The Law School has a tradition of vibrant and diverse student organizations. The SBA believes that student organizations make the law school a better place. If you’ve got an idea for a new student organization, we want to help you set it up.

Follow these simple steps to get started:

1. Email the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Sarah Davies with a brief description of your group. She might ask that you have an initial meeting with her to discuss your proposal.

2. Read the relevant Bylaws provision governing student organizations.

3. Write a constitution for your organization. Here’s a helpful template.

4. Submit the New Student Organization Recognition Form, along with your constitution, to SBA Secretary Toccara Nelson via email. Email Toccara.

5. The SBA will then set a date for you to attend an SBA meeting (Mondays at 11:30pm) to discuss your group, after which the SBA will vote.

6. Upon SBA approval, register your group as a CIO.

Note: All new student organizations at the University of Virginia must be approved as Contracted Independent Organizations (CIO). This procedure is administered through the University-wide Student Council. To become a CIO you must visit the Student Council website for organizations that is linked above. This website contains instructions for registering your CIO. If you have problems, contact your Student Council representatives or the Student Council Vice-President for Organizations.

7. After receiving SBA recognition and CIO approval, submit the following to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Sarah Davies:

1. A one- to two-sentence description of your organization to be posted on the Law School website.

2. Contact information (name and email) for your organization’s officers to be posted on the Law School website.

3. A copy of your organization’s Constitution.

That’s it! Reach out to your SBA representatives or
Dean Davies if you have any questions about the process.