Student Organizations

The extraordinary backgrounds, interests, and affiliations of our students are reflected in our slew of extracurricular activities, where they can hone their skills and stay connected to the community.

The wide spectrum of student organizations includes the Student Bar Association, law fraternities; ethnic, cultural, religious and political groups; and associations for different areas of the law. These groups offer support and mentoring programs; sponsor workshops, volunteer and networking opportunities, community outreach projects, cultural and social events, interscholastic competitions, and hundreds of speaker presentations each academic year. 

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  1. Student Bar Association

    The Student Bar Association (SBA), to which all students automatically belong, is the official representative of the Southwestern student body. In this capacity, the SBA is the umbrella organization for all student organizations and works to address the needs of students through coordination with those organizations.

    Southwestern's SBA has been recognized several times as "the most outstanding student bar association" in the region and nation by the American Bar Association/Law Student Division. The Association has also been named "SBA of the Year for the Western Region" by the National Student Bar Association.

    The SBA sponsors and coordinates various opportunities for professional and social networking, alumni engagement and community service. Through the Board of Directors—which is composed of the elected Executive Board, Class Representatives and Directors for different Committees—they work to promote student interests and provide extracurricular activities for the student body through its own activities and the activities of the various Student Organizations. The SBA encourages all Southwestern students to participate in these programs in order to better the Southwestern community and greater Los Angeles.

    Current students interested in participating in the SBA, one of its Committees, or any student organization may find their contact information on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required), then clicking on the document titled "Student Organization Contact List."

    2020-2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD

    • President - Abraham Bran
    • Vice President, Day Program - Karen Maala
    • Co-Vice President, Evening Program - Vanessa Barnett
    • Co-Vice President, Evening Program - Eve Canton
    • Vice President, SCALE Program - Matthew Calcanas
    • Treasurer - Charles Danscuk
    • Secretary - Victoria Levin
    • ABA Representative - Victoria Couch

    DIRECTORS AND UPPER DIVISION REPRESENTATIVES

    • Angelique Ajala
    • Eliana Amirian
    • Ernesto Rodriguez
    • Samantha Dennis
    • Brittanie Burns-Tucker
    • Tina Ansaripour

    1L SECTION REPRESENTATIVES

    • Alexa Chavez
    • Alex Welfringer
    • Kenneth Villanueva
    • Luisa Paz Canton
    • Herbert Paschal
    • Isamar Negrete

    FACULTY ADVISOR

    • Professor Joerg Knipprath
  2. Student Organizations

    The Student Organizations at Southwestern serve a broad range of interests and are open to all Southwestern students. Each group has its own activities, speakers and events, and participates in school-wide SBA activities. Membership in these organizations provides students with networking opportunities in specific fields as well as the opportunity to meet people who share common interests. Involvement in a student organization is a fantastic way to begin shaping your future legal career.

    Current students, faculty and staff of Southwestern may view a list of current student organization contacts on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required), then clicking on the document titled "Student Organization Contact List.". All others may contact the Student Affairs Office at (213) 738-6716 or studentaffairs@swlaw.edu for additional information.

    • Armenian Law Students Association
    • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
    • BISONG A Capella Group
    • Black Law Students Association
    • Cannabis Law Club
    • Criminal Law Society
    • Delta Theta Phi
    • Entertainment Law Society
    • Environmental Law Society
    • Homelessness Prevention Law Project
    • Immigration Law Students Association
    •  Intellectual Property Law Society
    • International Law Society
    • Jewish Growth Society
    • Jewish Law Students Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Association
    • Latino Law Students Association
    • Law Journal (Journal of International Law)
    • Law Review
    • Mass Incarceration Awareness Law Society
    • Mindfulness in Law Society
    • Moot Court Honors Program
    • Music Law Society
    • National Lawyers Guild
    • Negotiation Honors Program
    • OUTLaw
    • Persian Law Students Association
    • Public Interest Law Committee
    • The Southwestern Golf Society
    • Sports Law Society
    • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
    • Student Bar Association
    • Students for Technology Law & Entrepreneurship
    • Tax Law Society
    • Teen Court
    • Trial Advocacy Honors Program
    • Women's Law Association

    The following organizations were chartered in the past by the SBA, but do not currently have leadership in place. The Student Affairs Office can provide assistance to current students who are interested in reactivating any of these groups. 

    • American Association for Justice
    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • Amnesty International
    • Arab Law Student Association
    • Business Law Society
    • Cal at Southwestern
    • Chamber Musicians
    • Christian Legal Society
    • Contract Law Society
    • Estate Planning Society
    • Family In-Law Student Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Federalist Society
    • Health Law Society
    • Howard W. Hunter Latter-Day Saints Law Student Association
    • If, When, How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice)
    • International Justice Mission (IJM)
    • International Students Association
    • Iranian Law Students Association
    • Irish Law Students Association
    • Islamic Law Society
    • Law and Entrepreneurship Society
    • Media Law Forum
    • Native American Law Students Association
    • Public Policy Group of Los Angeles
    • Real Estate and Finance Association
    • St. Thomas More Society
    • SCALE I/II Student Associations
    • South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
    • Southwestern Democrats
    • Southwestern Running Club
    • Student Mediation Association
    • Tennis Club
    • Toastmasters
    • Yoga and Mediation Club