Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association is an all-purpose service organization through which the student becomes an integral part of College of Law. Through the elected class representatives, every individual has an active voice in matters concerning the College of Law. The organization also sponsors both social and academic activities.
In addition to the Student Bar Association, other student organizations include:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
American Constitution Society
Black Law Students Association
Criminal Justice Society
Delta Theta Phi
Environmental Law Society
Homeland Security & Immigration Law Society
No Holds Bar Review
Public Interest Law Association
The University of Toledo Law Review is a scholarly student-edited publication devoted to the discussion of current legal issues. Published quarterly, the Law Review contains articles by legal scholars and practitioners, comments by students on new developments in the law, and discussions by students of recent noteworthy cases.
First-year members of Law Review have the opportunity to write an article for potential publication and assist in the technical editing process for articles selected for publication. Second-year editors contribute to Law Review in the many roles that it takes to produce the journal, from author solicitation to reviewing the final product. Working for Law Review helps students to further refine the research and writing skills they’ll need in their legal careers.
The College of Law’s Moot Court Program gives upper-level students the opportunity to practice their written and oral advocacy skills. Student participants travel to competitions throughout the country to test their skills against students from other law schools. The Moot Court Program includes teams devoted to labor law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, business law, environmental law, and international law.
Moot Court students also coordinate the annual Charles W. Fornoff Moot Court Competition. This competition showcases the advocacy talents of College of Law students and culminates with a final round each fall that is open to the public and often watched by the entire student body. Fornoff final round panels frequently include federal judges and state supreme court justices, who evaluate the skills of the student finalists and give useful feedback.
Trial Advocacy Team
The College of Law also fields a Trial Advocacy Team. As members of the Trial Advocacy Team, students prepare and compete in trial competitions against law schools throughout the country. At trial, they litigate as either plaintiff or defense counsel and gain exposure to every facet of a trial — from arguing pretrial motions and evidentiary issues to giving opening and closing arguments to performing direct and cross examinations of numerous witnesses. Each competition is judged by a sitting judge and a panel of jurors, consisting of practicing attorneys.
With the help of dedicated faculty coaches, students who participate in the Moot Court Program or the Trial Advocacy Team learn and practice advocacy skills that will help them throughout their careers.