Founded here at Cal in 2005, SAN has done nothing but strive for professionalism, excellence, and knowledge of the law since. These core values of SAN have guided our members down diverse and prosperous career paths, including law, finance, journalism, and public policy. Our alumni have held positions at Bain & Co., Ernst & Young, and Fenwick & West, and have attended law schools at Harvard, Stanford, and NYU. You too can grasp the tools for success under our direction and support network.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
During your pledging period in Sigma Alpha Nu, you will learn a variety of career and life skill sets including, but not limited to: professionalism, leadership, and time management. You will learn to polish your basic professional skills, such as interviewing and public speaking in a way that allows your unique voice to shine. You will also be granted the opportunity to learn legal specific skills, such as conducting mock trials, conducting case analyses, and effectively communicating your viewpoints in a debate. Throughout this process, you will also get a glimpse of our fraternal bond as we grow together as a family. Additionally, you will get to host and participate in many professional events, such as legal speakers or LSAT workshops while also enjoying social events, such as our Big-Little Reveal and alumni socials. Ultimately, the pledging period is intended for your growth- as our newest family member, a professional, and an individual.
After joining our Fraternity and graduating, you will be leaving with life-long friends, sharpened skills, and affiliated alumni with mutual professional experiences and relationships.
SO, WHY SAN?
Being the smallest pre-law fraternity on campus, we pride ourselves on the close-knit community we offer our members. As a member, you will have the opportunity to polish your resume, improve your public speaking skills, and develop a network of connections with fellow members and alumni. You will also gain more substantive knowledge about the legal field through the debates, mock trials and legal panels we hold. If you are looking for a group of people who not only share the same amount of curiosity and passion you have for law, but also one that you can proudly call family, look no further.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Greek letters of ΣAN, prudential, delego, lex legis, uphold the shield of our fraternity, standing for wisdom, commitment and law. These three pillars drive Sigma Alpha Nu to adhere to our Constitution in order to prepare our active members for law school and create professional experiences and relationships. Most importantly, these pillars elicit newfound personal friendships within our organization.
I learned at Cal that leadership is not only about guiding people in the proper direction but it is also about offering support, a sense of comfort and community, and being open to learning from others. Berkeley students might come from all walks of life and from all around the world, but we all start as bright-eyed, nervous, yet hopeful first years. We learn from one another, and I have been fortunate to be an apprentice to many peers who have gone on to do amazing things. Once I had found Sigma Alpha Nu and felt the sense of community it offered me, I wanted to give back to the people that helped me grow tremendously thus far. As president, I hope to guide our fraternity to foster knowledge of the law and provide service to both the campus and greater community, so that each member may advance his or her intellect while contributing to the well-being of others.
I welcome you to Sigma Alpha Nu, an organization that has become much more than just a professional fraternity. As a place that consists of members from all types of backgrounds and interests, our fraternity has maintained its mission to introduce individuals to the world of law. Sigma Alpha Nu has become a backbone for each member of this community, motivating our members to strive for success and empowering them to thrive in any environment.
Henry F. Isselbacher
SAN President 2023-24