392 students. 44 organizations. According to my calculations (I was an English major), that makes one organization for every 8.91 students. And that’s not even counting our four journals, six clinics, WLUR (our campus radio station) or the class representatives to our Student Bar Association. That’s a number that might even rival our vaunted 9.52:1 student-to faculty ratio or average upper-level class size of 22.
This afternoon marks the occasion of our annual Organizations and Activities Fair, and every year I’m impressed by the staggering number of ways in which our students can get involved. This is certainly not a law school where you drift through your three years on campus, and there’s no better example of this reality than the considerable array of student groups at our law school.
Admittedly, it’s pretty easy to start your own organization at W&L Law. All it really takes is five minutes, a brief form and a semester, and your group is eligible for formal recognition from the Student Bar Association (SBA). In fact, during my time on the SBA, I can remember briefly discussing the possibility of a moratorium on the creation of organizations. After all, the budget hearing process took no less than three very long evenings, and we did have cases to read. And that was five years ago, and there were only thirty or so organizations. In retrospect, I’m so glad we didn’t. There’s something so very W&L about the almost shocking number of student organizations we have relative to the size of our student body. It is, in some ways, what attending our law school is all about.
Just consider some of the groups that will likely be at this afternoon’s fair: Epicurean Society, Health Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Outlaw, Black Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association and Honor Advocates (to name a few). There’s seemingly something for everybody, and if not, I guess you could always start your own group.
For a more comprehensive listing of our many campus organizations, click here.