Legal Profession Student Orgs / Journals

  • UCLA's ACS chapter is the most active student organization on campus. We are comprised of law students committed to building a broad community around a progressive vision of law and policy. Throughout the year, we hold substantive events on issues ranging from immigrants' rights and criminal justice to constitutional interpretation. We also hold social events throughout the year to connect students with faculty and practitioners and with each other.

    ACS is a national organization of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, and others who are committed to ensuring that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are given their rightful, central place in American Law.

    ACS educates about and advocates for a progressive vision of the law, focusing on issues such as access to the courts, anti-discrimination and affirmative action, civil liberties; consumer rights; criminal justice; disability rights; freedom of speech; gay rights; international human rights; immigration; labor law; open government; privacy; protection of health, safety and the environment; and women's rights and reproductive choice.

    The American Constitution Society takes no position on particular legal or policy initiatives. All expressions of opinion are those of the author or authors. ACS encourages its members to express their views and make their voices heard in order to further a rigorous discussion of important issues.

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  • 1st Generation Law Students Association is a newly-established community of law students who are the first of their families to graduate from a four-year university in the US and are dedicated to supporting one another. We serve as an organizing force around the social, academic, emotional, and financial issues relevant to first generation students both within and outside of the law school environment.

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  • The Law Students in Balance group teaches law students various strategies for dealing with everyday stress, balancing their personal and student/professional lives, and preparing themselves for the stressful lifestyle that often accompanies the legal profession. The goal of the organization is to teach important skills that are not typically addressed as part of the law school curriculum, yet are highly useful in law students’ coursework, the legal profession, and in leading a balanced life as a student and lawyer.

    Law Students in Balance offers an innovative approach to the problem of law students’ stress: It is based on the findings of the science of well-being incorporating positive psychology and introducing the practice of various forms of meditation and stress-releasing techniques. The workshops organized by Law Students in Balance may be instrumental in both preventing and managing stress and anxiety among UCLA law students.

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  • The Mock Trial Association offers opportunities for law students to develop trial advocacy skills, to learn about the trial law profession, to secure trial law-oriented internships and employment, and to offer a diverse perspective on important tort and contract issues currently being litigated.

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  • The UCLA Moot Court Program is an intramural competition open to second and third year law students. Teams of students brief and argue a case created especially for the competition by members of the Moot Court Executive Board. The focus is on appellate advocacy, and the judges consist primarily of local members of the bench and bar. Competitors receive scores based 50% on their brief and 50% on their oral scores. Based upon evaluations from these judges, advocates with cumulative scores placing them among the top 40% of all advocates participating in the Fall and Spring competitions become members of the Moot Court Honors Program. The top two advocates from each issue and side of the Spring Honors Competition (eight total) are chosen to argue in the Roscoe Pound Semi-Finals. The best oral advocate from each issue and side (four total) go on to argue the case before three of the nation's most distinguished jurists in the annual Roscoe Pound Tournament. The top twelve students who compete in both the Fall and Spring competition are named Distinguished Advocates. The top nineteen students who compete in both the Fall and Spring are eligible for various international, national, and state teams.

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  • The National Lawyers Guild is an association made up of chapters and committees working locally, nationally and internationally. We are dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. The Guild unites lawyers, law students, and legal workers as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.

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  • The Student Bar Association ("SBA") is the student government at ​UCLA School of Law. We seek to address and represent student concerns, and enhance professional and social interests. SBA provides funding for student organizations, projects, and events, and works closely with the administration to advise the Dean and Dean of Students on student sentiment. Externally, we represent the law school in the UCLA Graduate Students Association ("GSA") and collaborate with local bar associations and other California law schools. SBA is committed to promoting a campus climate that is safe, open, and inviting for a diverse student body. We provide many services, including:

    • Weekly social activities
    • Representation of student concerns and complaints to the faculty and administration
    • Funding for student organizations, projects and events
    • Town Hall Forums to discuss issues of interest to the law school community
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  • The UCLA Law Review is published six times a year by the students of the UCLA School of Law and the Regents of the University of California. The Law Review is a completely student-run organization and all management, editorial, and publication control is vested in its members. The Law Review strives to publish articles of the highest academic quality, while also appealing to the general interests of practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law students, judges, and legislators.

    The UCLA Law Review was founded in December 1953, a few years after the founding of the Law School at UCLA in 1949.

    Membership on the Law Review is decided on the basis of a Write-on competition that first year students complete after their spring semester. Success leads to a year of service as a member of the Law Review's staff. The editorial board of the Law Review is then selected from the staff based on their diligence, attention to detail, demonstrated leadership abilities, and service to the Law Review during their staff year.

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