Even if your law school already has a religious group or Federalist Society on campus, a Law Students for Life group can enhance your schools’ advancement of patient care through substantive bioethics discussions. A LawSFL organization that is distinct from religious groups can reach a more diverse range of students, and show that future and current legal professionals from diverse religious backgrounds can unite in productive dialogue on legal cases surrounding abortion issues.
1. Educate yourself on the issues and on the resources that Law Students for Life provides.
- Know the legal facts, arguments, and responses from both sides. (Check out Pro-life Answers to Pro-choice Questions or Pro-Life 101)
- Explore the Law Students for Life webpage on the legalities of abortion.
- Know your legal rights as a pro-life group on your campus – See our memo from the Alliance Defending Freedon.
2. Find like-minded individuals at your school.
- Go to meetings of the school’s Federalist Society or Christian Fellowships. Try to find other groups with similar values and share with them your ideas for a Law Students for Life group.
- Ask around with your fellow classmates or go to the local church to find fellow law students with similar views on life.
3. Contact Law Students for Life of America to set up a strategy discussion.
- We will work with you to develop a plan for how to develop your group and start hosting events.
- By contacting us, we can connect you with all of the resources and support that Law Students for Life of America has to offer.
4. Plan your first meeting
- Pick a time that is convenient for students at your school to meet.
- Advertise for your meeting by posting flyers around campus
- Keep your first meeting short. Introduce group leaders and members, establish the goals and vision of the group and approve the group’s constitution. Law Students for Life of America can provide you with a sample constitution which you can use and will help you to establish a group structure and leadership transition plans.
5. Become an official campus group.
- Check out your Student Activities, Student Life, or Student Government office for details on becoming officially recognized.
- Find a faculty advisor.
- Most colleges require a faculty advisor. However if you are unable to find one, your club will still be able to function but without the option of school funding, and you may not be able to use school property for an event.
- This person can be very useful when it comes to the ins and outs of the university.
- Finding an adviser might be a little difficult, but listen to your professors – do they talk about abortion? If so, what side do they take?
6. Plan your first event
- See how to organize an event page
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