Student Organizations | Student Organizations | SIU

Southern Illinois University

Student Organizations | Student Organizations | SIU



Student Organizations

Alternate Dispute Resolution Student Society – To promote alternative dispute resolution methods as a viable efficient way to settle disputes as opposed to litigation.  We will promote and explain alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration, and negotiation.

American Constitution Society - The American Constitution Society promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and rule of law.

Black Law Student Association - BLSA is aimed at supporting African American as well as other minorities to enter the field of law, be successful, and maintain cultural influences. We want to help the minority community and its youth. BLSA remains a conduit for cultural influence on the SIU Law Campus.

Christian Law Student Association - The Christian Law Student Association aims to foster Christian community through mutual encouragement, community outreach, social fellowship and academic support.

Decalogue Society - SIU Decalogue Society of Lawyers seeks to incorporate the Jewish values of justice, courtesy and Tikkun Olam in our law society and surrounding community. In particular, “Ve’ahvta lere’ acha kamocha” – “Love your neighbor as you would love yourself, and do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

Law School Democrats - The organization provides information and opportunities to law students who are interested in current and future involvement with the Democratic Party. The organization strives to educate members on campaign and constituent work possibilities and future employment or other participation in politics, government and law.

Employment and Labor Law Association - ELLA is an organization for those interested in pursuing a career in employment and labor law.

Environmental Law Society - To encourage environmental awareness and stewardship through community involvement and sharing of appropriate news and research.

Equal Justice Works - Equal Justice Works is an organization designed to help law schools establish and strengthen public interest programs, provide public service, professional development and legal training for students and lawyers and build support in the legal profession for public service through pro bono work and financial support.

The Federalist Society - The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principals 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.

Intellectual Property Society - SIU Intellectual Property Society is a student group dedicated to understanding and debating broad issues of patent, trademark, and copyright law. We also educate SIU Law students on various opportunities in the area of intellectual property law.

International Law Society - To promote the study of international law, to foster understanding of international issues, and to encourage the study of international law and policy.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society - 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.

Justinian Society - The Justinian Society is an organization committed to educating law students about the legal history of Italian-Americans in the legal profession, establishing contacts between law students and Italian-American judges and attorneys, providing opportunities for scholarships and promoting the general welfare of the community.

Law and Medicine Society - To promote a higher understanding of the law and the effect on medicine and the medical community, to develop and explore career paths and opportunities in the health arena, to increase awareness of the current legal issues affecting the medical community, and to be a resource for both the law school and the medical community.

LEGALSS (Lesbian and Gay Law Students and Supporters) - LEGALSS is an organization dedicated to helping cultivate a safe environment for members of the GLBT community and expanding equality to members of this community in the law school atmosphere.

Military Law Society - An organization of active military, veterans, and civilians who love and appreciate the military and for study of the law and military related topics.

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) - Phi Alpha Delta is a fraternal organization that seeks to benefit law students educationally and socially. It is our goal to create the types of bonds between students and instill the types of moral and ethical standards that will continue with each of our members’ legal careers.

Phi Delta Phi -Phi Delta Phi is an international legal fraternity focused on developing academic excellence, legal ethics and professionalism in its members. Our membership includes law students, law school graduates and practicing attorneys.

SIU Law School Republicans -The purpose of this group is to stimulate in the student body an active interest in Republican affairs, to increase the honesty, integrity and efficiency of our representative government, to adhere to and perpetuate the principles of the United States Constitution and those of the States within and provide for all people the highest degree of justice and common welfare.

Sports Law Society -Sports Law Society is an organization incorporating both sports and law through sporting events, networking and professional speakers to provide awareness to students of diverse careers in athletics that utilize skills acquired through study of the law.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund - Facilitating to help protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Student Bar Association -The Student Bar Association is the official organization of the students of the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Its purposes shall be: 1. To promote and maintain high standards of professional training and ethical conduct. 2. To enhance the academic program. 3. To extend legal education and services to the community at large. 4. To plan and conduct a program of social activities.

Women of Diversity - A student law organization that seeks to support women of diverse cultural backgrounds, promote sisterhood, community service and academic success. This organization aims to be a secondary multicultural family to each student who becomes a member, appreciating common ground and diverse experiences.

Women’s Law Forum -The purpose of WLF is to promote a professional image of SIU School of Law as an institution for the study of the law, to educate ourselves and others regarding the legal and social status of people and to advocate reforms for the promotion of equality under the law.

The following Groups are not currently meeting. If you are interested in working to reinstate these groups, please contact us in room 139.

Asian American Law Students Association -To increase SIU Law community’s awareness of Asian cultures; promote the cultural diversity of SIU; provide social and cultural outlet to SIU Law; provide forum to discuss legal issues pertaining to Asian communities and Asian states; promote harmony within SIU Law community; provide info on Asian culture.

Delta Theta Phi -To foster lifelong friendships and professional affiliations through legal education, international networking, and mutual respect.

Hispanic Law Student Association - To promote the educational, cultural and social needs of Hispanic students to increase the number of Hispanic law students, and to promote their success in the legal profession.