Student-led organizations are an integral part of the Vermont Law School experience. A majority of students participate in one of the many community service, governance, affinity, special interest and advocacy, extra and co-curricular and sports and recreation organizations on campus.
Reflecting the non-competitive, small, action-oriented culture of Vermont Law School, these student organizations and activities offer experiential learning, leadership and collaboration, and friendships that can last a lifetime.
Just as important – or maybe even more important – student groups connect people that share interests and ambitions, from defending animal rights or fielding the very best intramural rugby team…ever.
Discover below just some of the student groups at Vermont Law that might interest you.
Vermont Law students in the Outdoors Club on summit of Mt. Washington with Professor Jack Tuholske.
The Vermont Law School Alliance is a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight members of the law school community who strive to achieve equality before the law; educate the community about GLBTQQ identities; oppose homophobia and heterosexism; sponsor conferences, speakers, and social events; promote diversity in the Vermont community.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes 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.
Animal Law Society
The Animal Law Society is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interest of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
The mission of Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) is to facilitate awareness, education, and discussion of issues and events that affect Asian Pacific Americans and other minority groups within the legal world and society at large, and to cultivate a supportive community within Vermont Law School.
Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is the nation's largest student-run organization representing nearly 6,000 minority law students from over 200 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States and six other countries. BLSA represents the views of minority students and other students of the law school who are members of BLSA; promotes the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural, and social programs; and provides a forum for the discussion of local and national issues affecting both the minority law student community and the law school as a whole.
Campus Greening Committee
The Campus Greening Committee (CGC) is a group of dedicated and passionate Vermont Law School faculty, students, administrators, and staff. We establish environmentally sustainable practices and policies that advance the ideas inherent in VLS' mission as the top Environmental Law School in the country.
Dartmouth Energy Collaborative (DEC)
The Dartmouth Energy Collaborative (DEC) is a student-led organization with the mission to educate and connect the energy communities at Dartmouth & Vermont Law School and throughout New England.
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
The Environmental Law Society aims to promote environmental awareness and provide a forum for student participation in projects and action concerning global environmental issues.
Equal Justice Foundation (EJF)
The Equal Justice Foundation promotes public interest awareness and practice at Vermont Law School. EJF is dedicated to the principle that every lawyer has a responsibility to address the inequities within the legal system throughout the scope of his or her legal education and employment. Our primary goal is to provide fellowships for first and second year law students who volunteer their services over the summer to social justice causes.
The purpose of the Society is to foster critical thought and debate about the application of conservative and libertarian principles to the law. The Society embraces the principles that the state exists to preserve individual freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States, and that it is emphatically the province and the duty of the judiciary to say what the law is—not what it should be.
Food and Agricultural Law Society (FALS)
FALS is a vibrant community of student food advocates. Vermont Law School is in rural Vermont, where the community supports a wide variety of food and agricultural law interests. Our student members meet monthly and engage with diverse projects: Food Radio, GE Labeling Working Group, collaboration with the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, discussion panels, farm tours, tastings and much more. The group celebrates all perspectives on the issues and is united in our appreciation of food and agriculture as the issue of our time.
Freshwater Working Group
The students and faculty involved in the Freshwater Working Group are passionate about preserving and enhancing the world's freshwater resources through education, action, and legal advocacy.
International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) is dedicated to learning and promoting international law, as well as fundraising and raising awareness for important international causes. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
We aim to construct legally tenable, realistically accessible avenues for informed, consensual, unobstructed decision-making about education, sex, contraception, sterilization, abortion, procreation, birthing and parenting. Reproductive Justice recognizes the ways race, class, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, immigration status, and ability impact access, agency, and autonomy shape one's reproductive destiny.
Moot Court Advisory Board
The Moot Court Advisory Board is a student organization that governs the intramural Debevoise Moot Court Competition and ultimately, sends student teams to national moot court competitions.
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members—lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees—the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. Learn more at our website.
Native American Law Students Association
The Native American Law Students Association aims to raise awareness about Native American cultures and legal issues, and strive to inform Native American communities about Vermont Law School's focus and goals.
The Vermont Law Outdoors Club (VOC) is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation equipment to the VLS community, promoting outdoor education and outreach, and diversifying the legal and ethical debate concerning outdoor recreation.
Phi Alpha Delta
The Vermont Law School Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, Arthur Chapter, is an active chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
Men's and Woman's Teams - Vermont Law School welcomes students, friends, and spouses alike to join. Rugby is a fantastic outlet, especially for students, to blow off a little steam after long days in class. No experience is needed, as many current and former players had never played the game before coming to VLS. The time commitment is minimal and the reward is great. The team plays games during both the fall and spring semesters and in the chase and Albany rugby tournaments. The chase tournament is played on the VLS "pitch" each fall and is a point of pride for the VLS community. The team travels to the Albany tournament each spring, and like the chase tournament, it is a day filled with rugby, friends, and a lot of fun. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We hope to see you on the pitch with us soon.
The Vermont Law Soccer Club welcomes players of all skill levels. We participate in a formal indoor soccer league on Wednesday nights at Grantham Indoor Soccer in Grantham, New Hampshire. We also organize pick-up games twice a week at a local gym or field, depending on the season. During the winter months we play at the South Royalton High School Gym and when weather permits, we play on a local outdoor field.
Women's Law Group
The Women's Law Group (WLG) of Vermont Law School was organized in 1981 by students and faculty interested in the evolving status of women and the law. WLG strives to establish a support network for women in law school, foster professional success for its members, promote equal participation of women in the legal profession, advance equal application of the law to all women, and support an awareness of issues concerning women and the law. Throughout the year, WLG sponsors various activities such as an annual conference, domestic violence panel, guest speakers, and various community awareness projects relating to women's issues.