Practice Societies

Develop your expertise early in the game by joining any of Emory Law’s 20 Practice Societies. These organizations combine faculty, student leaders, key alumni, and career strategy advisors to plan networking and professional development events focused around specific practice areas. Active participation in societies will help you bridge the academic realm and the real world of practice.

The Banking and Financial Institutions Law Society prepares students for careers in banking and finance, advising them on everything from classes to internships to jobs. Through contact with banking and finance professionals, including regulators, the society seeks to provide hard skills that students can use in their careers. Through educational events, students enter their internships and jobs with exposure to financial statements and language.

Members play an active role in organizing events, meeting practitioners, and getting to know members of the school administration as they forge meaningful relationships that will enhance their careers.

The Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Law Society fosters the professional development of students interested in the practice area as a career. Society members coordinate networking events to promote collaboration between students and bankruptcy practitioners in the Atlanta legal community. Faculty and upper-level law students also advise members on tailoring their academic experience at Emory Law to graduate with a strong foundation in bankruptcy law. Students of all interest levels are welcome.

Members gain valuable exposure to a cutting-edge area of law that is also relevant and useful to broader areas of practice. The society focuses on creating mentor relationships, partnering with practitioners for CLE assistance, preparaing for OCI, and bringing guest speakers to Emory Law.

The Child and Family Law Society engages students interested in learning more about this dynamic practice area, which includes child custody disputes, contested and non-contested divorces, alimony, child support, and child advocacy.

Members interact with the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law and learn more about opportunities associated with it. The Barton Center's three in-house legal clinics afford students a unique opportunity to integrate legal theory with law practice in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.

Since the practice of family and child law is most commonly associated with boutique firms, society members have the opportunity to meet professionals in the field and establish relationships with them.

The Civil Litigation Law Society fosters relationships between students, faculty, and practicing members of the trial bar. Members plan and participate in events providing exposure to the inner workings of civil disputes and the benefits of the American adversarial system. Society forums facilitate discourse of recent trends in litigation, promote the growth and development of young members, and excite interest in conflict resolution. Social events will stimulate new relationships between students and practitioners, cultivate and deepen existing relationships between faculty and practitioners, and catalyze fresh ideas in anticipation of the society's positive impact on future trends.

The Civil Rights Law Society focuses on the fundamental rights guaranteed to every US citizen regardless of race, religion, sex, age, or disability. Attorneys who are drawn to the practice of civil rights law have a passion for defending the Constitution and ensuring their clients' rights are protected.

The Communications and Media Law Society provides interested students with the opportunity to learn more about this industry practice area, which deals with matters including first amendment rights and intellectual property. The society connects students with communications and media lawyers working at law firms, in-house and with federal regulatory agencies.

Practice society members will have numerous networking opportunities outside of the law school, taking advantage of the major media outlets headquartered in Atlanta, including Turner Broadcasting, CNN and Cox Communications. The society also aims to educate students about the various career avenues in the field of communications and media law.

The Emory Corporate and Business Law Society (ECBLS) invites Emory Law students to explore in greater depth issues relating to both business and the law in many different ways. The popularity of Emory's Transactional Law program demonstrates the strong interest among the law student body in business and corporate law, and this group seeks to expand those horizons.

The society sponsors a professional Deal Talk speaker series and a transactional alumni networking event to bring together law students, professors, alumni, and other business professionals.

The Criminal Law Society brings together students and a team of faculty, staff, and alumni advisors to promote the professional development of law students interested in criminal law practice. Society members rub shoulders with prosecutors, public defenders, and private criminal defense attorneys to learn what day-to-day life is like in the world of criminal law. Society members help plan and participate in events providing exposure to the inner workings of the criminal courts. Members of the society learn from fellow law students the ins and outs of preparing effectively for a career at the criminal law bar.  Upper-level students with a clear, demonstrated interest in criminal law practice may request to be paired with an experienced practitioner to advise them on professional development and job search strategies. But the Criminal Law Society is not all work-related. Society members enjoy the company of fellow students who share a sincere interest in criminal law practice, and informal social events are an integral part of the CLS culture.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Society is dedicated to informing Emory's student body of the benefits of arbitration, mediation, negotiation, and other alternatives to the process of litigation. As we all know, most cases today are settled outside of the courtroom. ADR seeks to provide students with the tools necessary to settle disputes without going before a judge. Most of us, as the future lawyers of America, will be required to participate in one or more of the various ADR practices. We want to make sure that the students of Emory Law are prepared to deal with this when the get into the job market. We also want to make sure that students know the potential for careers in the ADR market. Through competitions, guest lectures, and group meetings, we will continue to educate the student body. All students are encouraged to participate in our organization because ADR will be relevant in all of our future legal careers.

EPIC was formed in 1989 by students committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory students. EPIC has successfully undertaken a major fundraising effort that has provided summer grants for students who accept volunteer positions or clerkships in public interest organizations. Learn more »

The Environmental Law and Conservation Society works to foster the role of environmental law as a comprehensive practice area for careers ranging from government employment and public interest work to industry representation. While career development is integral to the ELCS programming, the society also emphasizes educational enrichment and hands-on experience in environmental conservation.

Society members network with practitioners, learn about current environmental legal issues, volunteer in the Atlanta community (sometimes with practitioners), and enjoy outings in the beautiful Georgia outdoors with other law students and alumni.

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The Health Law Practice Society promotes discussion among students, faculty, and practicing attorneys about the multitude of issues that lie at the complex intersection of health and law. This expansive area of law encompasses practice areas including food and drug law, medical malpractice law, health policy, bioethics, Medicare/Medicaid law, and others. The society is committed to educating students about the many different career opportunities available in the field through summer internship advice panels, expert speakers, and networking events.

Members gain valuable information about recommended educational and career development as well as future career opportunities. Participation in the society includes opportunities for interactions with practitioners at speaker events and panels, leading events, networking with other students interested in health law and public health law, and a weekly digest of health law-related events and news stories.

The Emory Immigration Law Society's mission is to introduce students to the different areas of immigration within the law, as well as keep students informed on the changes and recent developments of immigration law. EILS aims to create events that keep everyone involved in a dialogue of immigration law. By coming together and interacting with alumni, students, staff, and faculty, EILS hopes to voice and entertain all view points on immigration law and give members the opportunity to be engaged in conversation about the state of immigration law today. Besides academic discourse, EILS also hopes to expose members to the different career paths that involve and intersect with immigration law, whether it be nonprofit, family, or corporate. Furthermore as a group we hope to have outreach with different immigration communities within the Atlanta area that are in need.

The Intellectual Property Law Society serves as a group for students interested in intellectual property and related technological and artistic legal topics. Drawing on the breadth of talent from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and practitioners, the society provides members with the knowledge and tools required to practice in this rapidly developing field.

The IP Society also serves as the conduit for students to learn about opportunities for internships, part-time and full-time work, writing competitions, scholarship opportunities, conferences, and career fairs focused around intellectual property.

Through carefully planned events, members enjoy meaningful interaction with leaders in different IP practice areas, learning about their day-to-day work, and staying informed of developments and trends in the field. The IP Society also offers interested students support with course selection, field placements, resume writing, interviewing for IP jobs, and preparing for the Patent Bar. In the end, IP Society members are able to discern their interests and build an effective career path within intellectual property law.

The International and Comparative Law Society focuses on the range of practices engaged in the international arena, including representing corporate clients with counseling, communications via telephone and e-mail, developing strategies, advice on US laws and regulations, administrative hearings, and court. 

The Labor and Employment Law Society seeks to expose students to the practice through activities including interactions with practitioners and relevant topical events. Students will enrich their knowledge of labor and employment law and interact with like-minded students. The society welcomes any student with an interest in labor and employment law to explore this nuanced and ever-evolving area of law.

The Military and National Security Law Society strives to create an effective, non-partisian forum for informed disclosure on US national security policy and foreign affairs. The Emory chapter also includes issues surrounding counter-terrorism.

Students interested in practicing real estate law, or a general career in real estate, will find many opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the practice.

The society provides members with networking opportunities outside of the law school and educates them about the avenues for networking in the field of real estate. Panel events focus on specific areas of real estate.

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is the only organization at Emory Law that focuses on the issues that drive the sports and entertainment industries. The society's mission is to provide the Emory Law community with issue-based events, where influential and accomplished professionals shed light on hot-button topics that affect the sports and entertainment industries; career-based programming; networking opportunities; and social events in the Atlanta area.

The Tax Law Society connects current students with alumni and other professionals (including non-legal roles in Big 4 accounting firms) to help them explore the wide range of available career paths. The society coalesces pertinent information and resources by highly qualified faculty, career search professionals, and administration for interested students.

Members plan and attend educational panels that help them meet and learn from experienced tax professionals. Extracurricular opportunities in tax law include writing and oral advocacy competitions, networking with the tax divisions of the ABA, GA Bar, and Atlanta Bar, and one-on-one interactions with current tax professionals through monthly "Coffee Talks." Alumni, faculty, and upperclassmen provide guidance with tax courses and post-JD opportunities in the tax field (LLM in Taxation).