Funding Sources

The Law Students Association (LSA)

LSA receives an annual budget which is used to fund LSSO programming and other community events at the Law School. LSA also maintains a small contingency fund to provide supplemental funding for LSSO events and programs throughout the year. The entirety of LSA’s budget is funded by student’s Student Life Fee. Funding for LSSOs are determined exclusively by the LSA. LSSOs are strongly encouraged to co-sponsor events with each other in order to combine their funding. LSSOs may not sponsor (or co-sponsor) more than one event at the same time (e.g., an LSSO cannot sponsor two events for the same lunch period).

LSSO budget allocations are determined during the summer for the following academic year. LSA will consider membership and contribution to life at the Law School, among other things, in determining an organization’s funding allocation.

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services has a limited amount of funding available that may be requested by Law School Student Organizations (LSSOs) who are presenting programs related to the legal career search. LSSOs requesting funding/sponsorship from the Office of Career Services (OCS) must follow these guidelines:

  1. Submit a written request, including a program description and the event’s date and time to OCS (career_services@law.uchicago.edu) at least two weeks prior to the program.
      • If the date and time are still tentative, please include the proposed date and time in the request.
      • If the request is funded, the LSSO should include that the event is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services in promotional material, and OCS will post the event in Symplicity.
  2. The event for which funding is requested must be directly related to the legal career search.
  3. The event must not conflict with any other OCS program.
  4. The maximum award is $200.
  5. This supplemental program funding is available to each student group once per academic year.

Please note that program funding/sponsorship is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of OCS. Additionally, OCS offers the following support to LSSOs:

  1. Advertising and promoting events on Symplicity and other platforms.
  2. Assisting with identifying alumni speakers, or volunteer an OCS speaker for an event.
  3. Advising on job search resources related to the interests of the student organization.

International Programs Department

The International Programs Department has funding available to support events related to international law. Submit proposals to Aican Nguyen, International Programs Director, at aican@uchicago.edu.

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students has limited funding available to LSSOs seeking assistance for a program or event. An application for funding from the Office of the Dean of Students can be submitted to the DOS Funding Request Form. Except in very limited instances, all of the criteria outlined on the form must be met to be considered for additional funding from the Office of the Dean of Students.

Graduate Council

Graduate Council provides funding to individuals and groups to travel to conferences and events, or host events and other activities on campus. Additional information regarding funding can be found at on the Graduate Council page.

LSSOs that have their Graduate Council funding proposal accepted must reach out to Candace Mui (mui@uchicago.edu) and Juan Nuno (jnuno@uchicago.edu) immediately upon confirmation of funding. They will facilitate the transfer of funds from the Graduate Council to the organization’s LSSO account. Invoices of any kind should never be provided to the Graduate Council as all invoices are paid for internally by the Law School. 

Center for Leadership & Involvement (CLI) – Annual Allocation for RSOs

Annual Allocations occurs once each year from late Winter to Mid-Spring Quarters to allocate funds to RSOs for their events and programs planned for the following year. LSSOs that are also RSOs should be familiar with the Annual Allocations timeline and process so that they don’t miss any required components of the application process.

University Community Service Center – Community Service Fund for RSOs

The Community Service Fund (CSF) is a Student Government (SG)-led, UCSC-supported funding body that allocates part of the Student Activities Fee toward events that are focused on community service. All RSOs are eligible to apply for this funding. CSF supports activities designed to improve the quality of life of the Chicago community, as well as national and international communities. More information can be found on the Community Service Fund page. LSSOs can also contact Nick Currie, Director of Student Civic Engagement, at ncurrie@uchicago.edu.

Fundraising Activities

The Law School’s Office of External Affairs manages all fundraising activities at the Law School, including soliciting money from law firms, alumni, and corporations. Before pursuing donations (event sponsorship, auction items, etc.) from law firms, alumni, or corporations, LSSOs complete a LSSO External Fundraising Proposal Form. Following this procedure ensures that the Law School maintains good relationships with the many entities and individuals that support the Law School. LSSOs that do not abide by this policy risk losing Law School funding. Contact Becky Whitehurst (beckywhitehurst@uchicago.edu), in the Office of External Affairs with questions pertaining to external funding.

LSSOs receiving law firm funding must follow the University and Law School’s budget rules and reimbursement policies when inviting guest speakers and planning events. LSSOs may never sign receipts or other paperwork indicating that a donation is tax deductible. Such paperwork is provided by the Office of External Affairs, when appropriate.

Bar Companies & External Groups

To seek funding from bar prep companies or any other external group, LSSOs must receive approval from the Office of the Dean of Students. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu with requests.

Conferences and Student Travel

Any LSSO desiring to organize a trip (whether domestic or international) under the auspices of the organization (and therefore the Law School and the University) must speak with the Office of the Dean of Students about the applicable University and Law School policies and the source of funding for the proposed trip prior to making any travel arrangements. 

Please note that limits may be imposed on the number of trips for which a LSSO may receive travel funding and that funding requests must be made in advance of travel.

Funding for Conferences & Student Organization Travel

The Law School has limited funding available for students interested in attending an academically related conference. Funding preference is for students who are presenting. If available, the funding is capped at $500 for domestic travel and $1000 for international travel.

Students must submit the Student Travel & Research Funding Request Form.

LSSOs seeking travel funds must meet each of the following criteria: 

  • Each student must contribute financially to the cost of the proposed trip. A student is expected to contribute at least 10% of the costs of the trip (including transportation, lodging, and any applicable registration fees) or $75, whichever amount is greater.
  • The proposed trip does not require the student to miss class or reschedule exams.
  • Students must provide proof that all other funding possibilities have been exhausted (the Center for Leadership and Involvement, Student Government Funding Committee, Graduate Council Travel Fund).

Upon return from the conference, the student is required to:

  • Submit presentation materials to the Office of the Dean of Students for review and save in your LSSO Box folder.
  • Share conference presentations with Law School colleagues through a lunchtime event or other presentation.