Forming a New Student Organization

LSA votes to approve all new student organizations.  If you're interested in forming a new student organization, you will need to complete the following steps before seeking LSA approval:

  • Draft bylaws (sample bylaws can be found in the Student Handbook)
  • Secure a faculty advisor
  • Create list of students interested in joining your organization

Once you have secured these items, you will need to attend an LSA meeting and present your proposed organization to LSA.  Please be prepared to answer any questions LSA representatives may have about your organization.  LSA will vote and if your student group is approved your organization will be listed in Law School directories and publications.  Your organization will be able to request LSA funding and qualify for tax-exempt status when making purchases.

All student organizations are strongly encouraged to seek Registered Student Organization (RSO) status across the Midway at the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities (ORCSA).  A RSO has all of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of being an official part of the University of Chicago, including having access to additional sources of funding from the University-wide Student Government.

For more information, please refer to the 2011-2012 Student Org Handbook.