Students are encouraged to take part in one or more of the Moritz College of Law’s many student organizations and committees. Through involvement, students develop both personally and professionally and become acquainted with students in other sections and in other classes at Moritz, as well as with students and faculty who have common interests and backgrounds. Student organizations range from those that emphasize public interest advocacy and professional development to those that serve the particular interests of the members.
ACLU at Moritz
The ACLU at Moritz aims to further discussions surrounding the main civil rights issues the ACLU of Ohio supports. Through events surrounding ballot initiatives, such as Ohio’s Issue 1, to events on current 6th Circuit and Supreme Court cases deciding major civil rights issues, the organization aims to further awareness of current civil rights issues.
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Promotes and supports quality advocacy for children while enabling law students to network with institutions and professionals serving the child population.
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American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society (ACS) is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, with over 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses. Originally formed as the progressive response after the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore decision, ACS was founded on the principle that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people.
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Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association
Moritz’s Asian-Pacific-American Law Students Association (APALSA) is a social, cultural, and political organization. APALSA’s mission is to advocate issues concerning Asian-American law students at Moritz and the community, provide support for law school students, and create a social and professional network to connect students and alumni. Our goal is to increase awareness of the historical role and status of Asian and Pacific Islanders in America, to encourage cooperation with other minority law students, and to provide an opportunity for fellowship and career development for its members.
This year, APALSA plans to work closely with other Moritz affinity groups to address minority issues, and collaborate with other APALSAs from other law schools in Ohio to encourage leadership and service among APA law students.
APALSA is open to all Moritz Law students of every background.
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Black Law Students Association
The primary objective of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to further the welfare and interests of Black and other minority law students. BLSA strives to meet this objective by promoting academic excellence, community involvement, academic and social adjustment, and curriculum alternatives.
BLSA is working on a resume compilation of African American candidates for employers. BLSA conducts several annual activities, including orientation and outlining sessions for first-year minority students, panel discussions, networking events and a Spring Banquet.
BLSA is dedicated to bettering the community. For example, BLSA collected hygiene items for underserved women in the Columbus area. We also collaborated with the Columbus Urban League on a clothing drive known as “My Brother’s Closet.” Through our charitable works, we strive to deepen our ties to the Columbus community.
BLSA looks forward to continued interaction with the law school and the greater Columbus community as we expand our role in the legal profession.
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Business Law Society
The Business Law Society (BLS) is one of the largest student groups at Moritz. Its purpose is to educate OSU law students on current issues in the field of business law and inform students about areas of employment and opportunities in business law.
BLS also serves as an interface with the business community by providing OSU law students with opportunities to meet and interact with faculty and local lawyers who are leaders in the business community.
BLS plans society meetings, and aims to feature speakers that are general counsel in local corporations or attorneys practicing in business law, securities regulation, business litigation, or bankruptcy.
BLS members do not need a business background, although many members have undergraduate and master’s degrees in business-related fields.
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Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a non-denominational, non-affiliated group of Christian students in the Moritz College of Law. The primary focus of the group is to give Christians within the college a place to grow and receive Christian encouragement and support. CLS attempts to promote spiritual understanding, growth, and fellowship through weekly group Bible study. CLS also introduces law students to practicing attorneys and faculty members who share a similar faith-based background and value system. All of the meetings and social activities of CLS are open to anyone, regardless of their background or religious preference. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law Society strives to generate open discussion on criminal law issues and to support students who are interested in the field of criminal law. Among other activities to assist student entry in the field of criminal law, the group fosters network connections with prosecutors, public defenders, private criminal defense attorneys, and judges. Throughout the year, the Criminal Law Society will bring in speakers on typical and unusual criminal law issues to help students fully explore this area of law.
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Defenders at OSU
Defenders at Ohio State has five goals: (a) help current law students figure out if public defense is the right career path for them; (b) provide a nurturing and supportive community for aspiring public defenders; (c) teach aspiring public defenders skills to help them succeed as public defenders; (d) connect Moritz alumni who are doing public defense work with one another and provide them with helpful resources; and (e) help connect students and alumni interested in public defense jobs with employers who are looking to hire public defenders.
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Energy and Environmental Law Society
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The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. The Society 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.
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Future Tech Law
Future Tech Law focuses on the intersection of technology and the law, engaging with speakers and community leaders passionate about the growing overlap of these two fields. By bringing these speakers and leaders to campus, we hope to enrich the discussion and dialogue at Moritz on these topics and introduce students to ways in which technology and the law will affect them in the future.
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Health Law Society
The Health Law Society exists to educate law students and the campus community about medical-legal issues affecting health care providers, patients, and legislators.
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Inter-Professional Council (IPC)
Inter-Professional Council is the governing body for the 3,000 students at the colleges of law, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The group plans a variety of social, professional outreach, and community service events, in addition to weighing in on university policies in academic affairs, student affairs, and more.
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If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice exists to raise student awareness and engagement around issues at the intersection of the law and Reproductive Justice. Specifically, the organization will provide opportunities for issue education, community involvement, and peer and professional engagement. Membership offers a community of like-minded law students and legal professionals interested in issues of law and Reproductive Justice.
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Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society is a student organization dedicated to the practice of immigration law. We seek to promote awareness of immigrant and refugee issues to the Moritz community through speakers, activism, and public service. We aim to provide a link between current students and local practitioners within the field.
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Intellectual Property Law Society
It shall be the purpose of the Intellectual Property Law Society to establish a forum for legal education and discussion that are pertinent to the field of cyber, intellectual property, technology, and entertainment law. I.P.L.S. seeks to provide educational and occupational services and network opportunities for students and faculty at the Moritz College of Law and the Ohio State University.
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International Law Society
The purpose of the ILS is to raise awareness among law students about opportunities in the area of international law. ILS aims to work with international organizations, attorneys practicing international law and students who are interested in international law to create a bridge for getting information and advice on how to advance into the international legal market.
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Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students’ Association (JLSA) helps to build a sense of community the Moritz College of Law by providing programming of Jewish social, cultural, religious and legal significance. JLSA seeks to develop awareness within the campus community of legal issues relevant to the Jewish community and the role of Jewish ethics and values in the professional world. JLSA sponsors Shabbat dinners, speakers, networking events, shows, films and hosts social events in conjunction with other Moritz graduate student organizations.
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Latino Law Students Association
The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) serves as a resource and community for Latino students at Moritz. We are dedicated to preparing members for their professional roles in society and to promoting awareness of Latino interests in the legal field.
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Law School Democrats
The Law School Democrats foster and perpetuate the philosophy, principles, and goals of the Democratic Party. We develop leadership skills in our members, involve ourselves in programs to improve voter education and participation, and contribute to the well-being of the community at large.
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Law School Republicans
The Law School Republicans provide opportunities for law students who believe in the ideals of conservativism and Republicanism. Our goals include increasing voter registration, helping students get involved in the political process, encouraging discussion and dialogue between different branches of conservativism and with those with other political beliefs, and preparing law students for public service. We sponsor key political speakers, public debates, get out the vote drives, and congressional letter-writing drives.
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Military and National Security Law Student Association
The Military & National Security Law Students Association connects interested law students with practitioners in the National Security arena, such as JAG, DOJ, FBI. Our mission is to educate law students on the breadth and depth of opportunities available in National Security Law and to encourage students to think about pursuing a path in such a dynamic and important field.
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Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program
With moot court and lawyering skills programs in trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and appellate argument, Moritz students can take advantage of many levels of opportunity across a broad range of legal areas. We host multiple internal competitions and field traveling teams in some of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious competitions. Whether you are interested in trial work, appellate work, deal-making, or national security, there are many ways to be involved in the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program.
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Moritz Education Law Society
The Education Law Society (ELS) is a space for the discussion and promotion of education amongst members of the Moritz College of Law community. Its purpose is to educate OSU law students on current issues in the field of education law and inform students about opportunities in Columbus to impact area schools and students. The organization hosts speaker panels, interview luncheons, and discussion groups.
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Ohio State Business Law Journal
The Ohio State Business Law Journal (OSBLJ) is nationally renowned for its intersection of business and the law. Created and managed by students, this semi-annual journal explores the wide variety of legal issues facing the business world. OSBLJ publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, and student-authored notes discussing provocative, timely legal issues in entrepreneurial and corporate law.
Additionally, the journal hosts an annual symposium where professors and practitioners from around the world gather to discuss topical issues and emerging trends in business law.
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Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law
The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is a peer-evaluated, faculty-student cooperative venture published by the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. The Journal is published semi-annually, and is a forum for important scholarship written by academics and professionals in the criminal justice field. The journal will continue, through its symposium, commentary, and book and cultural review sections, to provide useful and serious, but also interesting and provocative, discourse on critical issues in the field of criminal law.
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Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution
The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (JDR), a student-initiated and student-run publication, is currently in its 34th year of publication. As the official law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution, JDR is dedicated to explore alternative forums for and methods of dispute resolution.
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Ohio State Law Journal
The Ohio State Law Journal is a generalist law review publishing legal scholarship in all areas. The Journal, which began in 1935, publishes six issues each year and hosts an annual Symposium on a timely legal issue.
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Ohio State Technology Law Journal
The purpose of the Ohio State Technology Law Journal shall be to publish legal scholarship; provide training and experience for students in legal research, writing, and editing; foster dialogue on legal issues both within OSTLJ and in the broader legal community; and encourage academic excellence and the professional development of all Staff Members. OSTLJ is an interdisciplinary journal publishing twice a year on topics relating to law, policy, and technology. OSTLJ also publishes short articles relating to current events in technology regularly on the online blog.
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OutLaws is the LGBTQ+ student group at the Moritz College of Law. We provide community for LGBTQ+-identified and allied members of the law school community, educational events on LGBTQ+-adjacent issues, and collaborate with community partners on legal clinics and outreach events.
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Pro Bono Research Group
Over 80 percent of people’s legal needs go unmet because they cannot afford an attorney. To reduce this percentage, the Pro Bono Research Group (PBRG) provides research assistance to Legal Services and Legal Aid attorneys throughout Ohio. After a student’s first semester of law school is complete, they may become a Research Fellow. Research Fellows conduct quality research akin to the law journals and gain practical legal experience like that provided by the clinical programs.
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Attorney Request Form: https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/students/groups/pbrg/files/2018/10/Attorney-Request-Form-2018.pdf
Public Interest Law Foundation
The purpose of the Public Interest Law Foundation is to educate and increase awareness within the law school community of the many avenues through which to serve the public interest in a legal capacity. Additionally, the Public Interest Law Foundation shall provide funding in the form of grants to qualifying law students who take volunteer summer jobs in the public sector.
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Real Estate Law Association
The purpose of the Real Estate Law Association (RELA) is to promote student interest and discussion at the cross-section of real estate law, finance, and development.
We are also the law school branch of The Ohio State Center for Real Estate. The Ohio State Center for Real Estate serves as a hub that connects the Fisher College of Business, the Knowlton School of Architecture, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and the Moritz College of Law to facilitate interaction and learning among students, university faculty, alumni, policymakers, and professionals from the various parts of the real estate industry, creating a vibrant community touching all aspects of real estate.
RELA offers many opportunities to become involved, starting as a 1L. During the spring semester, RELA hosts a young attorney panel that focuses more on the near-term practice of real estate law following graduation.
RELA also encourages members to take the lead on organizing an event of interest, at any time, and at any place.
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Sports and Entertainment Law Association
The Sports and Entertainment Law Association seek to provide its members with practical knowledge of sports and entertainment law and to foster an atmosphere of networking and education necessary to enter those fields. In addition to hosting a number of social events, SELA provides opportunities for networking and education between SELA members and industry professionals. The group hosts speakers so that its members, as well as the student body at large, can have an opportunity to seek advice from individuals currently practicing in those areas. In the past, we have hosted events with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Super Agent Leigh Steinberg, Screen Actors Guild, Ohio State Athletic Compliance, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith, and local sports attorneys.
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St. Thomas More Society
The St. Thomas More Society is the association for Catholic law students at Moritz. Named in honor of the great Catholic theologian and lawyer, Thomas More, our group celebrates and honors the traditional connection between Catholic theology and legal scholarship. Our goal is to offer students opportunities to examine the intersection of faith, reason, and the law, through dialogue, service, social events, liturgy, and prayer. Our group recognizes the Roman Catholic Church’s moral authority, and we believe that Catholic teaching, properly understood, informs our perspectives on legal questions, social issues, and contemporary problems facing our state and country. We value ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, and religious liberty, and we hope to be a home for all students who similarly value religious liberty and who desire to live faithfully while practicing law. Membership is open to all students, and we welcome everyone who sincerely desires to engage in charitable conversation about faith, reason, and the law.
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The purpose of this organization shall be 1. To represent the issues, opinions, and ideas of all SBA members to the faculty, staff, and administration of Moritz and The Ohio State University. 2. To serve as a liaison between SBA members, Moritz administration and faculty, and the legal community. 3. To provide support and funding for programming and student organizations at Moritz. 4. To serve as a forum for the discussion of academic and professional issues and ideas. 5. To organize student social and recreational events at Moritz.
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Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Moritz
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The purpose of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is to provide income tax preparation assistance to low-income taxpayers. All Moritz students are encouraged to participate regardless of tax or accounting experience.
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Women’s Legal Society
Women’s Legal Society is committed to providing an environment for people with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds to discuss issues that affect women and their experiences as law students.
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*Student organizations are required to adopt a statement of nondiscrimination. For most student organizations that statement prohibits discrimination on the bases of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Student organizations formed to foster or affirm the sincerely held religious beliefs of their members, such as those marked with an asterisk, have adopted nondiscrimination statements that are consistent with those beliefs.