Student IP and Related Organizations

Intellectual Property Law Society
The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) seeks to encourage and promote student interest in intellectual property law. In addition to providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas in intellectual property law, the IPLS sponsors speakers, seminars, and conferences that cover a wide variety of current topics in patent, trademark, and copyright law. The organization also participates in events sponsored by counterpart organizations at other area law schools. Email:

IP Brief
The American University Intellectual Property Brief is an online and print publication covering all aspects of intellectual property law and policy.  The IP Brief website,, provides daily blog posts and commentary from a team of student writers about recent IP-related issues, case updates, and events.   The website also contains an archive of past issues of the IP Brief's print publications.  The website's "Short Circuit" feature, launched in 2012, provides practitioner-oriented case summaries of important IP-related decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Starting in the spring of 2012, the IP Brief also conducts an annual symposium on a major current topic in the field of intellectual property law. Email:

Health Law and Justice Initiative
The Health Law and Justice Initiative (HLJI) seeks to promote health from a rights-based approach by encouraging professional development, expanding WCL's health law curriculum, and raising community awareness of the right to health. HLJI sponsors panel discussions with practicing attorneys and professors; organizes community service events; and hosts "downtown practitioner meetings" which give students the opportunity to meet with practicing lawyers at the places of work to discuss current issues and career development. Email:

International Trade Law Society
The International Trade Law Society ("ITLS"), established in Fall of 2005, exists to promote discussion of international trade law issues and to help students explore careers in international trade law. ITLS sponsors discussion forums on topics such as NAFTA, anti-dumping laws, and the World Trade Organization. ITLS strives to provide a balance of views and discussions of trade issues all over the world and all types of trade agreements. The organization also provides its members with information on obtaining a career in international trade. Email:

Law and Government Society
The Law and Government Society is a student organization at the Washington College of Law which seeks to encourage and strengthen awareness of the law in its relation to the state, society, government institutions, and the polity as a whole. The Society works to foster the academic, intellectual, and career goals of its members and the students of the Washington College of Law as a whole. Email:

Media & the Law Society
The Media and the Law Society is a membership-driven organization that explores issues facing legal and media professionals. As the media plays an increasing role in the legal community, the Society is committed to creating a better understanding of the interplay between these sometimes complementary - and often competing - societal players by providing educational and networking opportunities for students interested journalism, legally strategic public relations, and the media's role in affecting public policy. Email:

Sports & Entertainment Law Society
The Sports & Entertainment Law Society seeks to provide students who have an interest in sports or entertainment law with a mechanism to become involved in and acquire a greater knowledge of the issues in these fields. The society sponsors numerous activities, both intra- and interschool, to familiarize students with the unique type of law practiced in these very specialized fields. ESLS also cosponsors a career forum in which participants are given an opportunity to hear and speak with practitioners currently working in these areas of the law. Email:

Student Edited Journals

IP Brief
Print editions of the IP Brief are published three times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall) and feature articles on a wide variety of IP topics written by students, practitioners, and professors, as well as a collection of featured student-written blog posts from the website. Email:

Administrative Law Review
The Administrative Law Review is published four times annually by the students of the Washington College of Law in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. The ALR strives to develop legal research and writing skills of students while publishing articles that serve both practitioners and academicians. Each issue is a nexus of theory and practice containing articles by practicing lawyers, judges, and academicians. The ALR contains student comments and casenotes on administrative law issues. In addition, the ALR regularly publishes symposia, conferences, and meetings on current topics in administrative law. Email:

Business Law Brief
The Business Law Brief is a student-run publication devoted to articles discussing the synergy between the legal profession and the business community. The Brief will endeavor to showcase the expertise and resources of the Washington College of Law within the business law community by providing its readers with interesting articles on significant current developments in business law and related fields. Email:

Human Rights Brief
The Human Rights Brief is a publication of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law. The Human Rights Brief reports about developments in international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as provides concise legal analysis of current human rights issues. Email:

International Law Review
The American University International Law Review (ILR) is privileged to represent the Washington College of Law's international law program. ILR works with preeminent international legal scholars and distinguished members of the bench and bar. ILR publishes five issues per year, including articles, critical essays, comments and casenotes on a wide variety of international topics.

The International Law Review's broad subscribership and distribution promotes visibility and a productive dialog among a scholarly readership. ILR is among the most commonly-cited international law reviews in North America. Annually, ILR publishes a special issue sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Academia de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacionale Humanitario), which contains English and Spanish language pieces on timely issues related to the proceedings of the Academy. Also, each year ILR publishes the American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Grotius Lecture and Response.

At American University Washington College of Law, ILR staff enjoys comprehensive curricula in multiple fields of international law, as well as access to the unique human resources and research facilities located in and around Washington D.C. Email:

Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for those interested in gender issues and feminist legal studies. In 1998, the Journal expanded its mission to include social policy as well as gender issues. Our current approach reflects our intent to fill a void in legal scholarship by providing an opportunity for academic discussion that is otherwise overlooked by traditional journals. By focusing on gender and social policy issues, we are committed to creating a dialogue among disparate social, economic, and gender groups in order to find our common humanity under the law. Email:

Sustainable Development Law & Policy
Sustainable Development Law & Policy (SDLP) publishes articles and essays that focus on reconciling the tension between environmental health and economic sustainability. It embraces an interdisciplinary focus to provide a fuller view of current legal, political, and social developments. Our mission is to provide timely information and analysis of important issues relating to sustainable development law and policy. We hope to serve as a valuable resource for practitioners, policymakers, and others involved in or interested in sustainable development throughout the world. Email: