Public Law 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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  • The Federalist Society is a nationwide network of conservative, libertarian, and moderate judges, scholars, lawyers and law students dedicated to fostering balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint.

    The Federalist Society is a non-partisan organization 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.

    The Federalist Society chapter at UCLA is committed to providing a diversity of views on campus through informed debate about limited constitutional government based on the rule of law and its positive effects on law and public policy.

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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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