U of C Law – Clubs and Club Day
As students in the Faculty of Law you will have many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities with your colleagues. There are a variety of student clubs available that host networking events and offer mentorship programs that will allow you to meet professionals in the legal industry. Student clubs also offer the opportunity to give back to the community, go on outdoor excursions, and participate in other various events that involve free food.
In addition, there are intramural teams and other athletic clubs if you are interested in playing sports such as rugby, ice hockey, ball hockey, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball and squash with other law students.
Both women and men are invited to come play rugby! Absolutely no experience needed! The rugby club is the best way to have fun and meet people at school and in the broader legal community. You only need to commit until October 14th when the team will head to Edmonton for a weekend tournament, competing against other law schools. Until then, practices will be a couple of times a week, which is not a major commitment. It is easy to balance this practice schedule with school. Not only does the rugby club get you in shape, it very often comes up in job interviews as a topic of conversation. If you’re on the fence, come try it out, we are sure you’ll stick around!
The Alberta Law Review
The Alberta Law Review is a peer-reviewed legal journal run by law students at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta and is one of the top five legal journals in Canada. The objective of the ALR is to promote legal research and scholarship, and to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary legal issues of interest to lawyers, scholars, judges, and law students in Alberta and beyond. This year, the ALR will be accepting 1Ls for the first time! As a 1L, you will assist editors in finding and gathering sources. Your work will not only help get the next edition of the ALR ready for publication, but also provide you a leg up when it comes time to write your 1L factum, by allowing you to get comfortable with legal citations and writing. Additionally, it’s a great resume builder, requires little time commitment, and any 1Ls who are selected will be given priority their 2L year in becoming an editor. Welcome Class of 2020!
Association of Women Lawyers (AWL)
AWL is committed to promoting the achievement, interests, equality and well-being of all women in the legal profession. Our members come from varied personal backgrounds as well as from diverse professional milieus including practitioners of all ages and in all areas of the law. Our members include sole practitioners, associates or partners in small, medium or large firms, in-house counsel, Crown prosecutors, businesswomen, faculty, law students, articling students, retired lawyers, politicians and the judiciary. Benefits of joining AWL include networking with other members and the exposure to the wide variety of talent, experience, and mentoring capabilities of the mentorship at large.
The Business Law Association
The Business Law Association (BLA) is a student organization that was established in 2011 at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. The BLA is dedicated to proving educational, networking and social events that provide students with practical business skills. The BLA will provide students with opportunities to develop practical skills that will serve to enhance their understanding of the business environment and their ability to excel in a business context, as well as opportunities to network with business law practitioners and academics. Look for the “The Art of Networking and Fine Dining - Torys LLP” event early in your first year!
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
The Canadian Bar Association ("CBA") is a professional, voluntary organization, which was formed in 1896, and the Alberta Branch of the CBA was formed in 1915. The cochairs of the University of Calgary Law Students Section of the CBA, Holly Wong and Sarah Miller, help organize the Mentor Program, wine and cheese receptions, and speaker meetings featuring a variety of topics, which will be held at the Law School.
Canadian Women Studying Law Association
CWSLA pursues our mandate to develop, support, and educate women in the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law through educational panels, networking receptions, and professional development workshops. CWSLA hosts educational events with the aim of advancing women in law by addressing issues of concern to women studying in the Faculty and connecting them with strong successful women in Calgary’s legal industry and community. CWSLA’s mentorship program provides female law students with the ability to connect with and be mentored by supportive female lawyers, furthering our vision of women promoting women. CWSLA also provides a secure and confidential platform for women in the Faculty to disclose and seek assistance with harassment issues related to their early professional and academic environments. We support these women and act as their liaison with the Faculty to determine and enact appropriate solutions.
The Diversity and Law Society (DLS)
The Diversity & Law Society (DLS) aims to promote diversity and multiculturalism in the study and practice of law. DLS is affiliated with the national organization, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) and associated with the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) Diversity Section. Opportunities exist to allow for our members to connect with people in the legal community and broaden their network. In 2017-2018, we have a line-up of exciting activities for everyone. We will host a kickoff social event on September 29, 2017. This will be a mentorship event where students are matched with lawyer mentors through FACL, a potluck dinner event, and a panel discussion event. All of these events will be excellent opportunities to network with members of the legal profession who consider diversity in law to be an important issue.
DLS membership is open to all students! Sign up with DLS and stay tuned for updates about all our exciting social and speaker events this year! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DLS.UofC/
Indigenous Law Club
Are you interested in Indigenous Law? Then become a founding member of the Indigenous Law Club! The club has two purposes: to promote awareness among law students in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (#27 and #28) and to be a hub for law students interested in Indigenous law, as well as Indigenous students interested in attending law school. Possible events for the year include social functions, guest speakers, a documentary viewing, and hosting an informal Q & A session for Indigenous U of C undergrads interested in attending law school. The club is open to everyone and there will be an opening for a 1L representative.
The Moot Times
The Moot Times is our law school’s student-run monthly newspaper. From current events, to coverage of whatever is new and exciting in our community, the Moot Times is a great source of information for the student body. Our fabulous team of senior editors are always on the lookout for contributors to write articles for us, or for people who love correcting the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors of others. We also love to hear ideas for the paper at our monthly planning meetings, which involve free nachos and beer for those who attend.
If you are interested, please feel free to contact Amy Matychuk at email@example.com
The Environmental Law Society (ELS)
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is dedicated to promoting education, discussion and practical experience in the area of environmental law. Why should you join us? Because we connect you with "real life" experience in environmental law through speakers, volunteer opportunities, and field excursions; we build community through the enjoyment of the great outdoors; we facilitate the understanding of environmental law issues amongst club members and the wider Alberta community; and we encourage the responsible and informed management of Canada's precious environmental resources, and the creation of environmental solutions.
Are you interested in raising awareness about social justice and human rights? Then LEVEL is the club for you! LEVEL aims to break down barriers, increase equality and improve access to justice for vulnerable and marginalized populations worldwide. It was founded over ten years ago to promote human rights overseas, and now aims to increase access to justice through education, research and advocacy in Canada. The U of C chapter of LEVEL raises awareness on important topics such as: human trafficking, refugee rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, Indigenous rights and transitional justice. We host panels and guest lectures throughout the year and partner with other law clubs on campus in order to raise awareness.
OUTLaw, Calgary Chapter: The LGBTQ UCalgary Law Students’ Association is a newly formed student club to provide a social, educational, and political forum for LGBTQIAA individuals and their allies to engage in discussion and networking, and to promote awareness within the legal and wider communities. OUTLaw provides a safe forum for the LGBTQIA community to interact, provide mutual support and foster inclusive and positive attitudes toward sexual orientation and gender identity. To this end, OUTLaw offers opportunities for law students to meet lawyers who advocate for the LGBTQIA population, and assist and educate LGBTQIA individuals on legal matters.
Pro Bono Students of Canada (PBSC)
Pro Bono Students Canada is a national program with 22 chapters in Canada. PBSC has three goals: to provide vulnerable communities with legal services free of charge; to provide law students with out-of-classroom legal experience; to instill the pro bono ethic in future lawyers from their first day of law school. The Calgary Chapter currently has over a dozen different projects - there is a project to suit everyone's interests! There are court-based projects, legal research and advocacy projects, public legal education projects and projects that involve direct legal assistance.
Student Animal Legal Defence Fund Calgary
SALDF Calgary, (Student Animal Legal Defence Fund Calgary), and/or informally called “SADCLawS” (Society of Animal Defence Calgary Law Students) is a law student group that promotes animal welfare. We are affiliated with, and financially assisted by, the Animal Legal Defense Fund. We share the ALDF’s mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Specifically, our work includes: (a) assisting humane societies, animal rescue organizations and animalprotection and rights groups, such as Animal Justice and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, by providing pro bono legal research and writing legal documents; (b) writing articles, white papers, and letters to educate the public and/or lobby government to improve animal protection and welfare legislation; and (c) promoting awareness of animal protection, welfare and rights legal issues at the university and in the community.
U of C Law Negotiation Club
The U of C Law Negotiation Club was founded to give law students the opportunity to hone their negotiation skills in a collegial environment. Through inter-faculty practice negotiations and educational panels, students will gain real world experience in negotiation. Learn to kick ass or achieve a mutually beneficial solution. Choose your own adventure.
The University of Calgary Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Student Club (AIPN)
The AIPN was founded in 1981 to enhance the professionalism of cross-border energy negotiators throughout the world. It is now composed of more than 4,500 members in more than 110 countries, representing numerous international oil and gas companies, host governments, law firms and academic institutions. AIPN members come from a variety of disciplines: commercial, technical, academic and legal. The association hosts several quality events each year that provide networking opportunities and provide valuable educational programs and tools. In sum, the AIPN aims to help the international energy negotiator be better prepared to meet the challenges of today's competitive global energy market. Stay posted for our student outreach event later this fall.
There are other clubs that have been a part of the U of C Faculty of Law, including:
• Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
• International Law Association
• Rural, Energy and Agriculture Law (REAL)
• Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF)
• Sports & Entertainment Law Society