Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Whittier Law School supports a variety of student organizations and activities.

Scholarly Organizations

These student organized and led groups provide scholarly publishing opportunities, courtroom experiences, professional contacts, exposure to legal specialties and social activities.

Publications

Moot Court Organizations

The Moot Court Honor’s Board of Whittier Law School is committed to developing oral and written appellate advocacy skills among its students. Each year, students who have demonstrated exceptional skills are invited to join the Board. Board members successfully test their skills in national competitions, and are dedicated to maintaining the Law School’s excellent reputation in appellate advocacy.

The Moot Court Honors Board also hosts the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, the only national competition dedicated exclusively to issues confronting families and children.

Trial Advocacy Honors Board

The objective of TAHB is to train students in all facets and phases of advocacy, especially litigation, and to uphold and improve the adversary system and trial by jury. To give students lawyering practice, Whittier’s chapter sponsors and participates in a variety of intramural and national mock courtroom competitions. Membership is obtained after participation in an internal competition.

Student Organizations

Membership in these organizations are open to any Whittier Law Student.

To contact the leaders of one of these organizations, click here:
Student Organization Leaders

Organizations and Subsidies

Student Bar Association

*Zealous Advocate Spring Issue III

All registered Whittier Law School students are members of the Student Bar Association. The SBA organizes activities of general Law School interest and helps new students adjust to life at Whittier by sponsoring social, athletic, and law-related events. The SBA Board represents student interests in and sit as members several Faculty Committees. The President of the SBA is a voting member at the Faculty. SBA also allocates funds to each of the active student groups at Whittier and publishes the Zealous Advocate, the student newspaper.

For more information for current students, please visit our TWEN site.

To contact the President, please call (714) 444-4141, ext. 361 or email whittier.sbapresident@gmail.com.

American Bar Association / Law Student Division

The Law Student Division informs students about the American Bar Association and issues of concern to the legal profession as a whole. The law school chapter works with other student organizations to bring speakers to the campus and provide legal experience outside the classroom.

Armenian Law Students Society

The purpose of the organization is to enhance cultural awareness for students of Armenian descent. The organization engages in opportunities which explore legal networking and social activities among members. The Society sponsors discussions, panels, and guest speakers.

ACLU Campus Club of WLS

The American Civil Liberties Union Campus Club of Whittier Law School seeks to raise awareness of the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country, and to participate in the defense and preservation of those rights and liberties. The ACLU Campus Club of WLS also works to extend rights to populations that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; LGBT persons; prisoners; and persons with disabilities. We have recently had panels on the First Amendment, National Security and Civil Liberties, Civil Liberty Litigation in Orange County, and LGBT Law. We look forward to discourse on the Death Penalty, Economic Justice, Technology and Privacy, and other topics. Our faculty advisers are Professors Mary Ellen Gale and Neil Cogan. Please join us on our journey.

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Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

The organization is committed to providing a forum for American students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and foreign students. The members engage in opportunities which explore customs, cultures, and legal problems unique to their heritage.

APALSA Bylaws

Visit APALSA’s Blog

Black Law Students Association

The Whittier chapter of the Black Law Students Association is active on campus as well as on regional and national levels. BLSA programs include exam-writing workshops and other events to ensure academic and professional success. On the national level, BLSA participates in the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition, job fairs, and community service projects.

Campus Democrats

Campus Democrats is an Equal Opportunity Organization with the purpose and goal to “support the philosophy and candidates of the Democratic Party; to support all efforts to increase the participation of WLS students in Democratic Affairs.”

Christian Law Society

The purpose of the chapter is to provide mutual support, encouragement, and fellowship to law students who identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. This allows participants to live out that commitment in their personal and professional lives.

The Criminal Law Society

The Criminal Law Society (CLS) is an organization founded at Whittier Law School with the emphasis on Criminal Law. The organization aims to facilitate interest in the criminal law field in various ways by equally representing defense, prosecution, and enforcement viewpoints. Our membership includes and is open to all Whittier Law students, faculty, and staff. CLS hosts various events each year by inviting members of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), Orange County Public Defender’s Office (OCPD), and various organizations with experience and insight in the criminal justice system. Many of our members are current or past employees of the OCDA’s and/or OCPD’s office with their own experiences within these departments. We encourage interaction and conversation with these experienced students by having general meetings and gatherings between new students and current Whittier Law students.

Entertainment and Sports Law Society

The focus of this organization is to educate and inform students about career opportunities in the sports and entertainment industries. The society sponsors lecturers and seminars on related topics.

Environmental Law Society

The society was founded in response to growing interest and concern for environmental issues. ELS sponsors speakers from various fields of environmental law and seeks to identify employment opportunities for students.

The Federalist Society

The law school chapter of the national Federalist Society is founded on the principles of individual freedom, the separation of governmental powers and the rule of law. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application by fostering debate and discussion of current legal, political and social issues. The organization’s membership is open and is comprised primarily of conservatives and libertarians.

Health Law Society (PULSE)

The Health Care Society (PULSE) was founded to inform and educate students about emerging health care issues, such as the Affordable Care Act, medical malpractice, public health laws, bioethics and mergers and acquisitions. PULSE hopes to advocate for more classes at Whittier Law School relating to these issues and unite students on campus that are interested in pursuing careers in the field. PULSE is comprised of many students with personal investment in healthcare law that are looking to make a difference.

Visit our website at: whittierpulse.webs.com

Hispanic American Law Students Association

The Association promotes and provides opportunities for Hispanic-American law students through discussions, panels, and other events.

Intellectual Property Law Society

The purpose of the Intellectual Property Law Society is to explore all facets of intellectual property law and the many roles of attorneys within this specialty. The Society organizes topical seminars, sponsors guest speakers, maintains relationships with alumni specializing in this area of law and promotes Whittier’s Intellectual Property Certificate Program.

International Law Society

The International Law Society provides a forum for students interested in the field of international law. Through discussions, speakers, research, and publications, the society promotes opportunities within international law. The society also sponsors an annual International Law Symposium that addresses various national and international issues of concern to the legal community.

Intramural Club

Iranian Law Students Association

The Iranian Law Student Association assists Iranian law students and provides support for their legal education. It promotes academic excellence and creates an intellectually stimulating environment. The Association also works to bring light to the history of Iran and the origins of its legal system.

Jewish Law Students Association

The JLSA of the Los Angeles Hillel Council provides an excellent opportunity for Jewish law students to meet each other, participate in social, professional, and religious activities, and develop contacts with members of the Southern California legal community.

Join Jewish Law Students Association at Facebook

Law Students for Safe Access (LSSA)

LSSA is a student organization at Whittier Law School dedicated to the education and advocacy of ensuring safe access to medical marijuana. As the first of student organization of its kind, LSSA will explore all facets and opportunities involving current medicinal marijuana issues through discussions, guest speakers, and interaction with the community.

Visit our Law Students for Safe Access Website

Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Law Students Association

This organization’s purpose is to provide a supportive social network for law students of diverse orientations. The association works to educate the community about sexual identities and to promote diversity in law school and the legal profession through workshops and lectures.

Join Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Law Students Association on Facebook

Middle Eastern Law Students Association

The purpose of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association is to provide a supportive, pro-active environment to address the legal issues facing the Middle Eastern community.

National Lawyers Guild

The NLG’s motto is that human rights should be more sacred than property rights.

OWLS (Older Wiser Law Students)

OWLS is a service group for non-traditional students. The group hosts social events, presents guest speakers, and forms study groups.

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

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Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International was the first law fraternity to open membership to all genders, races, creeds and national origins. Phi Alpha Delta is an excellent way to get involved with the school and contribute to the legal community. We also have a great outline bank available to all dues-paying members.

Public Interest Law Foundation

Whittier Public Interest Law Foundation is a nonprofit, student-directed organization. WPILF is committed to increasing the awareness of students, faculty, alumni, and administration to the rewards, challenges, and opportunities in public interest law projects through financial support, educational programs, community outreach and other ongoing efforts necessary to fulfill its goals.

Republican Leadership Council

A student organization for moderate to conservative Republicans who believe in limited government and fiscal responsibility, the RLC continues the tradition of Whittier’s most famous alumnus, Richard M. Nixon, by offering members the opportunity to get involved in the Republican Party at the local, state, and national level. The RLC meets once a month to plan upcoming events and listen to prominent guest speakers. In addition, the club will also begin a network for members with the California Republican Lawyers Association.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of the law.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Tax Law Society

This society provides an academic informational network and forum of the issues and principles surrounding tax law. The Tax Law Society works in conjunction with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE).

Vietnamese American Law Students Association

Whittier Law Intramural Club

The Whittier Law Intramural Club provides a forum for students interested in sporting events and extracurricular activities with their fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni. Through sporting events, community philanthropy, networking activities, and friendly competition, the club promotes a more creative way to create connections within the school and professional environments.

Women Law Students Association

The Women Law Students Association is dedicated to meeting the needs of women in law school and explores issues of interest in the legal profession and the community. The association maintains close relationships with alumnae to sponsor symposia, conferences, and panel discussions.

Join Women Law Students Association on Facebook