Student Chapters

ACS’s nationwide network of nearly 200 law school student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. A list of all student chapters is available here.
If you are interested in helping to organize an ACS student chapter, please contact Student Chapters at or 202-393-6181.
Not yet an ACS student member? Join our network today.


 Call to Action: Solidarity in the States

March 31- April 1, 2017

Duke University School of Law Durham, NC

Plan to join ACS and nearly 200 other student leaders in Durham for two days of progressive programming and training on March 31-April 1, 2017. Check out our Convention Schedule!


2017 ACS National Convention June 8-10, 2017 


The 2017 National Convention will take place June 8-10 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. 

ACS’s National Convention is the premier legal event of the year, attracting nearly 1,000 of the nation’s leading progressive lawyers, scholars, policymakers, judges, and law students. The convention provides a unique opportunity to learn about pressing legal issues from renowned experts while networking with legal leaders from across the country. This year’s convention will include panel discussions on a wide range of timely topics and introduce a new Saturday format focusing on training sessions to help attendees represent communities in need and stand up to the new administration’s attacks on our rights and our system of checks and balances. Please register now and enjoy an early bird discount registration fee.

Convention Student Scholarships

ACS will award a registration waiver, hotel or travel scholarship to select students. Scholarship packages are based on the information you provide in your application; therefore, please fill out this form completely and accurately. 

ACS National Writing Competitions
ACS encourages all students who have written or will write a paper on constitutional law to submit their work to ACS's Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition. The winning author will receive $3,000 and an offer of publication in the UPenn Journal of Constitutional Law. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The deadline for the 2017 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition is February 12, 2017.
ACS is excited to annouce two annual national writing competitions. The winning author of the 7th annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law will receive a cash prize as well as special recognition at the ACS National Convention and on the ACS website. The deadline for 2017 Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition is February 5, 2017. 
The 2017 deadline has closed. 

Program Guides

2017 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application

ACS is pleased to offer its student members two opportunities to enhance their engagement in the organization’s work: the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors.
Students graduating in 2017, 2018 and 2019 who are ACS national members are eligible to apply for the NGL program. Students applying for the Board of Directors must also apply for the NGL program or already be an NGL. 2017 graduates are not eligible to apply for the Board of Directors position.
Click here (PDF) or here (Word) for more information and to download the application form.

Discounted 3L Membership
After graduation, continue to stay active in one of ACS's more than 40 lawyer chapters around the country. ACS offers a Discounted Young Lawyer Membership rate of $10 to 2017 graduates, so be sure to take advantage of this deal. Your membership will be good through December 2018!

2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016

Thank you to all of our students that attended this year's National Convention. It was a huge success and we hope everyone that attended had a memorable experience.  
Each year at the National Convention, ACS recognizes student chapters that hold outstanding programming. We would like to congratulate the following student chapters for their work during the 2015-2016 academic year.
First, the Rising Chapter of the Year Award went to Georgia State University College of Law for having made the greatest strides as a new or recently revived chapter in establishing a presence on campus, focused on ACS priorities. Second, the Reproductive Rights and Justice Award, presented by ACS and the Center for Reproductive Rights, went to Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law for having placed a significant focus on reproductive rights and justice.
Next, the Programming Award went to the following chapters for conducting at least 20 substantive events, mainly focused on ACS priorities, during the school year: The University of Chicago Law School; Duke University School of Law; Harvard Law School; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Stanford Law School; UCLA School of Law; and Yale Law School.
Finally, the Student Chapter of the Year Award was awarded to the Duke University School of Law for having shown the greatest overall strength in meeting ACS’s mission and goals. Thank you to our students, and congratulations to all!
Visit the official convention website for more information!
Be sure to check out highlights from the 2015 ACS National Convention



2017 Program Guide:
2016 Program Guide:
The 2015 Program Guide:
An Update to the 2014 Program Guide:
Constitutional Interpretation Events:

Consider holding an ACS event on constitutional interpretation! Here are some suggestions for topic ideas: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, The Framers’ Constitution: Toward a Theory of Principled Constitutionalism, The Constitution in 2020 or Windsor, Shelby County, and the Demise of Originalism: A Personal Account.

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Student Chapter of the Week March 27
University of Houston Law Center 

This year, the ACS Student Chapter at the University of Houston Law Center has tripled its membership! The chapter collaborated with numerous organizations, including the Federalist Society, the Black Law Student Association and the Hispanic Law Student Association. The chapter hosted and co-hosted numerous events, including:  


  • A voter registration drive where over 75 students became registered to vote.
  • A Constitution Day Voter Photo ID Debate with the Federalist Society. Attorneys Chad Dunn, Brazil & Dunn, LLP, and Hans von Spakovsky, The Heritage Foundation, debated voter photo ID laws and the myth of voter fraud. 
  •  A Criminal Justice Reform Panel with BLSA and HLSA. The panel addressed the systemic disposal of Black and Brown lives in the criminal justice system through such means as state violence, harsh sentencing, pre-trial detention and the school-to-prison pipeline. Featured panelists included Professor David Dow, University of Houston Law Center; Dr. Anita Wadhwa, Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston; Juanita Jackson, Harris County Public Defender; and Frances Valdez, United We Dream.
  •  A Public Policy and Impact Litigation Panel featuring Edgar Saldivar from the ACLU of Texas, Wallis Nader from the Texas Civil Rights Project and Emily Freeborn from Children at Risk. The panel discussed the differences between direct legal services, impact litigation and public policy work.
  •   A Legal Observer Training with the ACLU of Texas. Attendees learned how to be thorough, neutral observers at protests to ensure that protestors’ First Amendment rights are protected.


The chapter is also hosting United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Gregg CostaDean Strang from Making a Murderer and a panel titled “Trump’s Muslim Ban and the Wall: Can He Do That?” in March and April. The chapter would like to express its gratitude to their knowledgeable and inspiring faculty adviser, Professor D. Theodore Rave, and to the entire ACS national staff for their support and assistance! 

For more great ideas from our student chapters, please click here.