Student organizations that have done work on or may have an interest in the intersection between criminal justice and transnational and international phenomena include:
Criminal Justice Society
The UCLA Criminal Justice Society (CJS) is a student group that strives to advance justice within the criminal law system. We do this by promoting criminal law dialogue, practice, reform, policy, scholarship and career development at UCLA. We seek to promote a critical examination of the criminal justice system through the participation of an inclusive community of individuals who want to engage with criminal law. Though our members' backgrounds and political ideologies may vary, we are all committed to increasing the presence of criminal law at UCLA and creating a forum for UCLA School of Law students to contribute to criminal law practice, reform, scholarship and policymaking.
International Justice Project
The UCLA International Justice Project (IJP) is a student-run extracurricular clinical program at UCLA School of Law. IJP partners law students with human rights organizations from around the world to provide firsthand experience with the practice of international human rights law. IJP helps students develop the basic skills and substantive knowledge necessary for international human rights and international justice advocacy. Students collaborate with partner organizations to draft legal memoranda and briefs, and to provide valuable international and comparative legal research.
IJP is currently working on a range of projects with organizations addressing domestic human rights issues as well as issues abroad in South Africa, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and India. JD students may begin IJP work in the second semester of their first year, and LLM students may join as soon as they arrive at UCLA.
International Human Rights Law Association
The International Human Rights Law Association's (IHRLA) purpose is to provide a student-led forum for developing knowledge, sharing experiences, and promoting career opportunities within the field of international human rights law at UCLA School of Law. IHRLA endeavors to work closely with the International and Comparative Law Program and other organizations, both on and off campus, to provide meaningful opportunities for learning, project-based research, and career assistance to students within the Law School.
Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society (IMLS) at UCLA seeks to educate students on issues impacting the immigrant community, as well as bridge a connection with immigration law academic scholars and practitioners. A primary focus of the organization is to help law students volunteer with agencies that provide free or low-cost legal services for low-income immigrants. Students who volunteer with the VAWA Clinic work with attorneys at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to prepare declarations for victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence, in order to apply for U-Visas and VAWA. Students also volunteer with the Youth Deportation Defense Clinic, in conjunction with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, by conducting legal screenings for minors to help the family identify potential defenses to deportation and connect the child with free or low-cost representation.