About Us

"Individual Liberty, Traditional Values, And The Rule Of Law"


Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which advocates a centralized and uniform society. While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies 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, 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 Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.



This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.



The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.



The Federalist Society at American University promotes awareness of the major issues facing today's legal community by providing balance in debate and working with other student groups to represent both sides of any argument. We are an organization that represents traditional conservatives and libertarians and all opinions in between. Our members share the common belief that government should be restrained and that we must respect our constitutional heritage by according the States and the People more power than the federal government.

The Federalist Society at American University regularly hosts debates with prominent scholars and thinkers around the country regarding homosexual marriage, the second amendment, social security reform, affirmative action, legalization of marijuana, and other important issues that implicate consistutional rights. When hosting speakers, our organization strongly encourages debates so as to get to the merits of both sides of the argument and to let students decides for themselves. If you are interested in speaking at American University, please email us at feds@wcl.american.edu