Active Student Organizations
UC Davis School of Law students organize and operate all King Hall student organizations. The views and opinions represented through these organizations are those of the students and may not necessarily represent the views of the UC Davis School of Law or the University of California, Davis. Many of the following active groups have websites on http://students.law.ucdavis.edu. There is also a list of inactive student organizations.
Student Run Journals
The UC Davis Law Review publishes five issues annually. Four issues contain scholarly works by professionals and students in the traditional law review format; one issue is a symposium that deals in depth with a selected topic of interest to legal scholars and practicing lawyers. Past symposia receiving nation-wide attention have dealt with rules of evidence, the death penalty, constitutional law, labor law, jurisprudence and comparative law, law and medicine, and family law.
The Business Law Journal was the first business law journal in the nation to electronically publish articles written by professionals, academics, and law students using a concise, journalistic style. The Journal is currently published in both electronic and hard-copy format. The Journal is run by dedicated law students who are committed to providing current and valuable legal and business analysis. The Journal also features student-conducted interviews with attorneys, professionals, judges, and academics. While traditional law journals are heavy on academic theory and light on practical information, the BLJ is a tool for users to obtain quality legal and business content that is easily accessible.
Environs is a biannual environmental law and policy journal edited and produced by King Hall students. The journal supports an open forum for the discussion of current environmental issues and publishes articles from professors, practitioners, and students.
The Journal of International Law & Policy is a biannual journal in existence since 1995, produced by King Hall students with an interest in international law. The purpose of the Journal is to promote the study of international law and policy through academic analysis of contemporary international issues, publishing and marketing original legal research written both by professional and student authors. The Journal is published two times per year.
The Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy is a biannual publication of the UC Davis School of Law that addresses the unique concerns of children in the American legal system. Initially a product of the creativity and activism of a small group of King Hall students, called the Advocates for the Rights of Children (ARC), the Journal has evolved into a vigorous organization committed to providing practical and timely information about current juvenile, family, and educational law issues. The goal of the Journal is to provide a forum for discussion and to encourage community awareness and involvement in issues that affect children.
The King Hall Negotiations Team educates the greater King Hall community about alternatives to trial. The team focuses primarily on providing opportunities for students to hone their negotiations and client counseling skills. The team organizes law school seminars, intra- and inter-school competitions and a guest speaker series. The group also supports students representing the school in ABA and other competitions, by providing practice sessions, legal research and strategic advice.
The Trial Practice Honors Board (“TPHB") develops excellence in trial advocacy within an atmosphere of fair and honest competition. It seeks to foster interest in trial work throughout the law school.
Moot Court, also known as Appellate Advocacy, is a year-long program that allows law students to gain practical skills and experience in appellate advocacy. The Moot Court Board provides support to students participating in the program by acting as mentors, scheduling competitions, organizing the annual Neumiller Competition, and more. Please explore our site to learn more about the UC Davis Moot Court program and our award winning advocacy teams.
The ACLU at King Hall works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. We aim to extend these freedoms to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.
The ACLU at King Hall will be working to increase fair access to our constitutionally guaranteed right to the ballot and increasing awareness of the human and civil right abuses occurring in our time. The ACLU has always been committed to providing legal aid to the underprivileged. However, the ACLU does not discriminate as to whom we extend our services. The ACLU has been known to represent parties regardless of socioeconomic or political stance. Activities and events include poll observation, voting registration, educational events and lobbying visits.
Ag Law is a newer organization for students who have an interest in legal issues surrounding agriculture, including debates about biotechnology, environmental impacts, and labor.
The American Bar Association is the major national professional organization for attorneys. The Law Student Division provides students an opportunity to participate in the ABA while still in law school. Through the LSD, law students can become involved at national, circuit and local levels. The ABA-LSD offers such programs as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, the Client Counseling Competition and the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Members receive subscriptions to the ABA Journal and The Student Lawyer. Also, they may join Sections focusing on different substantive areas of practice such as Antitrust, Torts and Insurance, and Science and Technology. Section members receive publications and monographs by leaders in the field.
The American Constitution Society is a national organization of law students, law professors, judges, practicing lawyers and others. ACS seeks to revitalize and transform the legal debate from law school classrooms to federal courtrooms, to the congressional hearing rooms where judicial nominations are weighed. ACS facilitates the exchange of ideas about law and policy through speeches, debates, symposia, student meetings, research, and discussion.
APALSA is an organization of law students interested in Asian-American legal issues and in the growth of the Asian-American legal community. APALSA sponsors social activities, speaker series, and community service events, fostering relationships with professors and practicing attorneys to educate the community about Asian-American issues.
The Bahá'í Law Student Association seeks to provide a forum for students and faculty of all backgrounds and beliefs to discuss spiritual topics and to build strong bonds with our legal community through spiritual deepening. It stands for the belief that we have a duty as future lawyers to understand and better ourselves and our communities. “…Dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world.” — Bahá'í Writings
BLSA is a charter member of the National Black Law Students Association, dedicated to increasing the number of lawyers sensitive to the unique problems and needs of the Black community. BLSA assists prospective applicants during the admission process, is active in the concerns of the Black community, and has developed ties with the northern California legal community.
The Christian Legal Society is a nationwide organization of attorneys, judges, and law students. CLS at King Hall is an inter-denominational group of Christians, mostly of law students, but open to any UC Davis student (grad or undergrad) or lawyer who would like to worship and study with the group.
The Coalition for Diversity exists to increase the numbers of traditionally underrepresented students at King Hall through recruitment efforts that include pre-law workshops, mentorship programs, and admitted student receptions. Coalition also works towards retention by collaborating with student groups and administration in creating a diversity-friendly environment where all identities are valued and able to develop. Our overall mission is to create an atmosphere of solidarity at King Hall in a way that improves the quality of education and diversity of the legal field. All are welcome to join.
The Criminal Law Association provides opportunities to learn about the practice of criminal law. The association is designed for open debate and discussion as well as career enhancement for students interested in criminal law. Membership consists of both prosecution- and defense-oriented students, and is open to anyone with an interest in criminal law.
The Entertainment and Sports Law Society is dedicated to helping students pursue legal careers in the ever-growing entertainment and sports industries. The group sponsors guest speakers including King Hall alumni who have enjoyed successful careers in entertainment and sports law. The club also maintains a journal of student-authored articles concerning today's pressing legal issues in these dynamic fields.
The Environmental Law Society provides opportunities for students to further their interest in environmental and natural resources law through fun and educational programs. ELS seeks to educate and raise awareness about current environmental debates and policies. We network with the professional community for support, guidance, and information about the environmental practice arena. ELS hosts environmental speakers, keeps apprised of educational and career opportunities for students, and plans King Hall's annual environmental law symposium.
The Federal Bar Association - King Hall Student Division is a student chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). The FBA is a national organization which serves to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of law students, public and private federal practitioners, the federal judiciary, and the public. The FBA also provides opportunities for judges, lawyers and law students to interact professionally and socially. The Sacramento Chapter of the FBA has almost 200 members and holds numerous networking an educational events throughout the year.
The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom and that the separation of powers is central to our Constitution. The Society seeks to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
The purpose of the Filipino Law Students Association is to educate the Law School community and UC Davis about legal issues affecting Filipinos and Filipino Americans.
The Humanitarian Aid Legal Organization (HALO) is a group of law students dedicated to "providing free legal aid to those individuals in need of legal assistance." Group members dedicate their time to fundraising and planning a trip to provide this service to those in need during spring break.
The Immigration Law Association at UC Davis(ILA) is an organization of students and faculty dedicated to raising awareness of migration issues. The ILA complements the practical opportunities of the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis by focusing on the following elements:
- Multidisciplinary outreach
- Critical thinking
- Policy analysis
- Global perspectives
- Network building
The ILA promotes these goals by hosting speaker panels, research workshops and participating in wider initiatives on and off campus that focus on migration both as a domestic and global phenomenon.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS) is an international organization of lawyers and law students interested in the faith tradition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, commonly known as Mormons). The mission statement of JRCLS declares:
We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
No religious belief or affiliation is required for membership in JRCLS. Members of JRCLS subscribe to a central axiom that the rule of law serves to promote fairness and virtue in society.
The Jewish Law Students Association is a fun, supportive community for Jewish students at King Hall.
The committee consists of elected 3L, 2L and 1L students who work to promote financial integrity in King Hall. The Law Student Association created the committee in spring 2013 with the purpose of establishing a formal mechanism for King Hall students to obtain information about and present student views on budgetary policy at King Hall. The LSA bylaws require the committee to collect information on the total cost of attending King Hall and law school expenditures. This information will then be relayed in the blog, emails to student body, and town hall meetings as needed. Specifically, the bylaws require the committee to work with the King Hall administration to report on the following topics: the cost of attending King Hall, the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition plans, the expenditures and revenues of the law school, and the availability and distribution of financial aid.
The King Hall Chinese Law Students Association (KHCLSA) aims to promote Chinese culture and bring awareness of China related laws and policies within UC Davis School of Law. KHCLSA also aims to build a community among students with Chinese background at the law school, as well as other students who are interested in Chinese culture. KHCLSA is committed to enrich the experience of its members during their study at Davis; assist the members with their professional and academic development; and keep them connected after graduation.
The Perfect Tender Child Care Co-op is a non-profit daycare cooperative for PARENTS who are also law students at the University of California, Davis School of Law. The cooperative is unlike anything provided at law schools throughout the nation. It is run by parents of children, who also happen to be students at the law school. We welcome prospective students with children to visit the nursery and speak with the parent students.
Founded in 2007, King Hall Families provides a community for families and a forum for family issues at King Hall. Our mission is to build a support network for student-parents, foster a family-presence at King Hall, and promote family issues within the legal community at large.
The King Hall Football Club is a group of soccer enthusiasts that get together to play pick-up games and compete in UCD’s intramural (IM) leagues. All skill levels are welcome to join – from first-timers to competitive players. KHFC boasts a winning record in the IM leagues, but our main emphasis is on having fun. In addition to playing hard on the soccer field, we occasionally sponsor social events and community-minded activities.
Health Law Association explores all the different avenues of health law. Health law is a growing field which encompasses public health, managed health care, bioethics, reproductive rights, and medical malpractice. The organization also works on projects with the UC Davis Medical School and the Veterinary School on various healthcare and public policy issues.
The KHIPLA provides opportunities to learn about Intellectual Property law practice by sponsoring lectures, employment forums, social events and informational meetings with law firms. Membership is open to all UC Davis School of Law students interested in this exciting, fast-paced and growing field. Current members include students who are interested in copyright, trademark and patent laws.
As one of the largest associations on campuses with 100+ members, the King Hall International Law Association (KHILA) is the premier student organization promoting opportunities to study, research, and network in public and private international law. The Association maintains an Ambassadorship program, crafting King Hall students to be the next generation of international lawyers and experts on human rights, global finance, and technology and communication matters. In addition, one Ambassador prepares a writing workshop to aid King Hall students seeking to become published scholars, inviting them to present their work in the spring. Finally, the Association hosts the annual Drum Major Debates, which brings international law scholars to debate topical international legal issues.
The King Hall Labor and Employment Law Association is a group of students interested in pursuing careers in a broad and diverse area of law. Our members’ interests vary from collective bargaining, to employment discrimination claims. While KHLELA seeks to focus on volunteer and pro-bono opportunities for students during the school year, we welcome all students whose legal interests relate to the workplace. We hope to provide a platform for students to connect with local employers so that our students can build the relationships and experience they will need for the future.
The King Hall Legal Foundation is a non-profit public interest law foundation founded in 1978. KHLF is dedicated to promoting law and law-related efforts in the public interest and to addressing the needs of those without adequate access to legal services. The KHLF is financed by contributions from King Hall students, alumni, and community members. The Foundation provides financial and other assistance to community organizations, and students and attorneys involved in public interest projects. The Foundation holds an annual auction in support of the KHLF Summer Grants Program benefiting law students involved in public interest volunteer projects.
The King Hall negotiations team encourages the growth and knowledge of negotiation skills through effective Law School seminars, intra- and inter-school competitions. The group will recognize and award students with excellent commitment to negotiation activities.
The King Hall Veterans Association provides a venue to connect current, former, and future King Hall student veterans. We hope to increase the interest in and knowledge of the issues affecting the veteran community at large, and to provide open and frank conversation about military experiences and culture. We wish to demystify the Armed Forces and counter military stereotypes and generalizations by providing a recognized organization of open-minded veterans and military members willing to respectfully discuss and debate any and all issues that are of interest to the rest of the King Hall community. We accomplish our goals by hosting events and providing opportunities for networking, interaction, and debate.
The King Hall Wine Law Society (KHWLS) was founded to recognize the plethora of interactions between the law and the alcohol industry. These interactions include, but are not limited to, agriculture and land use, production, distribution, and regulation. UC Davis School of Law is uniquely situated to work with alumni and geographic connections among Napa Valley wineries, Anderson Valley breweries, Sacramento Valley distributors, Capitol Hill regulators, and many more places in Northern California. KHWLS hosts speakers and programs around the year from throughout the industry for students, faculty and guests to engage in educational lectures and discussions.
The King Hall Women's Law Association (KHWLA) provides a dynamic and diverse women's community at King Hall. Its aim is to create an environment where an informed dialogue on issues of women, gender, law, and society is encouraged and analyzed; educate the community about gender issues by encouraging a broad-based exchange of ideas; develop and nurture an interface between all King Hall Law students and the greater women's community at the university and beyond; and support, inspire, and encourage legal work affecting, advancing, or impacting women.
The King Hall Lambda Law Students Association is composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied students, faculty and staff at King Hall. Lambda's mission is community, education and activism. To that end, Lambda sponsors events that raise awareness of LGBT legal issues on campus and in the community. The group also provides a supportive space for LGBT students at King Hall through academic and professional support programs and a variety of social opportunities. Lambda additionally strives to attract and retain LGBT law students.
Founded in the early 1970s, La Raza Law Students Association is dedicated to increasing the number of Chicanos and Latinos in law school and the legal profession. To further this goal, La Raza actively engages in the recruitment of undergraduate students, academic and professional support for our current students, and the hiring process of faculty of color. La Raza also sponsors several events and activities throughout the year to promote awareness of issues facing the Latino community and to share the Latino culture and identity. La Raza has demonstrated to be one of the largest and most active law student organizations at King Hall.
Keep your ears open for Law Cappella, King Hall's a cappella group. Comprised of enthusiastic law students, this group is aimed at bringing a little pleasure to the lives of King Hall students through music. In February, Law Cappella embarrasses students, staff and faculty alike with Singing Valentines.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice at UC Davis (formerly Law Students for Choice) is part of the only student-led, student-driven national non-profit network of law students and lawyers committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. We focus on education, advocacy, and mentorship in order to grow the next generation of activists and practitioners defending the broad array of sexual and reproductive autonomy issues that form the heart of reproductive justice.
The Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA) is a cultural organization that provides outreach and retention services to incoming and 1L students and promotes community involvement. MESALSA's outreach and retention services begin with assisting South Asian and Middle Eastern undergraduate students with law school applications and continue along the 1L year by providing academic support, course advising, and career counseling. In addition, MESALSA provides students with a whole host of opportunities to network with various Middle Eastern and South Asian bar associations throughout the country, including local networking receptions and national conferences, as well as opportunities to build professional relationships while developing legal skills by volunteering for pro bono legal work alongside practicing attorneys. Finally, MESALSA provides students with opportunities throughout the year for social events and cultural celebrations
The Muslim Law Students Association at King Hall seeks to facilitate cultural, religious, academic, and professional development of its members through innovative programs and events. The organization was founded in 2005, with the goal of advocating for UC Davis Muslim law students and educating our peers about Islam and important legal issues affecting Islamic societies. Since then, MLSA has organized many successful events, ranging from the Annual Ramadan Dinner at King Hall to "Minority Reports," a bold and diverse look at race relations in America. MLSA has also organized and co-sponsored other events aimed at raising awareness of issues important to Muslims, including social and political justice, equality, and race relations. MLSA is the local chapter of the National Muslim Law Student Association.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is comprised of law students and lawyers who are committed to a variety of social justice issues. The NLG’s mission is to follow the call of the founders of the Guild to work for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. NLG at King Hall has worked on many issues, immigrant rights, affirmative action, the death penalty, torture and gender issues.
The UC Davis chapter of the Native American Law Students Association devotes a substantial amount of its efforts to community education, promotion of legal careers in Indian law and in providing relevant curriculum for American Indian students.
PDP is an international organization founded in 1869 in order to promote a higher standard of professional ethics and culture in the legal community.
The RELSA is a student organization dedicated to fostering an interest in and discussion of the full spectrum of real estate activities, including development, finance, environmental and land use law, housing, community development and urban affairs.
Students United for Reform and Justice (SURJ) strives to bring King Hall students together to collectively recognize and respond to the massive injustices that persist in the American criminal justice system. Through a combination of community education efforts, service-based initiatives, and policy advocacy, SURJ seeks to build compassion and awareness within the King Hall student body regarding these injustices as well as create future leaders that will bring these important messages out to the community at large and catalyze real change.
The Tax Law Society works to educate members and the Law School community about careers in tax law. Many members also participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). VITA participants are trained by the IRS and FTB agents to prepare tax returns and provide tax informational and preparation sites on campus and in the local community. NOTE: The Tax Law Society will not be offering a 2007 VITA program.
For information on the nearest IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, please visit: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=107626,00.html, or call the IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals (800) 829-1040. Thank you for your interest in the King Hall VITA program.
The King Hall Mentorship Program organizes the annual assignments of 2L and 3L mentors with incoming King Hall students with similar interests. The groups are commonly referred to as Big Sibs and Lil Sibs. The program is intended to allow incoming students to ask returning students any questions about King Hall, studying, outlining, life in Davis, etc.
Co-founded by Claire Jacobson and Elise Weinberg, the UC Davis School of Law Pipeline Program works closely with Taylor Street Elementary School, a Title I school located in the Robla School District, to encourage local elementary students to pursue college and graduate school degrees. Through close relationships with students, King Hall members empower students to achieve their educational and personal goals. King Hall members visit the school on a monthly basis to read, engage in conversation, and play with the students. At least once per semester, the King Hall members organize field trips for the students. By interacting with law professors and students, the mentorship program helps to improve literacy skills and also to increase an interest in the law itself.
The Water Association of Law and Policy student group will provide a venue to learn about and be involved in pressing water issues in California and beyond, including issues having to do with property rights, social justice, and water politics. WALP strives to bring attention to water issues through field trips, speaker events including a water law career panel, and community outreach volunteer opportunities.