Pre-Law Program at Miami University
If you are interested in law, consider joining a law-related student organization. For more information about each of these organizations, please contact Student Activities and Leadership.
Amicus Curiae, 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, but later chartered a Pre-Law 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. Amicus Curiae organizes seminars and workshops on law school and legal practice, law school trips, community service projects, LSAT study groups, and social events for its members and members of other law-related organizations.
Mock Trial Team
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 press release for the 2013 national competition.]
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.
Delta Sigma Rho Forensic Society
Delta Sigma Rho is the Miami Forensics program. It features both a speech team and a debate team that travel to tournaments on collegiate campuses. The speech team competes in various events including extemporaneous speaking, performance, duets, and more. The debate team competes in collegiate policy debate where two debaters compete against two other debaters. On campus Delta Sigma Rho runs the Audience Debate Forums that are vital to the COM135 class required for business majors.