Student Organizations

Student Bar Association Leaders

The extraordinary backgrounds, interests and affiliations of our students are reflected in our myriad extracurricular activities, where they can hone their skills and stay connected to the community. The wide spectrum of student organizations includes the Student Bar Association, law fraternities; ethnic, cultural, religious and political groups; and associations for different areas of the law. These groups offer support and mentoring programs; sponsor workshops, tutorials, volunteer and networking opportunities, community outreach projects, cultural and social events, interscholastic competitions, and hundreds of speaker presentations each academic year.

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  1. Student Bar Association

    The Student Bar Association (SBA), to which all students automatically belong, is the official representative of the Southwestern student body. In this capacity, the SBA is the umbrella organization for all student organizations and works to address the needs of students through coordination with those organizations.

    Southwestern's SBA has been recognized several times as "the most outstanding student bar association" in the region and nation by the American Bar Association/Law Student Division. The Association has also been named "SBA of the Year for the Western Region" by the National Student Bar Association.

    The SBA sponsors and coordinates various opportunities for professional and social networking, alumni engagement and community service. Through the Board of Directors—which is composed of the elected Executive Board, Class Representatives and Directors for different Committees—they work to promote student interests and provide extracurricular activities for the student body through its own activities and the activities of the various Student Organizations. The SBA encourages all Southwestern students to participate in these programs in order to better the Southwestern community and greater Los Angeles.

    Students interested in participating in the SBA, one of its Committees, or any Student Organization may email the SBA. Mailboxes for SBA officers and each of the Student Organizations can be found in the SBA Office in W232, or current students can find contact information for them on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required).

    2016-2017 EXECUTIVE BOARD

    • President - Lauren Delvaux-Tochner
    • Vice President, Day Program - Moria Desmarais
    • Vice President, Evening Program - Aviance Logan
    • Treasurer - Joshua Glocer
    • Secretary - Sarah Jordan and Roger Wilkerson
    • ABA Representative - Ryan Bondy

    FACULTY ADVISOR

    • Professor Joerg Knipprath
  2. Student Organizations

    The Student Organizations at Southwestern serve a broad range of interests and are open to all Southwestern students. Each group has its own activities, speakers and events, and participates in school-wide SBA activities. Membership in these organizations provides students with networking opportunities in specific fields as well as the opportunity to meet people who share common interests. Involvement in a student organization is a fantastic way to begin shaping your future legal career.

    Students, faculty and staff of Southwestern may view a list of current Student Organization contacts on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required). All others may contact the Student Affairs Office for additional information.

    • American Constitution Society (ACS)
    • Armed Forces Law Society
    • Armenian Law Students Association
    • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
    • BISONG A Cappella Group
    • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
    • Business Law Society
    • Criminal Law Society
    • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
    • Entertainment Law Society
    • Environmental Law Society
    • Family & Dependency Law Society
    • Federalist Society
    • Health Law Society
    • Homelessness Prevention Law Project
    • If, When, How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice)
    • Immigration Law Students Association
    • Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)
    • International Law Society
    • Jewish Law Students Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Association
    • Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)
    • Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal
    • Middle Eastern Law Student Association (MELSA)
    • Mindfulness in Law Society
    • Music Law Society
    • National Lawyers Guild
    • OUTlaw (LGBTI Law Students)
    • Parents Attending Law School (PALS)
    • Public Interest Law Committee (PILC)
    • Real Estate and Finance Association
    • Southwestern Football Club
    • Southwestern Golf Society
    • Sports Law Society
    • St. Thomas More Society
    • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
    • Tax Law Society
    • Teen Court
    • Tort Litigation Society
    • Women's Law Association

    The following organizations were chartered in the past by the SBA, but do not currently have leadership in place. The Student Affairs Office can provide assistance to students who are interested in reactivating any of these groups. Click on the links for details on the individual organizations and contact the Student Affairs Office for more information.

    • American Association for Justice
    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • Amnesty International
    • Arab Law Student Association
    • Cal at Southwestern
    • Chamber Musicians
    • Christian Legal Society
    • Contract Law Society
    • Estate Planning Society
    • Family In-Law Student Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Howard W. Hunter Latter-Day Saints Law Student Association
    • International Justice Mission (IJM)
    • International Students Association
    • Iranian Law Students Association
    • Irish Law Students Association
    • Islamic Law Society
    • Law and Entrepreneurship Society
    • Media Law Forum
    • Native American Law Students Association
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (PAD)
    • Public Policy Group of Los Angeles
    • SCALE I/II Student Associations
    • South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
    • Southwestern Democrats
    • Southwestern Futbol Club
    • Southwestern Law Students' Partners Club
    • Southwestern Mountaineering Associates
    • Southwestern Running Club
    • Student Mediation Association
    • Tennis Club
    • Toastmasters
    • Visual Arts Law Student Advocates
    • Yoga and Mediation Club