demands non-traditional students face academically and personally; and providing social forums to build community among OWLS members and their families.
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Phi Alpha Delta
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.
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Public Interest Law Association
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.
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Sports and Entertainment Law Society
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.
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Student Bar Association
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.
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Women’s Law Association
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.
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