Student Organizations

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If you are interested in forming a Charleston School of Law student organization, please schedule a meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students.

Advocacy Programs
Alliance For Equality

The Charleston School of Law Alliance for Equality is a gay-straight alliance formed to protect and promote the rights of the LGBT community. It is our mission to be active, educational, social, and supportive. We provide a forum to discuss current rights and social issues, as well as take affirmative action to make changes within the laws and within the community. We offer a safe environment for people of all sexual orientations and a social network free from prejudice. Our membership is open to those who are gay and straight, as well as those open about their sexuality and those who wish to remain private.

Ambassadors

Click here for more information.

Aviation Law Society

The Aviation Law Society is a student run organization, established to bring together a common interest amongst students. The Society seeks to promote awareness, generate interest, and educate Charleston School of Law students about the law as it pertains to aviation. The Society will provide members with the opportunity to become acquainted with and learn from practitioners knowledgeable in the field of aviation law. The Society will take advantage of the numerous and unique opportunities the Charleston area provides in furthering the members’ knowledge. Such activities will include demonstrations and tours of local manufacturing facilities and airports. In addition, the Society seeks to give students with a common interest in aviation an opportunity to congregate, to share their experiences, and to encourage and educate each other about the aeronautical opportunities available in the community.

Black Law Students Association

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) promotes the professional needs and goals of all law students by fostering competence in the legal profession. BLSA creates opportunities that impact the Charleston community through service projects and diversity initiatives throughout the year.  BLSA’s activities include: Minority Law Day – members serve as role models for middle and high school students, illustrating the benefits of higher education as they experience a day at law school; The Angel Tree Project – a project that provides gift donations for low-income children from faculty and students; Neighborhood Day – members donate school supplies to children in the community.

The Charleston Law chapter of BLSA is an affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the largest student-run organization in the United States. With more than 200 chapters at law schools nationwide, these chapters represent more than 6,000 black law students.

Click here for A Closer Look at BLSA.

Business Law Society

The Business Law Society encourages the pursuit of legal careers in business-related fields. The Business Law Society coordinates several activities, including an attorney mentoring program, prominent guest speakers, local networking, and regular social events.

Charleston County Bar Association Student Division

The Student Division is a new addition to the Charleston County Bar Association. As an organization, we foster a close relationship with local bar members to benefit the local bar, law students, the community, and the legal profession.

Members of the Student Division have exclusive access to various benefits provided by the Charleston County Bar Association, including:

1. Meet and Greet Opportunities: Each semester our organization hosts multiple gatherings at local restaurants exclusively for Charleston Bar attorneys, Professors, Deans, and CCBA Student Division members. This provides an opportunity for students to meet local attorneys and Charleston School of Law faculty in a casual environment.

2. 403 Requirement Updates: Our organization publicizes, exclusively to CCBA Student Division members, weekly updates of opportunities to fulfill 403 requirements in Charleston.

3. Community Service: Our organization works closely with Charleston County Pro Bono Legal Services to assist the Charleston County Bar in providing legal services to the Charleston community.

4. Newsletters: Our members also receive a copy of the Charleston County Bar Association quarterly newsletter to inform them of news happening in the Charleston legal community.

For more information please contact President, Kevin Phillips

Children's Advocacy and Family Law Society

The Children’s Advocacy and Family Law Society at the Charleston School of Law was established to improve the lives of children by serving as advocates relating to abuse, neglect, juvenile justice, and family law. The society works closely with local agencies and legal professionals to facilitate the participation of Charleston School of Law students on behalf of children and youth in the community and to provide a forum for students interested in Family Law to become involved with professionals in the field. It is the goal of the Children’s Advocacy and Family Law Society to produce members who are ready to enter the legal profession as able and active child advocates.

Membership Benefits

  • Monthly Speaker’s Series featuring Professors, Judges, Practicing Attorneys and many more on topics in the area of Family Law
  • Special Events to Benefit Local Charities
  • Advance Notice of Local Internships, Externships, Job Opportunities and some of the most rewarding pro bono opportunities available

CAFLS Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Guardian Ad Litem Program in Family Court

Dues

Dues are $20.00 per semester.  You will need to pay dues at the first meeting to the Treasurer, Chris Jacob. Dues will help with providing lunch at meetings, speaker gifts, and service projects and events.

2016-2017 Executive Board

  • President: Austin Harvey
  • Vice President: Hailey Patrick
  • Secretary: T’ia Hazel
  • Treasurer:  Chris Jacob
Criminal Law Society

The Criminal Law Society is an organization that aims to enhance student knowledge about criminal law as well as provide insightful and useful information about the profession to those students who already have an interest in criminal law on a national, state and local level.  The Criminal Law Society accomplishes these goals by providing students networking opportunities with professionals in the field of criminal law and educating students about current issues.  The Criminal Law Society holds monthly meetings with guest speakers who work in criminal law and give students enlightening information about the field from a variety of legal positions.  In addition, the Criminal Law Society promotes student awareness about criminal law through social events, fundraisers, panel discussions, and community service.

The Criminal Law Society (CLS) was founded in 2008.

Delta Theta Phi

Delta Theta Phi is a professional law fraternity and a member of the Professional Fraternity Association. The Fraternity can trace its roots to 1900 where it was established at the Cleveland Law School (now known as Cleveland-Marshall Law School). Delta Theta Phi boasts student members who are leaders in their school, law reviews, moot court, and more as well as alumni members who are leaders in the legal community, judiciary, industry, business, and many related fields. Delta Theta Phi is the only law fraternity with an authoritatively recognized law review, The Adelphia Law Journal. After more than 30 years with its headquarters in Ohio, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International is now headquartered at Campbell University, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. Senate was founded in 2012.

EASL (Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law)

The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Society (EASL) at Charleston School of Law was created to encourage and support students considering careers in the fields of entertainment, arts and sports law. The mission of the Society is to help shape the Law School’s entertainment arts and sports law curriculum and to host a wide variety of extra-curricular events targeted at students who are interested in practicing in these related practice areas. Each year the Society hosts an assortment of events and educational meetings. These activities focus on the areas of substantive law that form the working tools of the entertainment practitioner, (business organizations, contracts, dispute resolution, intellectual property, labor and employment, negotiation and taxation) and on the practical, hands-on utilization of those disciplines in the representation of clients in the art, communications, film, internet/new media, music, publishing, television and sports industries. In addition, the Society fosters professional networking to allow students the opportunity to interface with practicing entertainment, arts and sports lawyers around South Carolina, right here in Charleston, SC and the United States in general.

Executive Board

Advisor

Social Media

Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) provides a forum for students to gain knowledge about the practice of environmental law. In an attempt to provide exposure to the various facets of the environmental community, the group sponsors a variety of lecturers and interactive discussions throughout the year. Additionally, the ELS provides a forum to promote new environmental law courses, compose publishable material related to current environmental issues, interact with the local and regional environmental community and advocate for environmental awareness through community service projects, which benefit the Charleston region. ELS also initiated a recycling program at the Charleston School of Law.

Federal Bar Association: Student Division

The mission of the Federal Bar Association – Student Division is to promote interaction and learning between law students and federal judges and lawyers. This student group will work with the state and national chapters of the Federal Bar Association to strengthen student interest and knowledge of the federal legal system. The group will also seek to afford law students opportunities to observe federal court proceedings and interact with federal practitioners, as well as to provide students with information on careers in various areas of federal law.

Please click here for the Federal Bar Association Student Division Application.

Please contact Dean Summers for more information.

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is a non-partisan, conservative/libertarian organization dedicated to fostering balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of freedom, federalism and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that separation of powers is central to the integrity of 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.

Healthcare Law Society

The Healthcare Law Society at the Charleston School of Law is a community dedicated to exploring issues at the intersection of healthcare and law, connecting students and experts for active engagement. Law students, professors, professional administrators and attorneys collaborate to provide networking events, professional career panels, and healthcare law activities for the low country healthcare law community.

The Healthcare Law Society strives to introduce students to the complex and varied world of health law through events and networking opportunities with practitioners, experts, and fellow students. We aim to equip students with an understanding of the multifaceted nature of current healthcare law in an effort to develop effective advocates.

The Healthcare Law Society at the Charleston School of Law is a student run organization. We continuously connect with members of our community to provide students interested in health law with student meetings, career panels, speaker series featuring prominent attorneys and leaders in healthcare law, and invaluable alumni and student networking opportunities. We actively work to ensure that students are provided with the ability to create, foster, and maintain connections to leaders in the field of healthcare law.

Executive Board

  • Gabrielle Sulpizio, President
  • Joseph Brown, Vice President
  • Christopher Hamilton, Treasurer
  • Nancy Zisk, Faculty Advisor
Honor Council

Honor Code

“The students of the Charleston School of Law shall not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do”

Purpose

The purpose of the Charleston School of Law is to educate students of a high moral character and unquestionable personal integrity. In furtherance of this purpose, the Honor Code provides a just standard demanding the utmost personal dedication to honest and fair dealing among the academic community. We acknowledge failure to attain or maintain such a standard shall be punished to the greatest degree allowed herein. The Law requires the highest standards of personal conduct and professional ethics embodied by the principles below, to which we hold ourselves accountable.

Ever mindful of the purpose of our founding, and in the interest of justice, we the students of the Charleston School of Law hereby adhere to an Honor Code that governs the ethical, moral, and legal conduct of the students, faculty, and administration.

If you are unsure whether or not something is an honor code violation please ask any Honor Council member or Dean Barker. To report a Honor violation please contact Dean Barker. For more information, please consult the Honor Council Rules.

Honor Pledge

“On my honor, I pledge that I understand the Honor Code, and I certify that this work conforms to the principles stated therein.” If a professor does not require this pledge to be included with work submitted in his or her class, the pledge will be implied.

Honor Code Violations

An Honor Code Violation is the commission of any of the following sanctioned offenses as they pertain to school business. “School business” is defined as any activity, academic or otherwise, that constitutes a student’s work product from the time the Honor Oath is taken to the day of graduation or conclusion of that student’s tenure at the Charleston School of Law.

  • Lying: Presenting false information with the intent to deceive.
  • Cheating: Any practice, method, or assistance, whether expressly forbidden or unmentioned, that involves any degree of dishonesty, fraud, or deceit; plagiarism is cheating.
  • Stealing: Intentionally taking any property without right or permission, and without.
  • Toleration: Failure to report an honor violation, or withholding knowledge of a violation by another party who is bound by the Honor Code.

Applying to Honor Council

Please contact Geoff Waite for more information.

Intellectual Property Law Society

The Intellectual Property Law Society is an organization for students who are interested in intellectual property law including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Focus is given to current intellectual property issues and the growing importance of intellectual property protection in the United States. The Intellectual Property Law Society also keeps its members up to date on all intellectual property job related issues and specials offered by BARBRI for the patent bar review course.

International Law Society

Our Purpose

  • To create a forum for the exploration of international law, its applications and the opportunities it affords to the Charleston School of Law student.
  • To act as a liaison between Charleston Law and the international law community, international business community, and ABA approved study abroad programs.
  • To foster an interest in, and awareness of, matters of international law, foreign languages and foreign cultures.
  • To foster awareness of international legal systems and methodologies and the role they play in geopolitics and overall global affairs.

Membership

Membership in the International Law Society is open to all Charleston Law students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Dues

$10.00 per semester or $15.00 per year. Dues are subject to change year to year.

Faculty Advisor

Professor William Merkel

Latino/a Law Students Association

The Latino/a Law Student Association (LLSA) is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive community for Latino students at Charleston School of Law and sending highly qualified, dedicated, and responsible lawyers into every legal arena. These goals may be achieved by a membership that consists of both Latinos and individuals interested in Latino culture and issues. This vibrant membership may be composed of both Spanish- speakers and non-Spanish speakers and represent the various countries of Latin America.

LLSA seeks to remedy the under-representation of Latinos in all segments of the legal community. LLSA strives to increase the number of Latino students enrolled in the Charleston School of Law. In working toward this objective, LLSA will work closely with the Admissions Office on recruitment matters. Furthermore, LLSA strives to provide Latino students enrolled at the law school with academic and social support, as well as keeping abreast of Latino issues in the law.

Through the power of community, LLSA seeks to foster activism in all forms that seeks to improve conditions for the entire Latino population, which is now the nation’s largest minority group. Because of this demographic shift, LLSA must lead out in building coalitions with other communities. Thus, it is in that spirit of community that LLSA vows to work closely with the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Public Interest Legal Society, Alliance for Equality, Women in Law and all other student and community organizations with similar goals to that of LLSA to empower and improve conditions for all under-represented groups.

About Us

Our objective is to serve as a support network for Latino law students on campus; and to help the retention and success of Latino law students. Besides keeping our members abreast of scholarships, Latino-centric events, and potential employment opportunities, LLSA encourages its members to become involved in public interest organizations that serve the Latino community. LLSA activities include speaker events, Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Salsa Night, Latin Dance Lessons, and any other relevant Latino social and cultural gatherings. These events aim to help build community and familiarity between Latino and non-Latino students.

Law Democrats

The purpose of Law Democrats is to provide members with opportunities for personal and professional growth through interaction with elected officials and members of the Bar. Law Democrats strive to stimulate in our students an active interest in government and politics and work closely with local Democratic leaders to acquaint students and voters with issues and candidates. Through participation in community service activities Law Democrats seek to foster and perpetuate the ideals of the Democratic Party.

Law Republicans

The Law Republicans of the Charleston School of Law strive to represent the principles of the Republican Party on campus, provide a forum for the discussion of current events, and to actively assist both the local and national branches of the party.

Law Reviews and Journals

Charleston Law Review

The Charleston Law Review is an independent organization composed entirely of second and third year students at the Charleston School of Law. In order to gain membership on the Charleston Law Review, students must compete in a writing competition that begins after the conclusion of spring semester finals. After completion of the writing competition, offers for membership are made to students based on a combination of grades and the scored writing piece.

The Charleston Law Review’s primary objective is to foster the knowledge and insight of students, practitioners, scholars, and the judiciary through a traditional forum dedicated to augmenting the pursuit of innovative legal expression, composition, and scholarship. Members of the Charleston Law Review contribute to this objective by editing articles, writing notes, and actively participating in all aspects of the publication process. This participation enables members of the Charleston Law Review to develop invaluable analytical skills and receive extensive writing and editing experience.

MALABU

MALABU is Charleston School of Law’s Maritime Law Bulletin. With the historic port city of Charleston as a backdrop, MALABU brings timely and useful maritime-focused articles to practicing attorneys, law professors, students, and those in the maritime field. MALABU is run by a board of law students, and faculty advisors with special interests in admiralty, with generous support from the Charleston Maritime Association.

Resolved: Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Resolved: Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution operates under Charleston School of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution. Resolved publishes articles focused on the practical issues facing mediators, arbitrators, attorneys, and human resources professionals engaged in the implementation and supervision of dispute resolution programs and is one of only two law journals in the Southeast dedicated to these issues.

Resolved’s main objective is to promote research and writing in the areas of dispute resolution theory, skills, techniques and application. Resolved members are selected based on a combination of their grades and performance on a writing competition upon completion of all first year required courses. Members are involved in editing articles, writing articles, and all aspects of the publication process. Resolved members also host an annual Symposium dedicated to topical issues involving ADR. Because Resolved fosters an analytical approach to ADR, Resolved members gain invaluable exposure to ADR skill sets as well as extensive writing and editing experience.

Maritime Law Society

The Charleston School of Law Maritime Law Society is established to raise awareness and explore various aspects of admiralty and maritime law. This organization seeks to take advantage of both the significant presence of the maritime industry in Charleston, and visits to the Charleston School of Law by distinguished practitioners and members of maritime academia. We are committed to providing a range of both professional and practical programming. The Maritime Law Society will provide members with the opportunity to participate in demonstrations and tours of the ‘hardware’ of the local industry. Examples of these activities may include tours of State Port facilities or Coast Guard Station, and visits aboard tug or pilot boats. As well, the Maritime Law Society will provide a series of speakers, to discuss a range of both contemporary and historical issues in maritime law.

Past Events:

National Security Law Society

Who Are We?

The National Security Law Society is designed to promote interaction among law students, professors, and professionals with interests and experience in the practice of National Security law. By serving as a conduit, the Society hopes to increase interest in, and understanding of the practice of National Security law, especially within the federal government, but also with consideration to international, state, local, and private sector efforts. Through activities and guest lectures, the Society seeks to expose students to current legal issues and career options surrounding military law, counter-terrorism, intelligence, veteran’s affairs, defense technology, law enforcement, border protection and other security-related practice areas.

What Do We Do?

    • Race Judicata – 5K run for local charity
    • Work with veterans and veteran’s groups through various charities
    • Bring in speakers on a variety of related topics – military service (JAG), Evidence weapon safe handling, Civil Service military law
    • 2nd Amendment rights discussions and practice – come to the range with us to learn how to shoot safely from veteran and military trainers!

Dues

Dues are $10.00 a semester.

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

Phi Alpha Delta is a fraternity which unites students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fellowship designed to: advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; foster integrity and professional competence; promote the welfare of its members; and encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.

Mission, Vision & Core Values

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals. Bound together by tradition and our common interest in the law, we share these core values: Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation.

A Fraternity of Firsts

Phi Alpha Delta was the first law fraternity to…

      • Open membership to all genders, races, creeds and national origins.
      • Host one of the largest Mock Trial Competitions for law students in the country.
      • Conduct a “Senior Transition Program” for pre-law students entering law school.
      • Establish a Pre-Law Program to assist undergraduate students interested in the law.
      • Hold P.A.D. Day at the Supreme Court, a day designated for P.A.D. attorneys to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
      • Conduct an Annual Food Drive to directly benefit food banks chosen by Chapters in their local communities.
      • Win a CFEA Award for Excellence in the highly-competitive multimedia category for the P.A.D. History Video.
      • Implement an on-line membership database for networking students and alumni/ae together.

For more information regarding Phi Alpha Delta,  please visit the national website.

Phi Delta Phi

Phi Delta Phi is the oldest and most prestigious law fraternity in North America. The fraternity was established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics by advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. The Pinckney Inn of Phi Delta Phi was chartered at the School of Law in 2007, and was awarded the honor of International Inn of the Year in 2010-2011. The Pinckney Inn is one of the largest and most active student organizations, and participates in numerous service, philanthropic and social events each year.

Public Interest Legal Society

The Public Interest Legal Society at the Charleston School of Law was established to increase the knowledge of public interest law to students and to create a networking opportunity for students interested in pursuing public interest careers. PILS will accomplish its mission by working with Charleston School of Law’s Director of Public Service and Pro Bono, public interest lawyers in the community, as well as other student organizations in order to create opportunities, speaker appearances, and volunteer opportunities in the community. PILS hopes to establish itself as a nexus for students, faculty and the community to discuss ideas and issues concerning public interest.

Advisor:

Michelle M. Condon

Dues:

Dues are $20.00 for the year. You will need to pay dues at the first meeting. Dues help with providing dinner at meetings, speaker gifts, and service projects and events.

Membership Benefits:

Monthly speaker series featuring professors, judges, practicing attorneys and many more on the topics in the area of Public Interest Law.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities:

      • Legal Clinic with Crisis Ministries
      • Juvenile Arbitration with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office
      • Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program with Family Court
Real Estate Society

The Real Estate Society provides its members with the opportunity to meet those involved in the industry from local attorneys to nationwide developers. The Society hosts speakers each semester with the aim of educating students about opportunities in real estate law. It also seeks to facilitate connections with attorneys, so members can be the first to be considered for clerkships involving real estate or property law. In addition, the Real Estate Society has launched a program designed to give members first notice of real estate related projects that will satisfy their pro bono graduation requirement.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by:

  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.

Student Chapters

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters are student groups that are affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and share its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

National Website

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?list=type&type=139

Student Bar Association

Each student is a member of the Student Bar Association (SBA), by virtue of attending Charleston Law. The mission of the SBA is to serve as the collective voice for the student body and to help provide an exciting experience through social, academic and community service events. More specifically, the SBA administers the budget of student funds, recommends positive change to campus policy and provides the Weekly Dicta. Each semester the SBA collaborates with organizations on campus to help achieve its goals and expand its membership. Student committees contribute to the success of the SBA as it hosts memorable events like Fall Ball and Barrister’s Ball.

The SBA is composed of an Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branch and was formally created by a Constitution ratified by the SBA in 2005.

Executive Board

  • Sam Martin, President
  • Anna Boning, Vice President
  • Tasha Kotz, Secretary
  • AJ Billbry, Treasurer
Taxation Law and Estate Planning Society

The Taxation Law and Estate Planning Society strives to facilitate learning and build practical experience for those persons interested in taxation or estate planning and probate law, though the ultimate goal of the society is to facilitate real world connections among its members and attorneys in the community that specialize in these areas of law. These goals shall be achieved through unique pro bono opportunities, guest speakers, social events, and research projects.

Women In Law

The overriding goal of the Charleston School of Law is to teach the practice of law as a profession with a chief aim of this practice towards providing public service for those who suffer because they are helpless, weak, or are victims of prejudice.  Women in Law is a student organization created to promote this goal among the Charleston School of Law student body by serving and contributing to the Charleston community.

Women in Law also encourages the informed and active participation of women in government through ties with the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association. The organization holds regular meetings during which members and guests are exposed to professionals in the legal field who provide valuable information regarding areas of law that are of particular interest to women and can speak to the specific issues facing women entering the legal field.

Officers

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