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Board of Directors

The USLS Board of Directors is a student-run board composed of representatives of the University and legal communities, and includes students, faculty, University administrators, and practicing lawyers. Applying to be a part of the board is easy, and no legal background is required. It is a great way to get involved on campus, a good leadership experience, and an amazing resume builder.


Chair: Laura Dahl

Vice Chair: Henry Carras


Requirements of the Board

  • Time Commitment: The board holds monthly meetings and the attendance is mandatory. Students must also attend an orientation session. Directors are also expected to dedicate time to Board and USLS projects.
  • Duties: Members must actively contribute at all board meetings and should participate in and support USLS-sponsored programs including the Careers in Law Forum, the Renter's Forum, and general events held throughout the year.
  • Committee Membership: Each board member also serves on a sub-committee. These sub-committees meet monthly and discuss a variety of topics.
  • Management Committee: This committee oversees the policy and financial aspects of USLS. Policy aspects include the types of cases USLS handles, the fees USLS charges students, and more. Financial aspects include reviewing and approving the fees request that USLS submits to the Student Services Fees Committee each year.
  • Education/Publicity Committee: This committee plans programing and outreach. This has included mock trials, panel discussions, lectures, banquets, forums, and more.
  • Fees Committee: This is an ad-hoc committee created every two years to help with the fee application request sent to the Student Services Fees Committee (SSFC). Fees from the SSFC fund nearly all of USLS's operations and programming.

Apply for the Board

If you would like to apply to be on the USLS Board of Directors, please complete the application in Google Forms. The deadline for applying to the 2017-2018 Board is March 31, 2017, at 5:00pm. Voting for the new Board will take place in April and all applicants will be notified of the election outcome. Newly elected Board members and alternates will be invited to attend the May 2017 USLS Board of Directors meeting.


If you have any questions about the Board of Directors or the application, please email uslsbod@umn.edu.