Young Lawyers Student Chapters Committee
President James E. Faust taught that “[t]here always needs to be a connection between having an involvement in the law and living the gospel.” In addition, James Rasband, former dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School stated that “[T]he laws of God cast light upon and clarify the wisdom of the laws of men ... we should not shy away from inquiring how the two match up.” Dean James R. Rasband, Law & Perspective, Clark Memorandum: Spring 2016, 4, 10.
Law school and the practice of law are daunting experiences where the intense focus on hard facts and cold legal analysis can, if left unexamined, slowly edge out one’s sense of peace and purpose that comes from faith and belief.
The purpose of the YLSC is to strengthen and support law students and young lawyers in their legal education, careers, and other worthy pursuits by helping them establish stronger ties to the JRCLS and its mission.
The YLSC seeks to accomplish this by (1) helping to create, support and strengthen student chapters; (2) helping attorney chapters integrate law students and young lawyers; and (3) strengthening young lawyer involvement.
The steps necessary to start a JRCLS student chapter differ from school to school. Any student who wishes to start a new chapter at their school will have to work with their school's student organizations coordinator. There are many schools that have no requirements at all. Other schools have very strict policies and requirements for starting a new organization or club.
For example, below is a list of items that is required at the La Verne Law School in California, a school that has strict policies:
- Written Recognition by the national club (the International JRCLS) authorizing the formation of a chapter at the school (see attached sample letter); the YLSC Committee can provide you with this if necessary;
- Written chapter constitution (we can provide you with a sample constitution upon request);
- Chapter Mission Statement (see attached JRCLS Mission Statement);
- Chapter By-Laws (covering how the organization will be financed and governed);
- Chapter policy and procedure for conducting annual election of officers; and
- Signatures from 10 students wishing to join and form the organization (any organization that drops below 10 members is derecognized by the school at the end of the school year; the next year they have to submit new paperwork and go through the recognition and approval process again).
Once school approval has been received, please forward the approval notice to the YLSC along with the name and contact information of the new student chapter president. After review, you will receive approval notification from the YLSC. After that, your new JRCLS student chapter will exist! You will receive training and support from us. We will also help you contact and connect to the nearest professional chapter of the JRCLS.
Please contact us if you have any questions or run into any difficulties. We are here to help you! Good luck!
Q: Do students and young lawyers meet together as a chapter now?