Student Groups

Women's Law Association

The Women's Law Association (WLA) is a student-run organization that provides a diverse feminist forum for WCL students. WLA is concerned with the legal, social, cultural, educational, and political issues facing women on both the domestic and international levels and within the law school community. WLA programs include activities such as panel discussions with professors, attorneys, government officials, and members of the NGO community, networking and volunteering opportunities, and mentoring programs for students. If you would like more information about WLA or would like to join the WLA listserve, please email womenslaw-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Lambda Law Society

The Lambda Law Society is a student-run political, educational, and social organization that serves as a forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and their supporters to raise awareness of the issues facing this community and encourage professional development. It is dedicated to providing information on gay-related legal issues, eliminating stereotypes about homosexuals, and fostering a positive image of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual people throughout the law school community. Lambda is also affiliated with the Washington, DC attorney organization, GAYLAW. Programs include speakers involved in current legal issues, films, panel discussions, and social events. Membership is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation. For more information, email Lambda at lambda@wcl.american.edu.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is a student-run organization that is committed to educating, organizing, and supporting pro-choice law students to ensure that a new generation of lawyers will be prepared to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights. Our group raises awareness of reproductive rights, provides a framework for student activism, and links students to pro-choice leaders and organizations. LSRJ's programs include speakers and panel discussions on such pressing, relevant topics as abortion in the military, abstinence-only education, and access to reproductive health services for immigrant and minority populations. As a local chapter of the national LSRJ organization, we also take part in national and regional conferences on reproductive rights law in an effort to create new opportunities to learn from top legal scholars and litigators in reproductive rights. If you would like to join the LSRJ listserve, please email wcllsrj@googlegroups.com.

Health Law and Justice Initiative

The Health Law and Justice Initiative (HLJI) is a student-run organization that seeks to promote health law opportunities for WCL students, with a particular focus on health from a rights-based approach. HLJI seeks to encourage professional development, explore career opportunities, expand the health law curriculum, and most of all raise awareness of the right to health. HLJI accomplishes these goals by sponsoring panel discussions with practicing attorneys and professors; organizing community service events; and hosting "downtown practitioner meetings" which give students the opportunity to meet with practicing lawyers at their places of work to discuss current issues and career development. HLJI also produces WCL's health law publication. If you would like more information about HLJI or would like to join the HLJI list serve, please email hlji@wcl.american.edu.