The Virtual Law Firm Student Senate Contest

(and how to make $$$ for your student senate by being creative)

Despite all the rigors of law school, most student senates can find an hour or two to get together casually and informally over beer and pizza every week or two. This Virtual Law Firm Contest is just a way to add a little structure to the socializing which is going on anyway.  The following are merely suggestions to start off.

CONCEPT: The senate virtually forms a local “law firm” of however many students are interested in participating.  At the initial meeting (over beer/pizza or whatever) the firm decides on partners (2L or 3L) and associates (1L or rushees) to game plan for the firm.  The partners declare their areas of interest (corporate, domestic relations, PI, Criminal, etc.) and also their interest in collateral duties (office spacing, business development, CLE, staffing, IT, etc.).  Thus ends the first meeting.

FIRM MEETINGS: Each week or two following the initial meeting  (and keep this social and casual well oiled by refreshments you would enjoy anyway), have a report from the partners regarding potential business in their areas of interest and, eventually, have one of the partners report in more depth as to the business prospects and concerns in his/her area of interest.  Another partner should then report on a collateral duty, such as the rental rates, office sharing opportunities, hiring opportunities, etc.  The list is endless, but very important.

ASSOCIATE INVOLVEMENT: When the “Virtual Law Firm” gets going, it is going to need some help.  This is a terrific rush opportunity if handled carefully.  1Ls or interested non-members can be invited to attend firm meetings in an associate status.

ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT: Without a doubt, there are local alumni who can help at your meetings with real life information as to your fields of practice and collateral duty areas.  They have waged the war and are veterans (and they are potential employers).   Invite them to have beer and pizza with your firm and share their ideas (they may even pick up the tab, who knows?).

WAIT, THERE IS MORE! DTP is currently evaluating the concept of the Virtual Law Firm before a large scale rollout of the program.  So, the Chancellor and Supreme Senate want to see what works for you and evaluate the best student senate ideas.  So, we encourage you to consider starting immediately and having fun in the process.  Please take a few notes and describe your senate’s Virtual Law Firm in as much detail as you wish, along with the good and bad, and recommendations for the future.

AND NOW FOR THE BEST PART!! UNRESTRICTED PRIZE MONEY FOR YOUR SENATE!!!

The Chancellor, the Deputy Chancellor and one member of the Supreme Senate will decide on your best reported ideas for Virtual Law Firms to be incorporated in future student senate program plans. Report by email to Chancellor Jeff Schwartz by describing your Virtual Law Firm program on or before May  1, 2015 to be considered.  You can brainstorm over a lot of pizza and beer between now and then.

CASH PRIZES

1st prize: $500.00

2nd and 3rd prizes of $250.00

SO HAVE FUN, BE CREATIVE, GET READY TO PRACTICE LAW AND MAKE BUX FOR YOUR SENATE!!