Student Chapter Resources
Running an ACS Student Chapter
- Read the ACS Student Chapter Handbook
- Read the latest Student Chapter Newsletter (Spring 2021)
- Past newsletters available here.
- Please review the ACS Template Constitution.
- Reach out to your ACS Faculty Advisor and provide them with the 2021-2022 Faculty Advisor Checklist.
- Check out how your chapter can get engaged this year here.
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 the 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
- Review the 2021-2022 ACS Model Calendar to plan ahead for chapter events.
- In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, ACS has created a speakers list that includes a variety of scholars, advocates, and litigators you may consider contacting when planning your chapter’s events around the anniversary.
- Review the Fall 2020 Program Guide and Past Program Guides for ideas and resources on programming.
- View our blueprint for student chapters looking to get involved in Election Day class cancellation efforts. Sign up for this or any of our volunteer projects here. Also, check out our Election 2020 Checklist here.
- Use this List of Visiting Professors to reach out to a professor visiting your area!
- Use this List of Conferences and Conventions to reach out to speakers headed to your area!
- Consider hosting film screenings and discussions. See Documentary Films Available Upon Request for ideas for suggested films.
- Host an event on Constitution Day. See programming from Constitution Day 2017 for ideas.
- Additional ACS Resources: ACS National Podcast, ACS National Blog, ACS Analysis, and ACS Projects.
- Post your upcoming events on social media and live stream/tweet them (with the consent of your speakers)! Check out our Social Media Guidelines for tweeting and taking photos at events.
- Inviting Speakers: Sample Invitation Letter.
- Posting Events: Review our Event Posting Instructions for submitting events to the ACS website. You must post your event to the ACS website prior to receiving funding.
- Funding and Reimbursement Requests: Instructions available here.
- Use the Event Checklist to plan a successful event.
- Have speakers complete the Speaker Release Form.
- Advertising: Use the ACS Flyer Template.
- Sign In sheets for your event.
- Social Media Tips for Events