The Federalist Society is founded on three core principles:
- The state exists to preserve freedom.
- The separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution.
- It is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
The Society consists of a Student Division, to which the Yale Law School chapter belongs, as well as a Lawyers Division and a Faculty Division. For more information about the national organization, visit the Federalist Society website.
The Federalist Society planted its flag at Yale Law School in 1982, founding the flagship chapter here. Since then, the chapter has varied in size and vitality, but recent years have seen an explosion of student interest, making FedSoc one of the most vibrant and active student organizations at YLS. We endeavor to provide conservative and libertarian programming that balances the law school's left-liberal–oriented curriculum and enriches its intellectual atmosphere.
We invite you to learn more about us from past and current members. And be sure to check out our testimonial, "Yale Federalist Society: Lawyering Up Right," on the Yale Law School website.