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 Emory Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Society is one of Emory's premier practice society focusing on the three main areas on modern day dispute resolution: Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration. All students at Emory Law have the opportunity to compete on one of our teams in ABA Regional and National competitions.

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 purpose of this organization is to generate genuine student-interest in the field of bankruptcy and establish a network between Emory law students and bankruptcy practitioners.

As a practice society at Emory Law, we have several events throughout the year to allow students to learn what it's like to be a family, child or elder law attorney. These include panels by prominent attorneys in Atlanta and a brownbag lunch. 

The Civil Litigation Law Society aims to foster robust dialogue about the developments in litigation practice to enhance students’ competitiveness in the practice of litigation and their ability to shape the future of litigation.

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 & Media Law Society connects current Emory law students with with practicing media law attorneys. It serves as a forum for people with interests such as: newsgathering, privacy, telecommunications, digital and broadcast media and the entertainment industry.

As the largest practice group society at Emory Law, we are dedicated to helping you find out more about practice of corporate law, as well as transactional law in general. 

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 Criminal Law Society culture.

The Environmental Law and Conservation Society (ELCS) 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. The society emphasizes educational enrichment and hands-on experience in environmental conservation, helping students network with practitioners, learn about current environmental legal issues, and volunteer in the Atlanta community.

The Health Law Society was created to inform and enrich Emory Law students' understanding of the possibilities and opportunities for a career in health care law.

The Immigration Law Practice Society aims to promote immigration law dialogue, practice, policy, and scholarship at Emory Law School. Our purpose is to create opportunities for students interested in immigration law to interact with faculty, practitioners, judges, and community organizations in the field. The Immigration Law Society organizes and presents programming related to careers in immigration law and inform students of networking and career development opportunities.

The International 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 Emory Law Intellectual Property (IP) Society educates students about the various opportunities available in the area of intellectual property law. The IP Society holds a number of events throughout the school year and connects students with intellectual property practitioners.

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The mission of SELS is to connect the Emory Law community with the Sports and Entertainment legal and non-legal community foster career opportunities and build relationships amongst individuals who share similar professional interests.

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