Get Involved in Campus Life.
Student organizations represent a vast array of academic and personal interests. Some student groups are more active than others at any given time. Notices about organizational meetings are posted around campus and are sent via email twice a week. Many student organizations also maintain TWEN pages.
American Bar Association/Law Student Division - ABA/LSDMembership 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 is comprised of 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 build adiverse and dynamic national network of students, lawyers, academics, judges and policymakers to lead America today and over the long term. Faculty adviser: 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 adviser: Eric Easton
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 in order to help them adapt to the law school environment. BLSA also sponsors an exam-taking seminar open to all first-year students which provides additional 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. For more information, please contact BLSA's president
Darryl Tarver. Faculty Adviser: Odeana Neal.
Business and Tax Law Association - BTLA
The Business and Tax Law Association is an organization 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 adviser: Fred Brown
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. President: Lindsay Carpenter. Faculty adviser: Byron Warnken
Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Association - EASL
The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Association is an organization that presents various recreational and entertainment activities. For a number of years, EASL sponsored a spring semester Sports Law Symposium. Faculty adviser: Dionne Koller
Estate Disability & Elder Law - EDEL
Faculty Adviser: TBD
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 and open to the entire law school community. Faculty adviser: Steven Davison.
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. Faculty adviser: Leigh Goodmark.
Health Law Association - HLA
The Health Law Association is a student-led organization that seeks to raise awareness of health-related legal issues; generate student interest in health care law; facilitate ongoing dialogue regarding health law and related health issues; to provide educational and professional resources for law students interested in health law; and to grow into a dynamic organization connecting students and professionals in the area of health law.
The organization's goal is to become a resource for law students interested in all aspects of health care law by, for example, developing a dynamic bank of career and internship opportunities and by compiling a course guide for students who wish to pursue health law at the University of Baltimore. The group also engages in dialogue with the university to promote the development of a health law curriculum. Throughout the semester, HLA hosts various lectures, career panels, and community events. Follow HLA's blog. Faculty advisers: Daniel Hatcher and Lisa Ohrin. For more information, contact Co-presidents Joi Akuche or Rachel Snyder.
Intellectual Property Law Society - IPLS
The Intellectual Property Law Society provides an opportunity for students to meet practitioners and learn about developments in this field. Several programs are held each semester, announced on the society's bulletin board. Faculty adviser: Dionne Koller.
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 which give 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 adviser: Mortimer Sellers
Jewish Law Student 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 discuss and raise awareness of legal and professional issues facing Jews today. University of Baltimore's 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 our bulletin board for what's new. President: Btzalel Hirschorn. Faculty adviser: Kenneth Lasson.
Moot Court Board
The University of Baltimore School of Law Moot Court Board administers the Byron L. Warnken Annual Moot Court Competition at the University of Baltimore and facilitates advocacy and research skills training for members of the school's many interscholastic moot court teams.
National Defense and Security Law Society - NDSLS
Faculty Advisor: TBD.
The University of Baltimore chapter of OUTLaw - a student organization that fosters acceptance and promotes education and awareness concerning the legal issues facing members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
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. Contact: Andrew Wong. Faculty adviser: Byron Warnken.
Phi Delta Phi - PDP
Phi Delta Phi is an international legal fraternity, established in 1869 with chapters all over the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. PDP-Carroll Inn is the only legal honors fraternity at the University of Baltimore. It is our goal to continue to promote the organization’s "higher standard of professional and personal ethics and performance." The Carroll Inn continues to bring networking opportunities to our members with Alumni events throughout the year. Equally important is the Inn's desire to give back through various community service projects. Some prominent members of PDP are Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt. Faculty advisor: Audrey McFarlane.Faculty advisor: Prof. Audrey McFarlane
Project Hunger is a public interest group created to help the homeless in the Baltimore area. They work in conjunction with the Mayor's Winter Relief Plan and the Maryland Food Bank. The organization increases law students' awareness about the problem of homelessness through its fund raisers, clothing drives and an annual volleyball tournament held at the University of Baltimore Law Center. Project Hunger also feeds many homeless by distributing food left over from the Orioles' games to area shelters and also aids the homeless in job searches by holding resume dinners at the law school in conjunction with other student organizations such as the Women’s Bar Association.
Real Estate Law Association - RELA
The mission of the UB 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.President: Alex Sabet, Vice President: Rachel Samakow
Sigma Delta Kappa-SDK
Sigma Delta Kappa seeks to provide dedicated, career-oriented law students with the ability to communicate with, and assist one another in the twin aims of self-progress and community improvement. Sigma Delta Kappa aims to fulfill these goals through involvement with a national organization that possesses the tools and resources necessary to aid our progressive, giving members and the population they serve. Members exemplify moral and ethical standards of conduct and commitment, striving to be leaders and examples in the student community. Faculty advisor: Prof. Byron Warnken
South Asian Law Students Association-SALSA
The South Asian Law Students Association at UB provides an exciting cultural, social, moral, and academic climate for all UB students. SALSA focuses on establishing and educating members and others about South Asian history, culture, and legal issues on the global front. Faculty advisor: Prof. Eric Easton.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund - UBSALDF
The UBSALDF exists to provide a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. The UBSALDF is dedicated to informing the university and surrounding community about issues that involve animals and their rights. All public policy positions taken by the UBSALDF shall be consistent with the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF): “to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals.”Faculty advisor: Prof. Steve Davison
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, an American Bar Association Law Student Division (ABA/LSD) representative, and 14 class representatives. With the advice of the general council, appointments to student and faculty committees 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 their representatives in a first-year representative election held in October.
The SBA has or shares responsibility for the following activities, among others:
- the coordination of approximately 45 peer advisors for the Orientation program for incoming law students;
- a speakers series;
- an intramural basketball league and a softball team in a 13-team law firm league;
- recommendations of funding for all other student organizations;
- advocacy for student issues on a local and state level;
- locker registration;
- sponsoring sports 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 third circuit of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. That division is comprised of law schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Faculty Advisor: Associate Dean Jack Lynch
Students Supporting the Women's Law Center - UBSSWLC
The UB-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 advisor: Prof. Leigh Goodmark.
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.
Contact information for 2008-2009: Patrick Samsel - President
University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest - UBSPI
The University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest Law (UBSPI) aims to inform UB law students about the breadth of public interest law and to offer them the opportunity to experience this legal field first-hand. 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 UB 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 UB 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 UB 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 get connected to public interest opportunities in and around Baltimore!
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 which 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: Prof. Margaret Johnson
Campus-wide Academic clubs
Looking for something to do? Want to get involved? Then become active with a student organization.
Student organizations are an integral part of campus life at UB. We have a large variety of organizations to fit our students' diverse interests—everything from academic and social organizations to athletics and honor societies. Need another reason to get involved? Studies have shown that most students who participate in campus activities are more successful academically.
Check out the student organizations we currently have on campus; you can also learn more or get involved through CSI, the virtual hub for UB's student groups and events. If you don’t find a good fit and want to start a new organization, you can do that, too, just stop by the Center for Student Involvement for details.
For more information, contact the Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement via e-mail or by calling 410.837.5417, or stop by and see us in the UB Student Center, Room 303.
For a complete listing of all student groups on campus or for more information about starting a new group, please contact the Center for Student Involvement.