UT Law’s student organizations are involved in many aspects of student life and help coordinate various college events. Below are the currently active student organizations officially recognized by the college. Student members are responsible for the management, philosophy, and views of each student organization. Students are also actively involved in the publication of the College of Law’s various journals.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
UT Law students operate a chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), which believes law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through the development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges, and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering conservative legal opinion.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
UT Law students operate a chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF), dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, while raising the profile of the field of animal law.
Black Law Students Association
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)’s UT chapter is the Marilyn Yarbrough Chapter. NBLSA is a professional organization committed to articulating and promoting the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of black law students. Founded in 1968, NBLSA has more than 6,000 members. Organized into six geographical regions, NBLSA boasts more than 200 chapters, including chapters and affiliates in six other countries. Though headquartered in Washington, DC, NBLSA hosts an annual convention in one its US chapters’ cities.
Named for the first African American law school dean at UT and in the Southeast, the Marilyn Yarbrough Chapter promotes NBLSA’s goals through a variety of initiatives, including academic and professional workshops, mentoring programs, the annual Blackshear Scholarship Gala, a charity ball, the BLSA buddy program, and the College Student Division.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society seeks to develop and maintain a vibrant Christian law student presence on campus, enabling its members, individually and as a group, to “love the Lord with their hearts, souls, and minds and to love their neighbors as themselves” (as shared in Matthew 22:37-40). The chapter “cultivates spiritual growth among its members, shows the love of Christ to the campus community by proclaiming the gospel in word and in deed, and learns how to submit every aspect of one’s calling in the legal profession to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”
Enlace, the Latino Law Student Association
The mission of Enlace, the Latino Law Student Association of UT Law, is to prepare its members for their professional roles in society and to promote awareness of Latino interests and issues in the legal community and within the College of Law. The organization provides its members with a strong academic and social support system by advancing the interests and welfare of members and the overall law school community.
Environmental Law Organization
The Environmental Law Organization seeks to connect its members to the broader environmental law community, inform them of the environmental law and policy issues they are likely to encounter during their careers, and empower them to confront those issues thoughtfully and practically.
Fashion and Business Law Society
The Fashion and Business Law Society seeks to generate awareness, interest, and dialogue about the significant impact that various practice areas within the law have on the creative and business components of the fashion industry.
The Federalist Society is a non-partisan group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the law and legal system. The society’s principles are 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 to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Health Law Society
The mission of the Health Law Society is to provide a venue for students interested in health law to discuss current health law issues and to generate greater awareness of those issues among the College of Law community. In addition, the Health Law Society seeks to link the college community to learning opportunities on campus and in the community.
International Law Society
The purpose of the International Law Society is to promote and foster interest and awareness in international law and international affairs throughout the law school community by hosting speakers, discussion sessions, and symposia. The group promotes the importance of international law and shows the varieties of opportunities available in the field.
Lambda Law is a student organization dedicated to promoting diversity education and awareness, fellowship, and discussion in the UT Law community and the Knoxville area. Lambda Law includes members, friends, and allies of the LGBTQ community, and anyone interested in issues relating to civil rights, gender, and sexuality in the law. Members believe everyone has a diverse perspective to offer and that sharing these perspectives will strengthen students as individuals, community members, and attorneys.
Law Women’s mission is to emphasize and address issues of concern to women within the legal profession and academic community. Law Women strives to raise awareness of issues related to women’s participation in the judicial system, promote career opportunities for women within the legal profession, act as a forum for networking with attorneys and other legal professionals, and coordinate activities within the university community that address issues of concern to women. Law Women accepts members—both female and male—who are committed to advancing these goals.
Moot Court Board
The Moot Court Board is comprised of second- and third-year students who have demonstrated excellence in trial and appellate advocacy. The board sponsors two annual intramural competitions: the Ray H. Jenkins Trial Competition and the Advocates’ Prize Moot Court Competition. Any UT Law 2L or 3L may participate in these intramural competitions. The board also coordinates several competitive traveling teams. Learn more.
Phi Alpha Delta
The Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity strives to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the bench and bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law, to stimulate excellence in scholarship, to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage, to foster integrity and professional competence, to promote the welfare of its members, and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional or public service.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to promote an interest in and understanding of the issues and new developments associated with the sports and entertainment law fields and to aid in networking between students and alumni who have an interest in the sports and entertainment law fields.
Student Bar Association
As the voice of the law student body, the Student Bar Association (SBA) is a direct channel to the law school administration. The SBA holds its meetings throughout the academic year to discuss concerns raised by fellow law students. The meetings not only serve as a way to remedy issues, but also as a way to develop new and better services for UT Law students.
Sword and Scales
The purpose of Sword and Scales is to strengthen the community through fellowship, justice, and service while building a bridge between the College of Law and the greater UT community. The organization brings together UT Law students and other UT graduate students through joint social and service activities, including tailgate parties, socials, networking dinners, and community service projects.
UT Pro Bono
UT Pro Bono is a community service organization with significant student leadership and staff direction at the College of Law. The program strives to connect law students with area attorneys representing indigent clients. Working in cooperation with attorneys and local legal aid societies, UT Pro Bono serves as a resource by providing law students for research, educational, and investigatory assistance. Learn more.