Student Chapter Resources

Running an ACS Student Chapter

Recruiting and Building a Chapter

  • To familiarize students with our mission, have a chapter leader recite the following description about ACS before introducing the speaker(s) at each event.
    • “For those not familiar with ACS, we are a national network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges and policymakers who believe that he law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through the development and promotion of high-impact ideas.  If you support these efforts and are not a formal part of our network, I encourage you to become a national member of ACS today.”
  • Bring a laptop to each event so that members can sign up for national membership on-site.
  • Print out and share our ACS Membership Form at your events.
  • Encourage students to sign-in using the ACS Sign in Sheet during social and networking events.
  • Show our “Welcome to ACS” video, this video on why courts matter, and Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib’s keynote remarks from the 2019 ACS Student Convention. Discuss the benefits of national membership at informational and introductory meetings. Benefits include:
    • Access to ACS’s online job bank.
    • ACS’s weekly e-mail bulletin, which summarizes law and policy news from around the country, as well as upcoming ACS events.
    • The chance to connect and build relationships with lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students with expertise in virtually every area of the law.
    • Electronic versions of the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the official journal of ACS, and Advance, the official journal of the ACS Issue Groups.
    • Eligibility to apply for student scholarships to attend ACS conventions.
  • Access our flyer to reach out to pre-law undergrads.

Programming Ideas and Resources

Event Logistics