Student Organizations at HLS
Student organizations play a major role in shaping the social, cultural and intellectual environment at Harvard Law School (HLS).
Below is a list of all of the student organizations at HLS.
Advocates for Education
The HLS Advocates for Education (A4E) is an organization of students who are passionate about improving our nation’s education system and dedicated to raising awareness about current issues in education law and policy.
African Law Association
American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law.
Armed Forces Association
Asia Law Society
The Harvard Asia Law Society is a prominent organization at Harvard Law School that brings together students with a common interest in Asia. HALS is extremely diverse and international, with past and current members from not only East Asia and North America, but also from South Asia, Latin America, and beyond.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
APALSA is a political, academic, community service, and social group dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Asian Pacific American students at Harvard Law School. APALSA strives to promote a greater understanding of Asian Pacific American issues and culture, serve as a vehicle for Asian Pacific American political activity, and provide a social and academic network for Asian Pacific Americans and the Harvard Law School community.
Association for Law and Business
Harvard Black Law Students Association
The Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA) was founded in 1967. Today, HBLSA has grown to become the largest chapter in the National Black Law Students Association. Counting over 160 members annually, HBLSA reflects the strong Black community that is so integral to the diversity of Harvard Law School. The Black Law Students Association of Harvard Law School exists for the support, guidance and direction of Black students in academic, professional and social endeavors.
Brazilian Studies Association
The Brazilian Studies Association (HLS BR) is an institution that intends to promote the collaboration between students, scholars, professionals, and individuals who are interested in discussing various issues related to Brazil and Brazilian culture.
Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world.
Board of Student Advisers
The BSA is a student organization charged with providing several essential services to the Harvard Law School community: we serve as teaching assistants in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Program, as academic and pastoral advisers to members of the first-year class, and as administrators of the Ames Moot Court competition.
Canadian Law Students Association
In addition to providing practical support, eh?LS will also provide a place for community. Providing peer-to-peer support within the Canadian legal market, links to alumni, and advice on which courses travel well from HLS.
Catholic Law Students Association
Catholic Law Students Association is the on-campus home for Catholic students, faculty, and friends in the Harvard Law School community. The Catholic community at HLS is diverse, and is open to anyone and everyone who is curious about spiritual enrichment, community service, and fellowship.
Chamber Music Society
The Chamber Music Society is a network of musicians at HLS and in the Harvard community, aiming to create a community of music-loving people and to provide opportunities for people to maintain their musical interests amidst the rigors of school.
Child and Youth Advocates
Child and Youth Advocates (CYA) brings together students interested in a wide variety of children’s issues, including education, juvenile justice, child welfare, and children’s rights. CYA aims to heighten awareness and encourage discussion of these issues at HLS, facilitate student involvement with children and youth in Cambridge and Boston, and advocate for children’s rights in various contexts.
China Law Association
The China Law Association (“CLA”) of Harvard Law School is a student organization dedicating to serve Chinese students and scholars at HLS and students who are interested in Chinese law and Chinese society. CLA’s mission is to promote interactions among Chinese students and scholars at HLS and the Harvard community and to promote China awareness at HLS.
The Harvard Law School Christian Fellowship (HLSCF) is a diverse community of students, scholars, and families. Established in 1968, HLSCF is an official, independent, student-led group at HLS and benefit from historic partnerships with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Legal Society, and the Harvard Chaplains.
Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law
The Harvard Law School Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law is the heart of sports and entertainment activity at HLS. CSEL works to bring together students and faculty who are interested in the intersection of the sports and entertainment industries and the law.
Couples and Families Association
The Harvard Law Couples Association (HCLA) is a social organization for students, their significant others and their children. The organization offers many activities over the course of the year to encourage social interaction and provide support for those students who have come to Harvard with partners or families.
The HLS Democrats provides a means for Democrats at HLS to become involved in national, state, and local politics, to meet alumni with similar career goals, and to gain insight into the world of politics through organization trips and interactions with guest speakers.
The Harvard Law Documentary Studio aims to produce original documentaries that explore social and policy issues. The Documentary Studio will offer not only technical and financial support for student projects, but also a community within which to workshop ideas and develop the craft of storytelling.
The Mission of the Harvard Law School Drama Society is to provide an outlet for creative expression on campus. The Drama Society typically produces a straight play or musical in the fall, as well as the annual HLS Parody in the spring.
The primary mission of the HLS Effective Altruists Law Students Association is to foster a culture of giving of HLS. The secondary mission is to encourage donation to proven, cost-effective causes.
Environmental Law Society
The Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization directed and staffed by students at Harvard Law School. HELS was founded in 1970 by three Harvard Law students who perceived a pressing need for the Law School, and the law in general, to respond more effectively to the nation’s environmental problems.
European Law Association
The Harvard European Law Association (HELA) is an organization of J.D.s, LL.M.s, and S.J.D.s of all nationalities interested in European and international legal and political issues. HELA aims at creating a dynamic forum for discussing and debating issues, events and theories related to European integration.
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
The Harvard Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students. Our chief goal is to foster balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of individual freedom, limited government, and judicial restraint. Membership is open to all: our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues.
Food Law Society
The Food Law Society provides students with hands-on exposure to the numerous issues in law, policy, science and management that confront professionals in the fields of food law and food policy. Members participate in clinical projects and conferences, host speakers, take trips and collaborate with groups throughout the University and the world in their effort to address food issues.
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The Harvard Law Golf Club is a low-commitment organization that strives to make the sport of golf accessible to all Harvard Law School students. Through a collection of fall and spring outings at local courses, students have the opportunity to gain skills that may prove useful in their professional lives and to network and interact with fellow students.
Health Law Society
Harvard Health Law Society is made up of HLS and other Harvard students interested in health policy, health care law, biotechnology, bioethics, health and human rights, and a range of other health and law topics.
As the only student group on campus dedicated to involving students in issues surrounding homelessness and poverty, the HLS Homelessness Coalition will fill a void both here on campus and in the surrounding community. As part of the Coalition, students will have the opportunity to learn about homelessness, its causes and effects, and the legal needs of the homeless community through volunteering, advocacy and research. Further, through work at Y2Y Harvard Square, the first student-run youth homeless shelter in the nation, HLS students will be working to serve hundreds of underserved homeless youth in the Greater Boston Area.
In Vino Veritas
In Vino Veritas serves to introduce interested members of the Harvard Law School community to the exciting world of wine at formal tastings, informal blind tasting workshops, and tasting dinners at area restaurants.
International Arbitration Law Students Association
For the first time in the history of Harvard Law School, a student association dedicated exclusively to promote international arbitration has been created! A group of Harvard Law School students, passionate about international arbitration, proposed to the Board of Students the creation of HIALSA to offer a forum for students to learn about and discuss emerging topics in international arbitration and to develop connections between students and successful practitioners.
International JD Society
Harvard Law School’s students come from over seventy countries around the world. In fact, over a tenth of the law school’s student population is international. While many of these students are enrolled in the LL.M. (Master of Laws) program or pursuing an S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science), a significant number belong to the flagship J.D. (Juris Doctor) program.
Italian Law Students Association
The purpose of “HILA” is to promote the study of Italian law, business, culture and society both in light of the Italian millennial legal tradition and of the recent progress of European integration. To foster a multi-disciplinary network of Italian-affiliated student organizations both at Harvard College and at Harvard Graduate Schools.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Harvard Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of Harvard Law School. The organization consists of more than 400 HLS students, Boston-area graduate school students, and others who are interested in Jewish legal affairs or the affairs of the Jewish community at Harvard Law School.
Justice for Palestine
Justice for Palestine (JFP) is a student group founded in 2000 after the start of the second Intifada in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. JFP is a community of HLS students concerned about the lack of campus-wide debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the at large misperceptions of the fundamental issues related to Palestine. JFP is committed to a secular, humanist, and legalistic approach to dialogue about Israel/Palestine and seeks to advocate the rights of the Palestinian people.
Korean Association of Harvard Law School
The Korean Association of HLS (KAHLS) is a network of Korean students at Harvard Law. The organization’s goal is to develop a bond among the Korean JDs and LLMs and to function as a bridge between HLS and the larger, university-wide Korean community. It also provides information on events and news of the Harvard community that may be of particular interest to Korean students. Most of all, we are a close bunch and a good group of friends!
La Alianza is an organization dedicated to providing support to Latino/a students at Harvard Law School and increasing understanding of the issues that face Latinos in the United States. La Alianza provides academic and career placement assistance for its members.
Labor and Employment Action Project
The HLS Labor and Employment Action Project is an organization of students interested in labor and employment issues. We feel that the power of working people to organize themselves has become more, not less, essential in today’s changing economy, and undertake to explore and support such organization. Therefore, our activities include both education of ourselves and our community on labor and employment issues, and activism where we see a need to lend our voices to local or national struggles.
Lambda is a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and allied students at Harvard Law School. As a social and political student organization, Lambda provides programming and events to serve LGBTQ students and allies at HLS. Lambda also plays an active role in the LGBTQ rights movement by organizing and sponsoring conferences, networking with national LGBTQ rights leaders, and connecting students with research and academic opportunities and activism related to gender and sexuality.
Latter-day Saints Student Association
The Harvard Law Latter-day Saints Student Association (HLLDS) is made up of HLS students and their families who are members of, or interested in, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. HLLDS provides support for students seeking to maintain a spiritual foundation during their study of the law and allows members to associate with other students who have similar religious backgrounds and interests. HLLDS became an official chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in 2005.
Law and International Development Society
The Harvard Law & International Development Society (“LIDS”) is the premier student-run organization at Harvard University focused on issues at the intersection of law, policy and international development. LIDS members are graduate students at Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and other graduate schools in the Boston area.
Law and Mind Sciences
The Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) is a student organization helping to bring groundbreaking mind sciences research that has profound implications for law and policy-making to the Harvard Law School community.
Law and Philosophy Students Association
Philosophy allows lawyers to understand the values and concepts inherent in the doctrine and determine the ideals we want our legal institutions to promote. The HLS Law & Philosophy Students Association offers a forum to discuss the ideas that will guide our work and our lives.
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Mexican Law Students Association
The Mexican Law Student Association reunites persons with special interest in issues related to Mexican domestic law and politics. “MxLSA” intends to reunite both Mexican nationals and foreign nationals to cooperate in projects aiming to generate a discussion regarding Mexican domestic issues and Mexico’s international relations.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) was created to promote a better understanding of the cultures, politics, and legal institutions of the Middle East, and to encourage students connected with the region to meet and exchange views. MELSA’s membership roster has included students who are American, Armenian, Egyptian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Libyan, Pakistani, Saudi, Syrian, and Turkish. Students from all countries are warmly welcomed.
The Mindfulness Society is a student society devoted to the practice of meditation as part of leading a balanced life as students, and in the future as lawyers. We provide guided mediation sits multiple times a week for the Harvard Law community and arrange periodically for introductory meditation courses and related talks to be provided on campus.
Moot Court Board
The Harvard Moot Court Board is dedicated to promoting and supporting Harvard Law School’s various international and national moot court teams. The Board encourages students to participate in moot court competitions, coordinates efforts between various teams, finances Harvard contingents, and stores experiential information for the benefit of future generations of mooters.
Muslim Law Students Association
The Harvard Muslim Law Students Association is a student-run organization that serves Muslim law students by acting as a nexus of community-building, increasing awareness of issues that particularly impact Muslims, and organizing events to foster relationships between Muslim students across Harvard.
National Lawyers Guild – HLS Chapter
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. It seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
National Security and Law Association
NSLA’s only objective is to promote discourse on national security at Harvard Law School. The organization brings distinguished national security scholars and practitioners to campus for lunchtime lectures, assists members with career advice and networking opportunities, provides academic resources to the entire Harvard community, and produces high-quality reports on pressing national security matters.
Native American Law Students Association
The Harvard Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Native American students at Harvard Law School, and is composed of Native American law students and students interested in issues affecting the Native community.
Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)
For students standing at the intersection of marginalized communities, entering Harvard Law School can be an emotionally taxing endeavor. As a new student affinity group, QTPOC imagines a community in which queer and racial/ethnic identities receive equal weight. This enables collaboration with queer and POC affinity groups while also enabling tailored discussions on topics and issues uniquely relevant to queer and trans individuals that identify as people of color.
HLS Real Estate Association
The Harvard Law School Real Estate Association (REA) promotes student interest and discussion regarding residential and commercial real estate law, finance, and development. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, REA encourages interest and discussion in land-use policy, municipal law, investing, and other related topics. REA also provides numerous networking opportunities for students. REA sponsors several speaker panels throughout the year and connects students with attorneys and other professionals in the industry.
HLS for Reproductive Justice is the Harvard branch of a nationwide organization, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, that focuses on the promotion of reproductive justice as a central civil and human right.
The mission of HLSRJ is to advocate for the promotion of reproductive rights and to educate Harvard students about reproductive justice issues facing women across different spheres – domestic and international, from different ethnic and cultural communities, and from varying economic backgrounds.
The Rootstrikers raise awareness within the Harvard Law School community of the influence of money in American politics, and to engage those students in acting as representatives of Rootstrikers – a national nonprofit 501(c)4, nonpartisan organization. Through events, workshops, and advocacy campaigns, Harvard Law School Rootstrikers work with members of the Harvard community to emphasize the role that congressional corruption plays in impeding significant legislative and regulatory progress, as well as undermining the American democratic process on local, state, and federal levels.
The HLS Rowing Club is a student organization for rowers and those who are interested in learning to row. Our members train on the Charles River out of Harvard’s Weld Boathouse, in addition to hosting social events and organizing group workouts. Our members scull individually and sweep together in an 8+ that belongs to the club. Our rowers also participate in train and race with members of Harvard Business School rowing club. Past races have included the Head of the Charles, and trips to the Wharton Springs race in Philadelphia.
The HLS Running Club is a group of student runners of all ability levels. The Cambridge area offers many scenic runs on roads and trails and is a wonderful place to start running or continue training for your next big event. The HLS Running Club welcomes anyone affiliated with the Harvard community to run with us, whether you’re looking to stretch your legs after a long day of class and studying, or are training for your next marathon.
Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice is Harvard Law School’s very own co-ed a capella ensemble, a close-knit group of 12-15 singers from various musical backgrounds, dedicated to bringing harmony to Harvard Law. The Scales of Justice perform regularly for the HLS community, alumni reunions, and other graduate schools, and also do special performances by request for professors seeking audio-visual aids and for student parties and charitable events, including the Public Interest Auction.
South Asian Law Students Association
The Harvard South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) provides a forum for those in the Harvard Law School community interested in South Asian American and South Asian legal issues.
SALSA aims to seed dialogue in the legal, cultural, and political contexts through lectures, panels, film screenings, and social events and to connect students to legal professionals and firms interested in diversity outreach.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
The HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is a group of students who care about animals and the issues facing them. HLS SALDF was founded in 1995 as a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national organization of lawyers engaged in litigation and legislative efforts on behalf of animals. HLS SALDF has four major goals:
- providing support, education, and work opportunities for students interested in animal rights or welfare law;
- educating the HLS community about issues facing animals, including institutionalized forms of animal abuse and the means of combating them through legislation and litigation;
- offering social functions for students interested in vegetarian and vegan food. You don’t need to be a vegetarian to be in SALDF, but we provide many opportunities for you to explore delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine; and
- providing assistance to animals who are currently suffering through student fundraising and volunteering.
Student Mental Health Association
The Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association for (SMHA) serves to:
1) To provide an understanding, compassionate ear for anyone seeking support
2) To eliminate mental health stigma in all its forms on the law school campus and in the field of law
3) To raise awareness of mental health resources on campus
4) To promote cultural, anthropological, and sociopolitical study of mental health and illness in the global context
5) To participate in the international mental health rights movement
The primary and most important purpose of Student Government is to advocate for the interests of the student body, to the faculty, administration, and others whose decisions affect student life at HLS. Student Government also serves to:
- To organize and provide services to the student body, to the extent that those services are not provided
- To organize events that promote campus-wide community-building.
- To oversee the formation of student groups at HLS.
- To organize and provide services to the student body, to the extent that those services are not provided
Students for AMF
Students for Inclusion
Students for Inclusion (SFI) is committed to ensuring that the educational environment at Harvard Law School is one that fosters productive and contextualized conversations on matters related to race, gender, and class. SFI dedicates its energy and resources to ensuring that the Harvard Law School experience is one that is inclusive of voices and experiences that have traditionally been marginalized in higher education and in the legal field.
Students for Sustainable Investment
Students for Sustainable Investment (SSI) is a growing number of students and faculty from Harvard and schools around the world who support fossil fuel divestment, environmental justice, and climate-focused shareholder activism.
The Supero Law Students Association is a student organization at Harvard Law School dedicated to supporting the academic, personal, and professional careers of students who are from low-income backgrounds, are first-generation college graduates, or have a disability. The organization also welcome allies who are interested in socioeconomics and disability in the law. Whether it is discussing how to better deliver legal services to marginalized communities or increase accessibility under the ADA, Supero welcomes everyone.
Target Shooting Club
The HLS Target Shooting Club aims to give HLS students an opportunity to learn and practice shooting firearms in a safe and enjoyable setting. Join us to learn about gun safety and gain hands-on experience with different kinds of guns. Past outings have included handguns and rifles on an indoor range, as well as skeet shooting and other shotgun sports in the outdoors.
We will arrange two to three outings to a shooting range this year, as well as some other activities. All levels of experience are welcome–as are members of all political persuasions, regardless of their position on gun control or the Second Amendment. Non-HLS friends and family are also welcome on our outings.
Tax Help Club
HLS TaxHelp provides low-income individuals and families with free, confidential tax assistance in preparing state and federal tax returns. Volunteer students receive all the necessary training and are certified through the IRS.
Tax Law and Financial Regulation Students Association
A student organization with the purpose to introduce students to two of the most complex areas of law-tax law and financial regulatory law. Providing practical insight when it comes to questions regarding equality, fair chances, and distribution of wealth that compliment in-class education.
Women’s Law Association
The Harvard Women’s Law Association’s mission is to support women at Harvard Law School by preparing them to succeed as students and lawyers, while providing exceptional programming that enhances the social, political, and professional lives of HLS students.