Law Students

Forming a CLS Chapter

For step by step advice and instructions on how to form a successful fellowship and CLS student chapter on campus please see the LSM Student Chapter Manual which is distributed to the fellowships every August to the Key Contacts at every law school fellowship.

The manual also contains instructions on how to become a CLS Chapter ("Affiliation Materials"). To view these materials click here (PDF version). To view these materials in MS WORD click here.

Wise Practices that Build Relationships On Campus 

In forming a law student fellowship make sure to understand and engage the campus correctly, building respectful and sound relationships on campus, Specficially, students should keep the following in mind:

1. Be respectful in your treatment of the administrators and other student groups.

2.  Place "Everyone Welcome" on all materials your chapter posts or distributes.  While CLS continues to require that leaders agree to the CLS Statement of Faith, CLS has always welcomed all students to attend its events and activities.  By placing "Everyone Welcome" on written materials, it makes your policy clear.

3.  Also place a disclaimer on all materials your chapter posts or distributes to the following effect:  "The law school neither sponsors nor endorses CLS's meetings or speech."  Again, this may help to reassure the university that law students will understand that CLS's speech and meetings are not the university's own speech or meetings.  

4.  Build relationships with other student organizations if possible. Begin with obvious allies in other campus ministries, faith groups, and "traditional" groups and branch out as seems wise. We want to reach out, encouraging your colleagues on campus. 

Law Students


Our Podcast

Subscribe to Cross & Gavel podcasts on iTunes or follow the links below.
Of particular interest to law students:
Cross & Gavel - Volume 4
Dan Kim and Mike Schutt discuss the importance of engaging the law school campus-- and whether it helps to have a CLS law student chapter.
Cross & Gavel Audio - Volume 14
Schutt interviews CLS member Andy Toles, who talks about the lawyer-client relationship in light of our Christian calling.  Andy has some amazing insight into the role of the Christian lawyer.

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