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.
Bankruptcy Law Society
The Bankruptcy Law Societies’ mission is to provide a forum for law students and others in the university who are interested in all facets of bankruptcy law, including creditor rights, business reorganization, out-of-court workouts, sovereign debt defaults, liquidation, and individual debtor bankruptcy.
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.
Business Law Society
The Business Law Society (BLS) is a student-led organization that aims to educate and encourage engagement related to business law issues and interests.
The BLS is comprised of students not only sharing a common general interest in business law, but also of students representing their individual interests in business litigation, transactional work, and varying industry-specific issues. Many BLS members are also engaged with other business-related student groups, participate in business-focused clinics and journals, and are enrolled in the BLP recommended courses of study.
BLS works in conjunction with Wake Forest Law’s Business Law Program, a student-centered program designed to expand student opportunities that strengthen knowledge of business law concepts as well as develop skills to assist professional development and readiness for practice. The program targets four core areas: academic enrichment, professional development & ethics, experiential learning, and joint degrees. The program engages students, faculty, alumni, practitioners, and the broader community in an important dialogue on emerging business law issues. Learn more about the Business Law Program here: Business Law Program.
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 Professionals
First Generation Professionals (FGP) 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. FGP 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.
If/When/How trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice. Together, in collaboration and conversation with communities, organizations, and movements, our group is working to ensure all people—especially those most likely to face reproductive injustice—have the ability to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain families with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. Recognizing the intersection of identities, collaborating across disciplines, and working toward a critical transformation of the current legal system, our group works to support and advance reproductive justice for all.
Immigration Law Society
The Immigration Law Society will foster an environment for students to speak and interact with practitioners in the field, provide community outreach in conjunction with regional non-profit organizations, and create awareness of current immigration topics and laws.
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, patent, 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.
Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)
LLSA’s main purpose is to address the needs and well-being of Latino/a/x students at Wake Forest Law by providing a welcoming environment in which students feel comfortable and can thrive. The organization aims to ensure that students receive support to achieve academic and professional success. LLSA plans to sponsor academic, cultural, social and community service activities to strengthen the presence of Latinos in the legal profession. Finally, LLSA aims to increase the number of Latin American students at Wake Forest 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.
Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Through local meetups, hackathons, and workshops, Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology. The Wake Forest University chapter aims to support the local community of innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs by bringing this movement to Wake Forest Law and encouraging the development of the next generation of legal scholars.
The moniker “Legal Hackers” finds its origins in New York City. But ever since the New York Meetup’s founding in August of 2012, there has been an explosion of Legal Hackers groups around the U.S. and, increasingly, around the world. Take a look at the Chapters page to see if there’s a group near you. These groups meet to discuss important issues, hold hackathons, network, and collaborate. Our community is a thriving global support network with room to grow. Join us! We are explorers. We are doers. We are Legal Hackers.
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
Secular Legal Society
The Wake Forest Law Secular Legal Society is an affiliate of the national Secular Student Alliance and is open to students, faculty, and staff of all religious persuasions. The Society places particular emphasis on the separation of government and religion, as well as the importance of using rational, non-theistic decision making when crafting public policy. Various student-led discussions, guest speakers, and social events are held throughout the year.
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 Board
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.
Wake Forest Law Golf and Racquet Club
The Wake Forest Law Golf and Racquet Club is dedicated to helping students improve their golf game and knowledge surrounding the sport, regardless of the student’s skill level and playing experience. The Club seeks to hold various events and provide a variety of playing options for our members. The Club also seeks to provide learning opportunities to first-time players in either individual or group settings. Please contact us if you are seeking to join the Club or are interested in partnering with the Wake Forest Law Golf and Racquet Club for future events.
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
Youth Advocacy Group
The Wake Forest Youth Advocacy Group serves as an umbrella organization that organizes and coordinates a variety of youth-oriented service activities including the Forsyth County Guardian ad Litem program, the Hanes Hosiery Youth Athletic Association, and tutoring at local elementary schools. Unlike many student groups, the Youth Advocacy Group is focused on getting out in the Winston-Salem community and providing services for residents instead of serving only the law school community.