How to Become a Student Organization

Becoming a Law School Student Organization

In order to become an LSSO, an organization must fill out an application with the Law Student Association, which can be found online at https://uchicagolsa.wordpress.com/.  You must have a minimum of three members in order to apply to become an LSSO and these members must be designated officers.  Each LSSO must have a designated President, Treasurer, and Events Coordinator.  Each position must be filled by a different student.  Funding for LSSOs is determined by LSA and will take into account a student organization’s membership and contribution to life at the Law School among other things.

Becoming a Recognized Student Organization

The Committee on Recognized Student Organizations (CORSO) reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Director of CLI for final determination of RSO status. The application process for becoming an RSO includes submitting:

  • an approval/sponsorship form listing your faculty/administration advisor;
  • an Organizational Information Questionnaire; and
  • a short set of bylaws.

Your organization may be eligible to become an RSO if:

  • its activities are consistent with the goals and purposes of the University;
  • it has at least four full-time student members;
  • it is student-run and student-organized; and
  • membership is open to all University students and is not restricted to law students.

The full application requirements and process can be found at: http://leadership.uchicago.edu/application-requirements.

Becoming a Community Service Recognized Student Organization

The UCSC connects students to community service opportunities in Hyde Park and the larger community.  RSOs also may become Community Service RSOs (CSRSOs), provided that their primary purpose is providing services to the community.  Community Service RSOs have access to additional funding and resources through the University Community Service Center.   In addition, the UCSC also funds community service activities for regular RSOs.  LSSOs interested in becoming a CSRSO will need to discuss their plans with the University Community Service Center and have one of their representatives sign the approval/sponsorship form required as part of the application. LSSOs planning a service event may contact Nick Currie, Community Service Advisor in the University Community Service Center, at ncurrie@uchicago.edu or 773-753-4483. 

Becoming a Sports Club

Sports clubs are recognized through the Physical Education Department’s Sports Club Office and are not eligible to become RSOs.  The Sports Clubs program is located in the Gerald Ratner Center, Room 141.  For questions about sports clubs, you should contact Brian Bock, Assistant Athletic Director, Intramurals, Recreation, Sport Clubs, at bockb@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4658. You may also visit http://athletics.uchicago.edu/clubs/index for more information.

Sample Bylaws

Whether you are applying to be an LSSO, CLI, UCSC, or OMSA student organization, you will be required to draft bylaws for your organization.  CLI provides sample bylaws for RSO applications at https://leadership.uchicago.edu/sites/leadership.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/Sample_Bylaws.pdf. Note that bylaws submitted as part of the RSO application process must include the statements that appear in italics on the sample bylaws. Applications with proposed RSO bylaws that do not include these statements will not be considered.