Get Involved in Student Life
There are a number of ways to get involved outside of the classroom at UBalt Law. Our active student population leads and participates in more than 30 co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Publications and the Board of Advocates
Explore co-curricular activities like our journals and Moot Court teams below. Students who participate in co-curricular activities often receive academic credit for these experiences.
The University of Baltimore School of Law's flagship journal, Law Review, provides in-depth analyses of current topics of interest to the legal community nationwide. As an academic forum for legal scholarship, the journal is a valuable research tool for legal practitioners. The Law Review also operates as a training ground for its members, providing an opportunity for students to hone their writing, research, editing and time-management skills—skills that are prized in the job market. Under the direction of a student-run editorial board, Law Review is published three times a year. Articles are contributed by professors, practitioners, judges and students. Learn More
The award-winning University of Baltimore Law Forum concentrates on developing trends and topics unique to the Maryland legal community. The Law Forum provides unique focus on Maryland's legal decisions and issues, providing practitioners and the larger community with a one-stop location for gaining insight and information on the changes shaping the practice of law in Maryland. The student-reviewed journal includes articles from University of Baltimore law students and faculty, as well as Maryland-based attorneys, judges and legislators. Learn More
Board of Advocates
The Board of Advocates is a student organization made up of current and former participants from both the moot court and the trial competition teams. The BOA is managed by an executive board, which assists its members in competing successfully in moot court or trial team competitions. BOA members are primarily second and third-year day and evening students. Learn More
Moot Court Teams
UB Law students who participate in Moot Court competitions gain valuable experience and training in written and oral advocacy. By rigorously preparing and then attending a competition, law students also increase their marketability to potential legal employers. Learn More
Learn to be an effective storyteller and persuasive oral speaker in a supportive and rigorous environment. Whether you want to be a litigator or a transactional attorney, a trial team experience can significantly enhance your ability to be a persuasive public speaker in whatever area of law you decide to practice. Learn More
The list of student organizations changes based on the extra-curricular activities and interests of students each year. UBalt Law provides a budget, shared storage space, and administrative resources to approved student organizations.
Current students may access the Law Campus Groups portal which contains more information about student organizations and upcoming events and meetings.
American Bar Association/Law Student Division - ABA/LSD
Membership in the ABA/LSD affords law students the opportunity to receive material important to future careers as lawyers, and especially relevant to the law school experience. Other benefits of the ABA/LSD include: low-cost major medical health and life insurance; discounts on Hertz car rental; discounts on bar review courses. Opportunities to join the ABA/LSD are offered at orientation and throughout the year by the ABA/LSD representatives.
American Constitution Society
ACS comprises law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers and activists working to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law. ACS is working to: promote a progressive vision of the Constitution, public policy and the law and to build a diverse and dynamic national network of students, lawyers, academics, judges and policymakers to lead America today and over the long term. Faculty advisor: Professor Gilda Daniels
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association - APALSA
The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association serves as an academic, social and political resource for Asian Pacific American (APA) students in the law school. The chapter offers an APA perspective on the law school experience and the legal profession. APALSA encourages participation, leadership and public service among APA law students at the University of Baltimore. It maintains communication with the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Korean Bar Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, Shandong University in China (UB's sister law school) and other APA organizations. Additionally, APALSA assists in recruiting APA students to the University of Baltimore, assists immigrants in understanding and working through the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) process, and brings awareness to APA issues through its bulletin board, website, guest speakers and other activities. Faculty advisor: Professor Jaime Lee President: Vidhi Kumar
Black Law Students Association - BLSAThe Black Law Students Association is a national organization created and designed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students. The chapter has developed a Law Student Assistance Program in which upper-class law students are assigned to incoming first-year students to help them adapt to the law school environment. BLSA also sponsors an exam-taking seminar; open to all first-year students, the seminar provides practice in taking final exams. BLSA has also assisted with recruiting in an effort to increase the enrollment of black students at the University of Baltimore. Faculty advisor: Professor Odeana Neal President: Markisha Dobson
Business and Tax Law Association - BTLA
The Business and Tax Law Association is designed for students interested in the study and practice of business law and/or tax law. The organization holds events and facilitates activities related to these areas of law, which may include practitioner forums and projects with the Maryland State Bar Association. Faculty advisor: Professor Fred Brown President: Zachary Jones
Christian Law Students Association
The Christian Law Students Association will affirm and preserve the principles of our Christian faith through student fellowship, Bible study, and open dialogue among its organization members and other students not of the Christian faith who desire to participate. This will be facilitated through weekly meetings in which biblical teaching, issues and themes (and their life application for those of the Christian faith) will be discussed and reflected upon. President: Parker Imani Payne
Criminal Law Association - CLA
CLA seeks to facilitate discussion and lectures on issues and perspectives of criminal law, to encourage and provide information on employment within the criminal law field, to provide open forums for the exchange of ideas, and to promote the social community among those interested in pursuing a career in criminal law. Faculty advisor: Professor David Jaros President: Brice Litus
Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Association - EASL
The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Association presents various recreational and entertainment activities. For a number of years, EASL often sponsors a spring semester Sports Law Symposium. Faculty advisor: Professor Phillip Closius
Environmental Law Society - ELSThe Environmental Law Society sponsors a speaker series featuring practicing attorneys from both the public and private sectors. Members discuss different career opportunities with these speakers, as well as trends in environmental law. Additionally, key environmental issues are addressed in symposia organized by the society that are open to the entire law school community. Faculty advisor: Professor Sonya Ziaja Co-Presidents: Lisa Blitstein and Brianna Thomas
Family Law Association - FLA
The Family Law Association meets once a month and is open to students, faculty, alumni and members of the family law community. The FLA was established to further the education of students interested in Family Law, broadly defined. President: Neha Khan
Government and Military Law Association - GMLA
The Government & Military Law Association is a student organization concerned with promoting awareness of military and government-related issues among the University of Baltimore School of Law community, providing a forum for current and former military service members, current and former government employees, and students interested in military or government law (local, state, or federal). The organization also strives to foster a military and government-related alumni network. Faculty advisor: Professor Hugh McClean President: Alicia Pitts
Vision: We envision a transformation of the legal systems and institutions that perpetuate oppression into structures that realize justice, and a future when all people can self-determine their reproductive lives free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.
Mission: If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice transforms the law and policy landscape through advocacy, support, and organizing so all people have the power to determine if, when, and how to define, create, and sustain families with dignity and to actualize sexual and reproductive well-being on their own terms. Faculty advisor: Assistant Dean Claudia Diamond President: Shea Roodberg
Intellectual Property Law Society - IPLS
International Law Society - ILSThe International Law Society facilitates greater awareness and continuing education in matters concerning international law. The ILS invites practitioners from the international field to meet and speak to students on matters of interest. The ILS also shows films that help provide a better understanding of this area of law. Additionally, the ILS provides information relating to job opportunities. Meetings also provide an outlet for members to express their mutual interest in the field of international law. Faculty advisor: Professor Nienke Grossman President: Sina Jahanshahi
Jewish Law Students Association - JLSA
The purpose of the Jewish Law Students Association is to educate both Jewish and non-Jewish students and faculty about the Jewish faith and to discuss and raise awareness of legal and professional issues facing Jews today. JLSA is a cultural, social, educational and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community at University of Baltimore School of Law. JLSA has co-sponsored renowned speakers and an array of social activities. Check out the group's bulletin board for what's new. Faculty advisor: Professor Kenneth Lasson President: Sarah Steinberg
Latin American Law Student Association - LALSAThe purpose of the Latin American Law Student Association is to promote the integration of Latin American law students within the University of Baltimore community. LALSA seeks to host and organize law-related social, cultural and academic events that address issues pertinent to Latin American culture and to foster a more understanding and tolerant society. Faculty advisor: Professor Nienke Grossman President: Sabrina Marquez
National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter
The National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter Chapter is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers in America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
Our aim is to bring together all those who regard adjustments to new conditions as more important than the veneration of precedent; who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers and minority groups upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. Faculty advisor: Veryl Pow
Parents in Law School
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. President: Annemarie Duerr
Real Estate Law Association - RELA
The mission of the UBalt Real Estate Law Association is to educate and encourage interest in the field of real estate law by providing a forum to discuss relevant topics at the forefront of this practice area such as current developments, legislation and career paths. In addition, RELA strives to prepare students for the practice of real estate and real estate law by providing networking and mentoring opportunities with seasoned professionals in the field. Faculty advisor: Professor Audrey McFarlane President: Jared Stape
Society for Equity in Education - SEE
The Society for Equity in Education (SEE) is a student organization for all University of Baltimore School of Law students interested in education and the law. SEE brings together students and professionals to raise awareness about, and to better understand, issues related to public education law. SEE works to provide an education law related alumni/professional network for students to benefit from, which includes networking opportunities for students. Faculty advisor: Assistant Dean Alyssa Fieo President: Alexandria Hodge
Student Bar Association - SBA
The Student Bar Association is the student government and service organization of the law school. Every law student is automatically a member of the SBA. Each spring the student body at large elects the executive officers of the SBA and six class representatives. With the advice of the general council, appointments to student and faculty committees and the American Bar Association Law Student Division are made by the president of the SBA. At least one student member is appointed to most law school faculty committees. Incoming first-year students elect one representative from each Contracts class in an election held in September. The Constitution for the SBA governs its activities.
The SBA has or shares responsibility for the following activities, among others:
- a speakers series;
- a summer softball team;
- advocacy for student issues on a local and state level;
- locker registration;
- sponsoring events to benefit worthy causes such as hunger and homelessness; and
- numerous social activities, including a fall orientation reception and the Barristers Ball.
Officers of the SBA must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the time of their election. The SBA, founded in 1970, is a member of the Student Government Association of the University of Baltimore, the National Association of Student Governments, the National Association of Student Bar Associations and the eleventh circuit of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. That division is comprised of law schools in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Faculty adviser: Assistant Dean Paul Manrique President: Kyle Coleman
Students Supporting the Women's Law Center - UBSSWLC
The UBalt-SSWLC exists to provide a forum for education, advocacy and scholarship aimed at advancing the interests of women through the legal system and legislature. The UBSSWLC is dedicated to informing the university and surrounding community about issues that involve women and their rights. Faculty adviser: Associate Dean Margaret Johnson President: Shea Roodberg
The Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Furthering our mission statement entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. We host speeches and debates featuring members of this network.
UB Disabled Law Students Association - DLSA
The UB Disabled Law Student Association works to create an open, sustainable, and accessible environment for students to raise awareness of and advocate for disability rights in the University of Baltimore School of Law community, the legal profession, and society at large. The UB DLSA will host events that are inclusive of both members of the disability community as well as allied partners. UB DLSA is a chapter member of the National Disabled Law Student Association (NDLSA). Faculty advisor: Professor John Lynch President: Katelyn Keegan
University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest - UBSPI
The University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest Law aims to inform UBalt law students about the breadth of public-interest law and to offer them the opportunity to experience this legal field firsthand. For more than a decade, UBSPI has inspired students to pursue careers dedicated to serving the less fortunate and underprivileged in an effort to obtain equal representation in the justice system.
Understanding the financial challenges that students committed to public-interest law face, UBSPI – in conjunction with the law school and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation – provides funding to UBalt law students to intern during the summer at public-interest organizations that otherwise could not afford to compensate them for their work. Each year, UBSPI hosts an auction to fund grants for UBalt law students interested in working at these organizations. Previous grants have allowed students to work at places such as Legal Aid, House of Ruth, Advancement Project, HERO, Public Justice Center and the Homeless Persons Representation Project.
In addition to the annual auction, UBSPI hosts public-interest career networking events such as the Annual Public Interest Wine and Cheese Night to connect law students with practicing public-interest attorneys as well as provide volunteer opportunities for UBalt students to get involved in the community throughout the school year.
Please join UBSPI if you are interested in public-interest law and would like to be connected to public-interest opportunities in and around Baltimore! Faculty advisor: Professor Michele Gilman President: Kaitlin O'Dowd
Women's Bar Association - WBA
The University of Baltimore student chapter of the Women's Bar Association of Maryland organizes and hosts a series of educational and informational programs addressing legal issues that have an impact on women in the profession and the community at large. Some events include a speakers series, an annual Tea and a variety of events to commemorate Women's History Month. The student chapter is also actively involved with the state organization in developing programs exploring opportunities for professional growth of women attorneys. Faculty advisor: Professor Neha Lall President: Kelsey Creed