Student Organizations and Publications
Columbia Law School offers multiple opportunities for students to engage with issues regarding gender, sexuality, reproductive rights, civil rights, and racial justice outside the classroom through a variety of student-run organizations and publications. The organizations below are a selection of all of those offered at Columbia Law. A full list of Student Groups at Columbia Law School may be found here.
- ACLU at Columbia
The Columbia Law School chapter of the ACLU serves to focus attention on constitutional law and civil liberties issues of national, regional, and campus interest, as well as to encourage hands-on involvement in protecting civil liberties. It also engages in activism, such as petitioning state and federal officials, election monitoring, or distributing information to inform citizens of their rights.
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- American Constitution Society
The Columbia Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) brings together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people to advance progressive values in the constitutional, legal, and public policy debates that continue to shape our democracy. Our chapter works to amplify progressive voices and create an open and inclusive space for legal thinking at CLS. Things we do: protect the right to vote; advocate for reform in our broken criminal justice system; pursue justice for historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities and members of the LGBTQIA community; support a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans; advance the scholarship of innovative, progressive legal thinkers; and so much more.
Contact e-mail: ACS@law.columbia.edu
- Civil Rights Law Society
The Civil Rights Law Society is an organization dedicated to initiating discourse on civil rights issues, domestic and international, both within and beyond the Law School community. The group seeks to support the academic and professional development of Columbia Law students who hope to one day practice in the area of civil rights law or who are committed to social justice. CRLS is also committed to connecting students to a variety of pro bono projects held in New York City and across the country.
Contact e-mail: CRIS@law.columbia.edu
- Columbia Human Rights Law Review
The Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR) seeks to publish and distribute legal analysis and discussion of civil liberties and human rights under both international and domestic law. HRLR believes that thoughtful discussion of human rights issues and broad dissemination of information about legal remedies for human rights violations promote human rights around the world.
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- Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
The Journal publishes interdisciplinary works rooted in feminist inquiry with the aim of promoting dialogue, debate, and awareness that will broaden the very concept of feminism as one that critically engages multiple and varied forms of social hierarchy and power differentials and their relation to the law.
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- Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
The Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems (JLSP), established in 1965, is one of the oldest legal publications at Columbia Law School. Since its founding, one of JLSP’s missions has been to remind its readers of the law’s responsibility to serve the public good. To that end, the journal emphasizes the sociological, economic, and political impact of legal issues. As a result, JLSP’s target audience includes not only judges and lawyers but also Congress, state legislatures, regulatory agencies, and members of the public.
Contact e-mail: JLSP@law.columbia.edu
- Columbia Law Feminist Society
The Columbia Law Feminist Society (CLFS) aims to promote feminist voices on campus and inspire Columbia Law School students to incorporate feminist viewpoints into their approach to the study of law and the legal profession, through social justice activities and engagement with contemporary issues.
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- Columbia Law Women’s Association
The Columbia Law School Women’s Association (CLWA) works to advance the position of women in the Law School, legal profession, and society at large. CLWA fosters an inclusive community for women within the Law School and provides career and academic resources to members and to the law school community.
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- Domestic Violence Project
The Domestic Violence Project raises awareness about domestic violence and provides legal services to survivors. Under its umbrella are four pro bono initiatives, including the Courtroom Advocates Project, which helps survivors obtain orders of protection against abusive partners; the Uncontested Divorce Workshop, which assists low-income women, who are also victims of domestic violence, obtain divorces from their batterers; the Human Trafficking Intervention Court Project provides immigration screenings to potential victims of trafficking who have been arrested for prostitution-related offenses; and the U-Visa project, which assists undocumented immigrants in abusive relationships in obtaining residency status.
All students with an interest in issues of domestic violence are welcome to join our pro bono initiatives and participate in DVP events.
Contact e-mail: DVP@law.columbia.edu
- Empowering Women of Color
Empowering Women of Color (EWOC) exists to champion diverse women at Columbia Law School in light of the unique challenges they face in the legal profession. The group provides a safe space for collaboration and dialogue about issues relevant to women of color, supports members in their development as full participants in academic, professional, and personal communities, and strives to ensure that the greater Columbia Law School community is an environment where all members feel valued, respected, and empowered.
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- If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
Formerly: Law Students for Reproductive Justice
If/When/How is a national network of law students and professionals committed to promoting reproductive justice. We fight to ensure everyone can decide if, when, and how to create and sustain families with dignity—free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. The organization educates, organizes, and supports law students with extensive resources, and career and advocacy opportunities to advance reproductive justice.
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OutLaws is Columbia Law School’s LGBTQA student organization. Our primary goal to create a safe space for LGBTQA students to develop professionally, socially, and academically. We are friendly and inclusive and welcome the participation of all students.
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Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) serves as a safe space and an empowerment resource for QTPOC and QTPOC allies at Columbia Law School. This group recognizes that identity is intersectional and creates spaces where folks can embrace and celebrate gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as racial and ethnic backgrounds.
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Rightslink is a student-run human rights organization dedicated to fostering a human rights community within the law school. We provide students with opportunities to engage in human rights advocacy and research, as well as to connect with practitioners and academics around New York. Working closely with the Human Rights Institute, Social Justice Initiatives, and the Human Rights Clinic, Rightslink organizes a variety of events, research projects, and trainings on human rights issues throughout the year.
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- Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is dedicated to fostering a diverse community at Columbia focused on promoting the legal rights of refugees and immigrants. During the school year, SIRR sponsors guest panels, administers various pro bono projects, and leads trips domestically and abroad.
Contact e-mail: SIRR@law.columbia.edu