Amicus Curiae, the student pre-law society, is a pre-professional organization for students interested in the practice of law. Amicus Curiae was originally chartered on Miami's campus in the 1960s. Although the organization later chartered a chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Law Fraternity in 2001, in 2009, the organization reverted to its previous name and is no longer affiliated with PAD. For its members and members of other law-related organizations, Amicus Curiae organizes:
- seminars and workshops on law school and legal practice
- law school trips
- community service projects
- LSAT study groups
- social events
National Black Law Students Association
Miami University's National Black Law Students Association (MU-NBLSA) Pre-Law Chapter is an organization for any and every student interested in law school, typically attracting students of color. Students worked to charter the chapter in the spring of 2015. The goal is to advocate for students interested in law school and provide them with opportunities and resources to which they may not have access. Some of the activities that the NBLSA has sponsored or organized are:
- law school visits
- guest lectures
- pre-professional panels
- admission counselor and/or law professor visits to campus
- Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Forum trips
- academic workshops with Rinella Learning Center
The chapter is always open to new members and ideas. Please reach out to the MU-NBLSA Pre-Law Chapter via the Executive Board/Primary Contact listed.
Lex Latinx SocietyOpen to all students, the Lex Latinx Society is Miami's first Latinx pre-professional organization. Encouraging and supporting Latinx individuals entering the legal field, we provide guidance and opportunities to students interested in the legal field. Through networking, outreach activities, and workshops, we give students the guidance necessary with preparing for and facing the law school application, acceptance, and financial aid process.
Women in Law
Women in Law seek to build a vibrant and supportive community for women in law during their time at Miami and beyond, bolster women in pursuit of their professional and personal goals, and empower women with academic resources, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.
Ohio Innocence Project-u
Ohio Innocence Project-u (OIP-u) is Ohio’s collegiate network of innocence advocates. Its mission is to gain awareness for wrongful convictions all over the country, and specifically in Ohio.
The Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) is Ohio's branch of the Innocence Project. It is based at the University of Cincinnati's College of Law. Its work has led to the release of over 30 wrongfully convicted Ohioans, who collectively served roughly 650 years behind bars. That makes OIP one of the top-performing members of the International Innocence Network. OIP is a non-profit, bipartisan organization whose goal is to raise money and recognition for the cause. Learn more about OIP on their website.
For updates on OIP-u, follow @mu_oipu on Instagram, and request membership information on the Hub!
MU Speech and DebateThrough competition and various speaking events, MU Speech and Debate helps students chisel out and strengthen their skills in many fields, including critical thinking, research, advocacy, persuasion, and leadership. The communication skills that students attain throughout MUSD can be carried on through the rest of their careers past their undergraduate degree and throughout the rest of their lives. Our goals for the team include, encouraging students to research and accept different viewpoints, developing communication abilities, and empowering students to become leaders in their communities.
Mock Trial Team
Miami Mock Trial is an intercollegiate competition among schools across the country. At the beginning of each year, teams are given a fictional legal case, complete with witness affidavits and applicable case law. According to the American Mock Trial Association, through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. Miami's team has done very well over the years, winning both regional and national competitions. Read the May 2018 Miami press release Miami Mock Trial wins National Championship.
Associated Student Government
The Associated Student Government, like our federal government, has a three-branch structure. The executive branch consists of the Student Body President and Executive Council. The legislative branch, chaired by the Executive Vice President, consists of the Student Senate, a body of 49 elected student representatives. The judicial branch, Student Court, consists of 15 justices who act as student advocates, and as jurors for non-suspendable disciplinary cases.