Advocacy Board: Moot Court and Mock Trial
The Advocacy Board, the parent organization governing both Moot Court and Mock Trial, is a selective, academic organization that fosters and promotes students’ oratory and legal writing skills through participation in regional and national competitions.
Moot Court competitions allow law students the opportunity to write appellate briefs based upon mock problems and to present oral arguments to a panel of real-life attorneys and judges.
Mock Trial competitions develop research and presentation skills and afford students to play the role of attorneys and witnesses in a simulation of a real trial.
Competitions also provide Advocacy Board members the ability to network with attorneys in the legal community and to gain practical experience in effective written and oral advocacy.
Black Law Students Association
The AJMLS chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) was founded in 1971. BLSA’s primary purpose is to deal with the special concerns of Black law students and lawyers. The association acquaints students with the professional opportunities, problems and responsibilities they will have as practicing members of the Bar. BLSA encourages full participation of all students in the activities of the law school. It also attempts to foster closer contact with present members of the legal profession. BLSA has involved itself in numerous activities in the past, including group sessions with visiting high school students, a school sponsored CLE honoring civil rights pioneers and a pipeline project to increase the presence of minorities in law school and law practice.
Charlotte E. Ray Law Society
The purpose of the Charlotte E. Ray Law Society (CERLS) is to increase the graduation rate of black female law students, increase the bar passage rate of Black female law students, cultivate and foster sisterhood among black female students, bridge the transitional gap between the legal profession and black female students, and service and support the Black community through community outreach projects. This organization is open to all students.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society is a newly reactivated student organization on Atlanta’s John Marshall Campus. We are a faith-based organization which encourages its members, and the legal community, to love the Lord. We also encourage students to seek to employ practices throughout their legal careers consistent with their Christian values.
Corporate and Business Law Society
The AJMLS Corporate Law Society (CBLS) is a collaborative student union dedicated to providing its members with the opportunity to gain insight in the field of corporate law. We strive to add value towards our members’ future legal careers by coordinating programs and networking opportunities that will familiarize them with the daily legal issues encountered by transactional attorneys and expose them to different types of complex transactional work. By providing a forum for students to learn about business law issues and practical guidance from experienced professionals, we can facilitate the expansion of our network in the corporate law community.
Criminal Law Society
The mission of the Criminal Law Society (CLS) is to provide a forum in which to address the unique legal issues facing the criminal justice system, create opportunities for students interested in criminal law to interact with faculty, practitioners, judges and community organizations that work in the field and to empower law graduates to pursue their career goals in criminal law. CLS is also dedicated to providing a forum for its members and the law school at large to explore current discourse, issues, and interests in different areas of criminal law, including careers and internship opportunities.
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
The Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) is a statewide organization that works to enhance the welfare and development of women lawyers and support their interests. Formed in 2004, the AJMLS chapter works closely with the parent organization to enhance the experience of students and foster a networking relationship with practitioners in the area. While providing these links, the chapter also strives to provide the school’s community with programs and assistance that meets the needs and interests of our very diverse membership. Our events attempt to educate about the law, the practice of law, and the business of law before becoming practicing attorneys to ensure the continued support of women lawyers as they take their rightful place as leaders in the state of Georgia.
The Law Journal is managed entirely by a student board of editors, who solicit, edit and publish articles and book reviews written by scholars, judges and practicing attorneys. Almost half of the content of the Journal is written by students. Membership on the Journal provides many opportunities and benefits. Students work together to achieve a high level of analytical and writing skill. The Journal also provides students with an opportunity to contribute to the professional literature and to influence the development of the law. Election to the Journal’s board of editors is one of the highest honors a law student can achieve.
OUTLaws and Allies
A newly reactivated student organization, OUTLaws and Allies is a law school chapter of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia. The organization strives to promote a more decent national community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied persons. OUTLaws and Allies is also dedicated to harnessing the values of compassion and respect for all individuals in American society, and recognizing civil liberties and legal protections for all within our community.
Phi Alpha Delta
Paying homage to esteemed, Atlanta-based civil rights attorney, Donald Lee Hollowell, the Hollowell Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta is the AJMLS chapter of the largest professional law fraternity in the United States. Founded in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (P.A.D.) is composed of pre-law and law students, legal educators, attorneys, judges, and government officials. P.A.D. was the first law fraternity to admit both male and female members of all races, creeds, colors, religions, and national origins. Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s preeminent law fraternity because of our dedication to service: service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community. Continuing that legacy, the Hollowell Chapter of P.A.D. seeks to unite AJMLS students with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship promulgating the ideals of leadership and professionalism.
Public Interest Law Society
A newly reactivated student organization, the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) is dedicated to maximizing the school’s ability to serve public interests. PILS aims to expose students to the wide breadth of public interest law by engaging in the following: a) working with fellow student organizations to help students explore public interest activities while in law school, b) educating on the ways students can serve the public interest by hosting numerous networking and informational events throughout the year, and c) connecting students to public interest career opportunities that they can utilize beyond graduation. As a student organization, PILS engages in some of the most impactful and enjoyable fundraising efforts on campus – most notably, the AJMLS PILS Auction. Every year, the proceeds raised by the auction go to the Renata Turner Scholarship which is given to a deserving student who has demonstrated a commitment to public service.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The AJMLS Sports and Entertainment Law Association is a student-run organization that sponsors various sports and entertainment law related events for educational and networking purposes. This organization brings in guest lecturers from major sports and entertainment firms to give lunch talks, collaborates with the Atlanta Association of Young Lawyers and the Atlanta Bar Association to organize workshops and outings, and brings in speakers from major sports law institutes. Its primary goal is to assist aspiring sports and entertainment attorneys in making the necessary connections to secure employment in sports and entertainment law. Its secondary goal is to educate law students about current trends in the sports and entertainment legal market.
Student Bar Association
All enrolled students at AJMLS are automatically members of the Student Bar Association, the School’s student government organization. Each year, an executive board is created by the student body. The primary objective of the SBA officers is to bring student viewpoints into the educational process at AJMLS. The SBA works to represent all student points of view to the administration and faculty. The SBA’s functions are many and varied, but can be divided into three general categories, academic, service, and social. The SBA sponsors speakers and forums to enhance the learning experience, community service projects to increase social consciousness and responsibility and socialevents to help students unwind from the pressures of law school.
Student Trial Lawyers Association
The Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) provides a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at promoting the various aspects of trial advocacy. The student organization also provides information and resources for students interested in trial practice. The Student Trial Lawyers Association will host speakers, participate in Mock Trial competitions and plan events centered on pertinent issues related to trial practice.