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Student Organizations and Extracurricular Activities

Although the Law School discourages outside employment, participation in extracurricular activities is suggested to promote exploration of professional interests during the first year. Leadership roles in most organizations are assumed early on the upper-class students.

Not surprisingly, the majority of activities are concerned with some aspect of the law. For example, the Environmental Law Society and the International Law Society are long-standing student organizations. There is also an array of student publications, including the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law; Michigan Journal of International Law; University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Michigan Journal of Race and Law; Michigan Law Review; and the Michigan Technology Law Review. Moot court experiences such as Campbell and Jessup benefit from much student interest and participation, as do other programs which develop professional skills, such as the Client Counseling and Negotiation workshops and competitions, and the trial advocacy competitions.

Students also find ways to develop their lawyering skills through participation in the Family Law Project and the Asylum and Refugee Law Project. A full range of political expression and activity thrives at the Law School through such organizations as the National Lawyers Guild and the Federalist Society. Organizations such as the Native American Law Students Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Latino Law Students Association, the Jewish Law Students Association, the Christian Legal Society, the Women Law Students Association, and the OutLaws provide support to their members and add to the intellectual and social life of the community.

Many students become involved in student governance through the Law School Student Senate (LSSS), which also appoints student members to the Law School’s standing committees.

Students may learn about the various organizations and sign up for participation during the annual fall student organization fair or by contacting the individual organizations. To find out more about the Law School's Student Organizations and Journals visit their Web page.

Some students prefer more individual activities and serve as tutors, First-Year Information (FYI) fellows, or orientation leaders for their student peers or as tutors, counselors, and volunteers in organizations that serve the community. Others participate in ad hoc efforts to sponsor symposia or other events and bring us local and national conferences on AIDS, women’s rights, legal education, professional leadership and so on. Still others share their talents through singing in the School’s a capella group (the Headnotes), participating in the Mr. Wolverine contest or other student shows, or writing for the Law student-run literary journal. Some leave the Law Quad to participate in intramural athletics or diverse University organizations, observe the work of the courts in downtown Ann Arbor or nearby Detroit, or pursue a hobby or family life. Finally, upper-class students sometimes pursue employment for a few hours a week, either law or non-law related, on a paid or volunteer basis.

For more information, see the Journals and Student Organizations Web page.