Extracurricular Organizations: J – R
All extracurricular organizations within the law school are the responsibility of the Law College Council, except for the John Marshall Bar Association. The Law College Council funds and coordinates the activities of the law school’s extracurricular organizations.
Sites marked with * will take you away from the http://www.law.ufl.edu domain to a Web site maintained by the student organization.
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is a worldwide organization that affirms the strength brought to the study of law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. JRCLS members strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. In fulfilling this mission statement, the Society is guided by the philosophy, personal example, and values of its namesake, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Those values include: (1) public service, (2) loyalty to the rule of law, and (3) appreciation for the religious dimension in society and in a lawyer’s personal life. For more information on the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, please visit www.jrcls.org.
Jewish Law Students Association
JLSA provides an outlet for Jewish law students to engage in Jewish activities, meet and interact with other Jewish law students, develop peer relations, and network within the Jewish law community. Members also explore the connection between the study of the American legal system and Jewish ethics and law. The organization sponsors a Shabbat dinner each semester with Jewish law professors.
The John Marshall Bar Association (JMBA) is UF Law’s student bar association. JMBA’s purpose is to build student community at the law school. JMBA hosts many social events throughout the year, such as happy hours, formals, and even a student-faculty softball game. JMBA also provides a variety of student services, including hosting town hall meetings with the law school administration, running the law school football block, and providing access to an outline bank containing hundreds of top outlines. JMBA gives back to the law school and the Gainesville community through a variety of service events each year, and partners with local businesses to provide discounts for its members. Members receive a discount on textbooks at Wilbert’s bookstore and on dry cleaning and alterations. Overall, JMBA advocates on behalf of students for positive change on campus.
Latino Law Student Association (LLSA)
The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) is a new organization at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. LLSA is the product of a merger between the Hispanic Latino/a Law Student Association and the Spanish American Law Student Association. We are a network of Latino law students dedicated to spreading awareness and appreciation for Latino culture. We organize events that bring Latino students closer to each other and the local Latino community. Academically, we provide our student members access to resources that will foster and sustain their success at UF Law. Socially, we like to have fun. LLSA is not limited to Latino students only; we encourage anyone who is interested Latino culture to join.
Law Association for Women
LAW hosts meetings, fundraisers, and speaker events to raise awareness at Levin about issues concerning women. Each fall, LAW hosts a silent auction to benefit a charity committed to women’s issues. Offered at this auction are various items and opportunities, such as dinner with a favorite professor, that are sought after by students. LAW has regular meetings and invites all law students to attend.
Law College Council
LCC has funding control over Extracurricular organizations within the law school and operates under the Board of College Councils and Student Government. In addition, LCC presents law student views and interests to the administration and UF Student Government, allocates budgeted Student Government funds to eligible member organizations, and encourages interaction between member organizations. LCC hosts a Student Organization Fair at the beginning of each semester to enable incoming students to become familiar withe the many organizations available at the college.
Law School Democrats
LSD represents the Democratic party and its platform at the college by inviting leading democratic speakers to campus, hosting special events and volunteering for the party.
Law School Republicans
LSR ensures that the Republican platform is represented on campus and invites prominent Republicans to speak on issues of legal importance while promoting Republican candidates, functions and events. The organization also organizes social events for members and works on receptions for party officials.
Law Student Division of The Florida Bar
The mission of the Law Student Division of The Florida Bar (“LSD”) is to assist The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”) in furthering the goals of The Florida Bar. The LSD is designed to encourage interest in, and participation by, Division members in the purposes of the YLD. The LSD connects law students to YLD members, through a variety of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to Division members, and engages in such activities that tend to further the best interests of the legal profession.
The LSD, in conjunction with the YLD, coordinates activities for law students providing discussion and free interchange of ideas relative to the duties, responsibilities, and problems faced by members of the legal profession. The LSD and YLD also provide mentoring opportunities, which provide professionalism training in order to enhance the integrity and reputation of the legal professional. The LSD is encouraged to aid the YLD in serving the public, particularly those persons outside the legal profession, through statewide and local community service projects and pro bono service. As a liaison between law schools and the YLD, the LSD promotes diversity in all areas of the study and practice of law. The LSD stimulates and encourages the interest and participation of law students in the YLD and The Florida Bar.
Military Law Student Association
MLSA provides support for members and the community and is working to develop a local and national network of attorneys and law students who serve or have served in the military. It holds weekly meetings, forums, guest speakers and social activities, and last year held highly successful “Books for Tots” and “Toys for Tots” drives.
Outlaw provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students and their supporters an outlet to express and discuss their views. Members work to increase community awareness of issues relating to gender and sexual orientation and hold regular meetings and numerous awareness events throughout campus.
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s largest legal fraternity and promotes scholarship, compassion, integrity and competence. Members of UF’s chapter sell business cards to students and give tours of the law school to visitors. PAD supports the community, often conducting food drives and fundraisers, and holds numerous social events for members year-round.
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity was established in 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, and is among the oldest legal organizations in North America. Its nearly 200,000 initiated members include more judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, American Bar Association presidents, Association of American Law School presidents and law school deans than any other legal fraternity.
Each spring, the Environmental and Land Use Law Society at the University of Florida Levin College of Law hosts the Public Interest Environmental Conference, a three-day conference devoted to discussing current issues affecting Florida’s natural environment. Now in its 19th year, the Conference has a national reputation for excellence and brings together a broad array of lawyers, scientists, policymakers, activists, and students.
Real Property Law Association
The Real Property Law Association provides a forum for students interested in real property — specifically real estate — to socialize and learn more about the field and career opportunities. It meets every two to three weeks, hosts guest speakers and coordinates social events.