The Importance of Student Organizations

sl0012Student organizations enrich a law student’s experience.  Whether it is bringing in practitioners to discuss the practice of law or bringing in scholars to debate important legal issues, student organizations—and the events they sponsor—help law students think about the law.  To be successful and to produce successful lawyers, a law school should encourage students to think about the law outside the classroom.  It is outside the classroom where a student may pursue the law in more depth and choose a topic that is important and interesting to him or her.

Joining a student organization is a great way for a student to get involved while at Marquette Law School.  Joining gives a student the opportunity to become friends with other students who have similar interests, and it is a great way to meet lawyers and scholars in your field of interest.  In other words, it is a great way to network, which is so critical to becoming a successful lawyer.  Taking on a leadership role within a student organization gives students the opportunity to become leaders and earn the respect of their peers and professors.

While student organizations are only as good as the students who participate, professors are an essential part of ensuring that student organizations are successful.  Professors can provide institutional knowledge, make event suggestions, and help develop the organization.  Without a professor willing to help provide some continuity from year to year, a student organization will likely come and go.

In short, a student organization is an important part of law school and now is a great time to get involved.  Either contact the current leadership of an organization that interests you or become the leadership if the organization does not currently have any leaders.

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