Both Georgetown Law and the greater D.C. area have numerous organizations devoted to service. Those groups at Georgetown which enable student-led volunteerism are listed below. (See Local Partners for a list of DC-area organizations.) Some of these organizations run annual service events. Other provide long-term opportunities for community service:
The Georgetown Law Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) is a student run organization that was started in 1986. The goal of the organization was, and continues to be, to provide summer funding for students who would otherwise be unable to engage in public interest work. Since 2006, its efforts have been matched by the school administration to provide guaranteed funding for all Georgetown Law students completing public interest internships during their summers.
Outreach gets students away from campus and into the community by participating in a variety of exciting projects throughout Washington, D.C. Service projects provide students with the opportunity to volunteer in homeless shelters, soup kitchens and public schools.
Each semester, the Habitat for Humanity group on campus organizes approximately two build days. These trips provide students in the Law Center community the opportunity to get off campus for a bit and help out in the greater community in a non-legal way. Habitat also coordinates a trip to North Carolina each spring break for a weeklong building trip.
Home Court is an annual charity basketball game between Members of Congress and Georgetown Law faculty to benefit the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Refugee Assistance Program
The Refugee Assistance Program partners with the International Rescue Committee to mentor recent asylees to the United States. In recent years, Georgetown students have worked with individuals and families from countries such as Eritrea, Iraq and Nepal.
Georgetown Youth Advocacy Project
Each year, this group holds various events for those students interest in working in youth/children's advocacy. They also put together mentoring pairs for clients in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and they collect school supplies from the Law Center community for at-risk children.
Georgetown Human Rights Action - Amnesty International (GHRA-AI)
GHRA-AI increases awareness within the Georgetown community of human rights violations around the globe. The group has helped to hold teleconferences with Guantanamo detainees and held events commemorating the beginning of the Iraq War. Additionally, the group sends students on fact-finding missions to foreign countries to research the human rights implications of different policies; students have gone to Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti and Jordan.
SALDF holds events to educate the law school community about animal rights and legal issues surrounding animal welfare. Their events include meetings and symposia with experts who work in the animal legal rights field. And, of course, there is always delicious vegan food for those attending the meetings.