Public Interest Student Organizations

Wisconsin Public Interest Law Foundation (UW-PILF)

The University of Wisconsin Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation (UW-PILF) is a student-run organization committed to supporting law students who want to work in public interest law.

American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a national organization of law students, law professors, practicing lawyers and members of the community. We want to help revitalize and transform legal debate, from law school classrooms to federal courtrooms.

Children's Justice Project

The Children's Justice Project brings together people interested in promoting justice for children and juveniles, including the rights of children and juveniles in the legal, educational, health care, and social services systems. The Project does this through interdisciplinary advocacy and study.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

The Environmental Law Society welcomes all students interested in the application of law to environmental issues at the state, national, and international levels.  The Society studies all sides of the issues because it recognizes that environmental law applies to both those interested in classic environmental preservation, as well as persons whose activities create environmental impacts.

Health Law Student Association (HLSA)

The Health Law Student Association provides resources, networking opportunities, and a forum to discuss legal issues for students interested in health and public health law. We seek to prepare our members for careers in these fast-growing fields.

Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR)

Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief matches UW law students with volunteer opportunities at non-profit legal aid firms in areas throughout the country that have been impacted by natural disasters.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial gives students the opportunity to try a lawsuit in regional and national competitions against teams from other law schools. The teams are coached by experienced litigators from the Law School and practicing bar.

National Lawyers Guild (University of Wisconsin Law School Chapter)

The Madison Chapterof the NLG is a community chapter with both lawyers and law student members. The National Lawyers Guild is a nationwide organization of lawyers and law students dedicated to working for social justice. Formed in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the country, the Guild tries to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, and minority groups upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who actively seek to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties; and who view the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than their repression.

Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic (UC Clinic)

The Unemployment Compensation Appeals Clinic is staffed by volunteer student advocates who assist clients in obtaining unemployment compensation benefits. Student advocates work closely with supervising attorneys and gain litigation and case management experience while helping those in need of benefits who cannot afford representation.

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)

The Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is committed to promoting the proper administration of criminal justice, fostering and maintaining integrity, independence and expertise of criminal defense lawyers, and promoting the protection of individual rights and due process. We are affiliated with the professional chapter and provide a a mentorship program with criminal defense attorneys in the Madison community.

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