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Fall Term 2010

August 13-21 New student orientation
August 23 Classes begin
August 27 Add deadline
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October 29 Last day to apply for graduation
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December 8-21 Final Exams

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January 6 New students arrive
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January 14 Add deadline
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Below is a listing of law student organizations which may or may not be active. Students interested in exploring these organizations can do so at the Student Organization Fair which is usually held each year in early fall.

  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) was founded in 1994 to increase the recruitment of Asian-American students and professors to the law school and to keep students informed about legal issues that affect them and their communities. APALSA maintains contact with related national organizations and law schools that support similar programming.
  • Association of Women Law Students (AWLS), organized in 1972, promotes the full involvement of women students in the College of Law and in the community. The association sponsors speakers whose primary emphasis is on women in various phases of the law and works to establish curriculum courses of interest to women.
  • Black Law Student Association (BLSA), A.P. Tureaud Chapter, established in 1969, is geared to recruiting and maintaining the enrollment of black students in the College of Law. Members of the organization recruit black students from colleges and universities throughout the region. Tutorial services are also offered to help maintain the enrollment level of black students. The society, open to all interested law students, maintains contact with related national organizations and other law schools throughout the country that support similar programs.
  • Cajun-American Law Society was founded in 1992 to stimulate awareness of the Cajun language and culture upon the development of Louisiana. Through speakers, seminars, and school functions, members will gain in-depth knowledge of the historical events that led to the now prevalent Cajun culture.
  • Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a student-led group that works to deepen the spiritual and intellectual lives of its members. CLS works to integrate the profession and skills with the faith and supports each other in legal education. Loyola’s CLS chapter was established in 2003 but CLS is a national organization with chapters at many prestigious law schools encouraging an authentic Christian identity on campus. The mission of CLS is to maintain a vibrant Christian Law Fellowship on Loyola’s campus which enables its members, individually and as a group, to love the Lord with their whole beings—hearts, minds, and souls—and to love their neighbors as themselves. (Mt. 22:37 – 40). CLS explores what it means to be a Christian in law and strives as a community to submit every aspect of one’s calling in the legal profession to the Lordship of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed. CLS does this by sponsoring speakers in politics, law and policy who live a Christian witness in their professions. CLS also facilitates the networking of pro-life, pro-traditional family, and pro-religious liberties attorneys with students who wish to serve in these critical areas.
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Delta Theta Phi national legal fraternity has established a chapter at the College of Law, in which all law students are eligible for membership. The fraternity is devoted to the stimulation of interest in scholarship, organized legal research and writing, participation in appellate court competition, and fellowship on the part of its members.
  • Entrepreneurial Business Law Society’s (EBLS) mission is to empower members with the skills they need to start, promote, and maintain their own businesses. The organization is primarily made up of law students with plans to diversify membership with students from other areas of interest including information technology, undergraduate and graduate business, music business, and graphic arts. The organization hopes to augment the Small Business Development Center at Loyola University by offering legal aid as well as aid from other disciplines. Entrepreneurs will be featured and will give advice on starting businesses.
  • Environmental Law Society (ELS) is to expose the law school community to environmental legal and policy issues.  ELS performs community service activities related to environmental education and protection, sponsors law school events to focus awareness on environmental issues, maintains and information board presenting news articles on current local, state, national, and world environmental issues, and hosts speakers and discussions.
  • Federalist Society is a school chapter of the national organization (http://www.fed-soc.org) which has a background in conservative-libertarian ideas.  The Federalist Society fosters debate on current issues in the law by hosting public forums at the school.
  • Health Care Law Society was founded in 2002, to promote the understanding of legal issues in healthcare today and to foster a greater commitment to those issues within the College of Law by encouraging relate curriculum courses, speakers and activities.
  • Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA), established in 1986, provides a support mechanism for Hispanic students and actively works to increase the Hispanic presence within the College of Law. Members are encouraged to develop their legal skills by participating in community programs and international academic competitions sponsored by the organization. Further, HLSA promotes the relationship of its members with the Hispanic legal community of Louisiana.
  • Intellectual Property Law Society's mission is to promote awareness and interest in patent, copyright, trademark, and other technology oriented fields such as Internet and other computer-related laws.  The society focuses on assisting students through networking and staying current on pressing issues in the field.  In addition, the society will spotlight issues involved in registering and studying for the patent bar.  All students are welcome and are encouraged to participate.
  • International Law Society is an affiliate chapter of Association of Student International Law Societies, is dedicated to the understanding of various legal systems of the world. A series of seminars featuring international authorities is designed to highlight similarities and differences between United States legal systems and those of other countries. The society is an information source for summer legal study abroad and legal internships with foreign law firms.
  • J.D./M.B.A. Society was established in 1983. Though organized primarily for students participating in the program, all students are welcome to participate and learn about the relationship between the business and law communities. Additionally, Loyola is affiliated with the J.D./M.B.A. association formed specifically for people with both degrees.
  • Justinian Law Society was founded in 1998 to foster unity, fellowship, and support among Italian-American law students who share common educational, professional, and cultural pursuits. The society sponsors distinguished guest speakers, hosts seminars, and networks with other national and regional Italian-American organizations which provide support for mentor programs, job placement, scholarships, and valuable career developing opportunities. The Justinian Law Society is affiliated with the National Italian-American Bar Association.
  • Lambda Law Alliance is a private, non-partisan student organization designed to foster a welcoming environment to all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.  In accordance with Igantian and Jesuit tradition, the Lambda Law Alliance affirms the goodness, worth and dignity of every person.  Lambda Law Alliance strives to support diversity in the College of Law, to support gay, lesbain, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed law students and prospective law students, to increase knowledge and awareness of legal issues that are unique to the gay, lesbain, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed community, and to serve the greater community as a source of information about gay, lesbain, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed legal issues.  As a corollary, Lambda Law Alliance will create a community of LGBT and LGBT allies at Loyola College of Law through formal and informal social events.
  • Loyola Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) is an organization that provides an opportunity for law students to discover more about the allternatives to litigation.  Through writing and practical competitions, panel discussions and forums, students develop their skills in mediation, negotiation and arbitration.
  • Loyola Public Interest Law Group (LPILG) has an interest in providing legal services to those who are traditionally underrepresented. LPILG members are interested in a variety of areas of public interest law including: providing legal services to the poor, civil rights work, working as public prosecutors or public defenders, and/or working for other non-profit public service organizations. LPILG’s activities include: advocacy for loan forgiveness, endowing summer clerkships in the public interest law, increasing career placement opportunities in public interest law, and promoting public interest law within the university and the community. LPILG is also a member of the National Association of Public Interest Law (NAPIL).
  • Maritime Law Society (MLS) was established in the spring of 1994 for the purpose of introducing students to the various legal and factual issues which arise in the field of maritime law. Seminars, speakers, field trips, and panel discussions give students the opportunity to interact with practitioners, judges, and businesses that are actively involved in this area of the law.
  • National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is a national organization that has been in existence since the 1930s with a membership of approximately 8,000 lawyers and students. The Loyola chapter of the guild was formed in 1982. The preamble of the NLG Constitution best summarizes the organization’s orientation: “We place human rights above property rights.”
  • Native American Law Society was organized in 1993 to promote the study of American Indian Law under treaties, laws, and customs within the United States and tribal framework. The Native American Law Society is affiliated with the Native American Law Society N.A.
  • Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) international legal fraternity established a chapter at the College of Law and all law students are eligible for membership. The fraternity’s purpose is to serve law students by stressing a proper blend of professional and social activities in order to prepare them for the practice of law, as well as to serve the College of Law by supplementing formal courses with an orientation program for first-year students, lectures, interschool moot court competitions, and other pre-professional endeavors in order to fulfill its motto, “Service to the Student, the Law School, the Profession, and the Community.”
  • Phi Delta Phi (PDP) international legal fraternity is the oldest legal fraternity in continued existence in the United States today. The fraternity established its 99th Inn, the Black Inn, named after Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1972. Members are selected from those of the student body who have completed at least one semester of study and have attained a ranking in their respective class of at least the top 50 percent. The intent of this organization is to foster an interest in scholarship and provide services to the student body and within the legal community. Additionally, the inn fosters friendship which has long been the hallmark of the Phi Delta Phi tradition.
  • Real Estate Law Society (RELS) was founded in the fall of 2002 to promote educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff interested in issues regarding real estate. The society maintains a website complete with an online outline bank, downloadable application for membership, contact information for members, and a schedule of events. 
  • St. Thomas More Law Society was established in 1935 in honor of the English martyr and saint. The club is open to all members of the College of Law community and is dedicated to stimulating an interest in the moral and ethical responsibilities of members of the legal profession. The intent of this organization is to explore of subject matter not always treated in the ordinary curriculum, by way of lectures, debates, seminars, workshops, community action, and legal scholarship.
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for students interested in the legal regulation of the sports and entertainment industries. The organization sponsors seminars, workshops, and panel discussions featuring local attorneys and members of the sports and entertainment industries. The group has focused on the representation of professional athletes and musicians.
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is 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, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.   This organization is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engagin in projects that comabt abuse.  SALDF is equally dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.
  • Tax Law Society (TLS) was founded in Fall 2008.  TLS's purpose is to promote an interest in the tax profession, to assist with Loyola College of Law's renowned IRS-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), to assist students in their tax law education, to provide opportunities that will advance student career pursuits, and to promote a tax law speaker series at the law school.