Student Organizations at HLS
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 (1103)
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 (1001)
The mission of Harvard African Law Association is to unite African students and students interested in Africa, and increase awareness of legal, social and economic issues that shape and concern the continent of Africa.
Alliance for Israel (1071)
The Harvard Law School Alliance for Israel is a diverse student-run organization dedicated to fostering positive, truthful, and responsible discussion of issues affecting the Jewish State.
Alliance for Reproductive Justice (1007)
The HLS Alliance for Reproductive Justice (ARJ) seeks to promote the advancement of reproductive rights and reproductive justice through advocacy on our campus and in our communities, through public-education programming, including campus-wide teach-ins, and through monthly events on a wide range of topics related to reproductive justice: abortion access, reproductive and sexual healthcare, maternal health, racial justice, economic justice, and LGBTQ+ rights. ARJ approaches all our events and advocacy with an intersectional framework and subscribes to the following definition of reproductive justice (developed by Sister Song: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective): reproductive justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.
American Civil Liberties Union (1036)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national organization with over 400,000 members, has been at the forefront of the fight to secure and protect the rights guaranteed by our Constitution since 1920. The ACLU Club at Harvard Law School works to continue that fight on campus, by organizing events on civil liberties issues, coordinating research and policy projects with ACLU affiliates across the country, and providing students with networking opportunities.
American Constitution Society (1005)
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.
Animal Law Society (2050)
The HLS Animal Law Society is a group of students who care about animals and the issues facing them. HLS Animal Law Society 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 Animal Law Society 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 HLS Animal Law Society, 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.
Antitrust Association (2133)
The Antitrust Association aims to aid the law school community in understanding antitrust law. Our goal is to support and foster a community committed to the protection of consumers and the promotion of competitive markets.
Armed Forces Association (2065)
The HLS Armed Forces Association is an organization composed of veterans, active duty military service members, and those who are either interested in joining or supporting the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Armenian Law Students Association (1050)
The Armenian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) provides a forum for students to explore legal issues relevant to Armenia and Armenians. The Association nurtures deep and sustained engagement on topics including Armenian Genocide recognition and reparations; legal advocacy for endangered Christian minorities in Turkey, Syria, and the wider Middle East; and development and rule of law in the Republic of Armenia. In addition to cultivating legal discussion, ALSA also connects students to a wide array of Armenian-related educational, cultural, religious, and social programs.
Asia Law Society (1009)
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 (1015)
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.
Harvard Association for Law and Business (1093)
The Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) connects students with prominent leaders across the business and legal communities. Each year, HALB hosts numerous speakers to discuss their careers and areas of expertise, while also creating outside opportunities for members to meet like-minded students and practitioners interested in non-legal business careers. Over the past several years we have hosted events with luminaries across business, law, and finance, as well as those featuring most of the top law firms, investment banks, and management consultancies.
Harvard Association for Real Estate and Law
The Harvard Association for Real Estate and Law (“HREL”) is an active community for Harvard Law School students to explore their interests in all facets of the real estate industry, including legal practice, development, investing, financing, and land-use policy. HREL brings distinguished practitioners to campus as guest speakers, organizes career treks, hosts networking and professional training sessions, and advocates for additional real estate focused academic offerings on campus. HREL welcomes all current students and alumni looking to further develop their industry knowledge, connect with peers who have similar interests, and pursue professional opportunities.
Beeritas, a student-run organization, is the official Beer Appreciation Society of Harvard Law School. That’s right, if you were afraid your beer-drinking days were over now that you are a big bad law student, we’re here for you. Come join us for bi-weekly tastings, beer-themed events, and trips to local breweries throughout the semester to take advantage of HLS’s location in such a great city for beer. All in all, Beeritas is a place for people who care about beer in all shapes, sizes, and styles. If all of this sounds too good to be true, then welcome to Beeritas!
Black Law Students Association (1024)
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.
Blockchain and FinTech Initiative (2131)
The HLS Blockchain and FinTech Initiative is the first student-led initiative aimed at promoting education and career-development for law students interested in working in industries that utilize blockchain and financial technologies. The Initiative will expose students to the plethora of legal issues that arise in enterprise and institutional applications of blockchain and financial technology.
We hope to facilitate learning within the Harvard Law School community and beyond by hosting speakers, offering hands-on projects, and connecting students to scholars, practitioners and industry specialists. We hope to encourage students to build relationships, and serve as a hub to deliver internships and full-time employment to students passionate about the impact of technology on the financial industry. Finally, we hope to establish Harvard Law School as a leader scholarship on the legal issues affecting blockchain application and the financial technology industry.
Brazilian Studies Association (2099)
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.
Canadian Law Students Association (1026)
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.
Caribbean Law Association (2132)
The Caribbean Law Students Association (CLSA) seeks to engage the Harvard Law School community in legal issues impacting the Caribbean diaspora and create and affinity space for those who identify with Caribbean cultures.
Catholic Law Students Association (1027)
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 open to anyone and everyone who is curious about spiritual enrichment, community service, and fellowship.
Central and Southeast Europe Law Students Association
Central and Southeast Europe is one of the most diverse, historically complex, and continuously evolving regions in the world. The Harvard Central and Southeast Europe Law Students Association (HCSELSA) endeavors to function as a hub for Harvard Law School students from this region, as well as for other students interested in the cultures and traditions of Central and Southeast Europe.
Chamber Music Society (1029)
We are a network of musicians at HLS and in the Harvard community. We aim to create a community of music-loving people and to provide opportunities for people to maintain their musical interests amidst the rigors of school. We are here as a resource for you, to help you find other musicians, to put you in contact with people and groups seeking musicians, and to inform you of musical events that may be of interest to you. We regularly organize recitals and other events featuring musicians from HLS and the Harvard community. All musicians at HLS, the Harvard community, and beyond are welcome to join.
Child & Youth Advocates (1030)
The Child & Youth Advocates (CYA) seeks to build a community of students interested in a wide variety of issues affecting children and youth, including juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and children’s rights. We aim to heighten awareness and encourage discussion of these issues at HLS, facilitate student involvement with children and youth in our community and beyond, and advocate for children’s rights. Our initiatives will enable students to gain practical experience in partnership with different organizations, receive training and exposure to various areas of child advocacy, and connect with one another in pursuit of a career dedicated to children and youth.
China Law Association (2105)
China Law Association (“CLA”) is an officially recognized student-run organization at Harvard Law School (“HLS”) that brings together students, faculty, and outside parties who have an interest in law, politics, or business in China. The primary goal of the CLA is to promote the awareness of matters relating to China at and beyond Harvard Law School. Our values are inclusivity, community, democracy and transparency. We welcome participation of all HLS students and scholars and foster a spirit of community, compassion and mutual support among all our members.
We organize academic and social events related to Chinese law, business, culture and society through the school year and we collaborate with student organizations from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty of Arts and Science of Harvard University. We have over three hundred current members and hundreds of alumni.
Christian Fellowship (1033)
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 benefits from historic partnerships with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Legal Society, and the Harvard Chaplains.
Christian Union (1043)
Christian Union at Harvard Law School is a community of students and their families who love Jesus, and who desire to share that love to the growing community at HLS. As a student organization with partnerships with Christian Union, we seek to study the Bible rigorously, pray for revival relentlessly, and watch as the power of God changes lives.
Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs (2100)
The Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs (CISGA) exists to (1) improve student life for international students at HLS and (2) advocate for international students, resources, and opportunities at HLS.
Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law (2047)
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.
The Harvard Consumer Protection Law Students Association
The Harvard Consumer Protection Law Students Association aims to aid the law school community in understanding the state and federal legal framework for consumer protection as well as the complex issues that arise when deciding between competing consumer protection policies. We aim to support and foster a community committed to the protection of consumers.
Couples and Families Association
The Harvard Law Couples and Families Association (HLCFA) is a social organization for students and their significant others (girl/boyfriends, fiancés, spouses, partners, and children). The organization offers many activities and resources to provide support and a community for those students who have come to Harvard with significant others 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.
Descendants exists to provide community and support for Black American slave descendants at Harvard Law School. It is concerned with the political, cultural, and social issues impacting Black American slave descendants. Descendants strives to affirm and celebrate the experiences and identities of Black American slave descendants at Harvard and beyond.
Disability Law Students Association (2134)
HLS Disability Law Students Association (DLSA) is an open and inclusive organization dedicated to providing a community and supporting students with all types of disabilities at HLS, and to the advancement of equal rights for individuals with disabilities at Harvard and beyond. DLSA is also a community for Students with Disabilities and Allies who are seeking to pursue a career in Disability Law or Advocacy. DLSA seeks to provide a community to raise, discuss and act on the legal issues facing the HLS disability community and the Disability community writ large.
Drama Society/Parody (1057)
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.
Effective Altruism (2116)
HLS Effective Altruism advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to help others. We seek to encourage students to use principles of scale, neglectedness, and tractability to determine which public interest or pro bono causes to work on. We also seek to encourage students to donate to proven, cost-effective causes.
Environmental Law Society (1061)
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.
Equal Democracy Project (2102)
The Equal Democracy Project aims to dismantle the political barriers to our currently unequal democracy in the United States. We seek to end gerrymandering and voter suppression, challenge the outsized influence of money in politics, and reform the electoral process to more accurately represent the people. Equal Democracy achieves this by organizing events on campus, holding voter engagement drives, partnering with external organizations on democracy-related research projects, and engaging in digital advocacy.
European Law Association (1060)
Being the only Harvard Law student association predominantly focused on European (Union) law, Harvard European Law Association (HELA) hosts a wide range of activities. From lunch talks with Judges of the Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, to events and conversations with European and international professors, law firm partners, and other experts, HELA aspires to unite Harvard with the spirit of Europe. Our activities include an annual spring symposium, traditionally hosting renowned practitioners, judges, academics, policymakers, and lobbyists in European law from across the globe.
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy (1063)
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.
FiLM Society (1062)
The FiLM (a.k.a. Film, Literature, & Media) Society is a student organization exploring the many intersections between the law and narrative arts. We seek to create community among students and professionals with a shared interest in legal advocacy and storytelling through screenings, workshops, discussions, and social events. We invite all filmmakers, journalists, artists, writers, curators, and anyone else interested in harnessing the power of art and storytelling to join us.
First Class Law Students Association (2108)
HLS First Class is an inclusive and intersectional space for first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds to share and affirm our experiences, advocate for our communities, attend to our well-being, advance accessibility within the legal profession, and support our career aspirations.
Food Law Society (2091)
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.
The Forum is a non-partisan student organization of Harvard Law School dedicated to bringing open discussion of a broad range of legal, political and social issues to the Harvard Law School campus.
Francophone Society (1053)
The Francophone Society is concerned with fostering interest for French-speaking countries and cultures, as well as the French language at Harvard Law School. It does so by focusing on two main areas: sharing aspects of francophone cultures and promoting academic and professional opportunities within diverse French-speaking contexts.
Golf Association (1115)
The Harvard Law School Golf Association (HLSGA) is a student organization dedicated to promoting the game of golf on campus, fostering camaraderie within the student body, and providing students with a context in which to develop skills of sport, communication, and business development, which will translate into a broad array of legal careers. In the worlds of business and law, golf often plays an important role in creating new relationships with potential clients, as well as strengthening relationships with existing clients and other business partners.
As an organization, the HLSGA strives to host leading legal professionals as well as top business leaders in the golf industry to expose students to law and business career opportunities related to the sport. We foster this type of engagement with our vibrant and diverse student membership composed of students with demonstrated interest in law and business through lunch talks, intimate meals and coffee chats with students, golf outings, and participation as panelists in our Annual Symposium. Past speakers have included the Chief Legal Officer of the United States Golf Association, representatives of PGA championship courses, top golf manufacturing brands, and others.
Health Law Society (1099)
Harvard Health Law Society is a diverse organization united by an interest in health policy, health care law, biotechnology, bioethics, health and human rights, and a range of other health and law topics, with an eye toward a more just, ethical, and healthy society.
Human Rights and Business Association (1122)
The Human Rights and Business Association (HuB) brings together students who have an interest in the continuously developing field of business and human rights, corporate responsibility and accountability. The organization engages students from all Harvard schools and other universities in the greater Boston area in events, workshops and seminars, and provides a space where students can learn more about the field, network with experts, as well as explore future career opportunities.
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.
In Vino Veritas (2066)
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.
Italian Law Association (2118)
The Harvard Italian Law Association (HILA) aims to bring students together who have an interest in the intersection between issues in Italian law, politics and culture and issues in the United States. We also strive to highlight current themes that have connections within the European Union and worldwide. Throughout the year, we bring in prominent guests from the political, academic and business world who are either based in Italy, have Italian roots, or have ties to the country. We also select U.S. based speakers and HLS professors to serve as moderators and discuss the overlap and significance of the issues discussed.
Jessup Moot Court
The HLS Jessup Team competes annually in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court competition first held at Harvard in 1960. Today, the Jessup draws law students from over 100 countries and jurisdictions, with each team presenting arguments as part of a fictional dispute between states before the International Court of Justice. Participants prepare written and oral pleadings to address timely issues of public international law, arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case before a panel of judges.
Our team consists of four oralists and one of counsel each year, and tryouts for the positions are held in the fall. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls interested in the practice of international law are encouraged to apply. The team also works closely with LLMs, so please reach out if you have prior experience with the Competition.
JD/MPP Joint Degree (2006)
The HLS/HKS joint degree program supports and encourages students seeking an interdisciplinary education in government, public policy, and law, and prepares them for leadership positions in public service.
Jewish Law Students Association (1075)
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is the affinity group for Jewish law students at Harvard Law School, running social, educational, cultural, and religious programming for all Jewish law students regardless of background or affiliation.
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 (1078)
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 (1003)
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 (1081)
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 (1090)
The Harvard Law School Latter-day Saints (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 Behavioral Science (2007)
Law & Behavioral Science (LaBS) is a student organization helping to bring groundbreaking behavioral science research that has profound implications for law and policy-making to the Harvard Law School community.
Law and International Development Society (2004)
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 Philosophy Students Society
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 Society offers a forum to discuss the ideas that will guide our work and our lives.
Law & Political Economy Association (1056)
The Harvard Law and Political Economy Group is a student organization at Harvard Law School formed with the aim of promoting scholarship and teaching that investigates how legal practice has been central to the growth economic inequality and how legal tools may be repurposed to respond to this problem. The Group aims to bring questions of political economy to the center of law school life through activities such as a regular speaker series, workshops to develop alternative curricula, and to develop a cases-and-materials book that would act as a ready reference for a law-and-political economy canon.
Law and Technology Society (2127)
We are Harvard’s premier student organization for examining the way technology impacts the law. We use hackathons, collaborations with the Library Innovation Lab and independent research on legal tech law to probe the essential relationship between emerging technologies, legal practice and governance.
Law Association for Mediterranean Students
The Law Association for Mediterranean Students (LAMS) aims to celebrate the experiences and interests of HLS students with affiliations to the Mediterranean region. LAMS brings lawyers of Mediterranean descent and lawyers who work on important legal issues in the Mediterranean region to campus, thereby exposing students to the range of opportunities available to them and to the ways in which their affiliation to the Mediterranean region can serve as an advantage in their legal careers. The group also serves as a cultural hub and source of community, by exploring the history, politics, and ethos of Mediterranean cultures through film, lectures, culinary experiences, and social gatherings. At its core, LAMS provides a laid-back communal space to any and all HLS students, from those proud of their Mediterranean ancestry to those who merely enjoy cultural exploration, homemade feasts, and storytelling over a bottle of wine.
Mexican Law Students Association (2115)
The Mexican Law Students 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 (2020)
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.
Midwest Club (2109)
Our mission is to create a social and professional network for Harvard Law School students affiliated with or interested in the Midwest, Midwestern alumni, and Midwestern law firms and organizations.
Mock Trial Association
The Harvard Law School Mock Trial Association is a nationally recognized trial advocacy program that competes against other highly ranked law schools throughout the country in both civil and criminal cases. We hold tryouts each Fall, inviting everyone with an interest in trial advocacy. Whether you are a college mock trial veteran or new to the courtroom, we are excited to have you!
Muslim Law Students Association (1070)
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 building campus wide coalitions with other organizations dedicated to pluralism and meaningful discourse.
National Lawyers Guild – HLS Chapter (2019)
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 (2018)
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 (2023)
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.
People of Color Collective
The HLS People of Color Collective is an organization dedicated to providing a supportive intersectional network for all students of color. PoCC aims to foster cross-racial dialogue and deeper connections among the student body.
Plaintiffs’ Law Association (1047)
The Harvard Law School Plaintiffs’ Law Association exists to support law students looking to become plaintiff-side attorneys who will represent the interests of victims, advocate for consumers’ rights and equal access to justice, and ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
Queer and Trans People of Color (2120)
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.
The HLS Republicans aim to provide a social community for moderate and conservative Republicans and to represent the ideals of the Republican Party on the HLS campus. We bring speakers to campus, provide a forum for the discussion of current events, and assist our members in becoming active in local and national politics.
Rule of Law (2126)
HLS Rule of Law Society is a student-run organization that strives to create opportunities through which students and the wider community can develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of the rule of law. As a non-partisan organization, we aim to bring together and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and interests to examine, discuss, and ultimately advocate for the rule of law in our communities at every level.
Scales of Justice (2035)
Scales of Justice is Harvard Law School’s very own co-ed a cappella ensemble! We are a close-knit group of 10–15 singers from various musical backgrounds dedicated to bringing harmony to Harvard Law.
SJD Society (2098)
The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Students Association at Harvard Law School is a student-run organization dedicated to represent the interests of SJD candidates at HLS. The purpose of the Association is to improve student life and facilitate communication between the students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
South Asian Law Students Association (2044)
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.
Space Law Society (1124)
The Space Law Society seeks to promote the study, practice, and development of space law on campus. Space Law Society hosts speakers, organizes field trips, and coordinates social events to further education and enthusiasm about space law.
Street Justice Coalition (2117)
As the only student group on campus dedicated to involving students in issues surrounding homelessness and poverty, the HLS Street Justice 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.
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.
Student Mental Health Association (2101)
The Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association for (SMHA) serves to:
- To provide an understanding, compassionate ear for anyone seeking support
- To eliminate mental health stigma in all its forms on the law school campus and in the field of law
- To raise awareness of mental health resources on campus
- To promote cultural, anthropological, and sociopolitical study of mental health and illness in the global context
- To participate in the international mental health rights movement
Students for Life (1121)
Harvard Law Students for Life is a student-run, non-partisan, non-religious organization. We aim to provide a community in which students can develop pro-life approaches to moral and legal questions, and to advocate for pro-life perspectives in the broader law school community. Harvard Law Students for Life believes that every human being possesses an inherent and inalienable right to life; that life begins at the moment of conception; and that justice demands protecting the dignity of the human person at every stage of life. Harvard Law Students for Life is dedicated to peacefully promoting its beliefs through education, discussion, community engagement, advocacy, and scholarship.
Tax Help Club (2068)
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 (2121)
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.
Texas Club (2103)
The HLS Texas Club is a student-run organization at Harvard Law School that exists to create a social and professional network within the Law School community for Texans, future Texans, and folks who just happen to enjoy barbecue, tacos, Blue Bell, and Shiner.
Turkish Law Students Association (2129)
The HLS Students Turkish Law Students Association is a student-run organization that aims to provide opportunities for students and alumni from or with an interest in Turkey to remain connected to Turkey and to each other and to contribute to the Harvard Law School community.
The HLS Urbanists are a diverse community interested in the critical issues affecting the world’s cities. They seek to understand the ways in which laws, policy, urban development, technology, land use planning, and transportation organize our cities, engage in discussion and activism to address the many issues that enable urban prosperity, and create a community that supports active dialogue and camaraderie among its members, at HLS and beyond.
Video Game Law Association (1044)
The Harvard Video Game Law Association (V-Glass) provides a roster of speakers who represent many facets of legal practice related specifically to video games—in-house counsels, law firms, policymakers, and industry experts. It also serves as a social hub for video game enthusiasts to keep up with the latest developments in the industry, and to foster valuable connections and dialogue with professionals in the field.
Vis Moot Court
The Harvard Vis Moot Court Team participates in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. The moot attracts over 300 participating schools from around the world every year, and is judged by some of the world’s preeminent arbitrators, litigators, judges, and international law scholars.
Harvard sends two teams to compete in the moot every year: one team to the Vienna competition, and one to the Hong Kong competition. We hold tryouts each fall, and encourage 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs interested to apply.
West Coast Club (1125)
The West Coast Club’s mission is to provide a platform for community building at Harvard Law School for students from, or those interested in working in, the West Coast region of the United States. The West Coast Club is dedicated to supporting the academic, personal, and professional development of its membership. The West Coast Club’s goals include educating West Coast Club members about West Coast’s legal landscape, fostering long-lasting professional relationships, assisting HLS students in identifying, applying, and securing employment opportunities, as well as providing a forum for cultural exchange and integration.
Women’s Law Association (2074)
The Harvard Women’s Law Association is a diverse, non-partisan, feminist and womanist organization committed to building a vibrant and supportive community for women during their time at Harvard Law School and beyond. In furtherance of this mission, we advocate for gender equity and bolster women in pursuit of their professional and personal goals. We empower our members with academic resources, mentorship, and professional development opportunities while providing members and alumnae with a lasting community.
WTO Moot Court
The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system and is organized annually by The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA). The competition is open to teams from around the globe, and this year will be Harvard’s 10th year sending a team to the competition.
The competition is comprised of two parts. The first component is the brief, which students will spend the fall semester writing. The team will write 2 briefs of around 20 pages each, which will be submitted in January. After the briefs are submitted, the team will begin preparing for oral arguments. The competition for the All-American Regional Round will be held in March, and two teams advance from the competition to attend the global round in June. Although this past year’s arguments were conducted virtually, regional arguments generally take place in a North American city; past cities have included Washington, D.C., Bogota, Colombia, and Kingston, Canada. The teams that advance then have the opportunity to compete at the final round held in Geneva, Switzerland, where speakers will have an opportunity to argue in front of Appellate Body Members at the WTO. Harvard’s team has won the regional round nearly every year it has participated, and is usually among the top teams at the global round.