AAJ Trial Team
The American Association Justice (AAJ) Trial Team promotes skill and excellence in trial advocacy through practice and competition. The team is comprised of members chosen through a selection process. With the help of two local practicing attorneys, students practice trial advocacy skills regularly throughout the school year in preparation for the annual AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition held in the spring of each year.
American Constitution Society
The mission of the American Constitution Society is to highlight constitutional issues in the federal and state arenas that could have effects on the rights and liberties of individuals. ACS strives to ensure that the legal system includes the important values of compassion and respect for the individual in all decisions, laws, and regulations. The purpose of our events is to create a dialogue on court decisions or statutes that may implicate individual rights and to educate students at Wake Forest law school on how their rights are advanced or restricted by those laws.
Art Law Society
The purpose of the Art Law Society is to encourage the arts at Wake Forest Law School as a legal career, an interdisciplinary practice, and as a hobby; to host networking events and discussion panels on art law; to hold extracurricular art-themed events for the benefit of the entire law school; and to promote and publicize Wake Forest Law’s creative endeavors and thoughts about art and the law
Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics is a first-of-its-kind online journal at Wake Forest University dedicated to exploring and understanding the field of bioethics through the publication of creative, fictionalized short stories and non-fiction commentary. The stories and commentary published in Awaken utilize the creative literary process to discover and expound upon contemporary bioethics issues.
Awaken is supported by the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and is directed by Professor Christine Coughlin, Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law. The Journal was founded in the Spring of 2013 under the name Biosethikos, highlighting the origins of contemporary bioethics and tracing changing discourse. Staff changed the name in the Spring of 2017 in order to broaden inclusive topics and better affiliate with the university. The Journal staff hopes to foster a culture of broadening perspectives through creative reflections.
Publication opportunities are available both to students at Wake Forest University and to other authors not affiliated with Wake Forest who wish to publish creative works on the topic of bioethics. For further information concerning publication opportunities, please see our “Submit A Creative Work” section.
Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
The Wake Forest chapter of the BLSA is a local organization of law students affiliated with the regional and national BLSA organizations. The Wake Forest chapter adheres to the national purpose of promoting greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the black community and to the problems of the individual black student. Members are active in student government, recruitment, and placement. BLSA sponsors a scholarship banquet each year to fund a minority scholarship. It also sponsors a team for the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.
Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court
The Chief Justice Joseph Branch (CJJB) Inn of Court meets five evenings per year and provides participants a great opportunity to learn about the law and to meet members of the bench and bar. The CJJB promotes legal skills, professionalism, and ethics. Each meeting includes a presentation on a legal topic of interest that lasts approximately 45 minutes, preceded by a 30-minute reception, and followed by a dinner. Senior members—including judges, seasoned attorneys, and Wake Forest law professors—are known as “Masters,” in the English tradition of Inns of Court. “Barristers” are attorneys with up to ten years of legal experience. Finally, the Inn includes dozens of law students, due to its affiliation with Wake Forest. Masters and Barristers enjoy getting to know law students. At dinner, each table includes law students, at least one Master, and at least one Barrister.
Christian Legal Society
Open to all students and faculty in the School of Law, the Christian Legal Society offers a speaker program, student-led discussions and Bible studies, fall and spring conferences, and various social events. The society provides a means of sharing concerns where legal education, the law, jurisprudence, and the values inherent in them directly involve the Christian faith and its expression.
Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition (DVAC)
The Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition (DVAC) began in 1996 and is a joint effort between the Legal Aid Society and Wake Forest University School of Law. We work to promote awareness and provide support to victims of domestic violence in Winston-Salem and beyond.
Through DVAC and Legal Aid, law students assist Legal Aid attorneys by interviewing victims in order to help establish their case in upcoming related civil and criminal matters.
We also host a yearly speaking event that brings together activists, professors, lawyers, and other professionals to discuss topics within the areas of law that pertain to domestic violence.
DVAC also supports Winston Salem’s battered women’s shelter by sending volunteers and supplies to the shelter. Volunteers spend time with the children of battered women staying at the shelter. Every fall, DVAC organizes a raffle to raise money for the shelter. In 2017, we donated over $1,300!
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
The purpose of ELS is to promote awareness and discussion of international and domestic environmental issues. In addition, ELS aims to encourage collaboration with the community and other environmental organizations.
The Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies is an organization of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government is essential to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province of the judiciary to say what the law is—not what it should be.
Firearms Awareness Club
The Firearms Awareness Club serves to educate its members and the general public on proper firearm safety procedures, firearm use, and self-defense and firearm law. FAC strives to create a forum for healthy and balanced conversations regarding firearms in our society. Students from any side of the gun-debate issue can freely participate in the club to educate themselves or help educate the general public on this extremely important topic. Opportunities include attending range sessions to learn how to safely use a variety of firearms, participating in forums, listening to keynote speakers, and serving in Pro Bono events to educate the public on firearm and self-defense law.
First Generation Law Students
First Generation Law Students (FGLS) seeks to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for Wake Forest Law School students who are the first in their families to attend college or professional school, or those who come from low-income or working-class backgrounds. FGLS hopes to provide social support and help build professional skills for students who may have limited resources.
One of the most important organizations at the Law School is the Honor Council, whose members hear and decide on actions related to alleged violations of the Honor Code. The council is comprised of nine third-year students, six second-year students, and three first-year students. Honor Council members are elected to their posts by the student body and serve until leaving the law school.
Law school students also elect a counselor for the respondent and two student solicitors, who serve one-year terms and can run for re-election.
Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law
This publication features articles, notes, and comments from intellectual property practitioners, students, and faculty.
The JBIPL encourages students to submit articles focusing on topics such as trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, unfair competition, cyberlaw, Internet business law, or any other subject of intellectual property. These items can be papers already completed for coursework or articles specifically written for the journal.
Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA)
LLSA’s main purpose is to serve as the representative organization for law students of Latinx diasporic descent at Wake Forest University School of Law and to encourage the involvement of these students on the campus at large. LLSA’s intent is to serve as a support system for the professional and personal development of Latinx students and to act as a communication vehicle to address the interests and concerns of students of Latinx heritage. LLSA’s overall mission is to increase enrollment of Latino/a/x students at Wake Law.
The Wake Forest Law Review is a student-run organization that publishes five print issues annually and is expanding its publishing with an ambitious and growing online presence. The Law Review also conducts two symposia each year focused on innovative legal topics.
Membership is determined through academic performance and/or participation in a writing competition. Students who are in the top 10 percent after their first-year class are invited to join the Wake Forest Law Review. An equal number of students are invited to join based upon their scores in the writing competition and their grades. Students who are in the top 10 percent after their second year are also invited to join.
The Wake Forest University School of Law Moot Court Organization’s purpose is to assist students in their development of effective appellate advocacy skills. Moot Court achieves this goal by giving students opportunities to develop effective legal research skills, draft persuasive appellate briefs, and deliver oral arguments through their participation in various intramural and interscholastic appellate advocacy competitions.
National Trial Team
The focus of the National Trial Team is on developing trial practice and oral advocacy skills in law students through practices and competitions judged by practicing attorneys and judges. Members are selected through a yearly tryout process and subsequently coached by two area attorneys. Participating in National Trial Team helps members learn to critically analyze cases, write and deliver opening statements and closing arguments, conduct direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and argue motions and objections just as they would for a real trial. Practices and competitions both take place in the Spring, with two teams of three each ultimately competing at a regional competition for the opportunity to represent Wake Forest at the TYLA National Trial Competition held annually in Texas.
OUTLaw provides an academic and social support network for sexual minorities and their allies at the Law School. It also serves to educate the Law School community about legal, political, and social issues relevant to sexual minorities. This organization is open to all Wake Forest students and faculty.
Phi Alpha Delta
Open to all students in the School of Law, Phi Alpha Delta International is a Co-ed Legal Social and Service Fraternity, participating in fall and spring conferences, various social events, and informational seminars. Phi Alpha Delta hosts the annual House Hunt event and provides ample leadership and service opportunities for its members. Our members represent a broad cross-section of the student body, and we work diligently to complete various service-oriented projects and events throughout the year.
Pro Bono Project
The Pro Bono Project places students with attorneys in non-profit organizations, private practice, and North Carolina’s legal services organizations. The program is administered by a student executive board with the support and assistance of the law school administration and partnerships with local attorneys and legal services organizations. The Pro Bono Project is the central point for all pro bono activities at the law school and maintains a database to keep track of student pro bono work.
Public Interest Law Organization (PILO)
The Public Interest Law Organization promotes Wake Forest’s tradition of training lawyers who serve not only their clients but also their communities, state, and nation. The organization works with Career Services to create an easy-to-access repository of information for students seeking internships, externships, and fellowships. The Public Interest Law Organization also promotes connections between Wake students and professionals working in public interest through a new mentorship program and an annual retreat that brings alumni to the university to discuss their work in public interest and non-traditional career paths for attorneys.
Executive Director: Mackenzie Patton
Society for Criminal Justice Reform
The purpose of the Society for Criminal Justice Reform is to promote holistic knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system through awareness, advocacy, and service to the community.
Faculty Advisor: Mark Rabil
Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) seeks to educate and foster discussion about current topics in the Sports and Entertainment world pertaining to law. All students are welcome to join and partake in the group’s events, such as speaker programs and social activities.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
The Wake Forest chapter of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is a local organization of law students affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Wake Forest’s chapter shares ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. SALDF provides a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship that raises the profile of animal law. Members are active in regional and national projects aimed at preventing animal cruelty and promoting the humane treatment of all creatures.
Student Bar Association (SBA)
The Student Bar Association plays a key role in student life and leadership at the Law School.
All law school students are automatically members of the SBA, so this group is central to the school’s day-to-day academic and social life.
Some of the SBA’s activities include the annual Esquire’s Evening, the Halloween Party, the JD/MBA Softball tournament, the Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser, the Used Book Sale, and other faculty/student activities. The SBA also helps to coordinate the activities of other student organizations and works to improve the School’s general academic environment.
The SBA’s governing body is the Student Bar Council, which is comprised of four officers and five representatives from each class. The council plans social functions, manages student services, and serves as a liaison between the student body and faculty, alumni, and state and national bar associations.
Teen Court is a juvenile criminal diversion program for first-time offenders, mostly aged 11-16. It is run by the YWCA Youth Intervention Program, part of the Forsyth County YWCA, a United Way agency. Teen Court is a forum for “constructive sentencing”; to participate, youth must admit guilt, after which they are sentenced by a jury of their (teen) peers. Sentences comprise community service, jury duty, tutoring, counseling, letters of apology, and the like. Law students provide coaching and support for teen advocates and often serve as judges for the hearings.
Transactional Law Competition
Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR)
The Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALO(R)) is composed of law students with the shared goal to support current and former service members. The VALOR has three separate missions: (1) Addressing the legal needs of veterans seeking benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), (2) develop pro bono projects to provide servicemembers, who are financially eligible, with legal assistance in certain civilian legal matters that are impacted by their military service, and (3) to promote awareness among classmates and the larger WFU School of Law of issues facing veterans and service members.
Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy
The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy is an interdisciplinary publication that explores the intersection of legal issues with public and social policy. Consistent with Wake Forest’s motto of “Pro Humanitate,” the Journal’s mission is to introduce, maintain, and advance discourse so as to uncover policies that will engender equality and the true administration of justice. The Journal seeks submissions that, among other goals, address various societal needs through legal doctrines and systems. While the Journal primarily publishes legal analyses, we welcome other scholarly works and social commentary that contribute to a diverse and dynamic intellectual dialogue.
Women in Law
Women in Law was founded to help students identify and face problems and issues that exist for women in the legal profession and in the law itself. The organization is open to both men and women and has various activities, including seminars, speakers, and social activities.
Executive Director: Rachel DeAngelis