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.
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.
Business Law Society
The Business Law Society at Vermont Law School was organized to help graduate students pursue academic, professional, and social opportunities arising from the nexus of law and business. BLS exposes its members to interdisciplinary issues affecting both law and business, and fosters interaction among students, faculty, and professionals within these fields. Some of the ways in which the BLS accomplishes its goals include networking events for students and alumni, a speaker series on topics in business and law, and social opportunities that bring together law and business students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is a chapter of National NALSA which was founded to support law students interested in the study of Federal Indian Law and Tribal Law. NALSA is an alliance of native and nonnative students who aim to raise awareness about Indigenous issues in a legal context. NALSA strives to ensure that Vermont Law School maintains an Indigenous perspective in all mediums by providing a platform for Indigenous people and by supporting Indigenous law students.
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.
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 Women's Law Group (WLS) of Vermont Law School was organized in 1981 by students and faculty interested in the evolving status of women and the law. WLS strives to establish a professional network for women in law school, foster success for its members, promote equal participation of women in the legal profession, advance equal application of the law to all women, and support awareness of issues concerning women and the law. Throughout the year, WLS sponsors activities such as an annual charity auction, domestic violence panel, guest speakers, and various community awareness projects relating to women's issues.