Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is a non-partisan progressive legal organization that promotes the legal values of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. ACS was founded in 2001 and consists of approximately student chapters, over 40 lawyer chapters, and over 16,000 paying members. ACS believes that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by increasing discourse and shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues:

  • through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media;
  • by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas;
  • and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values.

One of ACS's principal missions is to nurture the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.

Activities and Events

  • General membership (educational/networking) meetings
  • Hosting speakers, events, and conferences on legal topics in the news and other important constitutional issues
  • Career Panels
  • Film Screenings
  • Social events with the Los Angeles Lawyer's Chapter and other ACS Student Chapters in the Los Angeles area
  • Constitution in the Classroom (brings ACS lawyers and law students into primary and secondary classrooms to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles)
  • ACS National Writing Competitions
  • Annual Student Convention (Spring)
  • Annual National Convention (June)
  • Other events of interest to chapter members

More information and a welcome video can be found at Please contact for more information about this chapter and join the ACS TWEN page to keep informed of meetings and upcoming events. We look forward to working with you to help shape debate, build networks and make a difference!

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