In my book—both figuratively and literally (in Chapter 20, which discusses practical administrative and logistical issues; and in Appendix F, which identifies over 150 topics for student groups, blogs, and papers)—forming a student group is a valuable way to personalize your law school journey; demonstrate initiative and distinguish yourself; enable members of your academic community to engage more deeply with particular topics or activities; and enhance your professional networks and possibilities. 

     Law schools use different terminology in their lists of (and possibly in their posted requirements and procedures for official recognition as) “Student Organizations”: Society, Association, Organization, Group, Interest Group, Collaborative, Club, Forum, Project, Initiative, Workshop, Forum, and/or Caucus. 

     Major categories of student organizations include: Affinity, Religious Affiliation, Advocacy, Athletic, Journals, Political, Professional, Student Government, Social, Competitions/Teams, and Wellness.

     In addition, some student groups focus on particular areas of substantive law. 

    Among the most popular topics for such “___ Law Society” organizations are (in no special order):

● International and/or Comparative

● Health

● Animal

● Art

● Intellectual Property

● Business/Corporate

● National Security

● Immigration

● Disability Rights

● Environmental

● Cannabis

● Technology

● Sports and/or Entertainment

● Labor/Employment

● Tax

● Public Interest

● Criminal, and

● Alternative Dispute Resolution

     Less frequently, “___ Law Society” groups address (in no special order):

            ● Fashion (and Beauty)

            ● Blockchain and/or Cryptocurrency

            ● Election

            ● Trusts and Estates

            ● Food

            ● Education

            ● Children

            ● Elder[s]

● Human Rights

            ● Space

            ● Real Estate

           ● Investment, Finance, and/or Venture Capital

           ● Start-Ups/Entrepreneurs

           ● Antitrust

           ● Privacy

           ● Video Games

           ● Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and/or Insolvency

            ● Anti-Corruption, and/or Anti-Money-Laundering

           ● Cyberlaw

           ● Energy

           ● Family

           ● Military and/or Veterans

           ● Legal History

           ● Jurisprudence

           ● Maritime

            ● Transportation

            ● Mental Health Law

            ● Agricultural, and

            ● Gaming.

    Areas (or sub-areas) of law that are of growing importance, but that don’t yet seem to be the specific basis of many stand-alone student groups, include (in no particular order):

            ● Bioethics

            ● Pharmaceuticals

            ● Psychedelics

            ● Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

            ● Administrative

            ● Regulation of Banks and Other Financial Institutions

            ● Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

            ● Shareholder Activism

            ● Institutional Investors

            ● Social Enterprises

● Social Impact Investing

● Preparation for Directorships (of For-Profit and/or Non-Profit Entities)

● Supply Chain

           ● Compliance

● Cybersecurity

            ● White Collar Criminal

            ● Consumer Protection

            ● Counseling Philanthropists

            ● Counseling Nonprofit and/or Philanthropic Organizations

            ● Media

            ● Secured Transactions

            ● Securities

            ● Legal Technology, Analytics, Automation, and AI

            ● Big Data and/or Predictive Analytics, and

            ● Elon Musk (and the multifarious legal issues, crossing a swath of the curriculum, raised by his activities).

     For current 1Ls and 2Ls, the coming summer might be a good time to prepare to propose a new substantive-law student group when (or even before) the next academic year begins.