Starting a Student Organization

The Student Bar Association (SBA) serves as an umbrella organization for all student organizations at GW Law. Students wishing to create a new organization or re-launch a defunct organization may not do so without consulting with the SBA Senate-Student Organization & Charter Committee. The SO&C Committee is the arm of the Senate tasked with:

  1. Creating, maintaining, and making accessible materials to aid students in forming a new student organization;
  2. Shepherding organizations through the charter process;
  3. Investigating suspected violations of SBA rules by student organizations; and
  4. Submitting investigative reports to the Senate.

There are five steps to official recognition of a new student organization:

  1. Prepare and submit statement of interest to the Senate SO&C Committee
  2. Prepare and submit constitution to the Senate SO&C Committee
  3. Approval of constitution by the Senate SO&C Committee
  4. Presentation before the SBA Senate
  5. Official recognition vote by the SBA Senate

Students with questions may contact the Chair of the Senate SO&C Committee or the Director of Student Organizations.

Student Organization Resources

Below are links to relevant materials to help students create student organizations.

Managing a Student Organization
SBA Bylaws – Level 600 (link)
Organization Handbook (link)

Drafting a Constitution
Constitution Guide 2015 (pdf)
Sample Constitution 2015 (doc)

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