Clubs/Committees

A large part of what the LSA does is oversee the numerous student organizations here at the University of Alberta – Faculty of Law. There are a tremendous amount of clubs and committees at work at UofA Law, and you can quite easily find one that you are passionate about. Below you’ll find a little information on most of the clubs and the contact information for their head representatives for the year.

Aboriginal Law Students Association

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. Contact: info@albertalawreview.com

Articling Committee

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 visit our website http://articlinghandbook.ca/to access services (i.e. Articling Handbook) or contact us by email at sac.ualberta@gmail.com

Canadian Bar Association

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 practicing bar in Edmonton

Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR)

The University of Alberta Chapter of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) aims to raise awareness about various current international human rights issues and topics. The group will engage students – and the community in general – about these issues and how they can be addressed. Contacts: Amanda Sarrazin-Gould (Co-President); Karey Thomson (Co-President)

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. We print monthly issues providing information about all aspects of the legal community, as well as a variety of other topics, including politics, pop culture, news and sports. Contact: canons@ualberta.ca

Christian Law Students’ Association

The Christian Legal Fellowship is a group that aims to foster Christian community, help students grow in their faith and provide a welcoming environment for the exploration of faith issues arising from the study of law. Contact: Bethany Schatz (Co-President)

Energy Law Club and AIPN

The Energy Law Club and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) aim to increase awareness and knowledge of energy issues in Canada through guest speakers and student trips. Contact: Ryan Moore (President)

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. Contact: Sina Kazemi (President)

Francophone Law Students Association (Association des étudiants en droit francophones)

L’Association des étudiants en droit francophones (L’AEDF) est une association qui vise à développer des liens entre la Faculté de droit à l’Université de l’Alberta et la communauté francophone de l’Alberta. The Francophone Law Students Association is an organization that seeks to develop ties between the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the francophone community of Alberta. Contacts: Justine Fallu (Co-President); Emilie-Claire Draper (Co-President)

Golden Bearristers Rugby Club

The Golden Bearristers  Rugby Club play games in and around Edmonton, including an annual match with the alumni team – the Olden Bearristers. Contact: Graham Rapson

Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ISLA)

The Indigenous Law Students’ Association is a student group within the Faculty of Law that is devoted to raising awareness of current Indigenous legal issues within Canada and internationally. Contact: Katelyn Cave (President)

Law & Business Association

The Law and Business Association strives to connect members with professionals in the field who can shed light on business-focused topics such as firm hiring cycles, in house counsel positions and the differences between various sizes of firms. The club enjoys many panel discussions with the opportunity for students to meet members of the legal community. Contacts: Dylan Gibbs (Co-President); Natasha Hepp (Co-President)

Law Climbing Club

The Law Climbing Club meets twice weekly (as schedules allow) to climb at the University climbing gym. It’s free for U of A students, and all skill levels are invited to participate. Contact: Miriam Barker-Rothschild (President)

Law Games

A delegation is sent every year to compete against other Canadian law schools in sports and mooting events. Contact: Anastasiya Sadovska (President

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. Contact: Joe Sellman (President)

Law Hockey Clubs

The Litigators, Tortfeasors, and Swift Justice meet every week at Clare Drake Arena for non-contact hockey. Law students of all skill levels are invited to participate throughout the school year.

Law Show

The Law Show is an annual musical 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 an opportunity for students to showcase their considerable acting, dancing, musical and vocal talent. All net proceeds raised are donated to a local charitable organization. Contacts: Robert Marquette (Executive Director); Beth Warcholak (Executive Director); Kaelyn MacGillivray (Executive Producer)

Law Students for Inclusion & Diversity (LSID)

Law Students for Inclusion and Diversity is a team of law students dedicated to fostering inclusion and diversity in the legal community through awareness, advocacy and community involvement. Contacts: Corinna Liu (Co-President); Isis Tse (Co-President)

Mental Health and Wellness Committee (MHW)

The Mental Health and Wellness Committee is a student organization committed to helping students manage the stress and pressures of law school by promoting healthy habits, student support and stress-reducing events. The committee provides information, support and leadership to improve the physical and mental well-being of students. Contacts: Daniel Downie (Co-Chair); Barbara Ann Dowker (Co-Chair)

OUTlaw Alberta

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 an eye out for upcoming events and feel free to contact us at any time! Contact: Alex Matthews (President)

Panda Bearristers Rugby Club

The Panda Bearristers 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. Contact: Kaelyn MacGillivray

Runnymede Society

The Runnymede Society is a non-partisan organization dedicated to exploring the rule of law, constitutionalism and individual liberty. We aim to foster intellectual diversity and respectful dialogue and debate on campus about current issues of constitutional law. Contact: Moira Lavoie (Co-President); Taylor Theisen (Co-President)

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund aims to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system by providing a forum for education, advocacy and scholarship, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. Contact: Lisa Jung (President)

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. Contact: Darren Bolle (President)

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. Please visit our website to find out more information.

Vin Ordinaire

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. Contacts: Clare Gerein (Co-Chair); Emma Banfield (Co-Chair)