Social Activities

16.1 SOCIAL EVENTS

Throughout the year, there are several recurring weekly events open to members of the Law School community:

  • Coffee Mess:  Each Wednesday morning, students, faculty, and staff gather in the Green Lounge for coffee, fruit, and pastries.
  • Wine Mess: Generally on Friday afternoons (although sometimes on Thursdays or the occasional Wednesday), the Wine Mess Crew throws a student-faculty cocktail party in the Green Lounge.

Students also organize a Trivia Contest (a series of contests between 4-person student teams culminating in the Student-Faculty match) and the Law School Musical each year. Finally, many student organizations have a major annual event such as the Chicago Law Foundation’s auction to raise money for summer stipends for students working in public interest during the summer.

16.2 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

The Law Students Association (LSA) is the student government of the Law School. It is comprised of five elected representatives from each class, plus one elected representative from the LL.M. candidates, and an elected representative from the incoming transfer students.   The student body elects the President of LSA and the class representatives, and LSA itself then fills the remaining positions.  LSA plays several major roles in the life of the Law School.   

LSA plans several events that allow Law Students to socialize together outside of the Law School. Each quarter features one “mega-party” in downtown Chicago, with the “Party of the First Part” in Autumn quarter, “Over the Hump” in Winter quarter, and “Prom” in Spring quarter. Throughout the year, LSA also sponsors events both in and out of the Law School. This past year featured get-togethers at the Law School (e.g., barbecues), as well as trips to various athletic/cultural events.

Another major responsibility of LSA is overseeing the Law School’s nearly sixty Student Organizations. This role includes providing funding, as well as working with the various groups to access funding from various other sources. Each year, LSA also works with individuals who seek to start new organizations to ensure continued vitality and diversity in the range of activities available to students.   The best source for information on starting a student organization is the Student Organization Handbook, which is available at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/organizations/handbook.  Once a group becomes an official Law School organization, the name of the group may be listed in appropriate Law School directories and publications. In addition, it will qualify for tax exempt status when making purchases (see the Student Affairs Administrator for a tax exempt letter). Student groups are strongly encouraged to consider requesting additional funding from the University’s Student Government (SG) and other funding sources across the Midway.  For more information about available funding sources, contact the Associate Director of Student Affairs.  

LSA representatives also regularly interact with the Administration in making institutional planning decisions. To assist in this task, LSA may form committees to make specific recommendations to LSA about changes that would improve the Law School.

Questions and feedback are always welcome! Feel free to contact the LSA President or any of the LSA representatives directly. In addition, students may submit anonymous feedback to LSA by using the online anonymous suggestion box, which is available at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/node/6253.  LSA is advised by the Dean of Students, the Associate Director of Student Affairs, and the Student Affairs Administrator. 

16.3 UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

A University Recognized Student Organization (RSO) is a group that is recognized by the University’s Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities (ORCSA). This recognition makes the group an official part of the University of Chicago, with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of that status.

For further information, see the Student Organization Handbook at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/organizations/handbook.