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.
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.
Family Law Society
The purpose of this organization is to foster educational and fellowship experiences among those in the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Community who share an interest in family and juvenile law or in one of its subspecialties. The institution of the family continues to be a positive, though continuously evolving, focus in the twenty first century. The FJLS provides students that are interested in this area with an avenue to explore the complexities of family and juvenile law and the hot-button issues of today.
The Rapping Student Chapter of Gideon’s Promise is a student organization geared towards those students who have expressed an interest in public defense or in criminal justice reform. The Rapping Student Chapter recognizes that the mission of Gideon’s Promise does not stop with public defenders. It is the goal of the Student Chapter to connect public defenders with current law students and the surrounding communities in the quest towards criminal justice reform. The Rapping Chapter of Gideon’s Promise is more than a student organization; it is a movement towards effective representation for marginalized and underserved communities and the reformation of the criminal justice system.
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.
Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society (ILS) is a law student organization dedicated to meeting the need for greater awareness, support and dissemination of timely information that relates to current federal immigration laws and policies to members of the AJMLS community and those individuals seeking asylum, temporary or permanent residency, or citizenship in the United States. ILS also seeks to bring together immigration law attorneys and judges, Atlanta-area law students and legal workers and community advocates in the Atlanta area to serve the growing Metropolitan Atlanta immigrant population.
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.
Latin American Law Students Association
The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) is a student-run organization founded in 2010 with the goals of increasing awareness of Latino issues among our peers, providing personal, academic and professional support for our members, and being involved with community service projects in the greater Atlanta area. LALSA aims to create and promote a healthy and prosperous environment for the study of law and the personal development of all law students and also to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Latino and Latina students at AJMLS. Through our events, we hope to share Latino culture with the community at large and to assist in the professional, educational, intellectual and emotional development of our members.
National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is one of the oldest associations of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that they had a major role to play in the reconstruction of legal values to emphasize human rights over property rights. NLG is the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system. Atlanta’s John Marshall Student Chapter’s goal is to further the interest of our national chapter by challenging our members to recognize that economic and social needs should also be considered “rights”, and that these rights often conflict with the interests of propertied elites in all nations.
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta is the largest law fraternity in the country and is a great organization from which to begin your legal career. The purpose of this fraternity is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual and cultural advancement, so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.
Public Interest Law Society
To act as a resource for AJMLS students interested in public interest law. The organization is dedicated to the development of public interest law awareness and opportunities within the legal profession. This will be accomplished by providing assistance for students interested in public interest careers and facilitating hands-on experience. We assist this cause by raising funds for grants for students working in the public interest sector.
OutLaw and Allies
OutLaw is an organization of law students that seeks to foster a greater awareness of the legal issues concerning gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals. To accomplish this objective, we encourage discussion, debate, and diverse opinions on these topics in an atmosphere of mutual respect and open-mindedness. We also encourage participation in discussions concerning current legal issues for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals under the laws and policies of our nation, states and governmental organizations.
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.
SOLO Practitioners’ Law Society
The Solo Practitioners’ Law Society (SPLS) is dedicated to promoting, assisting, educating, and facilitating future lawyers in the management of a solo law practice. We provide rare and unique information from those already in the trenches running their own successful solo practices, as opposed to just textbook theory. If you want to run a solo practice after you graduate from AJMLS and pass the Bar, then SPLS is the place for you!
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.
Veteran Law Students Association
The Veterans Law Student Association is an inclusive organization for service members and students, families, friends, faculty and associates interested in issues affecting veterans. The VLSA is committed to providing general fellowship, professional and academic mentorship and veterans advocacy.