Service-Oriented Student Organizations
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 D.C.-area organizations.) Some of these organizations run annual service events. Others provide long-term opportunities for community service. Some of the student groups at Georgetown Law that facilitate student volunteerism are listed below.
The Georgetown Law Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) is a student run organization founded in 1986. The goal of EJF is to provide funding for students who spend their summer working at unpaid government or non-profit internships. Since 2006, EJF's efforts have been matched by the school administration to provide guaranteed funding for all Georgetown Law students completing unpaid public-interest internships during their law school summers.
Georgetown Outreach focuses on getting students off campus and into the community by participating in a variety of community service projects throughout Washington, D.C. Past service projects have included activities such as volunteering in local homeless shelters, soup kitchens and public schools, or planting trees in local parks.
Each semester, Georgetown's Habitat for Humanity chapter organizes approximately two "build" days. These trips provide Law Center students the opportunity to get off campus and provide non-legal assistance to low-income families in the D.C. community. Habitat also coordinates week-long Spring Break Service Trips annually.
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. To date, the annual Home Court game has raised over $5 million for charity.
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 including Eritrea, Iraq and Nepal.
Georgetown Youth Advocacy Project
Each year, GYA holds various events for students interest in working in youth/children's advocacy. GYA also puts together mentoring pairs for clients in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and collects school supplies from the Law Center community for low-income children in the District.
Georgetown Human Rights Action - Amnesty International (GHRA-AI)
GHRA-AI works to increase awareness within the Georgetown community of human rights violations around the globe. The group has organized teleconferences with Guantanamo detainees and held events commemorating the beginning of the Iraq War and other military actions. Additionally, the group sends students on fact-finding missions to foreign countries like Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti and Jordan to research the human rights implications of different government policies.
SALDF holds events to educate the Georgetown Law about animal rights and legal issues relating to animal welfare. Their events include meetings and symposia with experts in the field of animal rights (and are usually accompanied with delicious vegan fare!).