The ABA Law Student Division Assembly is the policy-making body of the Division. It is comprised of two official voting delegates from each ABA accredited law school:
The Assembly meets once a year at the Division’s Annual meeting where it debates and votes on resolutions and elects the Division’s three delegates to the Association’s House of Delegates.
The Assembly meets during the Annual Meeting.
Sample Assembly Issue
Law Students Rally at 2014 Annual Meeting to Eliminate Interpretation 305-2
In June 2014, the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar declined to adopt the recommendation of the Standards Review Committee to eliminate Interpretation 305-2 from the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, which states:
. . . a law school many not grant credit to a student for participation in a field placement program for which the student receives compensation.
As a result, during the 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston, law student leaders worked tirelessly to garner the support of other ABA entities and the Law Student Assembly. Their collective efforts helped sever 302-2 from Resolution 103A in the 2014 ABA House of Delegates and effectively sent 305-2 back to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar for reconsideration.
Assembly Voting and Certification Information
The Assembly meets at the Law Student Division Annual Meeting. Certified members of the Assembly debate and vote on resolutions relating to legal education, student life, and Division governance. The assembly also elects the Division’s three Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates, and SBA Presidents will elect the Vice Chair-SBA, an officer of the Law Student Division.
Certification of SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives as Assembly Delegates
Each SBA President or ABA Representative, or their proxy, is eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting. To be certified to vote, each delegate must fill out the Delegate Certification Form no later than July 20, 2015. (Certification requests received after this date will be approved at the discretion of the Division.)
Law schools with multiple SBA Presidents and/or ABA Representatives must determine who will serve as the principal delegates in the Assembly and during the election.
Principal delegates should be reported to the ABA Law Student Division through the SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives Reporting Forms.
- Directory of SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives (Assembly Delegates)
- ABA Rep and SBA President Reporting Form
Principal delegates must be ABA Law Student Division members for the current bar year in order to be certified to vote. A principal delegate who is not a current ABA member, may become an ABA member at any point before the certification deadline or he/she may proxy his/her vote to another ABA member law student from his/her school.
To be eligible to vote, a proxy holder must attend the same law school as the principal delegate for whom he/she will vote. They must also be an ABA member for the current bar year.
To certify a proxy holder, the principal delegate must complete the Delegate Certification Form no later than July 20, 2015. (Certification requests received after this date will be approved at the discretion of the Division.)