Student Organizations

Amicus Curiae

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.

4th Annual Mockhawk Tournament

Mockhawk Tourney trophies

On December 16, 2018 the James Lewis Family Miami University Mock Trial Program (MMT) welcomed hundreds of Ohio high school students and 20 mock trial teams to Oxford for the 4th Annual Mockhawk Tournament.

Mock Trial Team

Miami A's Plaintiff table in their round one battle against USC (Vanderbilt University's Grand Ole Tournament, November 2016)
Left to right: Allie Cin, Imokhai Okolo, Dani Kunkel, Ryan Rugani

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.