The University of Houston Law Center extends learning beyond the classroom with a full range of student organizations, extracurricular activities, alumni networking opportunities and interscholastic competitions. Student groups represent special interests and provide important avenues to help law students succeed. Many arrange mentoring programs and match first-year students with second- or third-year students or working professionals. Others coordinate resume-writing workshops, guest speaker forums, preregistration discussions of specific course offerings, or law-related charitable efforts that benefit the community. Student groups recognized by the Law Center include:
|Pierce Cox||ptcox@Central.UH.EDU||Executive Chair|
The Advocates is a student-run law school organization that is devoted to developing oral advocacy and improving trial and appellate presentation skills through mock trial and moot court competitions. The Advocates provide students with an opportunity to experience litigation and to develop the advocacy tools used by practicing attorneys.
Advocates for Life
The Advocates for Life at the University of Houston Law Center is a chapter of a national organization of law students dedicated to promoting awareness of the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death and to fostering balanced and open discussion about the fundamental right to life in the legal community.
Aggie Law Society
The Aggie Law Society promotes the unity of Former Students of Texas A&M University who attend UHLC. The organization intends to meet this goal through social events, fundraising, community service, networking opportunities, and informational meetings.
American Bar Association
American Civil Liberties Union; UHLC Club
The American Civil Liberties Union; University of Houston Law Center Club works to ensure that students are educated about their rights and that those rights are protected. ACLU: UHLC Club also seeks to educate and inform the Law Center and its surrounding community with respect to outside civil liberties/civil rights issues. ACLU; UHLC Club fulfills its mission through educational events and various campaigns targeting specific issues.
|Ricco Garcia||rmgarci5@Central.UH.EDU||President||Brad Taylor||mbtaylor@Central.UH.EDU||Vice President|
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, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our 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.
ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS:
Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)
The Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) is an organization of students who share an interest in Asian affairs. The organization shares as a forum for exchanging views concerning the Asian community - both abroad and domestic. Topics of discussion include affirmative action, immigration reform, and available employment opportunities.
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
The AIPN Student Club is to raise awareness of and encourage participation in the educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities available through membership in the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. This organization is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to enhance the professionalism of cross-border energy negotiators throughout the world. AIPN is now comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 90 countries, representing numerous international oil and gas companies, host governments, law firms, and academic institutions, including the University of Houston Law Center.
The Association of Women in Law (AWIL)
The Association of Women in Law (AWIL) is an organization at the UH Law Center that provides female UHLC students with guidance, support and encouragement during their years in law school. AWIL also gives its members an opportunity to better serve their community and strives to provide a forum for law students to become familiar with women's issues in the legal profession.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is the local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. BLSA fosters and encourages the success of Black law students in law school and the legal community. Seeking to utilize the talents and resources of its members, BLSA promotes and encourages professional competence, community service and meaningful change in the local community.
This a wholly religious student organization organized to promote the concept of the Christian lawyer and help Christian lawyers integrate their faith with their professional lives. The organization provides a forum for the discussion of problems relating to Christianity and the law, and with bar associations and other organizations in asserting and maintaining high standards of legal ethics.
The Corporate & Taxation Law Society is an organization dedicated to promoting the fields of Corporate and Tax law to students of the Law Center. The organization seeks to meet this goal through facilitating informative meetings, providing guidance, and promoting awareness of legal opportunities in the community.
De Novo is an organization designed to promote school spirit, camaraderie, awareness and support within the University of Houston Law Center. Its primary purpose is to educate law students about challenges and expectation for students entering the law center as a transfer or part-time student. De Novo also focuses on preparing future legal professionals for the legal job market.
The Energy and Environmental Law Society introduces the burgeoning fields of environmental and energy law to its members, as well as, addressing all aspects of the professions. ELS is active in community service by performing pro bono research and assisting in activities such as the Texas Coastal Cleanup.
The purposes of the Evening Law Student Association (ELSA) are: 1) promote and foster development of the members through organizational activities, mentoring of new members, interaction with the Houston legal community and other worthy enterprises: 2) to provide a forum for the membership to discuss current issues; and 3) to provide a mechanism for the evening students of the University of Houston Law Center to formally present their concerns to the Deans, Faculty and Staff.
Family Law Organization
The Family Law Organization seeks to promote legal awareness of the field of family law at the UH Law Center and Houston legal community. We provide an opportunity for students interested in family law to bond, interact, and network. Please join our group on Facebook: "UHLC Family Law Organization."
The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of legal order. The Society seeks to promote an awareness of the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
Health Law Organization (HLO)
The Health Law Organization (HLO) is an organization for students who share an interest in legal issues related to health and the health care industry. HLO provides a forum for discussion of the legal, medical and ethical issues which pertain to health law and policy, and participates in community outreach and public service events.
Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA)
The Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) is an organization dedicated to promoting a more successful representation of Hispanics in the legal profession and community as a whole. The organization strives to meet these goals through facilitating Hispanic students transition into Law School, providing guidance and fostering social awareness in the community.
Houston Business and Tax Law Journal
|Callie Hitpas Terveeremail@example.com||Editor in Chief|
|Dominque Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Managing Editor|
The Houston Business and Tax Law Journal ("HBTLJ") is a scholarly journal managed and distributed by students at the University of Houston Law Center. The Journal serves the scholarly interests of students, academics, and professionals within the legal community. HBTLJ is a medium for thought provoking academic discussions and practical application insights in the following areas of law: Corporate, Securities, Bankruptcy, Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Employment, Labor, Mergers/Acquisitions, and Tax.
Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy
|Barrett Schitka||bbschitk@Central.UH.EDU||Editor in Chief|
|Kayleigh Smith||kksmith2@Central.UH.EDU||Managing Editor|
The Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy ("HJHL&P") publishes issues devoted to health law and policy topics each year. HJHL&P is operated by student editors and candidates, with the assistance of faculty editors Professor Jessica Mantel, J.D. and Professor Allison Winnike, J.D. HJHL&P publishes an annual symposium issue in the spring.
Student candidates also write articles, which may be published in HJHL&P's issues. HJHL&P provides members with many networking opportunities with local health law attorneys during the year. Student members are selected from the top thirty-three percent of the class, those who received grades of A or A- in their Legal Research & Writing classes, and through the Law Center's annual write-on competition.
Members typically have either a background in health care or a strong interest in the field.
Houston Journal of International Law (HJIL)
|Bradan Thomasemail@example.com||Editor in Chief|
|Eric Kentfirstname.lastname@example.org||Managing Editor|
The Houston Journal of International Law is a scholarly legal journal that is published three times annually. Each issue includes articles by leading legal scholars, book reviews by both scholars and legal practitioners, and student- written case notes and comments on topics of international legal significance.
Houston Law Review
|Janna Mouretemail@example.com||Editor in Chief|
|Ruben Tyler Kendrickfirstname.lastname@example.org||Managing Editor|
The Houston Law Review is a student organization that publishes quarterly issues annually, in addition to a symposium issue each spring. The Houston Law Review contains articles on current legal issues written by academicians, judges, practicing attorneys, and other legal scholars, as well as selected Law Review students. The Review serves the local and national legal communities through its publications, but also provides its members with an opportunity to perfect their research, writing, and organizational skills.
HYLA (Houston Young Lawyers Association) is a specialty bar association which offers an associate membership for law students. HYLA is a fun, diverse organization that gives its membership an opportunity to serve the community, socialize, network, and enjoy recreational activities. HYLA is a great way to meet people in the Houston law community, to make friends and to be leaders.
Immigration and Human Rights Law Society
The Immigration and Human Rights Law Society is an organization dedicated to promote the study and interest of immigration and human rights law to the students of the University of Houston Law Center community. The organization seeks this goal through holding regular meetings, providing guidance, and hosting relevant speakers.
IPSO is an association of Law Center students dedicated to helping its membership enhance their professional development in conjunction with the Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL), the greater Law Center community, and the Houston bar. IPSO members have opportunities for networking with leading Houston attorneys who are involved in both litigation and transactions for IP & IL, both at IPSO-organized presentations at the Law Center, and at various other events. IPSO also: develops materials and venues to assist its members with their employment search; maintains an active IPSO alumni outreach through the IPSO membership web site; provides mentoring to incoming Law Center students with an engineering, science or technical background in order to allow such students to leverage their strengths in the academic matters of law school while avoiding the pitfalls often encountered by such students; and, through the IPSO Officers, maintains a collaborative relationship with the Law Center IPIL faculty.
The International Law Society is an organization of students sharing an interest in international law and affairs. ILS endeavors to integrate students into this increasingly vital area of law by providing a forum for domestic and foreign students, practitioners, and academics to exchange ideas and opportunities in international law.
Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law
|Ashley Ellerinemail@example.com||Editor in Chief|
|Charles Pendergraft||ctpender@Central.UH.EDU||Chief Managing Editor|
Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law is one of the few publications in the country devoted to issues related to consumer law. The Journal has been in existence for more than twenty years and is published four times a year. It is the official publication of the Consumer Law Section of the State Bar and is distributed to more than 2000 lawyers, judges, and law professors. Membership is open to any student following the completion of the first year of law school.
|David T. Harrisfirstname.lastname@example.org||President|
The Law Society is guided by the philosophy, personal example, and values of its namesake, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Those values include: (1) public service; (2) loyalty to the rule of law; and (3) appreciation for the religious dimension in society and in a lawyer’s personal life. 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.
Labor & Employment Law Society
Labor & Employment Law Society (LELS) is a student-led organization dedicated to helping students who are interested in the field of Labor and Employment Law. LELS provides not only academic support in the way of mentors and an outline bank, but also seeks to enhance the academic experience
With lunch meetings, social events and fundraising efforts. The organization will hold informational sessions about the careers in labor and employment law, as well as speaker lunches highlighting a career on both the employer and employee side.
Law-Horns at the University of Houston Law Center
The purpose of the this organization is to promote unity among former students of the University of Texas at Austin who attend the University of Houston Law Center, and to develop contacts with other alumni of the University of Texas involved in the field of Law. The organization intends to meet this goal through social events, fundraising, community service, networking opportunities and informational meetings.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
The Law Students for Reproductive Justice is an advocate for reproductive rights and strive to educate UHLC students about reproductive justice issues facing both women and men across different spheres – domestic and international. We also hope to inform our fellow students of unique challenges faced by individuals from different ethnic and cultural communities and from varying economic backgrounds. Our goal is to encourage healthy and productive conversation on our campus about controversial and dynamic legal issues facing Texans and Houstonians today.
The purpose of the Military Law Society is to encourage and provide informed discussion regarding issues of military law, primarily focusing on current legal issues affecting the military. The Military Law Society is not an advocacy organization, and will not take positions on any issues, instead providing viewpoints from all sides of a given issue. In addition, the Military Law Society will work to enhance students' career opportunities after law school by networking with current and former members of the military, whether Judge Advocate General or otherwise, assisting students with internships in positions related to military law, and educating students regarding the benefits arising from military service.
Muslim Law Students Association's purpose is to serve the social, spiritual, and intellectual needs of the Muslim students at UHLC. MLSA intends to provide a needed forum open to all students and faculty designed to encourage free dialogue and debate on issues relating to Islamic law, society, and politics concerning the U.S. and the Muslim world. MLSA seeks to encourage understanding and harmony between people of all faiths.
Order of The Barons
|Courtney Gilesemail@example.com||Chief Baroness|
The Order of the Barons is the student-run scholastic honor society of the University of Houston Law Center. The purpose of The Order of the Barons is to recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their law studies.
OutLaw: Students for GLBT Concerns is an organization devoted to the issues of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender students at the law school. All students are welcome to join regardless of sexual orientation.
Phi Alpha Delta ( PAD)
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is an international organization that encourages student leaders to discover and develop important skills as leadership, public speaking, public relations, etc. PAD provides its members with support through educational aids, professional programs, job preparation, networking, scholarships and loans, and law-related education.
Phi Delta Phi is an international legal fraternity established to promote a higher standard of legal ethics. Phi Delta Phi is an honor fraternity that offers camaraderie. networking, good fellowship, and promotion of the highest standard of professional and personal ethics. Tangible benefits include scholarships, loans, and regional and international meetings and conventions.
|Jonathan C. Chatham||jcchatha@Central.UH.EDU||President|
The Public Interest Law Organization provides support to students who choose to pursue a career in public interest law or want to make service a large part of their private practice. PILO administers a voluntary pro bono program recognized by the Dean, funds as many grants as possible to financially support students who work in the public interest during the summer, and provides information on possible job opportunities to the students.
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
The purpose of SALSA shall be to promote the professional development and fulfill the cultural needs of its members; facilitate the exchange of ideas and information to its members; educate the University of Houston Law Center community about South Asian culture; and maintain affiliations with the Houston area South Asian legal community.
Sports and Entertainment Law Organization
The Sports and Entertainment Law Organization (SELO) is an organization of students that focus on career prospects and opportunities in the field of Sports Law and Entertainment.
State Bar of Texas
|Jeffrey Kirkfirstname.lastname@example.org||Senior Representative|
The Law Student Division of the State Bar of Texas offers its members a variety of benefits, including numerous networking opportunities with Texas attorneys; section mentoring by legal specialists in many fields unique to Texas law; reciprocal access to other sections within the State Bar such as Business Law, Criminal Justice, and Family Law; a free monthly subscription to the Texas Bar Journal; eligibility for scholarships available exclusively to Law Student Division members; and temporary Trial Cards for 3Ls (including the summer prior to a student's 3L year) allowing formal participation, alongside a supervising attorney, in various types of trial proceedings. Please contact UHLC's State Bar of Texas Student Liaison, Jeff Kirk, for more information about Joining the Law Student Division.
The Student Bar Association (SBA)
Student Organizations Suite: 713-743-9333
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the students' organization at the Law Center. SBA represents the needs and concerns of the student body to faculty and UHLC administration, represents UHLC in the local and national law communities, serves as the umbrella organization of all other UHLC student groups, and sponsors a variety of social and networking events throughout the school year.