Student Life Beyond the Walls
Student organizations are an integral part of the unique law school experience at Charlotte School of Law and are open to all students, regardless of program or scheduling options. Our students have the opportunity to live the law school's mission to learn, serve, lead, as we well as make valuable life-long connections through active participation in our student organizations. You'll find many active organizations listed below. Please contact Branden M. Nicholson in the Office of Student Engagement for more information or to be put in touch with the appropriate student organization representative.
Connecting with the Student Community
Student Bar Association
The SBA Executive Board and SBA Student Senate form the two branches of the Student Bar Association (SBA). The SBA supports philanthropy projects, social and programming events, communication between students and the school administration, mandates new clubs and organizations, and serves as representatives of the will of the student body.
The Executive Board manages the day-to-day operations of the student government and executes leadership in extracurricular student affairs. The Executive Board is chaired by the duly elected President who holds a veto over all acts of the Student Senate.
The Student Senate holds the legislative power within the student government. Any duly elected Senator may propose referenda subject to amendment and an up or down vote on the Senate floor. These Senate acts are then either enacted or vetoed by the President, and the Senate may override this Presidential veto with a 2/3 vote.
These two branches balance one another to meet the needs of the student body; the Executive Board provides management and efficient leadership and the Student Senate provides accurate, accountable, and direct representation in setting the legislative policies of the student government.
Student Bar Association – Senate
At Charlotte School of Law, the Senate is one of the two branches of government making up the Student Bar Association (SBA). The composition of the Senate is made up of Senators that represent distinct constituencies such as full-time, part-time day, part-time evening, and Spring start students. The Senate has a total of ten members: three At-Large Senators that represent the entire student body, three Senators representing their respective classes, one Spring-Start 1L Senator, one Spring-Start 2L/3L Senator, and one Part-Time At-Large Senator for each Fall and Spring starting class. The Senate has four standing committees: Ways and Means, Elections, Rules, and Student Organizations.
The duties of the Senate are vast, but similar to our federal system of government, the Senate controls the “purse strings” of the SBA. The primary duty of the Senate is allocating funding each semester to more than thirty student organizations. Additionally, the Senate is also responsible for the review of the Executive Board budget, introduction of bills and resolutions, executing overrides of the President’s veto powers, and any other necessary actions as outlined in the SBA Constitution, or those the Senate deems proper to promote the general welfare of the student body.
American Bar Association Law Student Division
The ABA Law Student Division is concerned with legal education and works with the Section of Legal Education on issues of mutual concern. The Division also has an impact on practical and professional skills development and provides assistance in the search for jobs, both during and after graduation from law school. Additionally, the Division offers leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming, and practical skills competitions.
American Civil Liberties Union At CharlotteLaw
The purpose of the American Civil Liberties Union at Charlotte School of Law is to maintain and advance civil liberties, including, without limitation, the freedoms of association, press, religion and speech, and the rights to the franchise, to due process of law, and to equal protection of the laws for all people throughout the United States and its jurisdictions.
The American Civil Liberties Union is the guardian of the liberties which set the United States apart from other nations, and as such the ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.
The mission of ACLU at CSL is to advocate in favor of robust civil liberties and to educate the students and faculty at CSL on these civil liberties issues through advocacy and legal education.
The focus of ACLU at CSL shall be on the following issues: Prisoner Rights, Voter Suppression/Voter Rights, Criminal Law Reform, Student and Youth Reform, Criminal Law Reform, and National Security.
American Constitution Society
The mission of the American Constitution Society (ACS) is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.
ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms, and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local levels, ACS:
- Promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy;
- Educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers, and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people
- Strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.
- Finally, ACS strives to harness the values of compassion and respect for each individual and to re-incorporate them into American Law and politics in order to build a stronger and more cohesive national community.
Animal Law Society
The ALS/SALDF at Charlotte School of Law 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.
The ALS/SALDF at Charlotte School of Law is dedicated to the goals of educating the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engaging in projects that combat that abuse. The ALS/SALDF is equally dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.
The activities of the ALS/SALDF at Charlotte School of Law shall include, but not be limited to: hosting speakers, debates, and conferences on current issues in animal rights and animal welfare law; carrying out research projects for lawyers and organizations promoting animal welfare and animal rights litigation; networking with students at other law schools, colleges, universities, and high schools; conducting educational events such as information tables and video screenings on pertinent issues; and advocating on behalf of vegetarian/vegan students within our law school.
Arab American Legal Society
The Arab American Legal Society is a diverse student organization whose members are from different countries and backgrounds. The focus of AALS is to create a bridge with the Arab community, locally and nationally, and build a network of opportunity for those who are interested in working in those communities or internationally. In addition, AALS will focus on other issues specifically related to Middle East. AALS hopes to achieve its objectives by organizing attorney panels and other social events. AALS encourage all students enrolled at Charlotte School of Law, part-time or full-time, as well as any interest faculty or administrative member to join the organization.
Asian Pacific-American Law Students
The Asian Pacific-American Law Students Association (APALSA) is a professional, academic, service-oriented and social group dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Asian Pacific-American students and furthering Asian Pacific-American culture at Charlotte School of Law.
Black Law Student Association
The Black Law Student Association exists for the support, guidance and direction of Black students in academic, professional and social endeavors. Its main function is to assist members in the development of their legal careers and to provide opportunities for exposure to various areas and aspects of the legal profession. Members strive to positively influence the development of legal initiatives for the Black community, to encourage cooperation and closer ties between members of the community and to establish a vehicle through which member concerns may influence Charlotte School of Law policy and the community at large.
Business And Law Society
The Business and Law Society is an organization that serves as a forum for students centered around topics that are prominent in the business and corporate law environment. Their aim is to help students increase their awareness of efficient business practices and technologies, understand the needs and processes of private practice, and develop skills necessary for growth and success within a law office.
CharlotteLaw Advocates Against The Trafficking Of Humans (CAATH)
The purpose of CAATH is to educate CharlotteLaw students on the growing human trafficking problems that plague a wide variety of individuals, not just in North Carolina, but also on a national and international level, and to equip them to provide meaningful legal assistance to victims and the government unite, agencies, and organizations who aid them. This group will help CSL students to fully understand the various legal rights and remedies that are available to support and assist victims of human trafficking, and to bring perpetrators of human trafficking offenses to justice.
CharlotteLaw Cares is a philanthropic student organization which aspires to improve the community they live in by volunteering to aid those in need. The goals of the organization are:
- To reach out to those in need in our community, specifically focusing on child advocacy programs, and aiding domestic abuse and homeless shelters in the community.
- Participate in local charity fundraisers, such as Relay for Life and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- Offer mentoring programs to provide positive influences to young people in the community.
- Hold forums and discussions with guest speakers to talk about problems with underprivileged citizens.
- Implement a possible future volunteer program with the local court system.
CharlotteLaw Diversity Alliance
CharlotteLaw’s Diversity Alliance brings together students who share a vested interest in academic success, creating a culture of excellence, building and cultivating professional relationships, providing an ongoing resource for cultural understanding, promoting tolerant and empathetic attitudes in the student body, faculty and Charlotte professional community, and being a utility for the strengthening of cross-cultural bonds.
CharlotteLaw Global Poker & Strategic Thinking Society
The Charlotte School of Law Global Poker and Strategic Thinking Society fosters the teaching of legal concepts of negotiation, resource management, risk assessment, geopolitical analysis and numeracy by using the effective educational tool of the game of poker. The group hosts workshops and events which correlate education and poker, teaching critical legal skills in a non-traditional manner and setting. Members seek to use the game as a way to encourage and develop strategic thought.
CharlotteLaw Professionals: An Organization of Part-Time Students
The purpose of CharlotteLaw Professionals is to advocate the concerns of the part-time student body at CharlotteLaw and to organize events and opportunities with part-time students in mind. The events will be open to the entire CharlotteLaw community.
CharlotteLaw Sports & Entertainment Law
The Charlotte School of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society is dedicated to exploring legal issues and career opportunities in the areas of sports and entertainment law. The group provides resources, guidance and networking opportunities to help students enter these exciting and highly competitive fields of law. Members work together to host speakers highlighting prevailing issues in sports and entertainment law and to work with Charlotte Schooo of Law to expand course offerings in these areas.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is an organization of students, faculty, and staff that seek to be an example of Christian principles and behavior through the study and ethical practice of law at the Charlotte School of Law. CLS will further the mission pillar, of serving the underserved, set forth by the Charlotte School of Law.
CLS hosts student-led Bible studies every week, assists with community volunteer events, and hosts speakers who feature current topics on religion and the law.
~Matthew 5:3-11, 16; Romans 12:9; Col. 3:17
Conservative Legal Society
The Conservative Legal Society seeks to promote conservative ideals at Charlotte School of Law. Through events, volunteer projects and publications, the group provides platforms where conservative ideals may be heard and discussed. Finally, members strive to provide professional and social networking opportunities for like-minded individuals among Charlotte School of Law students and the local community.
Criminal Law Society
The Criminal Law community is an organization of students, faculty, staff, and community members that seek to facilitate a forum where all citizens of the Charlotte Law community who are interested in criminal law can engage each other and established professionals in the field, and serve the greater Charlotte community through various projects.
Delta Theta Phi
Delta Theta Phi is a professional law fraternity and a member of the Professional Fraternity Association. The Fraternity can trace its roots to 1900 where it was established at the Cleveland Law School (now known as Cleveland-Marshall Law School). Delta Theta Phi boasts student members who are leaders in their school, law reviews, moot court, and more as well as alumni members who are leaders in the legal community, judiciary, industry, business, and many related fields. Delta Theta Phi is the only law fraternity with an authoritatively recognized law review, The Adelphia Law Journal. After more than 30 years with its headquarters in Ohio, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International is now headquartered at Campbell University, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Democratic Law Society
It shall be the purpose of the Democratic Law Society to enhance student awareness and participation in the political process, bring candidates and elected officials to campus; adding balance to the political discussion, fostering greater political diversity, and strengthening students’ bond with the Democratic Party and with each other.
Education Legal Society
The Education Legal Society’s goal is to promote the education and interaction of students at Charlotte Law interested in education law and the related legal fields. The ELS will host activities including guest speakers, workshops, as well as networking and social events.
The purpose of this organization is:
(A) To serve as a forum for members centered on topics that are prominent in the area of education law area and the issues related to those areas; and
(B) To help members increase their awareness of efficient education law practice and technologies, understand the needs and processes of private practice and non-profit work, and develop skills necessary for the growth and success of their law office.
(C) To form a group of members interested in promoting and exploring the areas related to education law, and create a basic networking opportunity to rely on with co-peers after graduation;
(D) To allow students, who have not decided if education law is their area of interested practice, the ability to explore the society and its events in order to develop a greater understanding of issues involved in education law and the related legal areas.
Employment Law Society
The Employment Law Society is to act as a forum for students interested in Employment law and such related fields. ELS hosts activities, networking, speakers, and social events.
ELS serves to promote students’ interests in the area of law and the issues that relate; increase awareness of Employment Law practices and opportunities; develop skills necessary for future law practice; aid in creating networking opportunities; and allow students the ability to explore the area of Employment Law.
Environmental Legal Society
The purpose of the Environmental Legal Society is to promote environmental awareness and to volunteer in environmental capacities around Charlotte Schoool of Law and throughout the community. The group has been recognized by the City of Charlotte for its work with the Stream Cleanup. It continues to work with and encourage faculty, staff, and students to support Charlotte School of Law’s recycling efforts.
Estate Planning And Elder Law Society
The purpose of the Estate Planning and Elder Law Society is to foster interest in and awareness of legal issues concerning the elderly; to instill pride and a sense of importance in law students whose career interests involve Estate Planning and Elder Law; to seek out and explore opportunities to connect with individuals and organizations that will allow for personal and academic growth in the field of Estate Planning and Elder Law; and to initiate and participate in pro bono and community service activities aimed at helping the elder members of our society.
Family Law Society
The purpose of the Family Law Society is:
(A) To serve as a forum for members centered on topics that are prominent in the family law area of practice and the issues related to those areas; and
(B) To help members increase their awareness of efficient family law practice and technologies, understand the needs and processes of private practice, and develop skills necessary for the growth and success of their law office.
(C) To form a group of members interested in promoting and exploring the areas related to family law, and create a basic networking opportunity to rely on with 25 co-peers after graduation;
(D) To allow students, who have not decided if family law is their area of interested practice, the ability to explore the society and its events in order to develop a greater understanding of issues involved in family law and the related legal areas.
Fashion Law Society
The Fashion Law Society will introduce awareness on the Innovation Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act recently passed by Congress as well as the substance of style, with emphasis on current business and legal issues involving the global fashion industry.
The purpose of the Fashion Law Society will be to foster discussion of a variety of issues related to intellectual property, products liability, contract law, business and finance, international trade and government regulation, and consumer culture and civil rights.
The Charlotte School of Law Federalist Society is a group of law students that is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Federalist Society promotes awareness of these principles through activities such as speeches and debates by noted legal scholars and political figures and through a number of social events.
Health Law Society
The purpose of the Health Law Society is to raise awareness of health related legal issues; generate student interest in the area of health law; promote the exchange of ideas in the area of health law; and facilitate communication between students and professionals practicing in the field of health law.
Immigration Law Society
The purpose of the Immigration Law Society is:
(A) To serve as a forum for members centered on topics that are prominent in the immigration law area of practice and the issues related to those areas; and
(B) To help members increase their awareness of immigration law practice and technologies through events and lectures;
(C) To form a group of members interested in promoting and exploring the areas related to immigration law;
(D) To allow students, who have not decided if immigration law is their area of interested practice, the ability to explore the society and its events in order to develop a greater understanding of issues involved in immigration law and the related legal areas.
Intellectual Property Law Society
The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is dedicated to promoting student awareness and interest in intellectual property law and related areas. IPLS provides a forum for students interested in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, etc. to exchange information and stay informed about current issues and developments in this dynamic area of law. IPLS hopes to achieve its objectives by organizing topical discussions, attorney panels, lectures and other related social events.
International Law Society
The Charlotte School of Law International Law Society provides a forum for education and discussion about international issues that face the legal community. The purpose of ILS to encourage education and discussion about important legal issues that face an increasingly interconnected globe. ILS encourages students to pursue knowledge and understanding of the vast and diverse global legal community. ILS hopes to accomplish this forum by means of discussion, debate, seminars, guest lecturers and so forth.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Stidents Association (JLSA) is an organization of students, faculty, staff, and community members that seeks to be an example of Judeo principles and behavior through the study and ethical practice of law at Charlotte School of Law. JLSA will further the mission pillar of serving the underserved set forth by the Charlotte School of Law.
Latino-American Law Society
The Latino-American Law Society (LALS) is dedicated to providing students of diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to learn of the issues facing the Latino legal community within our state and nation. We strive to provide a networking foundation with the Latino legal community and the community at large. Networking events create excellent opportunities for members to begin relationships that can positively influence their legal careers. Our members also enjoy activities throughout the year embracing the Latino culture with fellow students, and members of the local legal community.
Law Students For Reproductive Justice
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) at Charlotte School of Law is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting law students to protect and further reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. As part of a nationwide network of LSRJ chapters, the group advocates for medically accurate, age-appropriate and culturally competent sex education; comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, including prenatal and postnatal care, contraception, abortion and assisted reproductive technologies, free from coercion, discrimination, and violence. The group works with local pro-choice organizations and other social justice groups, both at school and in the community, to educate others and generate change at a local level.
LGBT Legal Society
As an organization, LGBT Legal Society seeks to educate Charlotte School of Law students on legal issues facing the LGBT Community and create a dialogue to solve the complex problems and disparities affecting LGBT people. LGBT Legal Society is open to any and all students regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, age or political affiliation.
Military Advocacy Law Society
The mission of Military Advocacy Law Society (MALS) is to holistically support, advance and defend the rights of men and women of the military and their families in our community who are in need of financial or legal assistance; and to provide legal and social insight to Charlotte School of Law students related to Military affairs. In the past year we have dedicated ourselves to providing financial and legal support through organizations such as the VA, Carolina Project, NCBA YLD -Military Division, Red Cross, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation along with many more.
Native American Law Students Association
The purpose of the Native American Law Students Association shall be to:
(A) articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Native Law Students and Law students interested in Native American Law; foster and encourage professional competence; instill a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Native American community; influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Native American community; adopt and implement a policy of economic independence; encourage Native Law Students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.
(B) to foster communication among Native American law students, Native American lawyers, and the generic public.
(C) to provide support to Native American law students, for educational opportunities such as curriculum development, tutorial programs and research projects.
North Carolina Advocates For Justice
The purpose of the Charlotte School of Law student chapter of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice is to facilitate networking opportunities for Charlotte School of Law students within the North Carolina legal community and to encourage legal careers within the state of North Carolina. Networking opportunities include on and off campus events aimed at introducing law students to attorneys working within the student’s area of interest, community service projects, mock trial competitions, CLE’s, and even helping to draft legislation with our parent organization!
Our parent organization, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to protecting people’s rights through professional and community legal education, championing individual rights, and protecting the safety of North Carolina’s families — in the workplace, in the home, and in the environment.
With over 4,000 members composed of attorneys, legal assistants, law school faculty and students, and law office managers, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice represents those injured by the wrongdoing of others, workers fighting for their rights in the workplace, the disabled, those addressing family problems, consumers, those in debt, and those accused of crime.
By becoming a member of the student chapter of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, you are one step closer to a successful career within the North Carolina legal community.
Objectivist Legal Society
The Objectivist Legal Society will seek to provide members, students of the Charlotte School of Law, and the general Charlotte community with access to literature, activities, and information concerning the philosophy of Objectivism and Ayn Rand. Whenever possible,
The Objectivist Legal Society will serve as an information bureau and a center for educational activities, such as guest speakers, debates, and video showings.
Oral Advocacy Law Society
The purpose of the Oral Advocacy Law Society is to provide opportunities for members to develop their communication, presentation, and leadership skills. Through Toastmasters, members will improve their ability to motivate and persuade, increase self-confidence, and ultimately develop transferable skills that will help them to be successful in their academic and professional careers.
Order Of The Crown Honor Society
The Order of the Crown serves as the official academic honor society of Charlotte School of Law. Members of the society must demonstrate academic achievement by earning a 3.3 cumulative or better their first semester or any subsequent semester.
Parents Attending Law School (PALS)
The purpose of PALS is:
(A) To serve as a forum for members centered on topics that are prominent in the area of non-traditional graduate students and issues related to those areas; and
(B) To help members increase their awareness of efficient law practice/career and technologies, understand the needs and processes of private practice, and develop skills necessary for the growth and success of their law office meanwhile managing all other obligations such as children and family issues; and
(C) To form a group of members interested in promoting and exploring the areas related to causing stress that are unique to non-traditional students and a reliable peer network during school and as an alumnus.
Phi Alpha Delta
Mission: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.
Vision: We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals
Core Values: Bound together by tradition and our common interest in the law, we share these core values: Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation.
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Delta Phi, the internationally renown legal fraternity, is represented at Charlotte School of Law by the McMillian Inn. This impressive fraternity was first founded in 1869 with the purpose of promoting the highest standards of professional ethics. With over 200,000 members world wide, Phi Delta Phi is the largest legal fraternity in the world. Members include impressive legal minds such as former United States Chief Justice William Rehnquist and several current Supreme Court Justices. To be considered for membership to the McMillian Inn, students must display the highest moral and ethical standards and demonstrate academic excellence as one of the top ten percent of the class.
Public Interest Law Society
The mission of the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) is to encourage and prepare law students for a future in public interest law through professional development, pro bono opportunities, and financial support. By encouraging a broad commitment to public interest law, PILS will foster the creation of the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice for the underserved in the Charlotte community. “Equal Justice for the Little Guys.”
Real Estate Law Society
The Real Estate Law Society promotes understanding of the real estate industry and the laws surrounding it. It provides information and support to its members: future real estate layers, commercial property owners and personal homeowners. Further, it encourages the participation of local individuals involved in the real estate industry, in order to provide its members with a closer tie to the field, and a network in which to meet the local professionals.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The purpose of SELS is to encourage education and discussion about the various legal issues surrounding sports and entertainment law in today’s society. By expanding access to sports and entertainment law, our goal is to give interested students the opportunity to
pursue this exciting, but also extremely competitive, area of legal practice. The Society is dedicated to providing students the necessary resources, guidance and contacts that will fully prepare them to engage in contemporary legal issues and further pursue these interests in a professional career. In pursuit of these goals, the Society will host guest lecturers and seminars on hot topics in the field, organize trips and social events focused on sports and entertainment, and provide academic and professional guidance to students pursuing a career in this field.
The Innocence Alliance
The Innocence Alliance at Charlotte School of Law is a pro bono organization, dedicated to serving the underserved, to provide case review services in claims of actual innocence. The organization reviews claims of innocence made by inmates in the various NC prisons, and makes determinations as to whether the claims are with merit. The student’s role is to review all material passed along within the inmates file, and to make a recommendation on the case moving forward or being rejected. The Charlotte School of Law chapter provides participants with the opportunity to review actual cases from NC courts, and to make a real impact on the criminal justice system in this state through eventual exoneration of innocent persons. Members will further develop their legal analytical skills as well as legal writing skills, while gaining practical criminal defense experience.
Women In Law
The Women in Law student organization strives to encourage women law students by sharing information, providing support, promoting contacts among women students and forging relationships with women in the North Carolina legal community. In particular, the Women in Law group has formed a special relationship/mentor program with the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA). NCAWA furthers the success of women lawyers in North Carolina by distributing information, forming relationships between women lawyers in the state and honoring achievements of women lawyers in North Carolina.