Law Student Associations
Student life in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta is vibrant, with many diverse opportunities to become involved. This, combined with a climate of cooperation, mutual support and community spirit, results in an environment that is both personally and academically rewarding. Below are some examples of how you can get involved:
The Aboriginal Law Students' Association (ALSA) is a student group within the Faculty of Law that is devoted to raising awareness on current Indigenous legal issues within Canada and internationally. Any law student is welcome to join ALSA if they are interested in engaging and taking the lead on Aboriginal legal issues within the law school environment and beyond. ALSA is also well known for its supportive role in regards to its membership. ALSA provides networking opportunities to its members by participating in the Aboriginal Alumni Mentorship program, as well as attending the annual national Indigenous Bar Association conferences.
ALSA also hosts the "Aboriginal Speaker Series" event each year in the winter term for a week; whereby ALSA invites five of the most influential Aboriginal-based guest speakers to come to the Faculty of Law to discuss varying viewpoints on Aboriginal issues. The annual Aboriginal Speaker Series" is open to the public.
Alberta Law Review
The Alberta Law Review is a scholarly legal journal, published four times annually by second and third year law students. Students can receive academic credit in their third year for their service on the editorial board of the Law Review. Subscribers include all law firms and sole legal practitioners in Alberta, as well as judges, students, academics, universities and libraries around the world. For more information please email or visit their website.
The Articling Committee is an elected body of University of Alberta law students, whose main objectives are to assist law students in their career planning and support the Career Services Office. Please click here to visit their website and access their services or contact them by email.
The law student section of the Canadian Bar Association's Alberta Branch organizes a number of activities throughout the year, including guest speakers, visits to the courts and a mentor program which introduces students to members of the practising bar in Edmonton.
Canons of Construction
The Canons of Construction newspaper is published by the Faculty of Law students. Its mandate is to inform and entertain the university legal community. For more information, please email the newspaper or visit their website.
Christian Law Students' Association
The Christian Law Students' Association is a group of students who believe that the vocation of law is a calling from God. We are interested in exploring the relationship between law and the Christian faith, meeting new friends, and having fun. Contact Murielle & Kathleen for more info or if you have any questions about the group.
Club Tout Droit
The Club Tout Droit provides students with the opportunity to practice the French language and begin applying it to the study of law. The club helps students preparing to compete in the Laskin Moot. The Club Tout Droit exists to act as a liaison between the student body and other French associations affiliated with the legal community. Fluency in French is not a requirement for membership; a mere interest in the language is sufficient. Click here to visit their website.
Environmental Law Students' Association
The Environmental Law Students' Association (ELSA) aims to promote environmental awareness within the Faculty of Law. ELSA sponsors guest speakers representing diverse viewpoints on pressing environmental issues, endeavours to reduce the faculty’s ecological footprint and organizes a variety of awareness-enhancing activities for students and faculty.
Faculty and University Committees
Law students are welcome to participate on any of the University and Faculty Committees, such as the Faculty Admissions, Curriculum and University Appeal Board committees. Elections are held each year to select student representatives.
The Law Hockey Club
The Law Hockey Club meets mid Friday afternoon at Clare Drake Arena for non-contact hockey. Law students of all skill levels are invited to participate throughout the school year. The Law Hockey Club fields Division 1 and Division 2 teams for intramural play.
Golden Bearristers Rugby Club
The Golden Bearristers (a pun on "Golden Bears," the official name of the University's official male sports teams) Rugby Club play games in and around Edmonton, including an annual match with the alumni team - the Olden Bearristers. To learn more, visit their website or contact the club by email.
Law and Older
Law and Older seeks to encourage and edify the older law student through education, social activities, and mutual support. Older students may feel marginalized within law school, and may be unsure of how to navigate the occasionally difficult waters of such an intense environment. Law and Older is intended to bring these students together for mutual support. Our goal is to help older law students thrive and succeed in both the larger law school community and in their own lives, both professional and personal.
“Older” is not a specific age. There is no particular cut-off. The group is there for anyone who feels, either by the function of his/her age and/or by his/her own life experiences that he/she belongs in such a group. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Law Show is an annual variety show organized by law students. The purpose of the law show is to take a humorous look at the law school experience and the legal profession in general. It provides and opportunity for students to showcase their considerable acting, dancing, musical and vocal talent. All net proceeds raised are donated to charity.
Law Students’ Association
The Law Students’ Association (LSA) is the faculty association for Faculty of Law. The LSA has an elected executive that promotes and fosters academic, athletic, social and professional activities within the Faculty of Law. We also act as your liaisons with the university & law faculty’s administration. We provide a multitude of services to our members that includes sale of condensed annotated notes (CANs), lockers, general upkeep and access to our student lounge (the Gavel) after hours, and eligibility to compete on various intramural law sports teams offered by Campus Recreation. If you have any questions, please stop by the LSA Office (Law Centre room 157) during office hours (Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 2 p.m.).
Our website is: http://www.lawstudentsassociation.ca/
Law Students Philanthropy
Law Students Philanthropy is a student group that promotes involvement with and awareness of various charitable organizations. Members will have the opportunity to become involved with the campus as well as the greater Edmonton community. To learn more, click here to visit their website.
OUTlaw Alberta is a student organization within the Faculty of Law directed at queer students and their allies. Our primary purpose is to promote a queer positive atmosphere within the Law School. We do so by providing information to current and prospective students about queer issues at the school and within the broader University and Edmonton communities, organizing social activities, developing relationships with queer positive people in the professional legal community, and by providing visibility and support for other queer students. Keep and eye out for upcoming events and feel free to contact us at any time! For more information please click here to visit their website.
Parents in Law
Parents in Law’s purpose is to help current law students with children connect with one another in formal and informal ways to offer support and a social network. This group may act as a resource to prospective law students and help answer questions about the experience of balancing both law school and a family. Parents in Law may also organize family-friendly events throughout the year. For more information please contact Darin.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society seeks to provide students who have an interest in sports or entertainment law with a mechanism to become involved in and acquire a greater knowledge of the issues in these fields. The society sponsors numerous activities, both intra-school and inter-school, to familiarize students with the unique type of law practiced in these very specialized fields. The Society also sponsors lectures with legal professionals from the field.
The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to educate and inform students about the realities of practicing in the entertainment and sports law fields. We seek to provide our members with an insight into various avenues available to them as practicing attorneys, whether that is representation of entertainment and sports figures and entities, practicing in a law firm with an entertainment or sports division, or work within a major sporting league.
Click here to view our Facebook page.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals in Edmonton and area understand their legal issues and solve their legal problems.For the last 40 years student volunteers from the Faculty of Law have provided free legal information and agency in the courts to those who would otherwise be unable to afford these services. Click here to visit their website.
U of A Law Fitness Club
Since law school takes an extensive amount of time and adds considerable stress, we wanted to develop a club that allows people healthy outlets for the stress. It is also to mitigate some of the negative affects that occur from some of the social aspects of the school, and exam time unhealthy eating. The U of A Law Fitness Club is designed for the people who are in excellent shape, the people who have never walked a flight of stairs, and everyone in-between. It is more of a way of getting together with people of similar goals, while obtaining a little guidance as to how to reach those goals. Click here to visit their website.
Vin Ordinaire is an informal wine tasting club for wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts of all levels. The club convenes two times annually to learn about and taste fine wines from around the world.
Women's Law Forum / NAWL
The Women's Law Forum (WLF) is the University of Alberta's National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) caucus. It is a feminist organization whose purpose is to promote the position of women in society and raise awareness of issues relating to women and the law. For more information please email the WLF.
Women's Law Rugby Club
The Women's Law Rugby Club promotes the participation of women in this growing, exciting sport. The atmosphere of our club is one of camaraderie and friendship among students. Our season's highlight is the mid-October alumni game. The event is fantastic fun, fostering closer ties between current students and faculty alumni.
Women's Running Club
The Women's Running Club welcomes students and faculty of all levels of ability. The club organizes group runs every week during the day in the university area. From time to time, the club organizes information sessions and fields running teams who participate in various competitions, including a marathon. The club has participated in the annual run to raise money for breast cancer research.