Sturm College of Law students enrich our community through a wide variety of social, political, service and professional interests, represented by more than 50 active student organizations. Throughout the year, these organizations plan fundraisers, speaker events, panels, banquets and networking opportunities. Funding for student organizations is provided by the Student Bar Association, which includes all Denver Law students as members and requires payment of a one-time membership fee during the first year. Students with interests not represented by current student organizations are actively encouraged to form new ones!
Student Organization Listing
Air & Space Law Society
The Air and Space Law Society seeks to investigate the emerging air and space law field and its component parts. Space law touches on international policy and relations, contracts, business law, intellectual property, environmental resources, and many more legal areas. The Society provides students a forum for discussion of current events and emerging legal issues as well as the opportunity to become a part of a broader network shaping the future of air and space developments. Overall, the organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of this expanding legal field and contributing to the formation of this new frontier.
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Our mission is to protect, defend and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people in Colorado through litigation, education and advocacy. “Liberty” means that each of us has certain inalienable rights that neither the government nor majority rule can take away. It is the ACLU’s goal to ensure these rights – our civil liberties – for each of us, and for the generations to come.
American Constitution Society
Mission: The American Constitution Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan legal organization. Through a diverse nationwide network of progressive lawyers, law students, judges, scholars, advocates, and many others, our mission is to support and advocate for laws and legal systems that strengthen our democratic legitimacy, uphold the rule of law, and redress the founding failures of our Constitution and enduring inequities in our laws in pursuit of realized equality.
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
DU’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) goal is to promote and support the legal education of Asian and Pacific Islander law students. We strive to help our students create close relationships, not only within the DU Community, but also with the Denver legal community through working with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (APABA). APALSA aims to support its members by providing strong peer mentorship and an inclusive community, in both academic and personal capacities.
Black Law Students' Association
The goal of the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA) is to provide assistance for incoming students of color and promote an atmosphere that will facilitate learning by all students. We sponsor and cosponsor numerous events featuring speakers covering a wide range of topics including minority participation in law firms, public interest concerns and other relevant legal issues. We also participate in mentoring programs and support various community activities. BLSA provides academic, social and emotional support.
Business Law Society
The B.L.S. seeks to provide an interdisciplinary education that addresses legal and business issues that students will face in private practice, public interest, corporate settings, and other careers. It introduces members to practitioners in the field of business law and provides networking opportunities within the Denver and surrounding business communities.
Children's Legal Advocacy Group
Children’s Legal Advocacy Group (CLAG) is a student organization focused on increasing student and community awareness of legal issues impacting children including: trauma, education, constitutional rights, abuse and neglect, family time, divorce, domestic violence, human trafficking, juvenile justice, and mental health. Students enhance their education and engage in the community.
Christian Legal Society
The mission of the Chapter is to maintain a vibrant Christian Law Fellowship on DU Law’s campus which enables its members, individually and as a group, to love the LORD with their whole beings-hearts, souls, and minds-and to love their neighbors as themselves. In striving to accomplish this mission, the Chapter shall guide the ten purposes set forth in Article I of the CLS Bylaws and by the LSM Threefold Ministry Model, which entails three interrelated activities to be carried out by the Chapter: (1) Cultivating spiritual growth through communal prayer, fellowship, and worship; learning to share one’s faith; and devotional study of the bible and classic Christian works; (2) Showing the love of Christ to the campus community and the community at large by proclaiming the gospel in word and in deed, such as through a life of integrity and charitable good works; (3) Addressing the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian in law?,” that is, learning to submit every aspect of one’s calling in the legal profession to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Criminal Law Association
The Criminal Law Association is dedicated to helping law students develop their advocacy skills and gain practical experience in the criminal justice system. Our signature event, the Crosstown Cup, provides a platform for 1Ls to showcase their legal talents and courtroom abilities in a competitive yet supportive environment. In addition, we strive to prepare future prosecutors and public defenders by organizing workshops, panels, and networking events. We promote excellence, professionalism, and integrity in the practice of criminal law, and aim to inspire and empower our members to use their legal skills to make a positive impact on society.
Denver Journal of International Law and Policy
For fifty years, the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy has served to advance our understanding of the rights of humans, animals, and the environment. The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy was founded by Professor Ved Nanda in 1971. The impact of decolonization in the 1950s and 1960s, globalization, and the proliferation of international organizations and treaties necessitated new ways of thinking about international law and policies. Questions about how human rights intersected with national sovereignty and global markets propelled international law into an increasingly significant area of legal study and research. Professor Nanda launched the Journal to provide a forum for scholars to explore developments in international law and in our way of thinking about the world. Forty years later, as the Arab Spring spread across North Africa and the Middle East, Professor Nanda and the Journal staff founded the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy Online Forum (then known as The View From Above). The first Online Forum empowered real-time conversations about how the protests for human rights protections and reactions to the unrest by each nation implicated our assumptions about the function and utility of traditional international policies in our fast-paced, global society. Through the Forum, scholarly discussions on how to advance human rights were made available to anyone with an internet connection and enabled experts in international law to advance immediately practical interventions and strategies.
Denver Law Democrats
The mission of the Denver Law Democrats is to advance the values of the Democratic Party within and beyond the law school. Among our activities, we bring prominent Democratic candidates and leaders to speak on campus, promote voter registration and participation, and connect law students with Democratic causes locally and nationally.
Denver Law Review
The Denver Law Review is the flagship journal of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Denver Law Review strives to publish articles of the highest quality in all areas of the law. The Denver Law Review has proudly featured such distinguished authors as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, William O. Douglas, and Byron White, noted constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader. The Denver Law Review actively seeks submissions from professors, practitioners, and judges from all practice areas.
DU Law Film Society
The University of Denver Law Film Society (“DULFS”) at the Sturm College of Law is a student organization that strives to engage students interested in advocacy, identity, and storytelling. The mission of DULFS is to provide an inclusive space for the diverse population of the law school centered around the medium of film. DULFS not only seeks to promote awareness of and appreciation for film but also strives to provide a forum for students to discuss how films intersect with law, identity, advocacy, and storytelling.
DU Law Outdoor Club
The mission of the DU Law Outdoor Club (DULOC) is to encourage and facilitate members of the DU Law community to have fun outdoors, in an around Colorado. We believe that getting outside and being social strengthens our community, improves student wellness, and enables us to better serve ourselves and others.
DU Women’s Legal Coalition
The mission of DUWLC is to support and promote women in the legal profession and the interests of women in the greater local community. DUWLC strives to cultivate a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success. Membership is open to all students of any identity who align with the organization’s mission.
The Environment at 5280 Law Blog
The Environment at 5280: Energy, Environment, and the Green Future is committed to bringing together scholars, students, practitioners and the public to explore and define the evolving field of environmental law. In light of unprecedented environmental concerns, the Environment at 5280 offers an approachable format in real-time to foster new ways of thinking about environmental law and policies. We are dedicated to increasing awareness about environmental concerns and providing a platform for constructive dialogue, with the aim of contributing solutions to a problem affecting the entire global community.
The Federalist Society
Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which tends toward and often advocates a centralized and uniform society. While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group composed mainly of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order but welcomes members of any political affiliation. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students, and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.
First Generation Law Student Alliance
Our mission is to provide resources for and opportunities for first generation law students as they transition into and out of law school. This organization is designed to be a resource to close the information gap between first generation students and the rest of the law school community. We seek to provide the resources to all first generation students to aid in their success while attending law school.
Health Law Society
Promote networking and valuable educational experiences revolving around Health Law
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice transforms the law and policy landscape through advocacy, support, and organizing so all people have the power to determine if, when, and how to define, create, and sustain families with dignity and to actualize sexual and reproductive well-being on their own terms.
Intellectual Property Law Society
The IPLS is a student organization aimed at providing an environment for students to meet to explore the various aspects of Intellectual Property. We encourage interested students to become a part of the society and help organize and suggest events or speakers they are interested in hearing from.
International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) helps educate the students of the University Denver Sturm College of Law on matters concerning international law. ILS is also provides a source of extra-curricular education on international legal matters.
Jewish Law Student Association
JLSA is an affinity group at the University of Denver devoted to the varied interests of the Sturm College of Law Jewish community.
Land Use Law Society
To provide members with information and the opportunity for involvement in the areas of land use and real property law.
Latinx Law Student Association
Our mission is to build community between Latinx students and the legal community by helping students develop working networks with local practitioners. We also support law school pipeline initiatives to increase diversity in law school.
Law Student Ambassadors
The DU Law Student Ambassadors program is an organization developed for DU Law students who work with the Office of Alumni and Development as representatives of the law school. The Student Ambassadors are an exceptional group of individuals from within the DU Law community who, as both individuals and a group, present a tangible student identity to DU Law alumni. Ambassadors are a diverse group of academic achievers and represent a broad spectrum of interest areas in the legal practice.
Law Students Against Sexual Violence
To support survivors of sexual violence, encourage the trauma-informed teaching of sexual assault and rape law, and increase campus awareness of sexual violence.
Law Students with Disabilities
Law Students with Disabilities is a student-run affinity group at Denver Law for people with disabilities. The focus of the group is to provide a supportive environment for all students with disabilities. Our goal is to increase the law school's and the broader legal communities' accessibility and cultural competency regarding disabilities. This organization strives to provide individualized support to all of our members in ensuring they are provided the accommodations they need and all of their needs are met inside and outside of the classroom. This organization is dedicated to creating a community for all students with disabilities during law school and hopefully beyond.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests.
Native American Law Students Association
The purpose of NALSA is to promote awareness within the University of Denver community of legal, political, and social issues affecting Native Americans and other indigenous peoples.
NALSA also seeks to provide a forum for these discussions as well as to serve as a resource from which work can be done to assist Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples in asserting and protecting their legal rights. NALSA leadership, in collaboration with community members, crafted a land acknowledgment for the Ricketson Law Building in academic year 2022-2023. Click here to read that acknowledgment in full.
With over 40 Native American students and many others interested in the field, we truly have a vibrant community here at the Sturm College of Law. The DU Native American Law Students Association is one of our most active student groups. NALSA plans guest speakers, cultural events, and participates in the local Indian community. DU NALSA students also serve on the board of National NALSA and compete in its annual Moot Court competition.
Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society
As Environmental and Natural Resources law continues to grow in prominence and popularity, the NRELS will continue to serve, educate, and provide information to law students regarding these important fields. NRELS sponsors several guest speakers throughout the year to provide its members, and all students, with topical and balanced information regarding legal and political issues of local, national, and global importance.
To create a safe and inclusive space for ALL students, including but not limited to those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allies, and an environment where we are encouraged and empowered to develop professionally, socially, and academically.
Privacy Law Society
This organization helps spread awareness about privacy law issues and provides meaningful connections between students, faculty, and mentors within the privacy law world.
Public Interest Law Group
The Public Interest Law Group strives to encourage law students to devote their careers to the fight for social good, expose students to the broad range of work being done to advance legal goals for the benefit of the public, provide an information base for public interest work, create a forum for healthy and interactive discussion, and inspire students to follow their hearts.
South Asian Student Law Association
South Asian Law Student Association is a student-run affinity group for students in the South Asian diaspora and allies of the community. The focus of the group is to provide a supportive environment for South Asian students at Denver Law. Our goal is to increase the Denver law and the broader legal communities' understanding and cultural competency regarding South Asian culture, religious diversity, and community. This organization strives to provide individualized support to all our members in ensuring they are provided with an inclusive environment, and all their needs are met inside and outside of the classroom. This organization is dedicated to creating a community for all students and allies within the South Asian diaspora during law school and hopefully beyond.
Sports and Entertainment Law Journal
The University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal was formed in 2005 as a national legal periodical. The Journal is focused on publishing scholarly articles in both the sports and entertainment industries as they pertain to their respective areas of law. The Journal’s aim is to track recent changes in these fields of law and serve as a resource to practitioners and students alike.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is a student organization at the Sturm College of Law comprised of students interested in legal fields that relate to the sports and entertainment industries including creative arts law, intellectual property and media law. We will be hosting various unique activities throughout the year, offering our members and the general law student body opportunities to participate and connect with local attorneys in the sports and entertainment realm. We seek to provide for our members meaningful experiences in which they may gain valuable information and insight. Whether we meet with the General Counsel of the Rockies in LoDo before a game, or host a panel of prominent professionals in the Denver Sports Law community at our Annual Fall Forum, SELS is committed to providing diverse and valuable opportunities for law students. Aside from our Speaker Events this year, we plan to host group trips to sporting events, musical performances, law crawls, art events and more! Any interested student may get involved with SELS. We encourage any one interested to contact us and we will be happy to include you in our activities.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
For more than a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by: Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law. Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases. Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes. Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws. Nurturing the future of animal law through Animal Legal Defense Fund student chapters and the Animal Law Program. Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts. Watch a short video about the Animal Legal Defense Fund on YouTube.
Student Immigration Law Coalition
The Student Immigration Law Coalition is an organization dedicated to promoting immigrant’s rights both at The University of Denver and in outside communities. Our goal is to increase understanding of immigration law and immigrants’ rights while supporting immigrant communities here in Denver. Our focus is to facilitate involvement and discussion between immigrant rights organizations and students here at Denver Law.
Student National Cannabis Bar Association
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Student Plaintiff's Bar
The Student Plaintiff's Bar is a student organization dedicated to the academic and social support of students interested in practicing plaintiff's work such as civil rights, victim advocacy, personal injury, medical malpractice, and similar specializations. We exist in collaboration with the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and provide students opportunities to access the experience and connections with local plaintiff's attorneys through lunch talks and outside networking events.
President: Mariah England
Vice President: Sienna Murphy
Treasurer: Michael "Mike" Apostle
Secretary: Emily Crouse
Student Trial Lawyers Association
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law Student Chapter (Student Chapter) of Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) has been established for the purpose of creating opportunities for students to learn about trial advocacy and develop trial advocacy skills in educational, non-competitive environments.
Student Veterans of America
Act as a catalyst for student veteran success by providing resources, network support and advocacy to, through, and beyond higher education.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
The mission of SSDP DU is to foster open and constructive dialogue about drugs and drug policy amongst law students of diverse backgrounds and varying perspectives. We work together to create compassionate and progressive change by collaborating, exchanging information, and pooling our resources to provide truthful drug education, effect policy reform, and encourage the adoption of measures that minimize harm. We are advocating for drug policies that are grounded in science and compassion and that will move us towards a safer and more just future and away from the ongoing harms caused by the War on Drugs. We support reducing arrests, removing barriers to education, increasing access to harm reduction, and policy driven by the members of communities that the policies will be most impactful towards.
The Race to the Bottom
The Race to the Bottom's mission is to keep the public informed about major developments in corporate and commercial law.
Trusts Estates and Elder Law Society
To help students network and become familiar with the T, E, and E legal community in Colorado.
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Venture Law Society
Venture Law Society (“VLS”) started in February 2017 with the goal to bring corporate transactional law and venture law opportunities to Denver Law. VLS strives to connect law students, venture attorneys, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs through educational, networking, and experiential opportunities.
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