Student Organizations

You can round out your academic experience by participating in the wide range of scholarly, social, athletic and community service activities offered by the College of Law's student organizations. With over twenty organizations to choose from, you are likely to find many activities that complement your personal or professional interests. You can also earn academic credit through participation in organizations such as Moot Court, Law Review and the Trial Advocacy Society.

The American Constitution Society (ACS) seeks to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. Based on these fundamental values, we advocate for the belief that the law can and should be an active force in improving the lives of all people.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Adam Sundling
Vice-President: Katie Goldsmith
Secretary: Stella Plekan
Treasurer: Adam Shu
Historian: Kelsey Burge

Faculty Advisor 

Professor Marc Falkoff

BLSA's purpose is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of students requiring support, emphasizing black law students and other students who have minority representation in the law school community. A goal is to foster and encourage professional competence among underrepresented students. BLSA strives to develop services that are beneficial to the community at-large. BLSA assists law students at the college with their legal studies by developing various support and study groups that will enable the College of Law to better retain its valued minority law students.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Carletta Sanders
Vice-President: Ashley Winford
Secretary: Emily Bobke
Treasurer: Jessica Fulilove
Social Chair: Britton Johnson
1L Reps: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Professor Yolanda M. King

The Business Law Society (B.L.S.) was created as a means to actively promote and aid students’ pursuit of a career in business law by introducing members to practitioners in the field of business law and providing networking opportunities.

The mission of the B.L.S. is to promote awareness of and appreciation for business law including, but not limited to: enterprise structure; finance; intellectual property, in-house counsel, labor and employment, real estate, corporate law; securities; mergers and acquisitions; antitrust; and related topics. The B.L.S. further seeks to enhance professional opportunities and to promote graduate student interaction and involvement within Northern Illinois University College of Law, Northern Illinois College of Business, and the community.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Carletta Sanders
Vice President: Tondi Bailey
Secretary: Totiana Sudduth
Treasurer: Travis Gotchie
Social Chair: Brisa Martinez
Philanthropy Chair: Abigail Cabanin

Faculty Advisor

Professor David Taylor

The NIU chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) has set out three goals to meet the spiritual needs of interested students.

  • Provide a forum for all students, regardless of religious affiliation, to ask questions and gain knowledge about the Christian faith.
  • Provide a place for fellowship and encouragement of all students, particularly Christ-followers, in the law school.
  • Come to a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian attorney.

CLS meets once a week during the noon hour for food, fun, Bible study, prayer and discussion. CLS also periodically brings in knowledgeable panelists to share their insights.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Rachel Roling
Vice-President: Ashley Briscoe
Treasurer: Frank Murdock
Fundraising Coordinator: Gabriela Rosiles

Faculty Advisor

Professor Daniel McConkie

The Criminal Law Society is a student organization dedicated to promoting a thorough understanding of the field of criminal law. The society aims to expose students to the legal and practical aspects of the American criminal justice system by creating opportunities to interact with faculty, practitioners, judges and community organizations.

Events throughout the academic year will include networking opportunities, panel discussions and field programs.

Membership in the Criminal Law Society is open to all law students at NIU.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Shannon Cervantes
Vice President: TBD
Treasurer: Nabeela Ahmed
Secretary: Taelor Cooper
Philanthropy Chair: Elysiara Chamberlain
Community Liaison: Nick Milkovich
Social Media Rep.: Kathryn Lawlor
1L Rep.: Stephanie Radecke

Faculty Advisor

Professor Daniel McConkie

Delta Theta Phi is a professional law fraternity that provides its members with academic support, social activities and participates in various community projects.

Because of the willingness of Delta members to help first year students, Delta can provide the type of support that helps attain academic excellence. Toward that end, Delta offers study sessions conducted by second and third year students that have excelled in a particular subject area. Delta Theta Phi also maintains an extensive library of course outlines and commercially published study guides that are available for use by Delta members.

Delta also sponsors guest lectures and workshops on various topics in the law.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Shiva Lennon-Rios
Vice-President: TBD
Philanthropy Chair: TBD
Treasurer: TBD
Secretary: TBD
Social Chair: TBD
Recruitment Chair: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Professor Michael Oswalt

The Federalist Society at Northern Illinois University College of Law (“Fed Soc”) is an organization of libertarian and conservative students, recognized by The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, a national organization. Fed Soc exists to initiate and promote intelligent debate and discussion of legal policy as an active and visible voice at the law school and beyond.

Fed Soc is dedicated to following principles:

  • the state exists to preserve the natural law of human freedom
  • the separation of governmental powers (both between the three branches and between the various levels: federal, state, county, municipal) is central to the healthy functioning of the United States Constitution
  • that the duty of the federal and state judiciaries is to say what the law is, not what it "should" be

Any and all threats to these principles must be vigorously and enthusiastically resisted through the means of active citizenship, appropriate and intelligent debate, integrity of leadership and cheerfulness and generosity of tone and spirit.

The primary means to promote the Federalist Society mission is best illustrated by debates featuring legal scholars from across the United States. Reasonable minds may differ.

NIUFederalists@gmail.com

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Brady Smith
Vice President: Joe Ranvestel
Social Media Chair: Ashley Briscoe
Treasurer: Travis Gotchie
2L Rep: TBD
3L Rep: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Professor Mitch Pickerill

We are an academic and social group of Northern Illinois University College of Law students, interested in a continuing dialogue on issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ communities of northern Illinois. We are comprised of law students, gay and straight, and welcome the membership, interest, insight and experience of inquisitive Northern Illinois University law students.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Alyssa Waver
Vice-President: Carletta Sanders
Secretary: Debbie Gettemy
Treasurer: Nabeela Ahmed
Social Chair: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Professor Meredith Stange

The ISBA is a professional organization that represents over 32,000 lawyers and students throughout the state of Illinois. The ISBA is dedicated to promoting the interest, integrity and high standards of the legal profession.

As a member of the Law School Division, you receive monthly editions of the Illinois Bar Journal. Your membership automatically enrolls you in seven substantive law section newsletters including Tort Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Justice, Trusts and Estates, Civil Practice and Procedure and others. You are eligible for nomination for the ISBA Public Service Award recognizing the efforts of the ISBA membership.

In addition to participation in local law school sponsored activities, you may also gain admission to the ISBA Law Education Series Programs and seminars throughout the state. As a student member, you gain an invaluable introduction to the services and opportunities provided by the ISBA.

Many law school organization affiliations end at graduation. However, your relationship with the ISBA is one that will grow and mature well beyond your law school experience.

Membership is free for law students. For more information on becoming a member, visit the ISBA student membership page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the ISBA representatives at the law school.

2020 - 2021 NIU Law Representatives

3L Head Representative: TBD
2L Representative: TBD

The Juvenile and Family Law Association combines two formerly separate student organizations, the Family Law Society (FLS) and the Juvenile Interest Law Society (JILS).

  • FLS is committed to bringing change and awareness to all family law issues including divorce, paternity, child support, adoption and parental rights.
  • JILS is dedicated to promoting the best interests of our society's juvenile members. JILS seeks to expose NIU students, faculty and community stakeholders to the issues and challenges inherent in various areas of law concerning juveniles.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Michael Coakley
Vice President: Sierra Rast
Social Media Chair: Brittany Anderson
2L Reps.: Stella Plekan, Brian Stanley

Faculty Advisor

Professor Wendy Vaughn

LLSA is committed to assisting its members to succeed and excel throughout their law school careers. LLSA accomplishes this by providing support programs which include workshops, study groups, access to study aides and a mentorship program.

Beyond academic support, LLSA hosts several social activities throughout the year, such as ethnic luncheons and parties. These types of activities are also excellent opportunities to socialize with other students as well as the professors outside the classroom. Some past activities include a panel discussion focusing on ethics and the law that featured prominent Hispanic professors, lawyers and judges.

LLSA has also co-sponsored an immigration clinic with the INS for the DeKalb community.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Sonia Hernandez
Vice President: Stephanie Radecke
Secretary: Hillary Smith
Media Relations:
Brynn Lubin
Treasurer: Brisa Martinez
1L Reps.: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Professor Robert Jones

The Northern Illinois University Law Review is a student-edited journal that publishes articles intended to assist the legal community and to stimulate critical discussion of current legal, policy and social issues. Members of the Law Review participate in an intensive two-semester writing and production program designed to develop writing and editing skills. For more information, see the NIU Law Review page.

The Moot Court Society is a student-run organization whose purpose is to further the advancement of appellate advocacy. It draws its members from those students who have participated in the Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition offered to second-year students, or participants in other cocurricular moot court competitions.

Members participate in the formulation of the Moot Court problem, the administration of the program, and the judging of arguments in other programs. They are also eligible for membership on teams which participate in regional and national competitions.

2020 - 2021 Officers

Chief Justice: Stephanie Saghafi
Associate Justices: John Farrell, Debbie Gettemy, Austin King, Khalfani Mar'Na, Leah Nolan, Emma Ray, Sean Wise

Faculty Advisor

Professor Sandra Kupelian

National Lawyers Guild – NIU Chapter’s purpose is to provide progressive law students with a sense of community and support in an educational environment that can often feel alienating and disheartening. Founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated U.S. bar association, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is dedicated to progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system by valuing human rights over property interests. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities, and people of color. Lastly, we look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression; we stand united as future lawyers for the people and voices for the voiceless.

Read the NLG-NIU Chapter Constitution.

2020-2021 Officers

President: Khalfani Mar'Na
Vice President: TBD
Secretary: TBD
Treasurer: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Dean Yolanda King

Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity that provides an important link between the law student and practicing attorneys. The international organization is the largest legal fraternity in the world with over 100,000 law students, legal educators and members of the bench and bar.

Locally, the Dooley Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta offers opportunities to associate with practicing attorneys, judges and government officials and alumni in various related fields.

In addition, PAD sponsors social functions to promote each member's full personal development during law school and after. PAD offers professional programs, such as brief-writing workshops, access to study aids and outlining instructions. PAD also offers the opportunity to socialize with students, which helps make your law school experience more manageable.

2020 - 2021 Officers

Justice: Dean Sopcic
Vice-Justice: Brittany Anderson
Clerk:
Shannon McEachern
Treasurer:
Lane Skuteris
Marshall: Nicholas Quick

Faculty Advisor

Professor Jeanna Hunter

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) is a student-run organization dedicated to the development of public interest law awareness and opportunities within the legal profession. PILS raises money through their annual PILS auction, raffles and other events at the College of Law to provide outreach assistantships to students involved in unpaid public interest legal positions during the summer. Additionally, PILS provides informational resources and networking opportunities in Illinois to students interested in public interest legal careers.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Tessa Skogh
Vice President: Katie Goldsmith
Secretary: Stella Plekan
Treasurer:
Nabeela Ahmed
Auction Chair: Ashley Winford
1L Reps.: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Dean Greg Anderson

The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to bring together students who share a common interest in sports and entertainment law. The aim of the group is to promote the professional needs and goals of students who wish to pursue a career in entertainment and/or sports law.

Activities will include lectures and networking events that help students find information about summer school options, internship opportunities, contacts within the industry, writing competitions and fostering ways for students to keep up with current issues in sports and entertainment law.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Rachel Greene
Vice President: Brynn Lubin
Secretary: Cole Burton
Treasurer: Aicha Otmane
Social Media: Adam Kwiatkowski
Professional Development: Rachel Roling
3L Rep.: TBD
2L Rep.: TBD
1L Rep.: TBD

Faculty Advisor

Professor Yolanda King

NIU Law has many student organizations which provide an excellent opportunity for students to become more involved in their law school community. The Student Bar Association (SBA) serves as the "umbrella organization" of the law school because it allocates funding to help support the work of other law school organizations. The SBA also sponsors such activities as speakers, a basketball league, picnics, parties and other activities geared toward the professional, academic and social interests of the students. Every law student is automatically a member of the SBA and thus may vote for candidates for its governing board. Four representatives are elected in September from the first-year class to serve for the fall semester.

2020 - 2021 SBA Executive Board of Directors and Representatives

President: Jennifer Sariol
Vice President:  Stephanie Saghafi
Chief of Staff: Kyle Beckwith
Secretary:  Maddison Riggs
Treasurer:  Rachel Sirinek
ABA Representative:  Aicha-Farrah Otmane
Social Chair: Ashley Winford
3L Reps.: Briana Chinlund, Debbie Gettemy, Rachel Greene, Brynn Lubin
2L Reps.: Krystina Gutierrez, Thomas Costello, Sierra Rast, Brady Smith
1L Reps.: James Bennett, Paige Gors, Jacquelin Pulak, Molly Rohde

Faculty Advisor

Dean Kathleen Coles

The Trial Advocacy Society is a student organization committed to developing trial advocacy skills and preparing students to become effective trial lawyers. This mission is achieved through a variety of activities, which includes hosting student competitions, such as the 2L Mock Trial Competition, as well as through other events including educational seminars, guest speakers who are prominent jurists and trial lawyers within the community; and hosting social events focused on trials and the development of trial skills.

2020 - 2021 Trial Ad Society Chambers

Heads of Chambers: Ross McWeathy, Tyler Thut
Masters of the Bench: Josh Farrell, Debbie Gettemy, Aicha-Farrah Otmane, Jennifer Sariol

Faculty Advisor

Professor David Taylor

The Women's Law Caucus is an active organization on campus which not only provides its members with support in adjusting to the law school environment, but also provides educational support for its members, as well as the entire student body, in an attempt to bring some "real world" experience into our academic setting.

The Women's Law Caucus does not solely consist of women nor does it exist for the benefit of women only. Male students have played an active role in the caucus in previous years and are invited to continue to do so.

The main objectives are to address issues faced by women in the field of law, as well as to examine issues faced by lawyers in general.

WLC educational programs are of great interest to men and women alike. WLC sponsors a variety of programs, including:

  • mentor program
  • guest speakers
  • career and issue panel discussions
  • opportunities to network with practicing attorneys and judges
  • volunteer work for the Court Appointed Special Advocacy (CASA) Program
  • wine and cheese receptions
  • pot luck dinners

The Women's Law Caucus Mentor Program provides the opportunity for a first year student to be paired with a second or third year law student who has volunteered to assist the new student with integration into the law school community. The mentor program is open to all students, regardless of WLC membership.

2020 - 2021 Officers

President: Debbie Gettemy
Vice-President: Emily Schenberg
Secretary: Katie Moushon
Treasurer: Shannon McEachern
Social Chair: Lane Skuteris

Faculty Advisor

Professor David Taylor