UWLaw:
Student Journals and Organizations

All offices are located in William H. Gates Hall.

Please contact to update information on this page, or for help with your student organization website. For more information on how to start or contact a student organization, contact the Student Bar Association.

Affiliated Student Organizations

National Lawyers Guild

The UW chapter of the National Lawyers Guild works to address the inequalities perpetuated by the legal system, guided by the belief that human rights must be regarded as more sacred than property rights. Members volunteer as legal observers at protests and court watchers at immigration proceedings, and they also provide support for SYLAW (Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington) and the prison abolition movement. Members organize a mentoring program that matches progressive lawyers with law students and host speakers and workshops that offer critical perspectives on the law in support of community resistance. Through its activities, the Guild fosters a community of law students who are committed to using their legal education to promote justice, equity, and fairness.



Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund The SALDF, UW Chapter, 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.

For more information, please email



Student Health Law Organization

The Student Health Law Organization (SHLO) concerns (1) the domestic and international laws and policies that affect equity in health care; (2) the regulatory and ethical issues affecting modern health care entities and practitioners; and (3) connecting UW law students with practicing health lawyers in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, please contact President Adriana Lein:



Technology Law Society

The Tech Law Society connects law students with an array of technology-related resources to explore interesting new career opportunities and stay informed on current events. The board members organize professional development events, networking opportunities, informational sessions, and resources for our members to successfully navigate both law school and their legal career. We regularly work with other organizations on campus, including UW’s Tech Policy Lab and UW Law’s Cyber Law Association. Anyone generally interested in technology or a technology legal career is welcome to join!

For more information, please contact the group at:



Minority Student Organizations

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) is a minority student organization that aims to both create a supportive community for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students at the law school and serve as an ally to other minority student groups. APALSA organizes events ranging from professional development and networking to fundraising and pro bono opportunities with local API organizations in our community. APALSA also seeks to promote diversity in the law school and greater legal profession and partners closely with the Asian Bar Association of Washington. This group is open to all students. Please reach out to the contacts below to be added to APALSA's mailing list.

Jessica Neale and Betty Zhang: and



Black Law Students Association

The purpose of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to utilize the collective resources of student members to: enhance and ease the experience of law school for Black students; articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the relationship of the Black law student and the Black attorney to the American legal structure; instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Black community; influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Black community; adopt and implement a policy of economic independence; encourage Black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.

Ashley Mixon and Vivian Oguejiofor: and



Jewish Law Students Association

The mission of the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is to celebrate the tradition of lawyering as a form of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). The JLSA is designed to meet the needs of the Jewish student body within the University of Washington School of Law.

Presidents Moses Merakov and Max Cargal-Bley: and



Latinx Law Student Association

The Latinx Law Student Associated (LLSA ) provides professional, educational, and social support to member students while simultaneously fostering community amongst Latinx students on campus and in the Washington legal community. LLSA promotes the success of Latinx law students by organizing a variety of events, including networking opportunities, mentorship programs, and cultural celebrations. LLSA also strives to increase diversity and Latinx representation in the UW Law community and bring attention to a range of minority-related, social justice issues.

For more information, please contact the group at:



Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association

The Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association (MESALSA) strives to create a sense of community among students of Middle Eastern and South Asian heritage, as well as students interested in the Middle East and South Asia. MESALSA connects students to South Asian and Middle Eastern attorneys practicing in the PNW through several events throughout the school year.

President Sharan Singh:



Minority Law Student Association

The Minority Law Student Association (MLSA) is for systemically marginalized students of this institution looking for a space to build community, question power, and further the goals of social justice. MLSA intentionally reclaims space for students of color, queer folks, people with disabilities, and other students from backgrounds that have been marginalized and continue to struggle with access to legal institutions and justice. MLSA offers solidarity with students who may not identify closely with traditional law school trajectories, and seeks to create a place of community for those doing similar work. In addition to other affinity groups, MLSA is a space for minorities built on the mission to center and amplify their voices and experiences.

Acting Chair: Gabriel Villarreal:

For more information or to be added to our listserv, please email



Native American Law Student Association

The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) was founded in 1970 to support Native and Indigenous students at the University of Washington School of Law and to promote the study of Indian law and Tribal law among all law students in order to serve Tribes and Native communities with a commitment to excellence and cultural competence.

President: Anela Summers:
Vice President: Andrew Barnett:



OUTlaws (LGBTQ+ Student Group)

The purpose of Outlaws is to provide a social and support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) law students at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law; to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ legal issues within the student body and faculty; and to provide mentoring to law students by sponsoring on-campus speakers, discussion panels and advocacy activities.

Co-Presidents Antonia Gales and Harrison Roy Simmons: and



Parents Attending Law School

PALS aims to create a social network, support group, and student organization for students who have or are considering having children, as well as raising awareness in the law school community about work-family and parenting-related issues.

President: Emma Bergin-Hosio:



Women's Law Caucus

The Women’s Law Caucus is an intersectional feminist organization dedicated to raising awareness about women in law—both as professionals in the field and as subjects of the law. We provide support to law students through mentorship programs, informational workshops, networking and service opportunities, and educational and social events.

For more information, contact co-presidents Lucy Bauer and Ali Johnson at .



Student Journals & Boards

Moot Court Honor Board

Moot Court Honor Board (MCHB) furthers excellence in oral and writing advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law. We sponsor five in-house competitions throughout the year including mock trial, contract negotiation and appellate advocacy competitions. MCHB also works to promote and sponsor teams that compete in regional and national moot court competitions across the country on behalf of the University of Washington School of Law.

For more information or to be added to our listserv, please email .



Washington International Law Journal

The Washington International Law Journal was founded in 1990 [orginally Pacific Rim Journal] as an innovative vehicle for the discussion of legal and interdisciplinary policy-oriented issues affecting both Asian and trans-Pacific affairs. The Journal's function is three-fold. First, the Journal provides valuable writing and editing experience to University of Washington law students interested in Pacific Rim law and policy issues. Second, the Journal, as one of the only two student-edited law journals in the United States devoted to the Pacific Basin, and the only journal featuring translations of East Asian legal scholarship, encourages the debate of issues vital to the Pacific Rim. Third, the Journal enhances the University of Washington School of Law's national and international role as a center for East Asian legal studies. Membership is competitive and based upon first year grades and writing competition scores.

For more information, please contact the journal at: .



Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

The Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts publishes concise legal analysis for practicing attorneys. The Journal collaborates with the Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA), a new research program at the University of Washington School of Law. LTA was formed in 2009 when the University of Washington School of Law merged the Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce + Technology, and the Graduate Program in IP Law & Policy into a single research unit. This new research group takes a comprehensive approach to the legal issues involving technological and artistic innovation. The Journal, which was launched in 2003, publishes in an electronic format and addresses business law and technology issues in a global context. The Journal's concise online format ensures each issue contains cutting-edge analysis of legal of emerging issues in business and technology. The Journal is a partnership between student editors and an Editorial Board comprised of faculty and attorneys who are noted experts in their respective fields. Membership is competitive and based upon first-year grades and performance in a writing competition.

For more information, please contact: .



Washington Journal of Social and Environmental Justice

The Washington Journal of Social and Environmental Justice (formerly the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy) publishes legal scholarship on environmental affairs important to the Pacific Northwest region and beyond. By drawing expertise from across the disciplines, the Journal promoteFs the investigation of current environmental law and proposed solutions for the future.

For more information, please contact the journal at: .



Washington Law Review

Established in 1919, Washington Law Review is Washington State's flagship legal publication. Washington Law Review publishes four issues each year and regularly posts online features. It also hosts an annual symposium on a timely and relevant issue of law; facilitates conversations with visiting legal scholars; and provides opportunities for University of Washington School of Law students to publish scholarship and contribute their original research to the larger legal conversation.

For general inquiries, please contact the journal at: .



Student Legal Action Projects

Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project

The Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP) is a coalition of law students, attorneys, social service providers, and formerly incarcerated people who seek to change the rights afforded incarcerated and previously incarcerated people in Washington. Centering reproductive justice, IMAP supports incarcerated people by providing legal information on family law and dependency issues, and by connecting parents to outside resources. IMAP offers monthly legal classes and office hours at Washington Corrections Center for Women to share resources with incarcerated people and their families. IMAP also works to connect community providers, such as parent, chemical dependency, and domestic violence advocates and experts to incarcerated women by hosting a series of classes and trainings at our prison sites.

IMAP Board Members Chianara Ike and Jessica Lundberg: ; and



Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW) is dedicated to addressing the legal needs of at-risk, system-involved, and homeless youth in King County. SYLAW works with the legal community, community organizations, and directly impacted folks in efforts to protect youth rights through know your rights presentations, mutual aid efforts, community organizing, and other forms of service. After a year of limited functioning due to COVID-19, SYLAW is excited to get back to the important work of addressing youth rights in King County. SYLAW operates in a non-hierarchical structure and is thrilled to welcome new members from all UW Law programs and experience levels. We especially encourage students who have been directly impacted to assume leadership positions within our organization.

President Harley Tonelli



Student Advocates for Immigrant Justice

Student Advocates for Immigrant Justice (SAI Justice) is a student organization committed to service, advocacy, and community education with the goal of addressing the harms created by our current immigration system.

Board Members Wendy S. Martinez Hurtado and Isabel M. Skilton: and



Student Societies, Forums & Clubs

Center for Human Rights and Justice

CHRJ seeks to inform and involve UW Law students in the critical human rights issues of our time. The RSO hosts events on a wide variety of human rights topics and gives students opportunities to engage with human rights issues affecting communities in Washington and beyond. Among its many projects, CHRJ helps to administer a public interest law scholarship, manages a second-hand textbook store at the law school, and partners with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) for the Asylum Application Assistance volunteer program. We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

For more information, please contact .



Cyber Law Association of Washington

The Cyber Law Association of Washington (CLAW) is a community of UW Law students interested in how technology impacts people. CLAW recognizes the importance of cyberlaw practice that is anti-racist and human-centered. To this end, CLAW facilitates discussions among UW Law students that build community and understanding around technology and its legal and social implications. For example, CLAW discusses issues such as racial and gender disparities exacerbated by technology, and other impacts of technology on underserved communities. CLAW also aims to help UW Law students prepare for and find work related to cyberlaw through networking and mentoring programs.

Presidents Abigael Diaz and Smitha Gundavajhala: and



Entertainment Law Association

For more information, please contact Dante Tyler: .



Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society at the University of Washington (ELS) is an intersectional environmental advocacy organization committed to providing a forum for members of the University of Washington School of Law to discuss important local, national, and global environmental issues through a legal lens. ELS strives to create a space for individuals to engage critically with conservation challenges, participate meaningfully in the consideration of policy solutions in real-world contexts, and learn about and prepare for public and private sector career pathways in the environmental legal field.

For more information, please contact Ian Staeheli and Annabel Barnes: and .



First Generation Law Student Association

First Generation Law Student Association at the University of Washington (FGLS) is a student-led group that strives to address the transition and integration of first-generation law students into the University of Washington School of Law and the legal profession through mentorship, career advising, and social activities.

For more information, please contact



If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at UW Law trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice. Together, in collaboration and conversation with communities, organizations, and movements, If/When/How is working to ensure all people—especially those most likely to face reproductive injustice—have the ability to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain families with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.

For more information, please contact Ashley Rot at .



International Law Society

The primary goal of the International Law Society (“ILS”) is to give law students the resources, knowledge and practical tools needed to successfully navigate issues relating to international law – a subject both complex, and increasingly important to all legal practices.

Co-Presidents Tatiana Barraza and Tina Liu: and



Law & Business Association

The Law & Business Association seeks to connect, educate and provide opportunities to law students interested in business law by engaging with practitioners, faculty and other students across the University. LBA’s goal is to provide a forum for students to develop diverse and practical skills necessary for a successful legal career.

All regularly enrolled students at the Law School are welcome to join. For more information, please contact the LBA at:



Military LawAssociation

The Military Law Association (MLA) connects UW Law students with professionals in the greater-Seattle legal community by focusing on issues that are important to servicemembers, veterans, and military families.

President Luke Sturgeon:



Public Interest Law Association

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is a student-led, anti-racist organization that aims to strengthen UW Law's public interest community and increase accessibility to public interest law careers. PILA recognizes that our communities in Washington state and beyond need legal advocates who are equipped to effectively advocate for oppressed and marginalized groups. PILA’s goal is to assist students with knowledge, skills, and training for careers in public service. PILA offers fellowships for summer internships, connects students with practitioners, and promotes the expansion of public interest coursework.

Co-Administrative Chairs Beth Kidd and Donald Peters: and



Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the governing body for all University of Washington law students and student organizations.

For more information, please contact the group at .



Students for Labor and Employment Justice

Students for Labor and Employment Justice (SLEJ) is a student group focused on engaging and educating future lawyers on issues related to workers' rights. Labor and employment intersects with many different areas of law and is a field with a small community of passionate and dedicated advocates. SLEJ strives to connect students with this community and to increase awareness of labor and employment careers among the student body.

Board Committee Leaders Kay Fuhlman, Megan Knottingham, Simon Borumand, and Beth Kidd: , , , and



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