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 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.
- Encourage students to become national ACS members by directing them to: acslaw.org/join.
- Encourage students to sign-in using the ACS Sign in Sheet during social and networking events.
- Screen the “We Are ACS” video and 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.
ACS Student Membership
Programming Ideas and Resources
- Review our 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 any of our volunteer projects.
- Take the Pledge to Become a Poll Worker and learn more about ACS’s Run.Vote.Work initiative.
- Consider hosting film screenings and discussions. See our Documentary Films Available Upon Request document for ideas for suggested films.
- Learn about these additional ACS Resources: ACS Broken Law Podcast, ACS National Blog, ACS Analysis, and ACS Projects.
- Post your upcoming events on social media and livestream/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: Review instructions.
- Use the Event Checklist to plan a successful event.
- Have speakers complete the Speaker Release Form.
- Advertising: Use the ACS Flyer Template (Microsoft Word doc).
- Sign In sheets for your event.
- Social Media Tips for Events