10: School of Law

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Student Activities and Awards: A Partial List

Moot Court Competition   Second-year students may voluntarily compete in teams of two persons in the William Minor Lile appellate Moot Court competition. The field of competition is narrowed by a process of elimination which continues through the third year, culminating in the final round argument in the spring of each year. Distinguished judges from both federal and state courts preside in the semi-final and final rounds. Students competing in the final three rounds receive certificates, and the names of the members of the winning team are inscribed on a plaque in the Moot Court Room.

Teams of students chosen from among those entered in the Lile competition represent the School of Law in the National Moot Court competition and other intramural competitions with law schools in Virginia and neighboring states.

Moot Court is the largest single student activity in the Law School, with well over 250 students involved in the various activities administered by the Moot Court Board. Through participation in Moot Court activities, a student receives valuable training in legal writing and the art of advocacy.

Student Bar Association   As the official representative of the law school student body, the SBA advises the dean of student sentiment, appoints students to joint faculty-student committees, initiates projects furthering student interest, and arranges social activities. Law students annually elect a president, four representatives from each of the three law school classes, one representative from among the post-graduate students, an ABA Law Student Division Representative, and delegates to the University-Wide Judiciary Committee, Honor Committee, and Student Council, all of whom serve on the SBA.

Virginia Law Review   was organized in 1913. Students publish the scholarly journals of the legal profession, criticizing, supporting, or proposing nearly every important American legal development. The Virginia Law Review and its 70 members contribute eight issues a year to this unique tradition. Original student work makes up approximately half of each issue. Review members are responsible for all phases of editing and publication. The Review selects the majority of its members on the basis of academic performance, with the remainder being chosen on the basis of writing ability, or a combination of academic performance and writing ability, or writing ability and potential for other contributions (Virginia Plan).

Virginia Journal of International Law   is the oldest continuously published student-edited journal of international law. Published quarterly by a board of student editors, issues of the Journal include articles by noted practitioners, scholars, and jurists, as well as student-written notes and comments. Topics covered in the Journal range from public international law issues such as human rights, Law of the Sea, and foreign sovereign immunity, to private international law issues such as arbitration, international trade, and taxation. The Journal's subscribers include individuals, firms, corporations, and libraries in more than 40 countries. The Journal selects its members through writing tryouts which are held every spring and fall.

Virginia Journal of Law and Technology is a student organization dedicated to publishing articles and notes germane to the practice of law in the twenty-first century. The focus of the Journal's subject matter is on, but not limited to, intellectual property, environmental, and communications law.

Virginia Law Weekly   is the newspaper of the Law School community. Its editorial board and staff are comprised entirely of students. Circulated among students, faculty, alumni, and numerous law libraries, it provides a forum for the discussion of issues and activities in the Law School.

Virginia Journal of Natural Resources Law   is a legal periodical published by law students at the University. Initially funded by a grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment, VJNRL presents articles and student-written notes on a broad range of issues in environmental, energy, and natural resources law. VJNRL encourages a creative approach to legal issues, incorporating scientific and technical analysis as well as economic, sociological, and political perspectives.

Student Legal Forum   is an organization of second- and third-year law students that provides a nonpartisan public forum to nationally prominent persons for the discussion of important topics of current interest. Membership is open to any seriously interested law student.

The Order of the Coif   is the Law School's one academic honor society. Membership is limited to those individuals who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their class, based on three years attendance at the Law School, and otherwise have met high standards of integrity and dedication.

John Bassett Moore Society   has promoted interest and scholarship in the field of foreign affairs and international law since its founding in 1951. The Society was the first international law society at a major university. The Society is named in honor of the late John Bassett Moore, a graduate of the College (1880), long-time professor of international law, a Justice of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration at the Hague, and one of the first judges selected for the Permanent Court of International Justice (1921).

The John Bassett Moore Society welcomes active participation by students from the entire University community in all of its projects. The Society sponsors the team which represents the Law School at the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. The Society publishes books on a wide variety of international legal subjects.

Legal Assistance Society   This student organization provides legal services to low income and disadvantaged persons in Central Virginia. Student members participate in nine different projects: Legal Aid Office Interns, Domestic Violence Project, Western State Hospital Project, Labor Project, Rights of the Disabled Project, Public Benefits Project, Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Project, Legal Education Project, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project.

Environmental Law Forum   is a student group organized to promote a greater understanding of the natural environment and the institutions involved in environmental decision-making. The group sponsors educational programs on environmental issues, seeks to encourage members' direct legal involvement in these issues, and sponsors outdoor activities such as canoeing and hiking trips. Recent activities include co-sponsoring a symposia on international law and pollution, inaugurating an aluminum recycling program at the Law School, and providing research assistance to the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville on a variety of environmental issues.

Post-Conviction Assistance Project (P-CAP)   This organization provides a substantial amount of practical experience for law students while providing a number of valuable services to the community. P-CAP operates a bail project, which assists the Charlottesville Joint Security Complex in determining which prisoners should be granted bail; visits detainees in the Beaumont Training Center, a juvenile home, to provide role models for the youths living there; aids local attorneys handling cases in juvenile court; and answers prisoners' letters requesting information on a variety of legal issues. In addition, the project represents inmates in various habeas corpus and civil rights actions in U.S. District Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, under the third-year practice rule. The organization also files amicus curiae and certiorari briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Virginia Law Women   addresses the needs and interests of women at the Law School, at the University, and in the Charlottesville community. Its main goals are to make law students and others aware of the sexism within the legal profession, and provide a support system for women. To accomplish these aims, VLW invites and sponsors speakers, networks with law student organizations, and with other University and Charlottesville women's groups. VLW is committed to establishing a more equitable life for women and welcomes all who wish to further these goals.

Virginia Tax Review   is the first student-edited law journal focusing on tax law issues. Published four times per year, the Review consists of articles written by practitioners and academics, as well as notes and comments written by students. Membership in the Virginia Tax Review Association offers students an opportunity to assist in the editing and production of the second-most-widely subscribed journal at the Law School, and sharpen their skills in legal writing and analysis. Members are selected on the basis of their performance on a writing tryout held every spring and fall.

Asian American Law Students Association   AALSA is a network of Asian-American Law Students at the University of Virginia. Its mission is dual. It provides academic and social support to its members, and reaches out to the Law community on issues pertaining to Asian-Americans.

Black Law Student Association   BLSA articulates and promotes the personal and professional needs of Black law students, encourages professional competence, instills in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black Community, and attempts to make the legal system more responsive to the needs of Black Americans.

First-Year Council   Elected representatives of the first-year small sections plan social events for the first-year class, act as liaisons between the first-year class and the administration, and help plan orientation activities for the following year. Class officers and Student Bar Association representatives for the first-year class are elected from this council.

The Gay and Lesbian Law Students Association   serves as both a support group for gay and lesbian students at the Law School, and a gay and lesbian rights advocacy organization. Recent social activities include potluck dinners and parties. Political activities include sponsoring speakers to address gay and lesbian rights issues.

The Journal of Law and Politics   published four times yearly by law and graduate students, is the first and only publication devoted exclusively to analyzing the role of politics in the legal system and the role of law in the political process. The Journal publishes articles by prominent scholars and practitioners, as well as student-written notes and comments. Its members are selected by writing tryouts held each spring and fall.

Law Partners   An organization for both female and male spouses of law students which offers a wide range of social and service-oriented activities. Meetings are held monthly, with activities scheduled throughout each semester and announced in a monthly newsletter sent to all members. Law Partners' best known service activity is its Book Exchange, which sells used law textbooks at reduced prices each semester.

Libel Show   Each spring, law students satirize the faculty, administration, and law school in a musical-comedy featuring the many hidden talents of the student body. This production is written, directed, and performed entirely by students.

Jewish Law Students Association   JLSA integrates Jewish cultural, religious, and academic interests into the law school environment. Activities include lectures in Judaic law, holiday dinners, and informal happy hours. The group also promotes awareness of the needs of Jewish students at the Law School.

Student Funded Fellowships   SFF is a student-administered program designed to provide summer fellowships to Virginia law students who want to explore legal careers in public interest or public services. SFF is funded primarily by voluntary contributions, matched by a grant from the Law School Foundation. SFF offers an opportunity for students to take a personal role in supporting public interest and public service organizations.

Virginia Health Law Forum   VHLF promotes interest in the health care field by sponsoring speakers, seminars, and informal discussions with faculty and students from other disciplines including medicine, business, and philosophy. VHLF works with Law School faculty to develop new health law courses, expand placement opportunities, encourage publishable student research, and build clinical opportunities in health law.

Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law   is a student-edited law journal which publishes articles that explore the intersection of law and issues of social policy. Recognizing the significant impact of the law and legal institutions on social conditions, the Journal provides a forum in which to examine contending legal, judicial, and political perspectives. An array of issues are addressed, including -- among others -- health care and welfare reform, criminal justice, voting and civil rights, family law, employment discrimination, reproductive rights, immigration issues, gay rights, and juvenile court reform. The Journal publishes twice a year, in the late fall and late spring.

Voz Latina   Voz Latina is the Latin American law students' association at the University of Virginia. Its mission is two-fold: to promote an awareness of and appreciation for Latin culture at the Law School, and to serve as a tool for the recruitment of Latin law students. In addition, support is given to Latin law students with respect to professional placement. Voz Latina welcomes members of any race or ethnicity.


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