More than 50 student organizations exist at The John Marshall Law School. First-year students are encouraged to attend meetings and become familiar with student organizations of their interest. Since the first year of law school is extremely demanding, first-year students are advised to minimize active organizational participation until after completion of the second semester of law school. If you are interested in any of the student organizations below, please contact Marilyn J. Criss at 312.427.2737 ext. 576.
Additionally, students can get involved with John Marshall's Student Bar Association.
American Association for Justice
AAJ is the national organization for law students and lawyers involved in civil litigation.
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU is the preeminent national organization dedicated to defending individual rights. Campus groups provide students with the opportunity and resources to work on the issues that are most important to young people, fighting for change locally and nationally. Over the course of its existence it has evolved hundreds of positions and policies on the wide array of civil liberties issues that have confronted American society. Please visit the national site at www.aclu.org for more information about the organization.
American Constitution Society
The John Marshall Law School Chapter of the American Constitutional Society is dedicated to maintaining a rigorous exchange of ideas about the law with the focus on its effects on the lives of ordinary people.
The goal of this organization is to increase student awareness of human rights issues, local, national and international.
Animal Law Society
The Animal Law Society's goal is to educate and increase public awareness of how the law pertains to animals and their rights and welfare.
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
The purpose of this organization is to afford Asian Pacific law students the opportunity to work together to provide services to the Asiancommunity as well as interacting with the legal community.
Association of Western Students
This association has several purposes to provide camaraderie and fellowship for students from Western states; to assist recruitment of students from Western states; to augment alumni activity for students and to promote Western states for employment.
Black Law Students Association
The purpose of this association is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of the African American student body.
This is an Irish cultural, historical and social club.
Canadian Law Society
This is a society interested in learning about law and legal developments in Canada, keeping in touch with Canadian alumni from the school and developing other professional contacts with our northern neighbor.
Central and Eastern European Student Association
This organization was formed so that students of Bohemian background may have a forum with which to exchange ideas and socialize with fellow students.
Children and Family Law Society
The society targets programs that review children's rights and the effect those current laws have on their lives and focuses on family law issues, i.e. divorce, guardianship and property disputes.
Christian Legal Society
This society is directed towards students who wish to further their relationship with other Christians through community, fellowship and accountability.
Construction Law Society
The purpose of this society is to enhance our knowledge of the practice area; to network with Chicago area professionals and to strengthen the school's connection to the construction law industry in Chicago.
Corporate Law Association
The focus of this association includes providing a platform for students interested in corporate law in and outside of the classroom.
Criminal Law Society
This organization strives to increase the awareness of students, faculty and the legal community in the area of criminal law.
This society promotes networking opportunities to meet lawyers and judges within the Jewish community.
Delta Theta Phi
The principle objective of this fraternity is: to unite fraternally congenial students of the law; to lead them and their fellow students to high scholarship and legal learning; to promote justice and to advance the interest of every college of law.
Disability Law Organization
The mission of this organization is to keep students interested in the disability law field current with new developments, raise awareness about issues for those with a disability or those who have a family member or friend with a disability, and provide networking opportunities with those currently in the field.
Elder Law Society
This organization's goal is to bring Elder Law to the attention of students and to alert them to a new and exciting field in the practice of law.
Employee Benefits Law Student Association
This association strives to provide a forum for students in which to network with fellow students, alumni and practitioners in this particular field of law.
Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Society
This society is interested in all facets of entertainment and media law. It strives to bring together interested students, entertainment lawyers and members of the entertainment industry.
Environmental Law Society
The society strives to educate the law school community about current environmental issues and also to inform its members of opportunities in environmental law.
Fair Housing Association
The purpose of this association is to promote student interest in the school's fair housing legal clinic.
Fashion Law Society
The Fashion Law Society is John Marshall's source for the latest information on fashion law cases and developments at the nexus of traditional practice areas, including intellectual property, contract, employment, labor, tax, and patent law.
The Federalist Society is an organization founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
Foreign Law Students Association
The purpose of this organization is to help foreign students adjust to life in the United States.
The Gavel Society is a prominent, not for profit, honorary organization for the recognition of leadership in the school community.
Gay & Lesbian Legal Alliance
This organization of law students explores the legal issues incident to sexual orientation.
Graduate Tax Law Society
This society will allow the students to learn about specific tax issues through lectures and prepare them to seek a career in taxation.
Habitat for Humanity/JMLS Chapter
This Chapter is the only law school chapter in the Midwest. This chapter will offer real estate legal assistance as well as hands-on assistance for its home building projects.
Health Law Society
The purpose of this society is to foster the interaction of students with special interests in health-related issues and the law.
Hellenic Law Student Association
This is a student organization comprised of law students of Greek descent and is both academic and community oriented.
Information Technology Society
This society focuses on issues of interest in the field of computer law which includes privacy, trademark, copyright, patent, free speech and information superhighway.
Intellectual Property Society
This society serves a large number of students who have an interest in this area of law.
International Law Society
This organization seeks to promote greater interest in international law.
Institute for Peace and Justice
The Institute for Peace and Justice promotes issues of international peace, justice and human rights within The John Marshall Law School community and the Chicago legal community.
John Marshall Security Law Group
This group strives to create an effective, non-partisan forum for informed discourse on U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs.
John Marshall Student American Civil Liberties Union
The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness of civil rights/liberties issues in the law.
John Marshall Students for America's Protection
It is the intent of this organization to address changes in the law regarding the threats of terrorism.
The Justinian Society is a social organization that gives law students of Italian descent the opportunity to network with their peers and established professionals.
Labor and Employment Law Society
This society's principal goal is to assist its members in understanding and entering the field of labor law.
Latino Law Student Association
This organization is comprised primarily of law students of Latin ancestry. It tries to provide assistance and encouragement to first year students.
Latter-Day Saint Student Association
This association proposes to aid students in living a balanced life and provide students with opportunities for service, social and religious activities.
Law Enforcement Students Organization
This organization provides networking opportunities for all forms of student law enforcement officers and assistance throughout the law school process.
Lex Liaison Society
The purpose of this organization is to facilitate a deeper understanding between the students and their spouses or significant others of the challenges and demands of law school.
Masaryk Law Society
This society is named in honor of the writer of the Czechoslovak constitution and membership is based on those with a Czech background.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
This John Marshall Chapter provides students of Middle Eastern descent with a place to discuss issues that are particularly relevant to them.
Military Law Society
This society is dedicated to promoting knowledge and awareness of military law issues.
National Lawyers Guild
The Guild provides students with the opportunity to attend lectures addressing legal and social issues of a politically progressive nature.
Native American & Indigenous Law Students Association
This association will provide an educational forum for individuals interested in the cultural and legal concerns of the Native American and Indigenous populations.
Phi Alpha Delta
This fraternity promotes professionalism by encouraging the interaction between law students with members of the bar and the bench.
Phi Delta Phi
This is an honors fraternity which strives to instill professionalism and achieve academic excellence.
Polish American Law Student Association (PALSA)
This association is an organization comprised of law students with affinity for Polish culture.
Public Interest Law Council
The Council encourages students to incorporate into their legal careers the area of public interest law.
Real Estate Law Student Group
The Real Estate Law Student Group seeks to promote interest in the broad practice of real estate law. This group is open to anyone interested in real estate.
The goal of this society is to foster the critical social skills and cultural awareness needed to succeed in the professional world.
Russian Speaking Organization
This organization would identify and explore various legal topics that concern the members, particularly in the area of Commerce and Trade with the Eastern-European countries of the former Soviet Union block.
South Asian Law Student Organization
John Marshall’s South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) is dedicated to raising awareness of the issues affecting South Asians while connecting South Asian law students with South Asian legal professionals.
Thurgood Marshall Society
The purpose of this society is to promote students' accessibility to the legal community in civil rights issues, education, health care and poverty.
Video Game Law Society
John Marshall’s Video Game Law Society is dedicated to raising awareness of the latest developing legal issues in video games.
This choral group is a drama and music ensemble that promotes relations between professors, staff and students in a non-academic environment and provides an atmosphere for relaxation from the daily rigors of legal study.
The White Collar Criminal Defense Club
This club allows each member the opportunity to make a presentation regarding effective defense strategies for a particular "white collar" criminal charge.
Women’s Law Caucus
The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness about women's issues, promote equality between genders and provide a forum to exchange ideas.