Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Asian Pacific American law students by educating the community about Asian Pacific American issues, providing a network with the legal profession and the community at large, and providing a forum to discuss Asian Pacific American topics. Our organization strives to raise awareness and keep our members informed of legal issues surrounding the Asian Pacific community by inviting guest speakers, volunteering, and raising funds for international charities through organizing fundraisers, such as the famous campus chili contest and campus food sales.
Association of Women Law Students
The Association of Women Law Students (AWLS) is among the largest and most active student organizations on campus. Our mission is to promote the awareness of the advantages and disadvantages women may encounter in the legal profession, support the advancement of women in the legal profession, and serve the community in which we live. Membership is open to any law student who supports the goals of the organization. As part of our mission, the association hosts speakers on issues unique to women in the field of law, offers scholarship opportunities for women, and sponsors networking opportunities to promote interaction between its members and legal professionals. Members of the association receive exclusive benefits including access to the AWLS outline bank, the opportunity to participate in the association’s mentor-mentee program, and the opportunity to be selected for a 3L bar scholarship. Each fall, the association hosts an annual 5K in remembrance of one of our members, Lauren Giddings. In addition, each spring the association hosts its annual charity gala and auction where students and faculty members place live and silent bids on items ranging from dinner with your favorite professor, to a weekend beach getaway, to VIP parking at the law school.
Learn More: Follow AWLS on Instagram @mercerawls or visit their website.
Mercer Law BearCare (MLBC) is a low-commitment organization that strives to promote student mental and physical health for all Mercer Law School students. Through holding regular activities, such as yoga, volunteer days, and more, students will have the opportunity to improve their mental and physical well-being that will prove useful in their professional lives and to network and interact with fellow students. In partnership with the Student Bar Association, BearCare hosts a Wellness Week each semester. Wellness Week consists of chair massages, therapy dogs, professionally led workout classes, self-care workshops, and more. BearCare also provides an introduction to the Georgia Bar Association’s Lawyers Living Well program. BearCare’s goal is to equip law students with tools to help them excel in their careers in good health and feeling whole. Follow BearCare on Instagram @mercerlawbearcare
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is one of the largest and most active organizations on Mercer Law School’s campus. The Mercer BLSA chapter is affiliated with the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and the Southern Region Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA). Our participation in various activities keeps BLSA highly visible within the law school and the community. Working to benefit its membership, the entire student body, and the community at large, the organization sponsors such events as Minority Orientation for incoming students; academic programming and support for all class years; a Book Swap and participation in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. BLSA’s community outreach initiatives include: feeding the homeless at a local church, clothing and food drives, mentoring students at an after school program and sponsoring blood and health awareness drives. The organization has brought to the law school community prominent speakers such as the Honorable Judge M. Yvette Miller, Virgil Adams, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society at Mercer Law exists for students interested in sharing life and the law school experience with each other. We know that our spiritual lives and our lives at law school are not separate and we hope to help you find your purpose here. We are glad to share this experience with you and hope to reflect the love of Jesus in all that we do.
Fellowship of Adolescent Mentors
Fellowship of Adolescent Mentors (F.A.M.) strives to build solid foundations for underprivileged youth in Macon through fundraising, mentoring, and volunteer projects. All of the organization's fundraising efforts go directly to the Macon community. Children are our future, and F.A.M. wants to ensure our future leaders have the necessary resources to meet their full potential and achieve greatness.
Environmental Law Society
The Mercer Environmental Law Society (ELS) is an organization dedicated to community outreach, volunteerism, education, and environmental law related issues. ELS provide an opportunity for students to volunteer, attend conferences on environmental law, and to learn from speakers about the upcoming field of environmental law.
Hispanic Law Student Association
The Hispanic Law Student Organization (HLSA) is an organization that seeks to provide a variety of educational experiences that will encourage organization members and the student body to broaden their knowledge of Hispanic culture through conferences, special events, and other networking opportunities. Membership is open to any law student that is interested in the Hispanic culture and issues. HLSA objective is to create a diverse and supportive, learning, working, and living environment in which Hispanic students, as well as the Law School community, can discover and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic cultural heritage and the issues that face Hispanics residing in the United States.
Historians in Law School
Historians in Law School (HILS) is for law students at Mercer who are interested in history. This group seeks to provide an outlet for history conscious students to engage in the subject with their fellow students, faculty, and community members. We recognize the importance of history to the law and a legal education and we aim to maintain an awareness of history within the student body at Mercer Law. We gather to casually discuss predetermined topics, led by fellow students, and we also bring speakers to the school to discuss their own research and topics of interest related to history.
Immigration Law Society
MILS is a student organization at Mercer Law School focused on creating a space for students interested in pursuing immigration law or advocacy.
International Law Student Association
The International Law Student Association aims to promote awareness, study, and understanding of international law and related issues. Through its events and involvement on campus and throughout the community, ILSA seeks to encourage communication, cooperation, and exchange between students, professionals, and others interested in the vast world of international law. Our diverse membership contributes to our ability as an organization to generate a general awareness of international law and its impacts on society, as well as to facilitate the establishment and growth of a network of professionals and students interested in international law. ILSA encourages student participation in the Jessup Cup International Law Moot Court Competition and has sponsored numerous and varied activities on campus, ranging from speaking engagements to professional development sessions to cultural awareness activities. The organization has brought to campus such distinguished speakers as a leading expert on human trafficking, the director of the Georgia ACLU’s National Security and Immigration Project, senior members of the national intelligence community, and leading Islamic law scholars. ILSA has also been involved in locally-sponsored cultural awareness activities, most notably the International Cherry Blossom Festival held in downtown Macon.
Joshua's Wish Committee was created to coordinate with the Joshua's Wish Charity founded by Mercer Law School staff member, Labrina Solomon. We work to raise funds to raise awareness and find the cure for childhood brain cancer (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).
Legal Aid Volunteer Organization
The Mercer Legal Aid Volunteer Association (LAVA) seeks to promote the integrity of our community's justice system by endeavoring to ensure that all those who require legal representation have meaningful access to it.
Mercer Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Mercer Animal Legal Defense Fund is a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund found at aldf.org. We share the mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Our goal is to raise awareness of the growing national movement towards recognizing the important body of law known as animal law, as well as support our local rescues through volunteering and fundraising.
Mercer Association of Veteran Students
Mission Statement: “To serve those who have sacrificed so much”
The Mercer Association of Veteran Students (MAVS) serves the community of Veterans at Mercer Law. Keeping in mind always the immeasurable sacrifices of so many service members, their families, and even their friends, we continually strive to build supportive relationships between and provide outreach to those persons within the Mercer community and abroad. We are comprised of members of the armed forces, former policemen and firefighters, and their families and friends.
Mercer Law Criminal Defense Association
"Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument."
The Mercer Law Criminal Defense Association seeks to inspire, develop, and mentor Mercer Law students who aspire to become criminal defense attorneys by hosting renowned speakers, conducting trial skills workshops, and establishing a mentorship program with state and national criminal defense organizations. The ultimate goal of our organization is to promote equal justice for all.
Mercer Federalist Society
Mercer Health Law Society
Mercer Health Law Society is an organization providing a forum for students interested in the healthcare system and how it intersects with the law. The organization works to promote the discussion of hot topics within healthcare, create awareness throughout the student body of community health-related issues, and to provide students with information on the legal system and how it changes, governs, and stabilizes the physician and patient relationship. The organization is open to all students and views, and provides students with opportunities to interact and engage the community on health law issues.
Mercer Law Democrats
The Mercer Law Democrats support the philosophies and platform of the Democratic party. To this end, it is the goal of the Mercer Law Democrats to support all efforts to increase student participation in Democratic affairs. In doing so, this organization seeks to 1) educate its members and the student body as a whole about the philosophy of the Democratic Party; 2) assist in the election of local, state, and national Democratic candidates; and 3) affect political change on the local, state, and national level. Open to any student who has the best interests of the Mercer Democrats and the Democratic Party at heart, the Mercer Law Democrats are reorganized and reenergized to bring an intentional focus to the political process and issues facing all students, regardless of party affiliation.
Mercer Law Republicans
To promote Republican and conservative principles among the Mercer University School of Law study body and the community at large. To foster American values of good citizenship, political participation, and political literacy. To work with all members of the Mercer community in order to advance discourse and respect for our country’s rich history and each other. To serve. To aid in the organization and election of Republican candidates at all levels of government.Join today for just $25! Visit our Facebook page here.
Mercer National Security Law Association
Mercer’s National Security Law Society (NSLS) is a non-partisan organization that welcomes persons of all backgrounds to engage in discourse on national security. In order to foster interest and understanding of the host of legal issues arising out of the national security field and its many sub-sects, NSLS sponsors guest speakers who are distinguished scholars or practitioners in the field; aids members in their pursuit of careers in national security through collaboration with other student organizations and Career Services; and aspires to contribute to the development of national security law. Last year’s events included: In Fall 2012, NSLS co-sponsored a lunch lecture and Q & A with Department of Defense attorney Jon Simpson. In Spring 2013, NSLS sponsored an afternoon lecture and Q & A with retired Central Intelligence Agency counsel Fred Manget. NSLS also engaged in a care-package drive for soldiers deploying from Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Mercer Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA)
The Mercer Trial Lawyers Association is a club that allows students to gain insight into the current state of trial practice through guest speakers, networking events, and scholarship opportunities. MTLA members have had the opportunity to meet with judges and attorneys all across the southeast in the effort to fully understand the intricacies of today's trial practice. MTLA works closely with the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association in efforts to educate and provide opportunities for current law students.
OUTLaw is Mercer Law's LGBTQIA student alliance. We use education and outreach efforts to improve inclusion and diversity at Mercer Law and in the legal field. In addition, members participate in networking events, informational panels, service initiatives and mentoring programs.
Older Wiser Law Students
Older, Wiser Law Students (OWLS) is an organization endeavoring to support to all law students, but especially students who are married, beginning their second career, or separated geographically from their family. OWLS assists members in using previous career skills and life experiences when applying for legal jobs. OWLS provides peer advice and support for both academic and social aspects of law school. OWLS encourages students of all backgrounds to join and create community among one another. Finding a community in law school is a tricky balance, but OWLS know how to nest. We hope to see you at our events!
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is among the largest and most active organization on campus. PAD is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. PAD strives to further this community by providing a professional, academic, and social venue for students to interact and further their education together. Our on campus activities range from the Mercer Law Talent Show to Time Management Seminars, Exam Prep Seminars, and Karaoke Nights. Membership is open to any law student who supports the goals of the organization and is not a member of any other legal fraternity. Membership in PAD extends beyond law school and creates commonalities among PAD alumni all over the country. As the largest legal fraternity, our alumni network is extensive and gives students an opportunity to share a common activity with potential employers and mentors. Bound together by tradition and our common interest in the law, we share these core values: Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation.
Phi Delta Phi
Founded in 1869, Phi Delta Phi is the first professional Society in the United States and is one of the oldest professional organizations in the Western Hemisphere. Phi Delta Phi pre-dates all other societies including the American Bar Association. Phi Delta Phi has chartered chapters - called Inns - at laws schools in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Poland and Germany. Phi Delta Phi has initiated in excess of 200,000 members since its founding in 1869. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, bar association presidents, Association of American Law School presidents and law school Deans are from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than any other legal Society. From 2001 to 2003, the Chief Justices of the Supreme Courts of Canada, Mexico and the United States were Phi Delta Phis. Additionally, Phi Delta Phi has more international chapters than any other law Society having chartered its first international Inn in 1896, several years before any other law Society was founded. To be eligible to become a member of Phi Delta Phi, a student must be a member of the Mercer Law Review, Mercer Advocacy Team, or rank in the top third of their class. Annually, Phi Delta Phi publishes the annual "Law Dogs" calendars, hosts a school-wide corn hole tournament, and the Rehberg golf tournament.
Real Estate Law Society
The Real Estate Society advocates for the advancement of real estate law opportunities throughout the state of Georgia and the local community. The Society hosts speaking events which feature community leaders, attorneys, and organizations that works with real estate attorneys to address legal issues pertaining to real estate conveyances. The Real Estate Society focuses on raising awareness of real estate law practice and providing networking opportunities for its members.
Second Amendment Society
The mission of the Second Amendment Society (SAS) is to preserve the Second Amendment and raise awareness at Mercer Law about issues related to the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. SAS has numerous events including range days, self-defense and gun safety classes, member only shooting events and an annual charity skeet shoot.
Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association (SBA), consisting of every member of the student body, is the student government and umbrella organization for all student organizations at Mercer Law. The SBA Board of Governors serves as the primary avenue of communication between law students, law school student organizations, Mercer's administration, the Macon Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, and the American Bar Association. The SBA Board of Governors consists of class representatives and appointed students who serve on student and faculty law school committees and who sponsor social activities, speakers, and community service events.