Student Organizations

Alabama Public Interest Law Association
Founded in the fall of 1992, APILA is a student organization dedicated to increasing
awareness and participation in public interest law. APILA’s goal is to increase interaction
and cooperation among students, faculty, and others in the Alabama legal community who
are interested in areas of law such as environmental law, capital representation, criminal
defense, mental health law, disability law, elder law, housing, family law, child welfare,
income maintenance, and domestic violence. APILA works closely with the Law School
Public Interest Institute and hosts speakers and presentations regarding public interest
issues.

Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
Bench and Bar is an organization whose objectives are to instill those standards of honesty
commensurate with the formation and maintenance of good moral character; provide
recognition of outstanding scholarship, leadership and service; and promote association
among students, administration, and faculty. Bench and Bar is open to all law students who
have completed a minimum of 25 hours of law school classes and consist of not more than
15% of the law school student body.

Black Law Students Association
BLSA’s primary purpose is to present the needs of minority students to the law school
administration and the University as a whole. BLSA strives to develop a dedicated sense of
commitment in minority students to their communities, encourage participation in
community activities, and serve as a catalyst between minority students and members of the
legal profession. BLSA’s activities include: Junior Achievement – members serve as role
models for elementary school children, illustrating the benefits of higher education; Fall
Festival – BLSA sponsors games and activities for children at the McDonald Hughes Center
Fall Festival; Sickle Cell Walk-A-Thon; BLSA Student/Faculty Talent Show.

Christian Legal Society
Christian Legal Society is a non-denominational organization of Christian law student which
holds monthly meetings featuring guest speakers ranging from local ministers to attorneys
and law professors and also hosts an evening Bible study. The goal of CLS is to provide law
students with guidance and support in synthesizing their future law career with their faith.

Civil Rights Law Students Association
CRLSA is a relatively new organization founded to promote the ideas of justice and equity
for all citizens. Its main focus is on the area of employee rights, environmental justice,
disability law, gender discrimination, elder law, labor law, and all the rights guaranteed by the
constitution.

Criminal Law Association
The Criminal Law Association is an organization founded to promote friendship and
communication among future criminal law professionals. The CLA sponsors speakers and
informative programs to educate law students about the various issues and opportunities in
the practice of criminal law. Academic assistance, community service opportunities, and
social events are also available to CLA members.

Defense Lawyers Association
The Defense Lawyer’s Association is a student organization created with the same goals as
the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association. It exists to promote the standards of
professional conduct emulated by the ADLA and the Alabama State Bar Association. The
DLA encourages awareness, fellowship, and professional development among law students
who are interested in civil defense and have a desire to promote fairness and integrity in the
justice system. The DLS sponsors lunch meetings featuring attorneys from leading defense
firms across the state. These meetings are great opportunities for networking and gathering
useful information about the practice of civil defense.

Dorbin Association
The Dorbin Association promotes the growth and professional development of women in
the law. Dorbin sponsors lunch and dinner meetings featuring notable female attorneys and
judges. Dorbin has various activities, including the always popular Professor Auction, which
raises money for charities, and the Mentor-Mentee Program, which pairs interested incoming
students with upper classmen.

Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society is an organization founded to increase the knowledge and
awareness of the law school and university community about the problems and challenges
arising from mankind’s interaction with its environment. The ELS works with local and
national environmental groups to assist in service projects such as linking the Appalachian
Trail to the Pinhoti Trail, monitoring the water quality of local streams and rivers, and
protecting and counting bald eagles. ELS also has many social outings such as hiking,
canoeing, and rock climbing and plans to improve the Law School by developing an outdoor
study area behind the school where stressed students out students can student while enjoying
nature.

Federalist Society
The Federalist Society is an organization founded to foster critical thought and debate about
the application of conservative principles of law.

Future Trial Lawyers Association
FTLA is an organization founded for law students interested in civil or criminal litigation.
The FTLA sponsors speakers from leading firms throughout the state who provide practical
information about being a trial lawyer and litigation practice in general. The FTLA also
raises money for charities through its Thanksgiving basket distribution and Christmas
stocking stuffer projects for needy families.

Intellectual Property Society
The Intellectual Property Society was founded to promote interest in and provide
educational opportunities for students about the attributes and career opportunities in the
practice of intellectual property law. IPS strives to provide career and educational resources
to all society members and the local school community.

International Law Society
The International Law Society is an organization founded to promote interest among law
students in the areas of international law. The International Law Society strives to keep its
members informed of international career and study opportunities.

Law Democrats
Law Democrats is a grassroots organization founded to encourage political thought and
debate among law students. Law Democrats promote interest in local and national elections
among the law school community at large by sponsoring voter drives and bringing speakers
to the Law School. “If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic.” – Harry S.
Truman.

Law Republicans
Law Republicans is an organization founded to encourage political thought and debate
among law students. Law Republicans promote interest in local and national elections
among the law school community at large by sponsoring voter drives and bringing speakers
to the Law School.

Law Spouse Club
The Law Spouse Club is a social organization founded to provide fellowship and support for
married law students and their spouses as they adjust to the rigors of law school.

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
Phi Alpha Delta is a professional association of law students, legal educators, attorneys, and
judges who seek to promote professional competence, provide services to students and the
community, and achieve excellence, honor and integrity within the legal profession. The
Morgan Chapter has sponsored bakes sales, guest speakers, review sessions for 1L students,
advising sessions, and career forums. PAD International participates in Congressional-
Judicial receptions on Capital Hill, conducts tours of the Supreme Court, and is a member of
a partnership with other law school organizations that provides an opportunity for members
to interact with other law students and members of the bar.

Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
Phi Delta Phi was established in 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics. It
is the second oldest international legal organization. Some famous members of Phi Delta
Phi include Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner and Antonin Scalia. Phi Delta Phi
sponsors scholarships each year and also hosts at least two social events each semester.
Members also take part in the BEAT HUNGER campaign during the week prior to the
annual Alabama-Auburn football game. In addition, Phil Delta Phi provides academic
support and resources to its members through use of an outline bank to help first years get a
jump on their studies.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is an organization founded to promote student
interest and involvement in the exciting and fast-paced world of sports and entertainment
law. The organization also seeks to furnish information about career opportunities in sports
and entertainment law and to provide insight into the roles and duties of sports and
entertainment law.

Student Farrah Law Society
The Student Farrah Law Society is the student arm of the Farrah Law Society, the law
school’s alumni network. The goals of Farrah are to enhance the student experience in the
Law School and to promote interaction among students and Farrah Law Society members.
Farrah Law Society seeks to foster an appreciation of the role and importance of alumni
support of the Law School.

Student Honor Court
The Honor Court is the official representative of the Law School student body in deciding
matters arising under the Honor Code. The Honor Code serves three purposes: 1) promote
among law students the highest standards of honor, integrity, and ethical conduct; 2) serve as
notice to all students of those acts that will not be tolerated at the University of Alabama
School of Law; and 3) provide a fair, speedy, and just hearing to any student accused of
violating this Honor Code. Members of the Court are elected each year from each class by a
class-wide vote.

Tax and Estate Planning Law Association
The Tax and Estate Planning Law Association (TEPLA) is a collection of students who
anticipate practicing law in the corporate or tax setting. Its primary goal is to encourage
communication, education, and public service among the law school community in relation
to the areas of tax, business, and estate planning. Each year, TEPLA sponsors the Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance Program where law students help the public prepare their income tax
returns.

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