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Students in Action

The campus is an active hub of student involvement in many ways. The student-run Journal of Law and Policy is a scholarly journal of analysis and commentary whose mission is to promote the debate of law-related issues and public policy through the publication of articles written by legal scholars, law students, and distinguished members of the legal and policymaking communities.

Many of the Law School’s student organizations are dedicated to public service, have a public interest or government component, or provide pro bono work opportunities, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI); Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO);  Legal Association for Women; Law Students for Veterans Rights; OutLaws; Student Animal Legal Defense Fund; Unemployment Action Center, and the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice Mentoring Program.

Public Service Events Highlight

Each spring brings one of the most popular school-wide events. Hundreds of students, faculty, and friends gather in Prospect Park for Race Judicata, an annual 5K run/walk sponsored by the Student Bar Association that raises funds for the Urban Assembly High School for Law and Justice, whose students are mentored by BLS students.

Also in the spring is the annual Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) Auction, an exciting event where funds are raised to support summer fellowships at public interest organizations.

The Law School values its students’ commitment to pro bono legal work and each year, the BLS Annual Public Service Award is presented to select students who have volunteered over 1,000 hours of their time. The Faculty Public Service Award goes to students of exceptionally high achievement whose pro bono work has had an extraordinary impact.