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CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE
LAW SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Updated 04/11/08

Article I


§ 1 The Student Governing Body of the University of Minnesota Law School shall be known as the Law School Students Council at the University of Minnesota (Law Council).

§ 2 The Law Council shall operate as a non-profit organization.

§ 3 The Law Council shall abide by the applicable rules and policies of the University of Minnesota.

Article II


The Law Council is the elected representative organization of the student body at the Law School. Its purpose is to improve the law school, to provide a robust voice to student concern, and to be an independent source of authority, along with the faculty and administration, for charting the future of the Law School. The Law Council is empowered to pass bylaws to govern normal operation of the Law Council and to further these purposes.

Article III


Membership in the Law Council is open to all students without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, creed, marital status, public assistance status, or sexual orientation.

Article IV


The Law Council shall be composed of twelve (12) voting members to be elected as follows:

§ 1 Three representatives of the new first year class to be elected during the first month of each academic year according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws, and shall serve; until the following graduation day;

§ 2 Three persons to be representatives of the second year class, to be elected before the beginning of Spring Final Examinations each year according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws, for a term of one calendar year starting; graduation day. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall serve for a term of two calendar years. The third representative shall serve a one-year term.

§ 3 One person to be representative of the third year class, to be elected before the beginning of Spring Final Examinations of each year according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws for a term of one year starting, graduation day.; If one of the 2L representatives with a carried over term is elected President, then the resulting vacancy will be filled in the Fall election;

§ 4 One person to be representative of the new LLM class to be elected during the first month of each academic year according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws, and shall serve; until the following graduation day;

§ 5 One person to be representative of the new Transfer students, to be elected from the incoming Transfer class during the first month of each academic year according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws, and to serve until the following graduation day;

§ 6 A President of the Council shall be elected by the current first and second year classes before the beginning of Spring Final Examinations each year according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws for a term of one year to commence; on graduation day;

§ 7 Any degree-seeking student in good standing of the University of Minnesota Law School may seek election for any office their class standing makes them eligible for. No student shall be elected President of the Council who will not have completed one full academic year at the University of Minnesota Law School by the end of the Spring Semester;

§ 8 Vacancies in the office of members of the Council shall be filled by a special election to be conducted as soon as practical, according to procedures adopted by the Council in its bylaws, for the remainder of the vacant term;

§ 9 There shall be a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer of the Council to be elected by the Council from among its members;

§ 10 Vacancies in the office President of Council shall be filled by the Vice-President for the remainder of that term;

§ 11 Class representatives shall be elected only by members of that class and their terms shall commence as specified above;

§ 12 Any issue requiring a vote may not be resolved without a quorum present;

§ 13 A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Law Council.

LAW SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

American Bar Association Representative


There shall be one Representative to the ABA from the University of Minnesota Law School.

The ABA Representative shall serve a term of 1 year beginning in the fall semester and ending at the beginning of the next fall semester. (This is needed so they get to 2 annual meetings at least).

The ABA Representative position shall be solicited for beginning the week before regular law council elections are held. The current ABA Representative shall be responsible for advertisement and solicitation of applications.

Those interested shall submit an application for the position. They shall describe their interest and why they wish to serve in the position.

The applications shall be due one week following law council elections. The ABA Representative, the President and Vice President of Law Council shall review the applications and recommend three candidates to their law council for approval. The ABA Representative shall be appointed by the Law Council by a majority vote of voting members.

In the event no applications are submitted the ABA Representative shall solicit for the position from all students at the University of Minnesota. When an interested party is found, they shall assume the role of ABA Representative upon appointment by current the Law Council President.

The duties of the ABA Representative shall include:

  • Attending all required ABA circuit and national meetings;
  • Attending all Law Council meetings, unless excused;
  • Encouraging and soliciting membership in the ABA among the students of the law school;
  • Reporting to the law council the agenda and events of the ABA.

An ABA Representative Alternate shall be appointed by the Law Council under the procedures described above. They shall assist the ABA Representative and take on his responsibilities in the event he is unable to fulfill his duties.

Committee Selection Bylaws


The President and Vice President and one other Law Council member, appointed by the Law Council, shall form a committee appointments committee and shall appoint students to the various positions applied for based on interest, ability, and other substantive criteria set forth by the committee.

The Vice President shall solicit among the students of the law school for committee membership. The Vice President shall inform the student body of the various faculty committees, their role, and their available student positions.

Appointments shall be final the second week of October.

The Vice President shall be responsible for ensuring that students appointed to the committees are fulfilling their responsibilities and the Vice President shall handle all committee related questions, issues, concerns, forwarded to the law council throughout the course of the year.

Communications Director Bylaws


At the beginning of each term, the President shall appoint a Communications Director, which must be confirmed by a majority of Law Council Representatives. The Communications Director is charged with any duties provided for in the Law Council Email Policy.

Alumni Relations Director Bylaws


At the beginning of each term, the President shall appoint an Alumni Relations Director, which must be confirmed by a majority of Law Council Representative. The Alumni Relations Director is charged with serving as Law Council’s designated representative to the Alumni Relations Department.

Treasurer and Finance Committee Bylaws


No member of the Finance Committee may vote on the budget for any student organization which that member is a board member of. For purposes of this bylaw, a board member is the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, or any other equivalent position within a student organization.

Any distribution of funds to a student organization must be approved by the Treasurer and at least two (2) members of Law Council.

Any distribution of funds equal to or greater than one thousand dollars and one cent ($1000.01) must be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the Law Council.

The Treasurer shall establish a Law Council discretionary fund at the beginning of each academic year. This fund shall not exceed three hundred dollars ($500) and may be used at the discretion of the President of Law Council to purchase those office supplies necessary for Law Council’s official uses, as well as for paper plates, cutlery, napkins, and other similar incidentals for common use by student organizations. The amount of money set aside for the Law Council discretionary fund may be increased by a majority vote of the Council.

Where there is an allegation of intentional misconduct against the Treasurer by three Law Council Members, the matter shall be referred to the Dean of Students. If the Dean of Students finds that it is likely that the Treasurer committed intentional misconduct in their role as Treasurer, and the purpose of that misconduct was the personal benefit of the Treasurer, the matter shall be referred to the Honor Code Council to be resolved as they see fit.