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How to Become a Student Organization

Becoming a Law School Student Organization

Students can apply to start a new LSSO or reactivate a previously inactive organization by emailing the request to the Law Students Association at LSA@law.uchicago.edu. LSSOs must have designated a President, Treasurer, and Events Coordinator to apply and to be considered as an active organization.  Each position must be filled by a different law student. The email to LSA must include the following information:

  • a short set of bylaws that include a mission statement (additional information regarding bylaws is provided below); and
  • a list of board member names and UChicago email addresses.

Upon receipt of the request, the LSA board will review the request. Students will receive a formal acceptance or rejection email within two weeks of submission.

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 a faculty/administration advisor;
  • an Organizational Information Questionnaire; and
  • a short set of bylaws.

An 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.

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

Becoming a Community Service Recognized Student Organization

The University Community Service Center (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 UCSC 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, Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Advising 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 contact Brian Bock, Assistant Athletic Director, Intramurals, Recreation, Sport Clubs, at bockb@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4658. Visit http://athletics.uchicago.edu/clubs/index for more information.

Sample Bylaws

Whether students are applying to be an CLI, UCSC, OMSA, or Law School student organization, bylaws will be required as part of the application process.  Sample RSO bylaws can be found at https://leadership.uchicago.edu/sites/leadership.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/Sample_Bylaws.pdf. Students applying to become an LSSO should submit bylaws in this format.