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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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. Past events have included debates, speaker panels, and training sessions. It also engages in activism, such as petitioning state and federal officials, election monitoring, or distributing information to inform citizens of their rights. 

Contact: [email protected]

American Constitution Society (ACS)

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: [email protected]

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) facilitates academic and professional development and hosts numerous social events throughout the school year. Members build incredibly strong friendships that carry us through law school and last well beyond graduation. It also works with APALSA chapters at other New York area law schools to build a network within our wider community.

Contact: [email protected]

Bar Review

Bar Review, run by the Bar Czars, is dedicated to the social lubrication of Columbia Law students. Each week, the Bar Czars are entrusted to plan an exhilarating and freeing Thursday night at one of Manhattan's fantastic bars, complete with unbeatable drink deals for all CLS students. While many law schools across the country participate in a similar weekly ritual, none do it quite like these Bar Czars.

Contact: [email protected]

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is an inclusive organization where students can learn and develop the tools necessary to achieve academic and professional success. It provides academic support, alumni resources, and career opportunities to its membership, and raises awareness within the Law School community about issues that disproportionately impact poor and minority communities. BLSA is a chapter of the National Black Law Students Association, the largest law student-run organization in the United States.

Contact: [email protected]

California Society

The California Society of Columbia Law School (CalSoc) is dedicated to representing and developing the ties of the many Law School students and alumni with an interest in California. With more than 300 members and more than a dozen events a year, it is committed to developing a social, intellectual, and professional environment for students and alumni through events, extensive job resources, panels, speakers, and mentoring programs.

Contact: [email protected]

Christian Legal Society

The Christian Legal Society is a non-denominational Christian fellowship that conducts weekly meetings and social events that are open to people of all religious and non-religious persuasions. The group’s main focus is forging a Christian community in the Law School, as well as discussing and learning how the Christian faith can play a vital role in one’s study and practice of law.

Contact: [email protected]

CLS Board Game Club

The CLS Board Game Club (formerly CSSS) is dedicated to fostering a strong board game community at Columbia Law. With over 100 board games in our joint collection with the Law Library, which is now available to all CLS students, we aim to provide a recreational outlet for everyone from experienced board gamers to interested beginners. Come by our weekly Board Game Nights for a casual pick-up game with food, friends, and fun, or join one of our dedicated game sessions throughout the semester.

Daniel Munden, co-president: [email protected]
Charles Simonds, co-president: [email protected]
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CLS Catholics

The CLS Catholics is a group dedicated to developing the next generation of Catholic lawyers by fostering the intellectual and spiritual growth of Catholic students at Columbia Law School. Open to all, we aim to promote Catholic teachings and values in our lives, our campus, and our community. In pursuit of these goals, we coordinate professional, social, and charitable events including discussions of Church doctrine and history, Catholic pro bono opportunities, and presentations by Catholic legal professionals.

Contact: [email protected]