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1L Resources: Student Organizations

This Guide Provides Tips and Resources to Aid First Year Law Students.

LSU Law Center: Far more than a common law school logo

Black Student Association

Black Law Student Association — The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) addresses not only legal issues of general concern but also legal issues of particular concern to the minority community.

Christian Legal Society

The Christian Legal Society at LSU is a local group of the national CLS. It seeks to provide a support group for all law students, particularly the freshmen; to encourage the integration of one’s Christian faith with the legal profession; and to provide a forum for those Christians involved in the legal profession to address the organization.

The Civilian

The Civilian is LSU Law’s student run news publication published once a month, four times a semester. The Civilian serves the LSU Law community with in-depth journalism, reports on current events, thoughtful opinions, editorials, and regular columnists.

Civilian Student Society

The Civilian Student Society is an organization of students dedicated to preservation of Louisiana’s civil law tradition. The Society holds meetings and sponsors lectures dealing with topics in the civil law. It also interacts with other organizations that study and foster development of the civil law.


Cornerstones is a student organization focused on helping students manage stress of law school and practice building a work-life balance for their future legal careers

Entertainment and Media Law Society

The Entertainment and Media Law Society works to promote information to students interested in a career in entertainment and media law, as well as provide networking opportunities with lawyers associated with the field.


Federalist Society

The Federalist Society attempts to create a sense of community and promote the exchange of ideas among conservatives through scholarly debate and discussion.


Hispanic Law Student Association

The Hispanic Law Student Association strives to promote professional development and networking opportunities to LSU Law students, and to encourage the participation of Hispanic law students in the legal community.

Immigration Law Association

The Immigration Law Association is a student run organization dedicated to educating the student body about issues in modern immigration law. The Immigration Law Association offers opportunities for students to engage in pro bono and volunteer activities in areas relating to immigration law and assists students in networking with immigration attorneys. All students interested in immigration law are encouraged to participate in ILA activities.

International Law Society

The International Law Society attempts to promote the study and publication of materials on any topic in international law. This group is the central location for the disbursement and updating of international L.L.M. and summer school programs and internships abroad. The ILS also coordinates the Jessup Moot Court team.

Journal of Civil Law Studies

The Journal of Civil Law Studies is a peer-reviewed, online and open-access periodical, published by the Center of Civil Law Studies. The JCLS promotes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the civil law in Louisiana and in the world. Student graduate editors, in collaboration with staff editors, edit the JCLS. Graduate editors are also invited to become content contributors by submitting essays, or by writing case notes for the “Civil Law in Louisiana” feature of the JCLS. All applications from 2L and 3L students are welcome, but the JCLS selection process for graduate editors is competitive.

Journal of Energy Law and Resources

The Journal of Energy Law and Resources is a student-edited academic journal focusing broadly on energy and its relationship to other areas of law. The JELR was created to promote the study of energy law and the effects of technological innovation on a local, national and international level. Student editors are selected annually by considering participation in an annual write-on competition and academic performance, and all students interested in energy law are encouraged to participate in the competition.


Legal Association of Women

The Legal Association of Women (L.A.W.) serves the school and community in recognizing the role of women in the law profession as well as assisting future female attorneys in Louisiana and elsewhere.


Louisiana Business and Law Society

The Louisiana Business and Law Society is a student-run organization dedicated to the interaction between law and business.  The organization aims to educate its members about careers related to business and corporate law.


Louisiana Law Review

The Louisiana Law Review was established to encourage legal scholarship in the student body, act as an incentive to and provide a method of training in individual research, contribute to the development of the law by scholarly criticism and analysis, foster the study of civil and comparative law, and serve the bar of the state by comments on and discussion of current cases and legal problems. It is edited by a board of student editors, with faculty cooperation. The Law Review selects student editors by considering first-year academic performance and participation in an annual writing competition.


Moot Court Board

The Moot Court Board is a student-run organization that works with Law Center faculty and administrators towards its goal of increasing the proficiency of students in appellate advocacy. The Board oversees the Robert Lee Tullis Competition, appellate advocacy interschool competition teams, and has hosted various national moot court competitions.

The Board is run by a dedicated group of students who are selected for membership by demonstrating skill in brief-writing and oral argument through the Robert Lee Tullis Competition. Each year, the top performers in the Tullis Competition are selected for membership on the following year’s Board.


The mission of OUTlaw is to create a climate at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in which it is safe and comfortable to be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or an ally (“LGBT”). OUTlaw seeks to create an atmosphere of  acceptance and comfort, instill justice, and combat discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The organization exists to provide support and a sense of community while simultaneously engaging in political activism and advocacy.

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is an international legal fraternity that fosters legal education and the profession, not only in law schools, but also in undergraduate universities, high schools and even in elementary schools. P.A.D. pursues a plan to promote and enhance the image of the law student and the legal profession in the general community.

Public Interest Law Society

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) helps LSU law students advance the public interest through one-time projects, semester-long efforts, and public interest careers. PILS works to increase the number of public interest opportunities available to LSU law students in the Baton Rouge community and nationwide by administering a fellowship fund for summer public interest internships and organizing projects to help the local community during the school year.

Scholars for Environment and Energy Development (SEED)

Scholars for Environment and Energy Development (SEED) is the re-formed Environmental Law Society. They are a group of scholars and students dedicated to Careers, Community, and Conservation: Careers for our members; Community engagement and advocacy; and Conservation of Louisiana’s Natural Resources.

Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association comprises all students in the Law Center. The association promotes and coordinates student activities within the Law Center and serves as an instructional medium for postgraduate bar association activities.

Tax Club

The Tax Club sponsors a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) site where LSU law students help low-income taxpayers fill in their income tax returns. The club has also offered (and plans to offer) a session for the Tax Club members on how to perform tax research. The club sponsors guest speakers and panel discussions on issues involving tax practice and information about the various L.L.M. programs in taxation.

Trial Advocacy Board

The mission of the Trial Advocacy Board is to advance and promote trial advocacy at the LSU Law Center. The Board is run by third-year students who are selected based on their achievement in the Ira S. Flory Trials, as well as service and assistance with interschool competitions and other mock trial programs.

Each year, LSU Law students participate in mock trial competitions at the Law Center and at law schools around the country. The Trial Advocacy Board plays an integral role in facilitating these opportunities. Each semester, the Board hosts the Ira S. Flory Trials, an intraschool mock trial competition open to all second and third year students at the Law Center. Additionally, the Board assists in the process for selecting the LSU Trial Team and the various interschool mock trials in which the Team will compete. 

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